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The Tudor Mystery Trials Box Set: The Tudor Heresy, A Queen's Spy and A Queen's Traitor - Medieval Historical Fiction

Narrated by: Alex Lancer
Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Meet Richard Fitzwarren - An anti-hero with a dubious past, questionable morals but unswerving loyalties

Box Set - containing the novella "The Tudor Heresy" and A Queen's Spy and A Queen's Traitor.

Jack Fitzwarren, Richard’s displaced bastard brother, seeks a place at his brother’s side. Impulsive and hot headed, his attempts to gain his brother’s acceptance and approval often end badly. Finally the brothers are brought head to head when Richard tries to foil a plot against Elizabeth I.

Can Jack murder his brother to save a woman he’s never met?

Will Richard accept his fate and fight? Or will he run?

“It combines murder, mystery, and intrigue in a most masterful way.” Rita Kroon, author of Letters from the Past

As Tudor, England erupts following the death of Edward VI, can one young spy protect his queen? International best-selling author Sam Burnell takes us deep into the treacherous world of powerful monarchs, intrigue, murder, and treason with this magnificent new epic, A Queen’s Spy.

In 1553, England is torn apart by religious conflict. Power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and brotherly love. 

Richard Fitzwarren, caught in the middle of a cruel family feud, wants nothing more than to make his own way in the world. A childhood friend of the Princess Elizabeth, he cannot forget his loyalty in her time of need. Pressured by her sister, Mary, Elizabeth’s continued existence remains precarious throughout her reign. The divide between Catholic Mary and Anne Boleyn’s Protestant daughter Elizabeth is a deep one.

©2018 Sam Burnell (P)2018 Sam Burnell

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Excitement from start to finish

This is fast paced, and I know it is a cliché to say “there is never a dull moment,” but in the case of this series that is certainly the true. The brother go from one scrape to another and don’t always emerge from them intact either, which makes the series believable. Jack ends up in debtors jail in London and the situation and the circumstances are quite bleak and I really felt the cold cloying evil of the place as I listened.

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Not as good as expected

When I first read through all the reviews on this book, they were ALL five stars. So I bought the book based on that. Now I am very suspicious about all those five star reviews...this in not a five star book IMO. It was just OK. my issues included the narration - a strangely androgynous voice that didn’t change much from character to character, and mostly delivered through ‘gritted teeth ‘ is the only way I can put it, as though everyone was always on the verge of losing control and thumping the person in front of them, always angry. Dunno, maybe they all WERE always angry, I mean no one seemed to be in a very good temper most of the time and no one was really likeable either. The other thing that irked me about the narration was the mangling of pronunciation in really weird ways e.g. I’ve never heard anyone pronounce ‘pursuade’ as ‘per SOO ade’ before! That’s just one example of many oddities - ‘trough’ pronounced ‘truff’ is another. It’s not a huge deal I know, but enough for me to roll my eyes and dislike the book further every time it happened. And the ending...not sure if it WAS an ending. I didn’t enjoy the story much either, it wasn’t gripping but I pushed through to see what happened and apart from a couple of parts I pretty much found it very meh. Nope, this is not a five star book.

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Hoping and waiting for the next installment!

I LOVE historical dramas and Sam Burnell did a great job on this series! I adore the Poldark series and was looking for something to take its place as I have read the whole series. I wasn’t sure about this set of books but I am now a fan and am looking for the next installment. It’s refreshing to explore the developing relationship and love between two estranged brothers. This is not a pseudo romance novel but a great adventure in the time between Queen Mary and her sister Elizabeth I. Buy the box set. Cuz once you read The Queen’s Spy, you’re going to want to read the Queen’s Traitor so just buy the box set.

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Boring!

Nothing about this novel was remotely engaging. The narration is lackluster. The point of the srltory was impossible to discern.

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  • ESM
  • 01-07-19

Story interesting. Narration irritating at times.

This story is interesting, although sometimes it jumps ahead to a scene and then fills in the context afterwards which can be a little disconcerting until you get used to it. I have not got to the end of it yet - but probably will - although the narration is bothering me enough to want to review mainly on that. My apologies to the author.
The Narrator has a slightly odd accent and rather old fashioned BBC type english which does grate a bit. As the story unfolds it becomes more obvious that the reader does not have knowledge of english history or names, and has not done his research to make up for this. For example marzipan is pronounced march-pain, which seemed strange. Names especially are wrong. We tend to say the name Northumberland as Northunberlund in this reading (and after a while annoyingly) it is pronounced Northumberlaaand. Thomas Seymour becomes Saymore, Hazeldene becomes Hazzledine etc etc
So it's a good story - somewhat spoilt by the narration. I looked up the narrator on linked in, his degree is from a Chicago business owned private Slovenian University, his profile says he is exploring narrating sci-fi, I think he should keep to this and avoid historical texts where this is background knowledge required to get pronunciation right.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-18

Painful

I've now given up on this. I can't believe all the 5 star reviews. The narration makes it almost painful to listen to. The narrator has for some bizarre reason decided to pronounce many words in a VERY strange way which just distracts you from the story. I think "melancholy" and "Northumberland" were my favourites - it really takes some believing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-18

The first audio book I have given up on

I am at a complete loss to understand why it was decided that the narration should be by someone who is not able to pronounce key words (eg minute, in the context of 'minute detail' is pronounced as if it were a period of time (60 seconds) and Hazeldene is pronounced with the 'a' as in 'rat'). These disturb one's listening. The narration is in a monotone voice; has little expressiveness and includes pauses mid sentence and sentences being run together when a pause is essential.

My mother and I listen to many historical novels and love them. She gave up too. We gave it 5 or 6 hours. Perhaps, if the story had been stronger I would have continued.

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  • Arshi
  • 07-26-18

Good triple pack

Three good listens packed into one book. This runs for nearly 25 hours I like a well put together audible book and this was one of them. The story is good and easy to follow, and I found myself routing for one brother and then the other, then both as they come together and finally work as a team towards the end of the last book. Great ending. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • izzy
  • 03-10-19

Given up!

What a waste of a credit. I could not continue to listen to this book because the narration was unbearable!!!!

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  • Peter Reynolds
  • 03-08-19

shame about the narrator!

The story line was excellent and well thought out, but I'm afraid the narrator let the story down. I'm not sure if he is foreign but his diction and pronunciation was over precise, this stilted the speech lines and at times was annoying. also his mispronounced place names, surnames and some normal English words being pronounced as they are spelt and not as we say them was frankly annoying, such as Durham, we pronounce it Duh-rem not Der-ham! his take of a northern accent was South African!! it's a shame as I think with an English actor with the ability to put on different voices, this series would go from good to great. If you re-record it with a different narrator, I'd listen again.

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  • Mandy
  • 03-07-19

Spoilt by the narrator

Moderately interesting, but the narrator! It felt as if I was listening to a 13 year old at an elocution exam! Every consonant carefully sounded, but no sense of engagement with the story. Some horrendous mispronunciation. Took me a while to realise that ‘Milan collie’ was meant to be melancholy! One of very few books I am returning for a refund

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  • Caramel
  • 02-23-19

Unconvincing narration

A very English story narrated in a foreign accent!
From prince to peasant the accent and intonation never changes - characters all blur into one. The effect is soporific and causes the mind to wander and lose track of the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-23-19

Poor narrator.

Very flowery words , which when narrated by a non-native English speaker makes my mind wander very easily from the story,

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  • H. L. Nielsen
  • 12-29-18

Appalling narration

Sadly, despite this promising to be a thoroughly good story set in an era of British history that lends itself to drama, I couldn’t listen to more that half an hour of this tale due to the absolutely awful way it is read. The voice almost sounds automated. I even checked my settings to make sure it didn’t sound that dreadful because of something I’d done! Such a shame.....

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  • Adrienne Harris
  • 08-28-18

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The reading was somewhat laboured except when depicting characters and these were done very well. I persevered but found the staggered reading style off putting.