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    • The Conquering Family

    • By: Thomas B. Costain
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 167
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 111
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105

    Thomas B. Costain's four-volume history of the Plantagenets begins with The Conquering Family and the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066, closing with the reign of John in 1216. The troubled period after the Norman Conquest, when the foundations of government were hammered out between monarch and people, comes to life through Costain's storytelling skill and historical imagination.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing, dare I say WOW!

    • By Elizabeth on 04-02-12

    Regular price: $39.93

    • The White and the Gold

    • The French Regime in Canada
    • By: Thomas B. Costain
    • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
    • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    This is the fascinating story of the French regime in Canada. Few periods in the history of North America can equal it for romance and color, drama and suspense, great human courage and far-seeing aspiration. Costain, who writes history in the terms of the people who lived it, wrote of this book: "Almost from the first I found myself caught in the spell of these courageous, colorful, cruel days..."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Listen!

    • By Ninotchka on 05-17-12

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Black Rose

    • By: Thomas B. Costain
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    Walter of Gurnie, bastard son of an English peer, is forced to flee from Oxford for his part in the university riots of 1273. Inspired by Friar Bacon, he determines to travel to China. With his friend Tristam, he fights his way to the heart of the fabulous Mongol Empire and returns famous, to find that he must choose between the first love he thought lost and the exotic flower that he found in the East.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book

    • By Jean on 03-09-13

    Regular price: $39.93

    • The Silver Chalice

    • By: Thomas B. Costain
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    The latest release in the Christian Epic series is an exciting novel that takes place shortly after Christ's death and resurrection. Basil is called to design the case which will hold the silver cup that Christ and His disciples drank from at the Last Supper, and plans to sculpt their likenesses upon it. As he seeks out these followers of Christ, he encounters grave danger.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A christian epic

    • By Jean on 01-06-13

    Regular price: $51.93

    • The Three Edwards

    • By: Thomas B. Costain
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76

    The Three Edwards, third in Thomas B. Costain's survey of Britain under the Plantagenets, covers the years between 1272 and 1377 when three Edwards ruled England. Edward I brought England out of the Middle Ages. Edward II had a tragic reign but gave his country Edward III, who ruled gloriously, if violently.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb history

    • By Howard on 06-29-09

    Regular price: $43.93

    • The Magnificent Century

    • By: Thomas Costain
    • Narrated by: David Case  
    • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    The Magnificent Century, the second volume of Costain's "A History of the Plantagenets", covers Henry III's long and turbulent reign, from 1216 to 1272.

    During his lifetime, Henry was frequently unpopular, unreliable, and inconsistent. Yet his reign saw spectacular advancement in the arts, sciences, and theology, as well as in government. Despite all, it was truly a magnificent century.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • They don't write histories like this anymore....

    • By Mary Elizabeth Reynolds on 04-13-13

    Regular price: $39.93

    • Ride with Me

    • By: Thomas B. Costain
    • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
    • Length: 23 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Ride With Me tells the story of an unusual soldier who has been allowed to drop out of sight.

    Regular price: $45.50

    • The Last Plantagenets

    • By: Thomas Costain
    • Narrated by: David Case  
    • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78

    The final volume in A History of the Plantagenets covers the century from 1377 to 1485, when civil war ravaged England, rebellious peasants marched on London and wandering preachers sowed dissent in the credulous poor. The last Plantagenet monarchs governed in violence and confusion. Kings came and went, deposed or murdered. Princes and nobles slaughtered or were slaughtered in bloody battles or private feuds. It was an era of brilliant successes, tragic reverses, and wild extravagance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Last Plantagenets Review

    • By Michael Kehoe on 08-21-10

    Regular price: $43.93

    • The Tontine

    • By: Thomas B. Costain
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 41 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    Tontine is a form of gambling - part lottery, part insurance. It begins with the Day the Battle of Waterloo was fought and ends at the closing of the 19th century.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sprawls Over Most of a Century

    • By Sarah on 05-12-13

    Regular price: $56.00