The Abbot's Tale

Narrated by: John Curless
Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
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From New York Times best-selling Conn Iggulden comes a new novel set in the red-blooded days of Anglo-Saxon England. This is the original game for the English throne.

In the year 937, the new king of England, a grandson of Alfred the Great, readies himself to go to war in the north. His dream of a united kingdom of all England will stand or fall on one field - on the passage of a single day.

At his side is the priest Dunstan of Glastonbury, full of ambition and wit (perhaps enough to damn his soul). His talents will take him from the villages of Wessex to the royal court, to the hills of Rome - from exile to exaltation. Through Dunstan's vision, by his guiding hand, England will either come together as one great country or fall back into anarchy and misrule....

From one of our finest historical writers, The Abbot's Tale is an intimate portrait of a priest and performer, a visionary, a traitor, and confessor to kings - the man who could change the fate of England.

©2018 Conn Iggulden (P)2018 Recorded Books
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This One's a Gem

I just finished the Conn Iggulden Wars of the Roses trilogy and was hungry for more. The Abbot's Tale is an exceptional story that really added to my understanding of the age. It is told in the first person and is both atmospheric and intimate. I highly recommend it as a great read.

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High quality fascinating story/performance

My favorite author does it again. Well paced innovative story that holds your attention and brings surprises with twists that somehow don’t seem impossible. The narrator is just right for the story and I will look for more of his work.

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sooo good ..

much of the book is based on actual events.
excellent one of the top historical fictions I think I've ever heard. I found myself awake at 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. almost every night I decided to listen to this while trying to go to bed.
probably better for driving in the car because the story kept me awake.
definitely worth the credit highly recommend it.

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Worth the listen

Insights about main character, his flaws and strengths all set in the historical tale about the real Dunston make the a rewarding listen.

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Great Historical Novel

Very interesting Middle Ages historical novel, author did his research. Religious influence, warfare seemed accurate, learned a lot about English history.

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Kind of boring compared to my normal type of book

Love ancient/middle age historical fiction. This wasn’t bad at all but so many other great books.

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An outstanding account of early English history!

I chose to listen to this book based on the intriguing prospect of the title. I was extremely surprised at the extent to which I enjoyed the novel. Conn Iggulden blends fiction with historical accuracy that drives the book through the life of Dunstan. The character is rich in personality and John Curless's narration feels like the words of Dunstan himself. The lives of the monks, common folk and the Royal Court of early England is very informative. The novel sheds light on an almost unknown part of history. For that alone, it is well worth the listen.

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Superb narration of a well-written history.

A fascinating look at this period of British history, interesting characters, wonderful details, great narration.

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Another fabulous story!

It's like being drawn into a timeline, and Conn makes it feel as if you are there. A masterful weaver of tales that are, ( at the same time,) current, and ancient.

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Superb

I wasn't keen on it for the first few minutes, but it lured me in and had me after the beginning.