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    • The Troubadour's Tale

    • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Philip Battley
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    When Nicholas Elyot and his friends set out to spend the Christmas season in the country, they are prepared for a hard journey in winter. They are also wary of violence on the road, for these are troubled times after the Great Pestilence, when bands of dispossessed and desperate men roam the countryside of England. It is not surprising, therefore, when the troubadours hired to provide entertainment at Leighton Manor are attacked in Wychwood. Yet why should this group draw the attention of outlaws, who are searching for something? Is one of the troubadours not quite what he seems?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A worthy addition to the series

    • By Lee on 02-25-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Bookseller's Tale

    • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 1
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Philip Battley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 374
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 337
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 336

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Held my interest, excellent historical background

    • By Marcheta on 04-07-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Novice's Tale

    • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Philip Battley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 181
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 181

    When the novice Emma Thorgold goes missing from Godstow Abbey in the summer of 1353, the hunt is on throughout the Oxfordshire countryside. Bookseller Nicholas Elyot and scholar Jordain Brinkylsworth are anxious to help the girl, but her stepfather has other intentions. Why is he so determined to shut her away for life? Or worse? And will she be found unharmed?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing Second Book

    • By Judith A. Weller on 06-18-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Huntsman's Tale

    • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Volume 3
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Philip Battley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    Oxford, late summer, 1353. On hearing that his cousin is short-handed for the harvest, Nicholas Elyot takes a group of friends back to the family farm to help. When a deer hunt in Wychwood ends in tragedy, suspicion is directed toward the huntsman, a boyhood friend of Nicholas. But the victim has made many other enemies, any one of whom could have shot the fatal arrow. Can Nicholas uncover the real killer before it is too late?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Medieval Mystery

    • By Dr Who 2 on 10-19-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Merchant's Tale

    • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 4
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Philip Battley
    • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    Oxford, Autumn 1353. St. Frideswide's Fair is a great annual event in Oxford, bringing together merchants and buyers from all over England and Wales, and from as far away as Flanders and France. Yet the earnings from the fair, granted to the Priory of St. Frideswide centuries before, are resented by the town, and resentment can turn to violence. Under the unscrupulous Prior de Hungerford, even more trouble is brewing.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 4th in remarkable hist. fiction mystery series

    • By Lee on 02-10-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez

    • The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez, Volume 1
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 59

    It is the year 1586. England is awash with traitors, plotting to assassinate the Queen and bring about a foreign invasion. The young physician Christoval Alvarez, a refugee from the horrors of the Portuguese Inquisition, is coerced into becoming a code-breaker and agent in Sir Francis Walsingham's secret service. In the race to thwart the plot, who will triumph - the ruthless conspirators or the equally ruthless State?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Story, Somewhat Distracting Narration

    • By Wren on 06-17-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Enterprise of England

    • The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez, Book 2
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    Facing the threat of King Philip's Enterprise of England - Spanish invasion and annexation of the country - Sir Francis Walsingham's secret service spreads a network of agents across Europe. After caring for hundreds of maimed and wounded soldiers returning from the fall of Sluys, young physician and code-breaker Christoval Alvarez is sent on two dangerous missions to Amsterdam, where, amongst the friendly Hollanders, treason and treachery lurks.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I loved the story

    • By Book lover on 04-15-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Bartholomew Fair

    • The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez, Book 4
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    When Bartholomew Fair, London's largest public festival, is threatened in 1589 by 500 armed soldiers dismissed from service without pay, the authorities act swiftly and decisively to prevent trouble. Yet other trouble is brewing. Young physician and code-breaker Christoval Alvarez stumbles upon a sinister troupe of Italian puppeteers bent on making mischief, but it soon becomes apparent that more than mischief is in the air.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Voyage to Muscovy

    • The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez, Book 6
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    An agent sent to Muscovy to investigate suspected treason amongst employees of the Muscovy Company has disappeared without trace. Sir Francis Walsingham, who began the investigation, is dead, but the directors of the Company know that the agent must be found, dead or alive. The perfect opportunity comes when the Tsar, Emperor of All the Russias, asks for an English physician to treat his young half-brother. Christoval Alvarez, physician and former Walsingham agent, is the obvious choice, but is loathe to travel to this violent and barbarous land.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Portuguese Affair

    • The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez, Book 3
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    The year after defeating the Spanish Armada, England retaliates. The expedition to Portugal sets out to destroy what remains of Spain's Atlantic fleet, drive the Spanish out of Portugal, put the claimant Dom Antonio of Aviz on the throne, and seize the Azores. But from the time the English fleet, led by Drake and Norreys, reaches Plymouth, things start to go wrong. Christoval Alvarez, sent to carry out two missions by Walsingham, has a more important private plan in mind.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A bleak and disturbing tale, very dark

    • By Gail N. on 12-08-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • This Rough Ocean

    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Philip Battley
    • Length: 23 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    It is December, 1648, and England faces one of the greatest crises in its history. Bands of renegade soldiers and broken men roam the countryside, looting, burning, and raping. In Parliament, former allies are torn apart after six years of bloody conflict. John Swynfen, a rising young MP and one of the leaders of the moderate party, is working for peace, but only if safeguards can be established to protect Parliament and control the powers of the king. Ranged against him and his friends are Oliver Cromwell and his son-in-law Henry Ireton, intent on seizing power by the sword.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Epic Love Story. Beautifully written & narrated.

    • By Cate F. on 01-27-18

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Suffer the Little Children: The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez, Volume 5

    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    In Elizabethan London, no child is safe. Children are misused and exploited by parents, masters, strangers, and society at large. Even the children of the rich are in danger. When a five-year-old heiress to great estates is kidnapped, Christoval Alvarez, the players of James Burbage's company, and a disreputable group of child beggars all become involved in the search. At Seething Lane, matters are approaching a crisis.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great details

    • By Sherry on 07-28-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Testament of Mariam

    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Serena Scott Thomas
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    "Today I had word that my brother Ya'aqôb is dead." When this news reaches Mariam, living in exile in the province of Gaul, memories of her girlhood in faraway Palestine are painfully awakened. For years she has blocked them from her mind, but as illness and old age overtake her, she begins to relive the time when she defied all propriety and convention and followed her charismatic brother Yeshûa and her betrothed Yehûd'a in their daring but perilous adventure.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator

    • By Linda on 01-09-18

    Regular price: $24.95