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  • The Oath Breaker: A Novel of Germania and Rome

  • Hraban Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Alaric Longward
  • Narrated by: Clay Lomakayu
  • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Hraban the Marcomanni has never met his father Maroboodus, exiled in far-away Rome, but this is about to change. In the age of early Roman Empire, Augustus is creating his legacy with gladius as the legions begin the arduous work of subjecting the troublesome and divided Germani tribes. Such great, distant issues do not concern Hraban, a young man bent on becoming a spear lord, giver of rings, a warrior praised in the dark halls of his kin. He is the Raven, and son of great lords.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Masterpiece from Alaric Longward!

  • By The Bookwyrm Speaks on 12-06-16

So so story and less than so so narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I read and listen to a lot of historical fiction, a good 20 books a year. This was disappointing in almost all respects. I will not be continuing with the series. Too bad because I really thought the story line had potential.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jorundyr's Path

  • Wolf of the North, Book 2
  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,881
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,684

As Wulfric pursues Adalhaid's Blood Debt, he soon learns that the path to revenge is never easy, and the desires of men and the will of gods rarely meet. Aethelman seeks answers to questions long ignored. Rodulf chases power and wealth. From the streets of Elzburg to the dry plains of Darvaros, Wulfric walks Jorundyr's Path and encounters a world larger than he could ever have dreamed of, filled with friends, enemies, and danger - the crucible from which heroes are forged.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy ADD?

  • By Brian on 09-19-17

Excellent in all respects

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-17

Very entertaining and enjoyable. Would highly recommend to all those who love historical fiction.

  • Strategos

  • Born in the Borderlands, Strategos 1
  • By: Gordon Doherty
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

When the falcon has flown, the mountain lion will charge from the east, and all Byzantium will quake. Only one man can save the empire ... the Haga!1046 AD. The Byzantine Empire teeters on full-blown war with the Seljuk Sultanate. In the borderlands of Eastern Anatolia, a land riven with bloodshed and doubt, young Apion's life is shattered in one swift and brutal Seljuk night raid. Only the benevolence of Mansur, a Seljuk farmer, offers him a second chance of happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bullseye

  • By Daniel Abrams on 08-21-17

Doherty is a damn fine storyteller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-17

I enjoyed the book immensely and am excited to move on to the second installment in the series. I have read a lot of Roman historical history novels, but mostly from the perspective of the Western Empire and Republic. This afforded me a nice glimpse into the Eastern Empire days as the Empire begins it's descent. I grade this wonderful work as follows:

Character development - A+
Plot lines - A
Pacing - A
Character interaction and dialogue - A
Battle scenes- A
Geographical description and imagery - A-
Readability - A
Narration - A+
Overall - Solid A

If you are a fan of historical fiction that makes you feel as though you are in the story, you will want to immerse yourself in this novel.
Grab your fictional scimitar or spathea and get to it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wings of the Storm

  • The Rise of Sigurd 3
  • By: Giles Kristian
  • Narrated by: Philip Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510

Fighting in Sweden for an ambitious warlord, Sigurd Haraldarson and his small but loyal band of oath-sworn warriors are winning fame and reputation. But Sigurd knows that to take on his hated enemy, the oath breaker King Gorm - the man who betrayed his father, a man Sigurd has vowed to kill - he must earn riches enough to build an army. Many believe Sigurd to be Óðin-favoured, but his exploits have drawn the eye of another god, too: Loki the Trickster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • exceptional tale

  • By Anonymous User on 01-09-19

Superb Finale

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-17

Outstanding conclusion to the trilogy. I was mesmerized by the story, characters and of course the battle scenes and their aftermaths. If you ever wanted to really get the feel for being a Norse warrior in Viking times, this is the book for you. Imagery in language is outstanding. Pacing also superb. Narration gets full marks also. A lot of talent on display here all the way around. If it sounds like I'm gushing, it is only because I am. I read a ton of historical fiction and it takes a lot to impress me. This one obviously did.

  • Winter's Fire

  • The Rise of Sigurd 2
  • By: Giles Kristian
  • Narrated by: Philip Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506

Sigurd Haraldarson has proven himself a great Viking warrior and a dangerous enemy. He has gone a long way towards avenging the murder of his family. And yet his vengeance is not complete. The oath breaker King Gorm - who betrayed Sigurd’s father - still lives, and, so long as the king draws breath, the scales remain unbalanced. But Sigurd and his wolf pack of warriors are not at full strength, and to confront the king now would mean death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not really a spoiler... but just in case.

  • By Daniel on 03-30-17

Another Triumph

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-17

A worthy sequel to the first book in the trilogy. Although not as meaty as the first book, it is still a very good read for its vivid battle scenes and colorful dialogue. It should prove a great set-up for the finale which I am about to greedily devour. I will most certainly keep my eye on this author and expect him to have a sterling storytelling career!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • God of Vengeance

  • The Rise of Sigurd 1
  • By: Giles Kristian
  • Narrated by: Philip Stevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778

Norway, AD 785. It began with the betrayal of a lord by a king.... King Gorm puts Jarl Harald's family to the sword but makes one fatal mistake - he fails to kill Harald's youngest son, Sigurd. His kin slain, his village seized and its people taken as slaves, Sigurd wonders if the gods have forsaken him. Hunted by powerful men, he is unsure who to trust, and yet he has a small band of loyal followers at his side.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fine adventure tale

  • By Brother Adrian on 03-04-17

Fine adventure tale

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-17

Plenty of battle action and excellent pacing and character development. Use of marine-related metaphors and similes is first rate. Not quite up to Bernard Cornwell, but not far off. Fans of epic type historical fiction will be deep in their element.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Death of Robin Hood

  • By: Angus Donald
  • Narrated by: Mike Rogers
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 163

'I charge you, Sir Alan Dale, with administering my death. At the end of the game, I would rather die by your hand than any other.' England rebels. War rages across the land. In the wake of Magna Carta, King John's treachery is revealed, and the barons rise against him once more. Fighting with them is the Earl of Locksley - the former outlaw Robin Hood - and his right-hand man, Sir Alan Dale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By AMY on 08-09-18

Fabulous ending to a fabulous series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-17

I found each book in the series better than the one before, so it was no surprise to find the finale to be the best of the lot and a superb conclusion to a fine series. I read a ton of historical fiction and found these stories first rate. Kudos also to the narrator!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The King's Assassin

  • By: Angus Donald
  • Narrated by: Mike Rogers
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

AD 1215: The year of Magna Carta - and Robin Hood's greatest battle. The yoke of tyranny King John is scheming to reclaim his ancestral lands in Europe, raising the money for new armies by bleeding dry peasants and nobles alike, not least the Earl of Locksley - the former outlaw Robin Hood - and his loyal man Sir Alan Dale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good one!

  • By Carrie Taylor on 07-16-15

Excellent book and narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-17

I have read every book in the Outlaw series and have witnessed improvement in each book. Character development and plot development were superb. Overall storytelling was extremely good. Battle scene narrative is approaching the undisputed master, Bernard Cornwell, high praise indeed. Kudos to Donald and the narrator. I can sum it all up in one word - WOW.

  • The Flame Bearer

  • Saxon Tales, Book 10
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,296
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,106
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,100

From the day it was stolen from me, I dreamed of recapturing Bebbanburg. The great fort had been built on a rock that was almost an island. It was massive; it could be approached only on land by a single narrow track; and it was mine. Britain is in a state of uneasy peace. Northumbria's Viking ruler, Sigtryggr, and Mercia's Saxon queen, Aethelflaed, have agreed to a truce. And so England's greatest warrior, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, at last has the chance to take back the home his traitorous uncle stole from him so many years ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So so

  • By Brent on 12-08-16

Unparalleled imagery and battle scene depiction

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-16

Fantastic book and the narration was superb in every respect. You will not be disappointed! I have read all 10 of the Saxon tales and all get 5 stars, 6 if a 6th could be awarded.