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When Roger Bigod, heir to the powerful earldom of Norfolk, arrives at court in 1177 to settle a bitter inheritance dispute with his half-brothers, he encounters Ida de Tosney, young mistress to King Henry II.

A victim of Henry's seduction and the mother of his son, Ida is attracted to Roger and sees in him a chance of lasting security; but in deciding to marry Roger, she is forced to make a choice. As Roger's importance as a mainstay of the Angevin government grows, it puts an increasing strain on his marriage.

Against a volatile political background the gulf between them threatens to widen beyond crossing, especially when so many bridges have already been burned.

©2008 Elizabeth Chadwick; (P)2009 Soundings

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Great performance of an interesting story.

Where does The Time of Singing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks high. Peter Wickham's performance was very engaging, and Elizabeth Chadwick provided an great story of characters that were vital to late 12th century British history but are often not explored.

What other book might you compare The Time of Singing to and why?

"Time and Chance" by Sharon Kay Penman. It covers a similar time period in British history, but focuses on the perspectives of a different set of characters.

What about Peter Wickham’s performance did you like?

His performance was lively and engaging, keeping one's interest throughout the reading.

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A storyteller's storyteller.

I've long been a fan of Elizabeth Chadwick's. This lady can write. She belongs in that rarefied class of authors that have so immersed themselves in their subject and time period that they become experts in the field.

So on a rainy weekend that kept me from my gardens I treated myself to the audio version of one of my hands down favorite Chadwick novels. It's been awhile since I read this book and so it was like discovering it anew.

Ida and Roger's story is of that age. A young ward forced to become and aging monarchs plaything, a man whose fathers duplicity has marred his ascension to the rank to which he was born. They work tirelessly to over come the circumstances and to find a deep abiding love at the very top of the power politic in the court of Henry II's realm.

Chadwick is a master story teller let there be no mistake about it. And Peter Wickham does a masterful job of bring this tale to life.

Plus I was so surprised that Audible let me share this book with a friend. She was so excited to get the chance to listen to this great book.



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Outstanding Read

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Elizabeth Chadwick is absolutely outstanding in her writing. I have read the entire series and simply hate for the books to end. Her attention to detail along with her unique ability to make history step out of the pages is unreal. Wonderful read and I highly recommend if you enjoy historical fiction.

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  • Benoibe
  • New Orleans, LA, United States
  • 01-11-17

A disappointment

This book was surprisingly boring. The most exciting actions are passive, meaning it happens off page, so you read about what happens through messengers after the fact. I kept listening, expecting to get into the story anyway, but it never held my interest.

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  • Dianne
  • 09-15-09

A fabulous book

Another fantastic book by Elisabeth Chadwick, you just cannot get enough of her wonderful stories.

I am in love with Roger Bigot!!

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  • Kathryn Knight
  • 04-23-16

The time of singing

Excellent book. To defy a king is the next book following on from this one. Both are excellent books and narrated very well.

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  • Gillian
  • 12-03-14

Beautiful story telling. A book thoroughly enjoyed

If you could sum up The Time of Singing in three words, what would they be?

Evocative. Emotional. Classic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Time of Singing?

When Ida gets her man but forfeits her son.

Which character – as performed by Peter Wickham – was your favourite?

Really hard to say as he performs each one so well but, if I have to choose, it would be Roger.

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

Not a clue!!!

Any additional comments?

I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance. The Author is excellent in her portrayal of the characters and the narrator holds your interest in the story to the very end. I absolutely love all of Elizabeth Chadwick's books, she is so clever in how she weaves stories around true events throughout a period of history.