The Conquering Family by Thomas B. Costain audiobook

The Conquering Family

By Thomas B. Costain
Read by Frederick Davidson  and David Case

Random House Audio

The Plantagenets / Pageant of England Series: Book 1

13.52 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781415964835

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.

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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.

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by Meagan 9/13/2017
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Great History, But Just Not for Me

I've enjoyed reading Robert Massie's books on the Romanov family, and seeing all the great reviews on this book (the first installment of the Plantagenet series by Costain), I thought I'd love the audiobook. Not true. The writing is great, but I'm not finding the story to be as compelling as other historical accounts. I think that the Plantagenet story, at least in its earlier days, is just not of interest to me. In addition, David Case--a reknowned narrator of audiobooks who passed away in 2005--had too haughty a voice for my tastes, even though he's exactly the right type of narrator for this story. Most people I've talked with LOVE his voice, but I just can't take it seriously. I tend to put print books aside if I'm not captivated by them within the first 50 pages,; I made it almost an hour into this audiobook before I decided I didn't like it enough to continue, so I feel like I gave it a fair shot.

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Author Bio: Thomas B. Costain

Author Bio: Thomas B. Costain

Thomas B. Costain (1885–1965) was born in Brantford. He attended high school there as well as the Brantford Collegiate Institute. His career as a writer began in 1902 when the Brantford Courier accepted a mystery story from him, and he became a reporter there (for five dollars a week). He was an editor at the Guelph Daily Mercury between 1908 and 1910. He married Ida Randolph Spragge on January 12, 1910 and they had two children. Beginning in 1914, he was a staff writer for and, from 1917, editor of Toronto-based Maclean’s magazine. His success there brought him to the attention of the Saturday Evening Post in New York City where he was fiction editor for fourteen years.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 13.52
Audience: Adult
Language: English