• Hostage to Fortune

  • By: Sarah Hawkswood
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Hostage to Fortune

By: Sarah Hawkswood
Narrated by: Matt Addis
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Publisher's Summary

January 1144. 

Hugh Bradecote does not want his betrothed heading off on pilgrimage to the shrine of St Eadgyth at Polesworth, but the Archbishop of Canterbury's envoy and his entourage of monks seem Heaven sent as escorts, right up until they are captured by a renegade who wants his forger out of the lord Sheriff's cells; a renegade who loathes the Benedictines and kills for pleasure. 

Against a backdrop of a hard winter and even a frozen River Severn, Bradecote and Catchpoll are struggling to rescue the clerics and Christina, before a psychopath does his worst, the lord Sheriff loses patience and Bradecote cracks under the pressure.

©2019 Sarah Hawkswood (P)2020 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Fascinating

I love this time period and the author brings a great sense of realism to the narrative. This is the first Audible book as I have read the previous books. I truly enjoyed it and look forward to more.

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  • The Curator
  • 03-07-20

Good fun

Kidnapped monks and women being strong-hurrah. The editors were grossly unfairly to the narrator for not editing out his comment which clearly followed a mistake but that’s a common problem with books on audible. We deserve better.

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  • Kimmsie
  • 02-14-22

Not the best but...

I still enjoyed it. Matt Addis does a really good job of the narration. In respect of the story; at times Hugh Bradecote spent so much time feeling sorry for himself that I wanted to shake him. How on earth was he going to save his betrothed sitting about moping?! Other than that, the story was good and it flowed well, even though it frequently switched from the search to the kidnappers and hostages.

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  • Dr. George
  • 09-03-21

Good story, Implausible ending

A good story, well told. The only disappointment was in the last chapter where the recovery of the main characters from a traumatic sequence of experiences far too quickly. E.g. Catchpole could not have ridden so soon after a wound to his thigh which cut to the bone Equally the lady’s recovery was much more impressive than might be expected after such an ordeal as she endured

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