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The Bookseller's Tale Audiobook

The Bookseller's Tale: Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Oxford, Spring 1353. When young bookseller Nicholas Elyot discovers the body of student William Farringdon floating in the river Cherwell, it looks like a drowning. Soon, however, Nicholas finds evidence of murder. Who could have wanted to kill this promising student? As Nicholas and his scholar friend Jordain try to unravel what lies behind William's death, they learn that he was innocently caught up in a criminal plot. When their investigations begin to involve town, university, and abbey, Nicholas takes a risky gamble - and puts his family in terrible danger.

©2016 Ann Swinfen (P)2017 Ann Swinfen

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    Marcheta 04-07-17
    Marcheta 04-07-17 Member Since 2007

    love audio books - Anglophile

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    "Held my interest, excellent historical background"

    This is my kind of book. The story depended on a well-drawn world of a medieval bookseller and his relationship with Oxford instructors and students. I liked the family members, too. The murder mystery unfolded at a reasonable pace and wasn't predictable. The narrator did a great job. I hope audible releases the second book in this series, The Novice's Tale, with the same narrator. I downloaded the first book from audible of Swinfen's Christopher Alvarez series, but I haven't listened to it yet - now I'll definitely give that series a listen.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Wren Texas 06-10-17
    Wren Texas 06-10-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Wonderfully Detailed Story, Perfect Narration"

    A lively mystery with engaging details of medieval life. The author knows her setting well, having studied in the (modern day) Oxford.
    The narration could not be better, subtle, well spoken, with a range of wonderful British dialects by a native Englishman.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. bostonish 06-10-17
    C. bostonish 06-10-17

    Caroline

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    "Great performance, very good story"

    Loved the narrator. The story was a bit predictable but I loved all the historical details

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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 07-09-17
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 07-09-17
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    "loved it"

    I first thought it can't hurt to check it out , but I couldn't put it down . Good story and interesting . before reading this , I had no idea how parchment was made. also learned the value of books at that time . I enjoyed the book.

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    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 06-18-17
    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 06-18-17 Member Since 2008

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    "Great Start of New Series"

    I like the setting and time period a lot. - 14th century Medieval England just after the Plague has ended. The author knows the period and bring it alive for the readers. The narrator is good at the different voices which makes it great listening entertainment.

    The Mystery was well done and ties in nicely with the way books were created in this period. You will learn a lot about how books were created and illustrated by hand. The main character is a very liable person which adds to the enjoyment of the book.

    For readers who like historical mysteries, be sure to read this book it is a winner.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bill 05-29-17
    Bill 05-29-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Not much of a mystery"
    Would you try another book from Ann Swinfen and/or Philip Battley?

    Yes


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Knew it long before the end


    Could you see The Bookseller's Tale being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, it might make a better movie than a book


    Any additional comments?

    The atmosphere of the period was good but the mystery was a little weak - the perpetrator obvious early on. A more compelling story in the same setting would welcome. After all the other rave reviews, I found myself rather disappointed by the book itself.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gail N. 07-11-17
    Gail N. 07-11-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Inconsistent character development, weak plot"

    The historical background material is delivered in a very engaging way and greatly enriched the story. The supporting characters were interesting as well. The main character seemed to be well developed, intelligent and held my interest until the last three chapters. Although the plot was rather predictable, the irritating behavior of the main character as the denouement approached was quite a disappointment. The author had a good story line, fine characters, and a wonderful setting and time period. The resolution of the mystery was however a real clunker.

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    Denise Reckart 07-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The Booksellers Tale "

    What must be appreciated in this volume is the obvious proof of the author's time and energy in researching the era. Also combining suspense and comedy is most enjoyable, making her characters very believable. It is easy to imagine the scenes at home as she so vividly describes them. This is, perhaps, one of my favorites. I am an avid Sherlock Holmes fan, therefore the deductions and reasonings were a special delght. Bravo! I'm looking forward to many more volumes.

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