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Blood Royal Audiobook

Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris

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Publisher's Summary

A riveting true story of murder and detection in 15th-century Paris, by one of the most brilliant medievalists of his generation.

On a chilly November night in 1407, Louis of Orleans was murdered by a band of masked men. The crime stunned and paralyzed France since Louis had often ruled in place of his brother King Charles, who had gone mad. As panic seized Paris, an investigation began. In charge was the Provost of Paris, Guillaume de Tignonville, the city's chief law enforcement officer - and one of history's first detectives. As de Tignonville began to investigate, he realized that his hunt for the truth was much more dangerous than he ever could have imagined.

A rich portrait of a distant world, Blood Royal is a gripping story of conspiracy, crime and an increasingly desperate hunt for the truth. And in Guillaume de Tignonville, we have an unforgettable detective for the ages, a classic gumshoe for a cobblestoned era.

©2014 Eric Jager (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    Sebastian United States 04-07-15
    Sebastian United States 04-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "An epic tale and a B+ for René Auberjonois"

    A good police thriller is made by the quality of the the villain. In this History the victim AND the villains are fantastically callous and despicable individuals , only their remoteness in time makes them safe for reading.
    The story is fascinating, wonderfully alien in people's daily dealings of the occult and the holy. At one time a woman brings in a grievously wounded man and rather than tending to the man's wounds, she rushes out to find a priest so his immortal soul can be saved.
    This story is made for the big screen, certainly an epic tale worthy of your time.

    For me the story matters more than the reader but for this French medieval detective story a person with command of French is appreciated . René Auberjonois, of Deep Space Nine fame, with that French sounding name gives you momentary hope, that it will be perfection. It is not; but René is an American with notions of French so many pronunciations of names and place names are pretty good so B+!

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    FatMarwood 03-19-15
    FatMarwood 03-19-15
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    "Intriguing and educational"

    A well constructed story that keeps your interest all the way through. I want to go to France to visit all these places now

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    Michelle Rahway, NJ United States 07-22-14
    Michelle Rahway, NJ United States 07-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating"
    What made the experience of listening to Blood Royal the most enjoyable?

    Rene Auberjonois is a fantastic narrator for this book because he is able to pronounce the French names without stumbling.


    What other book might you compare Blood Royal to and why?

    Blood Royal reads almost like some of Ann Rule's true crime novels. It does a great job of laying the foundation for the crime and discussing the climate and culture of the times.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book was very interesting. In some ways it was more like a thriller than a nonfiction work.

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    Adam Port Orchard, WA, United States 05-09-14
    Adam Port Orchard, WA, United States 05-09-14
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    What did you like best about Blood Royal? What did you like least?

    The story started and ended really well, it was the 6 hours in between that really lost me. I was following happily and then so many characters where introduced and the plot diverted so many times that I was just lost. Very confusing non-fiction.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This non-fiction really wanted to be a novel. It would have been a great novel. It might even have been a great series about the rise and fall of this branch of the french royal family.
    I think a stronger narrative would have been enjoyable, sticking to some aspect of dissecting the forensic story.


    Which character – as performed by Rene Auberjonois – was your favorite?

    I honestly don't know who any one was at this point. I love Rene Auberjonois, and his narration was the reason I chose this book.


    Could you see Blood Royal being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The book would need some serious reworking to fit an even more narrative plot, but I think that Iwan Rheon and Gaspard Ulliel would work well in roles.


    Any additional comments?

    Probably a great book to read. Probably amazing for travel. Terrible audio book.

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    Robyn 03-22-14
    Robyn 03-22-14

    Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime.

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    "historical true crime - great!"

    This book combines two of my most-read genres, true crime and history. Events from long ago, especially those involving cover-up at the highest level, often lack enough detail to be informative and certainly not enough to fill a book. But Jager has enough material to document the terrible crime, and to set the events and the characters within their social and political context. Everything is recounted in rivetting detail.Jager has obviously conducted a great deal of painstaking research, and the writing is excellent, as is the narration by Auberjonois whose voice and delivery are just perfect for the story.

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    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States 03-16-14
    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2013

    author of Lowcountry Legend's series

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    "True Crime Medieval Style"

    The narrator isn't bad but certainly brilliant--it has a rather monotone delivery. I found this book a little hard to follow and I am somewhat familiar with the time period. It's interesting to see how crime was handled at the end of the middle ages in what we consider modern detecting. However, the point of the book is to show how the murder of the duke leads to Agincourt and Joan of Arc and how the murder was precipitated by the madness of the king.

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    Martin Muravyav USA 04-23-16
    Martin Muravyav USA 04-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Could not stop listening"

    This book was excellently researched and excellently written. It is a subject, medieval justice, that I don't read much about. I found it fascinating and the narration is some of the best I have ever listened to.

    I highly recommend this book

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    Cini Worcester, MA, United States 01-20-16
    Cini Worcester, MA, United States 01-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "And Now for Something Completely Different"
    What made the experience of listening to Blood Royal the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is good; not in a theatrical, lots-of-different voices way, but he has a deep, pleasant voice that suits the story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    To me the most interesting aspect of the book is that it's different from anything I've read or listened to before. It's not really a mystery; we find out pretty early on who was behind the assassination of Louis but I enjoyed hearing about how the investigation unfolded. The book also provides wonderful insight into 15th century day-to-day life.


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    Ingibjörg Kolbeins 01-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "worth it and will be listened to again"

    Here you find Sam Vimes almost on the streets of Paris :-) jokes aside it basically is about a police officer who will not look away when the nobs are murdering people. He of course looses his job his honor etc.
    It is a fascinating look at this time in the history of France, and the author cleverly uses a most serious crime to give us a snapshot of this time. What made me very hopefull was that even then there were men who would not compromise just so that the rich and mighty might murder without repercussion.

    ingibjörg

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    "A cracking true story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Blood Royal to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Eric Jager brings history to life. He takes these events, the twists and turns, and tells a better story with them than fiction.


    What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?

    Excellent audio performance.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was totally immersed by this book and did not want it to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book because some years ago I read 'The Last Duel' by Eric Jager, another fantastic book.

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