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  • The Huntsman's Tale

  • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Volume 3
  • By: Ann Swinfen
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Oxford, late summer, 1353. On hearing that his cousin is short-handed for the harvest, Nicholas Elyot takes a group of friends back to the family farm to help. When a deer hunt in Wychwood ends in tragedy, suspicion is directed toward the huntsman, a boyhood friend of Nicholas. But the victim has made many other enemies, any one of whom could have shot the fatal arrow. Can Nicholas uncover the real killer before it is too late?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Medieval Mystery

  • By Dr Who 2 on 10-19-17

Excellent Medieval Mystery

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

I enjoyed C.J. Sansom’s mystery series featuring Matthew Shardlake and was sad when I finished the last book. Now I’ve discovered Ann Swinfen and am enjoying her series even more.
The story line is compelling: a bookseller becomes involved in a murder investigation in England during the 1300’s. The characters are not only believable but very likable.
The pace is good with a good amount of action but not too much. The ending was excellent and made sense though it did surprise me, which is perfect in a mystery tale.
The narrator did a fine job and didn’t get in the way of the story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Summer Queen

  • Eleanor of Aquitaine Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

Eleanor of Aquitaine's story is legendary. She is an icon who has fascinated readers for over 800 years. But the real Eleanor remains elusive - until now. Based on the most up-to-date research, best-selling novelist Elizabeth Chadwick brings Eleanor's magnificent story to life, as never before. Young, vibrant, privileged, Eleanor's future is golden as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine. But when her beloved father dies suddenly in the summer of 1137, her childhood ends abruptly. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Romance Runs Strong in This One

  • By Sara on 10-04-14

A very long historical novel.

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

Reviewed: 02-03-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story drags on and on with little to hold my attention.

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

This was not as good as The Scarlet Lion.

What about Katie Scarfe’s performance did you like?

The narrattor did well with the material given.

Could you see The Summer Queen being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No way.

  • Company Aytch

  • A Side Show of the Big Show
  • By: Sam Watkins
  • Narrated by: Dan Calhoun
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

This book is considered to be the best account of the Civil War ever written from the Confederate point of view. It is also the one most frequently cited by historians of the Western campaigns. Sam Watkins, a high private in the Army of Tennessee, brings a vividness and detail to his story unmatched in the genre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Company Aytch

  • By Jan on 01-14-05

Company Aytch

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-10

While I am sure this is an interesting book, the narrator reads with a dull monotone. I have heard portions of the book read during the PBS Series "The Civil War" and was looking forward to hearing the entire book. However, after the first almost painful 15 minutes, I gave up and have purchased the print version.
I am disappointed with this narrator. I have truly enjoyed so many other audio books from Audible. I want to warn others to not waste their credit on this version.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful