The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire that stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this epic history, Dan Jones vividly resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world. We meet the captivating Eleanor of Aquitaine, twice queen and the most famous woman in Christendom; her son, Richard the Lionheart, who fought Saladin in the Third Crusade; and King John, a tyrant who was forced to sign Magna Carta, which formed the basis of our own Bill of Rights. This is the era of chivalry, Robin Hood, and the Knights Templar, the era of the Black Death, the Black Prince, the founding of Parliament, and the Hundred Years’ War.
©2012 Daniel Jones (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Dan Jones’ The Plantagenets is outstanding. Majestic in its sweep, compelling in its storytelling, this is narrative history at its best. A thrilling dynastic history of royal intrigues, violent skullduggery, and brutal warfare across two centuries of British history." (Simon Sebag Montefiore, New York Times best-selling author)
"The Plantagenets played a defining part in shaping the nation of England, and Dan Jones tells their fascinating story with wit, verve, and vivid insight. This is exhilarating history - a fresh and gloriously compelling portrait of a brilliant, brutal, and bloody-minded dynasty." (Helen Castor, prize-winning author of She-Wolves)
"This is history at its most epic and thrilling. I would defy anyone not to be right royally entertained by it." (Tom Holland, prize-winning author)
No not if they were a sighted person and could read the print edition.
If I ever decide to read this book again I will definitely opt to listen to it being read by the screen reader on my Kindle.
While I did learn a lot of interesting facts that I did not previously know, I can't say that there was one real stand out moment for me in this book.
Tedious tedious tedious.
I don't mean to keep picking on the poor narrator, but no because of the narration it definitely was not.
The subject matter was interesting and I should have been able to finish the book within a matter of 2 to 3 days but I had to force myself to finish this one.
If this is a period in history that you are interested in then I do believe that this book is worth checking out.
The author did a very good job of laying out all of the information and keeping the book interesting.
However, I would recommend reading this book rather than listening to it.
While it would appear to be a dry subject, the author covers the era with style and wit.
The author gives you facts but without making it feel like you are still in college and gives you tidbits that make each king and queen come to life.
I have not listened to other performances by Mr. Chafer but his very clear pronunciation and lyrical voice makes the novel go by quickly!
I couldn't not stop listening to the book, while very lengthy, it was very enthralling.
Another narrator. This is in no way a criticism of the book and the narrative. I found it a superbly written book that brought the characters to life in a most instructive way.
No. By comparison your reader, Carole Boyd is superlative. I recently read 'Bertie' and thoroughly enjoyed her performance and as a result, the book.
Disappointment. It was ruined for me by the narration. Right from the introduction I found the performance monotonous. Mr. Chafer has a most annoying narration style whereby each pause and sentence, almost without fail, ends on the same downward note. This became so grating that I gave up a quarter of the way through and went out to buy the hard copy to read.
upper middle. I've listened to some exceedingly excellent audiobooks
The fall of prince John. The reality of the Robin Hood legends.
Yes, both were excellent. I would choose his rendition of a title over any others' available
The thrones of conquest and deceit
It is tough to keep the players straight when nearly every king is a Henry, Edward, or Richard. The intrigue and double dealing are amazing. The story is well told and you learn a great deal of history without it ever seeming to be a lesson. There is great insight into how England's place in the world developed and how the Plantagenet's influence is still felt in our modern world. I will be looking for a history of the house of Lancaster next!
Clive Chafer does an excellent job, consistent in tone and meter yet never dull!!
Who said history is dull? This is a great story, well-researched, and superbly told. Nevertheless, I found the reader's voice harsh and annoying, especially after listening for long periods at a time. Do not let this opinion deter you from picking up this book, however, as it is well worth your time.
I love history and this time period is not one that I know alot about so I was anxious to learn more. I was disappointed with the seemingly bullet list approach. While I am sure that Mr. Jones is very capable, this book is not very "entertaining" as he said was one of his goals.
Probably not. The story is too succinct and the narration is not engaging.
Not very engaging.
Maybe its the breadth covered; maybe its the speed of which it is covered, but over time it lost my interest.
Never got to the ending
Really wanted to like this book, but it just didn't hold my interest.
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