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    • The Half-Hanged Man

    • By: David Pilling
    • Narrated by: Nick Denton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the year 1395, the famous French chronicler Jean Froissart comes to England in search of tales of chivalry and warfare to complete his life's work, the Great Chronicle of England, France, Spain, and Adjoining Countries. Disappointed by the decayed state of England under Richard II, he visits a tavern inside Eastcheap, where a beggar comes to his table and claims to be Thomas Page, the famous soldier of fortune. 

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Soldier of Fortune (I): The Wolf Cub

    • By: David Pilling
    • Narrated by: Nick Denton
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    AD 1453. The great city of Constantinople, last remnant of the once-mighty Roman Empire, falls to the Ottoman armies of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. An English knight named Sir John Page is taken prisoner by the Ottomans and forced to entertain the Sultan with tales of the West. Page chooses to tell the story of his own long career as a soldier of fortune in France, Bohemia, and the Italian city-states. Page’s tale begins in the year of Agincourt, Henry V’s famous victory over the French.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Three more days

    • By Margaret on 03-25-18

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    • Leader of Battles (I): Ambrosius

    • By: David Pilling
    • Narrated by: Paul Jenkins
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Attacked from all sides, the Britons find a champion in the form of Ambrosius Aurelianus, the last of the Romans. Placed in command of Britain's only standing army, he fights to preserve the dwindling light of civilization while the treacherous High King, Vortigern, plots his destruction. The first book of the Leader of Battles trilogy charts the rise and fall of post-Roman Britain's first great hero, and his desperate struggle to hold back the shadows threatening to engulf his country.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Historical fiction? How about Historical Finest

    • By Ray Johnson on 02-24-18

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    • Longsword

    • By: David Pilling
    • Narrated by: Marston York
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    England, AD 1266. The kingdom lies in ruins after years of bitter civil war. Simon de Montfort is dead, slaughtered in battle, and his surviving followers fight on with the fury of despair. Known as the Disinherited, these landless men infest the forests and highways and prey on the common folk. Hugh Longsword, a common soldier, fights for the King against the rebels who threaten to destroy England. He is taken into the service of the Lord Edward, King Henry’s eldest son, and made to work as a spy. Edward sends him into the wild north country, home to the most dangerous rebel captains: men such as Sir John d’Eyvill and his savage cousin Nicholas, known as the Beast for his cruelty. 

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    • Reiver

    • By: David Pilling
    • Narrated by: Mark Topping
    • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    AD 1569. The March lands between England and Scotland are a place of terror, where outlaw bands and broken men rob, pillage, and murder in open defiance of the law. Here, deadly blood-feud is a way of life. Families of robbers, known as Border Reivers, live via blackmail and terrorism. No man sleeps safe in his bed, and the sound of hoof beats on the tops is a herald of death. Richie Reade, known as Richie O'the Bow, finds himself dragged into this dark and bloody world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic.

    • By Dawraby on 10-12-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Soldier of Fortune (II): The Heretic

    • By: David Pilling
    • Narrated by: Nick Denton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Page describes his time among the fanatical Hussites in Bohemia. Condemned by the Pope as heretics, the Hussites dared to defy the might of the Catholic church and the Christian princes of Europe. In response, the Pope ordered their destruction, down to the last child, and the brutal subjugation of their country. Page joins the Hussites just as another crusade is launched against Bohemia. Led by the merciless King Sigismund, known as the Dragon of Prophecy, the crusaders will drown the land in blood rather than let heresy prevail.   

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • AWESOME ADVENTURE!

    • By Victoria Haugen on 10-22-18

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    • Bending Adversity

    • Japan and the Art of Survival
    • By: David Pilling
    • Narrated by: Tim Andes Pabon
    • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
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    In Bending Adversity, Financial Times Asia editor David Pilling presents a fresh vision of Japan, drawing on his own deep experience, as well as observations from a cross section of Japanese citizenry, including novelist Haruki Murakami, former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, industrialists and bankers, activists and artists, teenagers and octogenarians. Through their voices, Pilling captures the dynamism and diversity of contemporary Japan.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, but the narrator was distracting

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-31-16

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Growth Delusion

    • Wealth, Poverty, and the Well-Being of Nations
    • By: David Pilling
    • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    We live in a society in which a priesthood of economists, wielding impenetrable mathematical formulas, set the framework for public debate. Ultimately, it is the perceived health of the economy which determines how much we can spend on our schools, highways, and defense; economists decide how much unemployment is acceptable and whether it is right to print money or bail out profligate banks. The backlash we are currently witnessing suggests that people are turning against the experts and their faulty understanding of our lives.

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Growth Delusion

    • Why Economists Are Getting It Wrong and What We Can Do About It
    • By: David Pilling
    • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A revelatory and entertaining book about the pitfalls of how we measure our economy and how to correct them, by an award-winning editor of The Financial Times. According to GDP, the economy is in a golden era: economic growth has risen steadily over the past 70 years and shows no sign of stopping. But if this is the case, why are we living in such fractured times, with global populism on the rise and wealth inequality as stark as ever?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An excellent education in economy without being bi

    • By Anonymous User on 10-18-18

    Regular price: $15.98

    • Longsword II

    • The Songs of Montfort
    • By: David Pilling
    • Narrated by: Marston York
    • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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    AD 1267. Civil war continues to rage in England between the supporters of King Henry III and rebel barons known as the Disinherited. The memory of Simon de Montfort, butchered on the field of Evesham, is kept alive by his devoted followers. Disturbing rumours reach London of fresh trouble in distant Northumberland, where royal agents have vanished without trace. At the same time a band of discontended barons have formed an alliance against the crown and occupied Alnwick Castle, one of the strongest castles in the north. 

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    • Leader of Battles (II): Artorius

    • By: David Pilling
    • Narrated by: Paul Jenkins
    • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Britain, AD 470. Ambrosius Aurelanius, the defender of Britannia, is dead, murdered by the son of his greatest enemy. His successor, the heroic General Artorius, is meant to take the crown his predecessor refused and reign as High King. With the Saxons defeated, and the Picts and Scotti driven out, all is set for a golden age of peace and prosperity. Artorius, however, chooses to step aside and allow another to seize power.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • He will be remembered as a king

    • By Ray Johnson on 03-05-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Leader of Battles (III): Gwenhwyfar

    • Leader of Battles series, Book 3
    • By: David Pilling
    • Narrated by: Paul Jenkins
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Artorius has reigned as High King for two years. After his shattering victory at Mount Badon, an uneasy peace reigns over the land. The squabbling British kingdoms cling on in the West, while to the East the Saxons under Cerdic lick their wounds, waiting for a new generation of warriors to grow to manhood. Artorius is still unmarried, and faces increasing pressure from his nobles to take a wife. When civil war threatens, he finds a bride in the person of Gwenhwyfar, eldest daughter of the King of Powys.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not Quite Camelot

    • By Betababe on 09-19-18

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    • Folville's Law (I): Invasion

    • By: David Pilling
    • Narrated by: Steve Fortune
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
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    England in 1326 stands on the brink of civil war. Due to the incompetence of Edward II's government, the north is virtually overrun by the Scots, while an invasion fleet is massing across the channel, led by Edward's estranged queen, Isabella, the 'She-Wolf of France'. The first book in the Folville's Law series follows the adventures of Sir John Swale, knight of Cumberland, as he investigates a murder that threatens to bring disaster to Edward's failing kingdom. Along the way he clashes with Eustace Folville and James Coterel, two of the most notorious and brutal outlaws in England. As the death toll mounts, it remains to be seen who will survive and who will perish in the savage game of war and politics. 

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