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The Conquering Family | [Thomas B. Costain]

The Conquering Family

Thomas B. Costain's four-volume history of the Plantagenets begins with The Conquering Family and the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066, closing with the reign of John in 1216. The troubled period after the Norman Conquest, when the foundations of government were hammered out between monarch and people, comes to life through Costain's storytelling skill and historical imagination.
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Thomas B. Costain's four-volume history of the Plantagenets begins with The Conquering Family and the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066, closing with the reign of John in 1216.

The troubled period after the Norman Conquest, when the foundations of government were hammered out between monarch and people, comes to life through Costain's storytelling skill and historical imagination.

©1983 Thomas B. Costain; (P)2008 Books on Tape

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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 01-05-14
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 01-05-14 Member Since 2007

    Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton.  In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!! 

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    "IMPRESSIVE ACCOUNT"
    If you could sum up The Conquering Family in three words, what would they be?

    Complete, impressive, and colorful


    Which character – as performed by David Case – was your favorite?

    David Case gives such an unparalleled performance that it's difficult to choose. He handles the English characters and the foreign ones with the same level of competence. His command of French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, and Flemish accents and language was amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    I read all 4 volumes in this series - TWICE - and it's the best account of the Plantagenets that I've ever come across. David Case's superb narration breathes life into what could have been an otherwise boring tome.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Ann Arbor, MI, USA 01-20-09
    Peter Ann Arbor, MI, USA 01-20-09
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    "An Entrancing History of the Early Plantegenets"

    The Conquering Family is the first of Costain's four volume history of the Plantagenets. It covers the founding of the dynasty, the rise and fall of Henry II, Richard the Lion-Heart and King John (a king so bad no king has been named John since).

    This is a fabulous introduction to Medieval English history. Here's hoping that they include the other three books soon.

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Hayward, CA, United States 04-02-12
    Elizabeth Hayward, CA, United States 04-02-12
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    "Amazing, dare I say WOW!"

    This is one of the most interesting periods of Western European history. We know so much and so little. This book handles it very well, clearly, thoroughly and in an engaging style. I can start this in any spot and get right back into it all. Since there is no suspense about the outcome, it's a fait accompi after all, there is no such thing as a "spoiler."
    This is a tale well told, and I encourage even those who think history is dry to give it a listen. The narrator has a wonderful rich voice and reads with clarity and understanding, which adds to the whole work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Dedham, MA, USA 02-04-10
    Richard Dedham, MA, USA 02-04-10
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    "Good treatment of pivotal characters"

    The Plantagenets were some the greatest figures of the West in a critical period. They stretched from Henry II to Henry V--a period of nearly 500 years that included not only the Henry's but the Richard's and the early Edward's, and that saw the development of much of the foundation for Western Democracy. Costain's writing is vivid and always interesting. Great history

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Hendersonville, TN, United States 02-19-13
    Michael Hendersonville, TN, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2013

    Mike in TN

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    "Absolutely the best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If one is interested in English history, this book is a must. The research by Costain is very detailed and brings the participants alive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Family intrigue.


    What does David Case bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr Case's narrative give the story texture.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really as I wanted to absorb the many superbly researched details.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Gray Hixson, TN USA 07-22-11
    Beth Gray Hixson, TN USA 07-22-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Needs a Different Narrator"

    I rarely write reviews, but I had to for this book. I love English history and was thrilled to learn that this long-out-of-print book was now available on Audible. I read the reviews and comments about the narrator, but downloaded the book. The reviewers were correct; this narrator was not a good choice. Never the less, I listened to the entire book and will probably get the other books in the series...reluctantly because they also have this same narrator. If not for the narrator I would have given this book five stars.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Olga Bogota, Colombia 12-31-10
    Olga Bogota, Colombia 12-31-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Importance of the voices"

    While the book is a great introduction to British history, I find David Case's voice unappealing. I have had a hard time trying to cope with it.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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