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Niccolo Rising

House of Niccolo, Book 1
Narrated by: John Banks
Series: The House of Niccolo, Book 1
Length: 23 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Niccolo Rising by Dorothy Dunnett, read by John Banks.

The time is the 15th century, when intrepid merchants became the new knighthood of Europe. Among them, none is bolder or more cunning than Nicholas vander Poele of Bruges, the good-natured dyers apprentice who schemes and swashbuckles his way to the helm of a mercantile empire.

Niccolo Rising, book one of the series, finds us in Bruges, 1460. Street smart, brilliant at figures, adept at the subtleties of diplomacy and the well-timed untruth, Dunnett's hero rises from wastrel to prodigy in a breathless adventure that wins him the love of the strongest woman in Bruges and the hatred of two powerful enemies.

Niccolo Rising combines history, adventure and high romance in the tradition stretching from Alexandre Dumas to Mary Renault.

©1986 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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  • 09-09-19

brilliant

Well written to evoke the time with excellent performance and characters well represented and sympathetically portrayed.

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  • S. Woods
  • 01-01-20

Live this book.

Look forward to the rest of the series and re listening to get even more of the subtilises of the plot. Amazing.

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  • james
  • 10-01-19

The best historical fiction of all time? Probably

I listened to the Gordon griffen versions then didn’t like his replacement, so having another go at the full series with a new narrator is awesome. Go on John Banks you wee legend!