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Changeling Audiobook

Changeling: Order of Darkness, Book 1

The year is 1492. Sixteen-year-old Titus Devere is thrown out of his religious order after proving that a divine revelation (blood streaming from a religious icon) was a fake, using his knowledge of Moorish science. He is brilliant and gorgeous but, cast as a heretic, he is sent to the Vatican in Rome where he expects to be punished or executed. Instead he is recruited into a secret order investigating strange occurrences across Europe. Known as The Order of the Dragon, it is headed up by a mysterious man with a tattoo of a coiled dragon on his arm.
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The year is 1492. Sixteen-year-old Titus Devere is thrown out of his religious order after proving that a divine revelation (blood streaming from a religious icon) was a fake, using his knowledge of Moorish science. He is brilliant and gorgeous but, cast as a heretic, he is sent to the Vatican in Rome where he expects to be punished or executed. Instead he is recruited into a secret order investigating strange occurrences across Europe. Known as The Order of the Dragon, it is headed up by a mysterious man with a tattoo of a coiled dragon eating its own tail on his arm.

Titus is sent to investigate an abbess who has been accused of witchcraft, alongside her slave and Moorish half-sister, Ishrak. The abbess, Ygraine, is actually a fifteen-year-old girl who has been shut up in a nunnery by her brother after her father's death, to ensure that she cannot inherit any of the family estate. Ygraine is a reluctant nun and manages to escape the abbey with Ishrak, though no one can work out how they did it. Titus is intrigued - could they really be using witchcraft? He follows their route and ends up linking up with them on their travels.

Titus and Ygraine find themselves attracted to one another, despite the conventions of the time. They travel across France, Switzerland, and over the Alps into Romania. En route they encounter alchemists, poisoners, inquisitors, purported witches, and more - ending up at the castle of real-life historical figure VladDracul (meaning Dragon in Latin).

©2012 Philippa Gregory (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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    David Wembley Downs, Australia 08-31-12
    David Wembley Downs, Australia 08-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Changeling?

    It held my interest from start to finish. Well written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Changeling?

    The girl screaming in the middle of the night with the punctured hands


    What about Charlie Cox’s performance did you like?

    Great accents for all characters


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

    A story of faith and goodness


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  • Diane
    Eastbourne,, United Kingdom
    2/6/13
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    "Changeling: Order of Darkness, Book 1"

    I really enjoyed listening to this story, it is different to Philippa's usual writing but I loved it. Charlie Cox does a brilliant job narrating, I hope he narrates more stories as he is so easy to listen to and you lose yourself in each character. Well written Philippa and well read Charlie, 5 stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Caterham, United Kingdom
    12/15/12
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    "Changeling"

    A different novel from Phillippa. I found it interesting. A light listern with good narration

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dedicated Slayerette
    UK
    12/1/15
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    "Gripping"
    What made the experience of listening to Changeling the most enjoyable?

    Charlie Cox has a wonderful voice. He has a lovely tone. I've read this book many times and wanted to listen to it. I was totally gripped, it was a very different experience to reading the book. Charlie bought it to life. Fantastic! Can't wait for the next two installments.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The four main characters are excellent, very different and intriguing. Brilliantly written.


    What does Charlie Cox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Charlie Cox has a wonderful voice. He has a lovely tone. I've read this book many times and wanted to listen to it. I was totally gripped, it was a very different experience to reading the book. Charlie bought it to life. Fantastic! Can't wait for the next two installments.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not everything is as it seems, look deeper.


    Any additional comments?

    When are the next two installments of this trilogy going to be available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claudia
    8/14/15
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    "Interesting Characterisation"

    Loved the narrator, and the unusual characters. The plot was subtle, intelligent, and highly immersive.

    Found it easy to listen to for hours at a time.
    Enjoyed the historical accuracy, and general quality of the story..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    LEEDS, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Mediaeval Detective with a hint of magic"

    With this title I expected something about someone with magica lpowers, but I was thinking like a teenager. The storyof Titus Devere hints that he is a changeling, but the backstory of his discovery of the fake relic (a bleeding icon), does not come over in the early stages of the story and we are quickly sent on the road with him on a mission to investigate an outbreak of stigmata and apparent religious hysteria in a nunnery somewhere in Italy.



    Helped by an engaging rogue of an ex-monastery servant and a tough church soldier he manages to help various people on the way to his mission and when he gets to the nunnery he has been sent to he resolves the issues, rescues the lady who has been forced by her brother to become a nun apparently against her deceased father's (and her own) wishes and finds the hidden gold.



    Whilst a bit of a mediaeval thriller/whodunnit with hints of "The Name of the Rose" I enjoyed this and would read more in the series if they came my way; though I probably won't go out of my way to find them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R
    Exmouth, United Kingdom
    3/12/13
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    "a good listen"

    when i first listened to the sample i didnt like the narrator and i didnt want to use a credit up on such a short book so didnt buy the book but as i like philippa gregory so much i relented and tried and am glad i did. the narrator grew on me and i grew to love his voice and i shall be looking forward to the next 2 books in the series and have bought the book in hardback to add to my collection of favourite authors. i only do this with books i have already listened to on audible that i really want to keep forever

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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