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Dunstan Audiobook

Dunstan: One Man Will Change the Fate of England

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'I have broken my vows. I have murdered innocents. I have trod down the soil over their dead face with my bare heels, and only the moon as witness. I have loved a woman and she ruined me. I have loved a king and yet I ruined him.'

The year is 937. England is a nation divided, ruled by minor kings and Viking lords. Each vies for land and power. The Wessex king Æthelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, is readying himself to throw a spear into the north. Behind him stands Dunstan, the man who will control the destiny of the next seven kings of England and the fate of an entire nation. Welcome to the original game for the English throne.

©2017 Conn Iggulden (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.

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  • Simon
    Somewhere between a pair of headphones.
    5/16/17
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    "Dunstan Isn't quite a Caesar"

    Conn Iggulden has made a name for himself as a star in the world of historical fiction by taking massive icons such as Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan and doing their legends full justice. Dunstan, might not have quite their fame and notoriety but his story is definitely worth hearing. He's a different kind of character, not a front man but a man of influence and power of various levels across a long period of time.

    He's also not as admirable or easy to like, in fact some of his character traits are definitely more flaws rather than strengths. He was however a great mind and a big influence on a formative part of British history. The story begins with a harsh early monastic education at Glastonbury, a place which holds sway over Dunstan throughout his life. I found it fascinating and engaging but possibly not quite as gripping as Iggulden's other works. Towards the end, as many life stories tend to it felt as though it petered out just a little.

    In Audiobooks Iggulden has famously made the odd poor choice of narrator but I don't think anyone could fault Geffrey Beevers and his treatment of Dunstan's story.

    At the end of the book there are some excellent historical notes which give a comprehensive overview of how the author has woven historical fact, as far as we know it from those times, into his tale. I always appreciate it when authors take the time to do this.

    So, a fine effort from one of the premier writers of historical fiction. It's more fascinating than exciting but with that proviso aside I'd recommend it to people who have enjoyed his other books.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Gyp
    5/19/17
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    "Work of art"

    Full of wit, charm and a vein of malice. A book and reading to savour.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • KAH
    9/12/17
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    "Modern Classic"

    This is an epic story. It is incredibly well read.
    I loved every minute of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Uhtredson
    5/12/17
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    "My bad"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Conn writes a great story and I am sure that people interested in a devious priest and his schemes will love the book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    dunstan i guess


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

    it was a good performance by the narrotor


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    i was dissapointed as the synopsis led me to believe this was a book about a warrior not a priest ,,, I guess it was implied by the title of the book .. but i had no knowledge of Dunstan


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. H. D. Durant
    Suffolk, England
    9/21/17
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    "Fantasy story about a truly great man"

    This book and story should be know by everyone. Dunstan was an amazing man and hugely important to the founding of England. First heard about him from the Rex Factor podcast (definitely worth a listen too) and great to see Iggulden has brought him to life. Everyone loves Dunstan!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tim
    9/11/17
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    "Brilliant"

    I was thrilled to hear Conn Iggulden had a new book out, but then disappointed slightly that it wasn't about a great leader or campaign.
    I bought it anyway based on the previous enjoyment I found in the trilogy's and was very glad I did.
    it's equally fascinating and well told as all the rest but with a different type of leader on a very different kind of personal, national and religious campaign all of his own, I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves rich history and intrigue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    9/11/17
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    "Great book which I wish had gone on."

    Great book which I wish had stretched just that little bit further to cover the whole life of Dunstan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/7/17
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    "excellent book as usual from Conn"

    A spell binding account of a figure of history I knew nothing of. Love his books for the history and storytelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kenneth O'Mahony
    8/18/17
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    "Entertaining & Educational "
    Any additional comments?

    Really entertaining version of events in the 10th Century England. Intertwining the story of St. Dunstan so closely with the real lives and deaths of the 7 kings that reigned during his lifetime really helped bring the history of the period to life. A real world 'game of thrones' without the dragons and white-walkers.
    Whilst Dunstan is not as well known a primary character as other Iggulden works on Caesar and Genghis Khan - he does an excellent job of bringing Dunstan's role to life. An intriguing character - morally flawed, and brutally ruthless when he deems it necessary. Iggulden may not delve into the period with as much detail as a Robert Harris in his Cicero trilogy - but the entertainment factor is all the stronger for it.
    An excellent performance by narrator Geoffrey Beever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Mack
    8/2/17
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    "Loved it."

    Beautifully written. Beautifully read. I've listened to the book twice and I'm still not bored of it. Hats off to the author, a great mind!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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