Owen

Tudor Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Ian Fisher
Series: Tudor Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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England, 1422: Owen Tudor, a Welsh servant, waits in Windsor Castle to meet his new mistress, the beautiful and lonely Queen Catherine of Valois, widow of the warrior king, Henry V. Her infant son is crowned king of England and France, and while the country simmers on the brink of civil war, Owen becomes her protector. They fall in love, risking Owen's life and Queen Catherine's reputation, but how do they found the dynasty that changes British history - the Tudors?

©2015 Tony Riches (P)2016 Tony Riches

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Needs More Emotion

I enjoyed the historic aspect of the book. However, the narrator's delivery invoked very little emotion, and did not bring the characters to life. A less refined, more impassioned narrator could have greatly enhanced the listening experience.

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Love this stuff.

But it had some inaccuracies that didn't make sense. It wasn't enough to make me stop listening because it was a good listen. I just don't understand the point of killing off his daughter Margaret as a newborn. It's nowhere near as shameful as Showtime's The Tudors mishmashing Margaret and Mary into one person-and I didn't stop watching-but still. Ah well. There's not much out there that focuses on Owen and Jasper, so, for that, I'm grateful to Mr. Riches.

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Yuck 🤢

I wish I had. It bought this. It was so boring I could not finish it.

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Wow. It doesn’t get better than this

I’ve never even heard of tony riches much less read his books What have I missed.?..I so enjoyed this book the historical details and the food the royals ate. The American listeners will be astounded to read the menu. Mr riches made every sentence interesting and important. I look so forward to book 2 of the Tudor trilogy. The British history can be a little complicated with so many factions and civil war but he made them more simple to understand. I highly recommend this audio book. You won’t. Be sorry

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Different narrator needed

Loved the book, did not love the narration. Ian Fisher had to many stumbles or mispronunciation, and that kills the story for me.

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Great listen!

I really enjoyed this book. I was interested because of the subject of the book. I’ve yet to see another historical fiction centered on Owen Tudor and thought the author did a great job of bringing the love story of him and Katherine of Valois to life!

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Well performed.<br /><br /><br />

Would have liked a bit more history but the sequencing was excellent and the narrator very good.

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And So It Begins

Was very interesting to start from the beginning of the Tudor trilogy. To read about Owen Tudor and then to know when his grandson was born to be given the name Henry Tudor. Can't wait for the rest of the series.

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  • jade
  • 03-22-17

Great story, poor narrator

I am a major history buff and I especially love the Tudor stories so I was really looking forward to this trilogy. The story itself is good and definitely worth a read if like me you enjoy this type of history. I didn't know much about Owen Tudor before so it was very interesting. What let this audiobook down was the narrator, who I unfortunately have to say was extremely poor. All voices and characters sounded the same, he was extremely robotic and wasn't 'acting' the story as well as I'm used to other narrators doing. I felt like it was just any old person reading the book to me with no real experience of being a narrator. I am definitely going to read the next book in the trilogy Jasper and I am relieved it is narrated by somebody different, hopefully they will be a lot better.

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  • Anja
  • 11-22-16

Not recommended

Dreadful narrator .... had to stop after a few chapters. Too slow and deliberate with wooden delivery - in particular of the dialogues.

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  • Guy
  • 11-10-16

First ever narrated book<br />

Normally I love to read books physically, I found this to be totally enjoyable in a gender I would normally give a miss. I have to honestly state I found the book totally engaging and in a way addictive. Once started it was difficult to stop.
I will now look to more of this type of book, in addition to my standard reading fare of thrillers and crime fiction, and so on. The book is certainly well written and narrated by Ian that I was hooked after the first minute.
Audible books was a trial for me, to see if I could actually cope just listening to the words being spoken, instead of having my nose in an actual book. Overall I am really happy that I did so, and have downloaded further books via the app to my smartphone, to continue this relaxing method of book reading.
Would I recommend this first book of the Tudor trilogy to others, certainly. It gives the reader the feel of being back in time, and observing the story being told.

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  • Clare-Ann
  • 03-05-20

owen tudor - good book

struggled to stay with it at first due to narrator's voice which I found annoying drool and slow. I love reading about this period so stuck with it. hoping the next book is a different narrator.

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  • T E BUXTON
  • 02-06-20

Owen the first Tudor<br />

loved the book. However, the narrator left me feeling irritated. Please read do not act!

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  • Mrs
  • 09-22-19

Good

Very much enjoyed this, apart from a few inaccurate Welsh pronunciations e.g. cawl and Glyndwyr.

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  • P Hollands
  • 10-19-18

Great story, not the best reading.

Story was brilliant, historically accurate where it needed to be and we'll written. It was let down badly by the narrator, or the recording. Scenes rolled into one another in almost the same breath and there was only a cursorory attempt at putting on different voices. Still good, but could have been much better.

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  • Sollenbum
  • 07-04-17

Interesting Premise

Would you try another book written by Tony Riches or narrated by Ian Fisher?

Probably not ... the bare bones of the plot are historical and interesting, but the characterization wasn't entirely psychologically convincing. The characters were rather flat and therefore did not quite engage my emotions.

What could Tony Riches have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The characters needed to be rounder for my taste.

What about Ian Fisher’s performance did you like?

Pleasant to listen to his voice and there was also variety so that it was possible to distinguish the characters.

Did Owen inspire you to do anything?

Might be nice to do some historical reading to get a sense of which plot points are historical and which are conjecture,

Any additional comments?

If you are interested in learning about the beginnings of the Tudor dynasty, this novel gives a sense of what might have happened.

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  • Mrs J
  • 10-22-16

Good story

Well written but read a little like a shopping list.

Interesting to hear the wars of the roses from this perspective.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-24-19

owen

i thought it was fabulous. thoroughly enjoyed finding out about a man I previously had not given much thought to.

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  • Dr. Alison M. Harman
  • 08-16-17

very easy to listen to

Interesting different view of the start of the Tudor family and the War of the Roses.