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Contains some scenes of violence that younger listeners may find upsetting. Recommended for listeners aged 16+

This Original multicast drama piece blends history with fiction to tell the story of Jonah and his rise to fame through war, disease, ruin and riches.

London, 1337. England is at war, and the King is in financial straits, meaning that Jonah's hard-earned business and fortune hang in the balance. A far cry from his humble beginnings as a draper's apprentice, Jonah is now one of the influential merchants in England, and he manages to secure the hand of the daughter of one of the most powerful and dangerous nobles in the country.

As Jonah's wealth and prominence grow, so do his enemies and the threats they bring - and even Jonah's close relationship with the King doesn't guarantee security. The King is at war, and he wants Jonah there beside him.

Told in three parts, hear Medieval London come to life in this historical epic, Audible Original's most ambitious production to date. Narrated by Miriam Margolyes, OBE (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Romeo + Juliet, Mulan) and starring Douglas Booth (Riot Club, Loving Vincent, Shelley) as Jonah and Samuel West (BAFTA nominated; Mr Selfridge, Howards End) as Willcox.

Also featuring: Josephine Arden, Timothy Bentinck, John Banks, Clare Buckfield, Elliot Chapman, Oliver Coopersmith, Raymond Coulthard, Gareth David-Lloyd, Raj Ghatak, Joe Jameson, James Joyce, Barry McCarthy, Olly McCauley, Tony Millan, George Naylor, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Steven Pacey, Nicholas Pegg, David Schofield, Jane Slavin, Dan Starkey, Jonty Stephens, Julie Teal, Alexander Vlahos, Niky Wardley, Lizzie Waterworth-Santo, Samuel West, Finty Williams.

©2002 Rebecca Gablé (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Masterpiece!

Waiting for part 2 was so worth it! As the first part "Apprentice - Scarlet City" this second one is excellent and impeccably done.
Too bad we have to wait until April for the third part!
I hope Audible increases the amount of dramatic audio books with the quality of Scarlet City by Rebecca Gable.

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  • Nigel
  • 02-08-18

Every bit as good as Part I - 5*

A story following the life of a 14th century London cloth merchant doesn’t sound particularly riveting, but it is. Part II is just as enjoyable as Scarlet City: Apprentice.

You’ll need to allow the story 30 minutes to get back into its stride, and you to familiarise yourself with the characters again, but when it does the twists and turns keep you hooked.

Roll on 5th April ‘18 for the third and final instalment.

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At the time of writing there are two 1* reviews due to not being able to load Scarlet City: Rise. Why?? If you have similar problems please speak with Audible Customer Services who should be able to resolve any issues. Leaving a 1* review won’t help and reflects negatively on a great production.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-06-18

Addictive, got through the whole book in 2 days!

I pre-ordered this book after enjoying the first one. It came out yesterday and I somehow have already gotten though it. I just couldn't stop listening. If you enjoyed the first book then you will love this one.

If you haven't read the first book you do need to first, as it will give you much more understanding of the characters. The book is a narrated drama with sound effects and dialog. I found this very strange at first but quickly got used to it. The only time this now feels uncomfortable is when the characters are having intimate moments, it's not very explicit but enough that I did feel slightly uncomfortable.

Anyway great audio book, looking forward to the 3rd installment.

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  • Simon
  • 02-06-18

Far From Simple Pleasures!

Jonah has come of age, his influence is wider and his merchant empire is growing. Yet he still has enemies and with his growing influence come bigger problems as even the King starts to rely on him. Yet, it seems there are only very few people he can really trust to have his best interests at heart.

This is an excellent continuation of a finely plotted story as we enjoy Jonah's clever machinations, savour his victories and watch over his frustrations. It's all superbly delivered with the same high quality narration by Miriam Margolyes, fine acting by the top quality cast and to my tastes at least perfectly executed sound effects and backing music. The character of the story is a little different with Jonah being an established man now but it's a very natural continuation.

To my mind at least this is Audible hitting the absolute sweet spot with its Audio drama and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys the format. It's absolutely on the money.

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  • Inquisitve Ian
  • 02-14-18

A brilliant combination of history and fiction not to be missed!!

I have no intention of going into my usual critique mode for this gem of a follow up to Apprentice the first of the Scarlet City Trilogy, suffice to say it will be a frustrating wait for Part Three.

Brilliantly conceived, produced and acted. Not to be missed!!

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  • Judy Lovelock
  • 02-13-18

Wonderful

Well worth the Waite, getting very exciting now, the big finale must be good waiting for the final event

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  • 02-13-18

An Absolute Cracker of A Story

I’m loving this series of books by Rebecca Gablé. Such a lot of twists in the plot and the fact that it is dramatised makes it even better. The cast are incredible and I also think the background music and noise makes it very realistic and adds to the atmosphere of the story.

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  • sarah
  • 02-12-18

Just brilliant

Can't wait until April for last part of this capturing trilogy. A truly wonderful dramatisation.

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  • ms
  • 02-12-18

great

Brilliant writing credible characters excellent story fabulous narrator can't wait for the next Book they don't last long enough... on to book 3 in april

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  • carol
  • 02-11-18

Historical story, one of the best to listen to

This is part 2, and it was just as marvellous as the first, my imagination was working overtime, as the narration and voices, took me to a time nearly 700years ago, and brought history to life, where I felt that i was in the story observing everything, cant wait for the final part, throughly enjoyable, highly recommended.

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  • Christopher A Gregory
  • 02-09-18

As good as an Audiobook can get.

Excellent performance and narration to go with a compelling story. Kudos to the producers for putting so much effort into the production values.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful