In the first of this best selling trilogy, Nigel Tranter charts these turbulent years, revealing the flowering of Bruce's character, sustained by a passionate love, not only of his land and people, but...
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The problem Gary wrote about in his review on July 5,2009 still exists on August 26, 2010. I am told," no estimated time as to when an Audio Bug will be fixed". I am not holding my breath. I am very disappointed.
I was looking forward to listening to the 1st of the Trilogy but I could only download 2 chapters, what appears to be the 1st chapter of Trilogy 1 and the second [chapter of Trilogy 1] was in fact the 1st chapter of Trilogy 3 - would be interested to know if anyone has managed to receive the full Trilogy 1 book - anyway I will let you know what I think about it when I get to listen to it...
I am a big Nigel Trantor fan and have actually read the book in hardcover, and it is a great book! Unfortunately, one would never know it by listening to THIS copy. The glitch has not been fixed, yet Audible is still selling and downloading the copy.
Well done abridgement
I've read the full version and this abridged version does the tale justice.The story flows seamlessly, and the narration is emotion packed. If you want a quick (well rather quick) introduction to a major foundation of Scottish independence, this is an excellent choice.
He captures the time and the emotion.
The wooing of Elizabeth De Burgh is given full justice, and for a book written in 1969 is very contemporary. Women lost a great champion when Nigel Tranter, the author, died in 2000.
"The Bruce Trilogy 1: The Steps to the Empty Throne"
This trilogy tells the story of Robert the Bruce and how, tutored and encouraged by the heroic William Wallace,he determined to continue the fight for an independent Scotland, sustained by a passionate love for his land. Nigel Tranter succeeds admirably in bringing the story of Robert I - Scotland's greatest King - to life. Not only is his historical research near flawless, but the book is graced by that indisputable mark of a great story teller the reader is wholly absorbed into the world of the Bruce and his friends. Tranter also manages to draw a whole mixture of feelings from his readers - love, hatred, admiration and even that strange mixture of respect and disgust for Edward I that Bruce himself is said to have harbored. Nigel Tranter he is one of Scotland's most prolific and respected writers. He has an amazingly broad grip of Scottish history' ? He is an accomplished writer of compelling and unforgettable historical novels' With his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes Scotland 'Tranter's popularity lies in his knack of making historical events immediate and exciting. These audio books are very amazing story tale with nice pace of thoughts and free flow of story line. This audio book is nice story telling style. I was most certainly not disappointed.
Definitely - this is an excellent account of the life of Robert the Bruce. While it is classed as fiction, it is a very accurate account of what happened during the Scottish Wars of Independence. This version is abridged, but is still contains all the key elements from the written books, and it is excellently read by Michael Elder.
My two favourite character is Robert the Bruce, who led the most amazing life. He had everything but the crown of Scotland, which he took by murdering his rival because he feared for his life. He then lost everything - most of his brothers were executed, his wife, child and sisters were imprisoned. He went on the run, hunted and in desperate need of help, while he developed a system of guerilla warfare that eventually led to him winning back his kingdom. There is no more inspiring story than that of Robert the Bruce, of a man who went from being hunted through the Scottish hills to being the king who led his people to victory at the battle of Bannockburn. This is a fantastic story.
And the book is full of other inspirational characters such as the Black Douglas, William Wallace, Robert the Bruce's grandfather (Robert the Noble).
Robert the Bruce was definitely my favourite character as read by Michael Elder. In history books, Robert can seem a little one-dimensional, but Nigel Tranter wrote his books to show Robert as a man, as a noble warrior and as a king. The combination of Nigel Tranter's descriptions of Robert and Michael Elder's reading of the book really bring Robert the Bruce and a host of other characters to life. This is not history from a history book, but a rousing tale of wars, battles, legends, and heroic men and women.
Robert the Bruce had a most amazing life, and these books are a very accessible way of reading about that life.
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