Longbow

The Saga of Roland Inness, Book 1
Narrated by: James Young
Series: The Saga of Roland Inness, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
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Roland Inness desperately needs meat for his starving family, but he takes the wrong deer on the wrong nobleman's land. Worse yet, he uses his longbow, a weapon outlawed and suppressed by the Norman overlords of England. Now they are coming for him. With one shot the 14 year old peasant boy is launched on a desperate flight that takes him from the mountains of Derbyshire to the wild frontier of Wales and on to the court of Richard the Lionheart. Along the way he is hunted by a paid killer, aided by a strange monk named Tuck, and taken in by a gruff Norman knight, who values his amazing skill with the bow. That skill and his courage are sorely tested as he fights to earn the trust of his new master. Longbow is the first novel in The Saga of Roland Inness. It is followed by Warbow, which takes Roland and his companions to the Holy Land on King Richard's Crusade, and The Broken Realm, which tells the story of his return to England to find a country in the midst of a civil war. The final book in the series, The Ransomed Crown puts Roland at the center of the struggle to save Richard's crown while he is imprisoned by the Holy Roman Emperor and his brother John seeks to usurp the throne.

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Enjoyable

So far the book is entertaining and seemingly well written. I like the tone and tempo of the narrator, however his command of accents and presentation of alternative characters could use work. I am an avid listener and the best books have a narrator who can do different voices and characters convincingly.

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Excellent start to a series

Tremendous start to a series. Fast pace easy to follow story with lost of action.

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  • Nadia
  • 05-14-17

Gripping Historical Adventure

If you could sum up Longbow in three words, what would they be?

Gripping historical adventure

What was one of the most memorable moments of Longbow?

Certainly the opening scene is extremely atmospheric.

Which character – as performed by James Young – was your favourite?

Roland. He's an ideal hero.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several.

Any additional comments?

This is historical adventure that manages to be both exciting and entertaining. The style of storytelling is lively and descriptive. The novel makes more than a passing nod to the Robin Hood legend, and contains a colourful cast of characters, with all the makings of a fantastic hero. A promising start to the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-07-18

longbow

a great story, all action and no flowery bits. looking forward to Roland's next adventure.

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  • James
  • 07-18-19

Very Poorly Read

The story and research into the period is competent however the reader sounded like he was doing a Postman Pat story for children. It was bad enough to stop me continuing with the series. A shame

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  • Liza1044
  • 10-01-17

Dull

Dull story, dull reading. I can forgive the reader but what he had to read wasn't worth the effort. Shame, because the idea and concept are good but the end result just didn't engage me.

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  • George Lomas
  • 06-13-20

Great story, already purchased the second book.

Really enjoyed this, especially being from a family who’s ancestry is in and around Kinder scout! The only issue I have is the narration seems cheaply edited, but it doesn’t take away from the story. Thanks for writing!

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  • Greg
  • 09-23-19

Not bad

A nice easy listen. narrator could have been better. if you want a similar but better version of a world with these characters try the Outlaw series.

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  • Timbo
  • 09-01-19

Entertaining story - bizarre narration

I enjoyed the story behind this with steady plot development and some engaging characters that have real promise as the series continues but sadly the narrator is woeful. It is impossible to engage with the story with the whining and flat style of the narrator and unfortunately ruins what could be a really good series.

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  • Roy H.
  • 05-20-19

Exceptional.

superb irregular twisting no knowledge of legends etc etc excellent storyline very good characters strong characters superior can't wait to read the book 2.

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  • jeffrey jones
  • 01-12-19

an enjoyable read will now read the next episode

An enjoyable experience looking forward to reading the next chapter in the young squires life

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  • Crusty
  • 11-04-17

Such a shame about the narrator

While the story is standard for the genre, it would be entertaining if it were not for what must be the worst narration I have experienced. I have no idea how anyone could have thought the weak voices this narrator offers could possibly fit the characters. They all come across as wimpish and effeminate. Suitable for a children's story (up to 8 years-of-age) but hardly fitting for fighting men.

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  • Kate CHAPLIN
  • 10-19-18

A real saga

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more of young Roland's adventures through the English countryside. It's not often we learn about the significance of the Vikings who had settled in tiny communities, nor of their ongoing struggles with the Norman invaders. Wayne Grant has done an excellent service in exposing Mediaeval English politics and how those politics affected the peasantry and the lower levels of the aristocracy.