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Publisher's Summary

The year 1464 finds our hero Nicholas in Venice. Plagued by enemies, he sets sail for Africa, legendary location of the Fountain of Youth and the source of gold, where he discovers the charms of the beautiful Gelis - a woman whose passion for Nicholas is rivalled only by her desire to punish him for his role in her sister's death…

©2002 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

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"A glorious panorama of medieval times ... The historical research is impeccable" (Sunday Express)

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  • Sheila
  • Burlington, VT, United States
  • 04-07-16

One of her best, and well performed

Dunnett's books are difficult to narrate with variety, liveliness, and intelligence. This narrator managed it with one of the best books in the series. Dunnett is unmatched in modern literature. if you decide to read her, know that you will be spoiled for the rest of modern fiction. She makes all other novels read like pablum.

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now can we get the lymond chronicles whispersynced

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

always.

What other book might you compare Scales of Gold to and why?

the rest of the series, plus the lymond chronicles, because dunnett is the best.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

of course. 14 books, one wishes never to leave

Any additional comments?

we're getting there, now PLEASE WHISPERSYNC THE LYMOND CHRONICLES! That would be a whole new revenue stream for you, with people gobbling all these books up at 3.99, just like niccolo!

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  • Alison
  • 12-02-14

Journey to Timbucktoo to Lopez' home to find gold

If you could sum up Scales of Gold in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, exotic, extreme

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lopez because he was developed and explained. He first appeared in book 1 in the Venetian galleys, and was a devoted slave, given away and retrieved back into Niccolos' service, to the extent that he became a loyal friend deserving loyalty himself. Sad end.

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

The pronounciation of the names, the soporific and gentle tone of his voice. So that I can go to sleep listening to him. (Very useful for an insomniac.)

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

Adventure, travel, triumph of good over evil.

Any additional comments?

I love Dorothy Dunnett's sophisticated writing style. Her wide historical knowledge is evident and well-researched. She evokes sympathy for her hero, Niccolo, despite his many near-death escapades.

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  • Alison audible
  • 03-23-14

Excellent narration

Where does Scales of Gold rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is an excellent version of a book I know well from having read it. As with all DD books, the storyline and character portfolio is detailed and convoluted - and Gordon Griffin did a great job of steering the listener through the maze. Although his accents werent as differentiated as other narrators, his emotional handling of the book was far superior

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  • Marianne
  • 03-24-16

Excellent

A brilliant story, beautifully told. Thank you. I wish the rest of the series had been narrated by the same reader.