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The Plantagenets Audiobook

The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Tex E. 06-18-13
    Tex E. 06-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Exceptional Plantagenet Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Just a good read. Great information. Well developed and presented.


    What did you like best about this story?

    He broke down different periods of Plantagenet rule that have been covered extensively before, with a perspective and clarity that is refreshing.The period with Stephen and Matilda was particularly good.


    Any additional comments?

    There were a few things that got glossed over, like Edward II but overall it was exceptional.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie 01-04-15
    Laurie 01-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Information"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well worth listening to because the book is packed with factual information about the Plantagenet kings. It's a history lesson and straightened out the whole thing for me by having them one after another and putting them in context. I'm on to read his book on the War of the Roses now.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The voice of narrator is monotonous and rhythmically lulling. I would imagine he sounds better to British ears, but to American ears he is hard to attend. I forced myself because the subject was so interesting, but it was not the most pleasant experience I have had with an audiobook.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    stephen 05-06-13
    stephen 05-06-13

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    "Enjoyed, equal of Thomas Costain"
    Would you listen to The Plantagenets again? Why?

    yes, and use as a history


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narrator,spoke with english voice, french was wonderful and tranlated the french to english


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Clive Chafer?

    yes


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I read Thomas Costain's plantagenet , I liked it as well and learn more in reading the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Liz 02-12-16
    Liz 02-12-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Extraordinarily good"

    Beautifully written and read
    Fascinating
    Not a stodgy history book
    Really well done
    I loved it

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    Thomas C. Fishburne 02-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "300 years of history, reads like a great adventure"
    What did you love best about The Plantagenets?

    It has a tremendous amount of information yet it is presented in such an orderly and easy to follow structure


    What other book might you compare The Plantagenets to and why?

    Wars of the Roses by the same author


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story of Henry V


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Too big for the screen!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve 02-04-16
    Steve 02-04-16
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    "Good history"

    It appears that there only 5 or 6 names that the nobility could be called. it was difficult to keep track of which Henry or Edward was which. Great host or of the English empire!

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    chad 01-28-16
    chad 01-28-16 Member Since 2012
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    "a bit boring"

    I like the history type novels and things like that, but this seemed too much like a history book I would read in school. kinda interesting though...just tough to keep my attention sometimes.

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    Stacey FRESNO, CA, United States 01-22-16
    Stacey FRESNO, CA, United States 01-22-16 Member Since 2011

    Whimsical Reader

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    "Fascinating and Enlightening!"

    As my family are distant relatives of the early Kings and Queens of England (Edward III through Lionel of Antwerp and later Edward Tudor through Jane Seymour), it is remarkable that I am even alive with all the mayhem-burning, hanging, drawing and quartering, death in childbirth, blood lettings, the Black Death, purging, genocides, beheadings; etc. It is remarkable that any of us made it to America! This was an enlightening history of people who had courage and stamina to achieve greatness. Americans will always be fascinated by the history of how we came to be here. I for one, have great reverence and respect for royalty. This book is very informative and must be listened to carefully. It may put you to sleep but I kept my genealogy and Wikipedia close by so I could see pictures and maps which helped. I'm going to listen to the next one too.

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    Kasey 01-20-16
    Kasey 01-20-16
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    "If not for Clive, this would have been a win."
    Would you try another book from Dan Jones and/or Clive Chafer?

    I would absolutely try another book from Dan Jones, in fact his 'Wars of the Roses' was superb! If only John Curless narrated 'The Plantagenets' I would have actually been able to finish the book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dan Jones before, how does this one compare?

    It was lackluster, not because of content. This was a performance miss.


    What didn’t you like about Clive Chafer’s performance?

    Everything Clive said sounded like a sing-song question. This is not Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with Robin Leach. Clive was trying to be that.


    What character would you cut from The Plantagenets?

    I cannot comment on this as I was unable to make it though the first hour of this title.


    Any additional comments?

    If this title were re-recorded with John Curless narrating I would happily listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Salvador Fajardo 01-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "triumphalistic and uncritical"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the author had relied on more than traditional matchmaking. The language is too fulsome and biased; the views aRE HACKNEYED AND WOULD NOT EVEN BE APPROPRIATE FOR A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL NARRATIVE HISTOREY


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Jones again?

    PROBABLY NOT


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Clive Chafer?

    I m indifferent to the narrator who does his best with what he has


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Plantagenets?

    Among the many issues I would reexamine would be the hero worshipping treatment of king Richard who, after all, is also responsible--along with john--with ensuing problems


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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