• Crusader

  • Lionheart, Book 2
  • By: Ben Kane
  • Narrated by: Philip Stevens
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

King

1189. The long-awaited goal of Richard Plantagenet, the Lionheart, comes true as he is crowned King of England. Before he can set off on crusade and retake Jerusalem from the Saracens, he must set his own kingdom in order and deal with his half-brother Geoffrey and younger brother John, both of whom pose threats to the throne. 

Politician

These matters settled, Richard's incredible journey to Outremer, the Holy Land, begins. With him at every step is Ferdia, also known as Rufus, his loyal Irish follower. From southern France to Italy they travel and on to the kingdom of Sicily, ruled by the scheming Tancred. Delayed on the island for military and political reasons, Richard must deal not only with its ruler but also King Philippe of France, his erstwhile ally on the crusade and long-time bitter rival. There is occasion for some levity, however - in Sicily, the king marries Berengaria, daughter of a Spanish king. 

Warrior

Voyage continuing, he comes into conflict with the ruler of Cyprus, the self-styled emperor Isaac. Richard's tactical brilliance sees the island fall to the crusaders in a whirlwind campaign. At last he is poised to sail to the Holy Land. There a bitter two-year-long siege awaits his army, at Acre. Waiting for him too, is Saladin, the iconic Saracen leader responsible for the loss of Jerusalem. 

Conqueror

Triumphant at Acre, Richard must again play politician before the crusade can continue. Philippe of France seeks to thwart him at every turn. No one can agree who should fill the empty throne of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. When at last the king is able to lead his army south, Saladin's huge army shadows its every move. In the height of summer, the conditions are brutal, the temperatures boiling. On the dusty field of Arsuf, the Lionheart and his soldiers will face the ultimate test. Battle is inevitable, but victory is not.

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to hear more. Looking forward to the next book.

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King Richard, the man.

That era and the legend of King Richard has been gloriously demystified and scriven into flesh and blood.

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Ben Kane

This is a great story. I am a big fan of this historical era (more so English history) and history overall. Ben gave me a great window in how those days in the throne room and on the battlefield may have looked. Great story line and Philip Stevens' performance was outstanding. Cannot wait for the next book in the series.

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If I wanted a crappy love story...

I would have bought a Harlequin novel if I wanted a cheap novel of forbidden childish trusts..

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  • BG
  • 09-07-21

Entertaining historical fiction

Well done!
I enjoyed this series & am looking forward to the 3rd book in 2022. The narrator is outstanding; a flawless performance. great voice, professional- attention to every detail
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Nothing is held back from the bloody battle scenes. Wonderful choice for an audible book . 4 stars not 5 because found myself wandering from the book sometimes. I listen much during the day when doing other things. It has in depth information about Richard the Lionheart . I learned much and enjoyed it. God’s legs, I am tad bit weary of hearing King Richard swear “god’s legs”..!

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  • Ray Carpenter
  • 06-12-21

First class ..

This book is first class , the history ,the detail, the narration an epic tale...

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  • J. Wexler
  • 02-17-22

Romance novel, Historical or Hysterical fiction?

What did I think? I think I wanted a historical fiction of Richard in the Crusades but I got a Harlequin romance.

Richards campaign was fairly accurately followed, which was great and very well done.

Where did it all go wrong? Our story teller spends about 1/3 of your time screwing the kings sister. Moaning about the kings sister. Dreaming about the kings sister. Having utterly unimaginable encounters and interactions with THE KINGS SISTER. (did I mention the kings sister for 1/3 of my review?)

Saladins troops all run away at every chance. The Knights assemble in groups of 12-50 and attack THOUSANDS of the "Turks" and are variously described as mowing, hewing reaping, scything and every other verb you can think of.

It got old and sounded like a repetitive superhero movie.

The cover of the book displays the chest of a crusader in his tabard. Instead we should be seeing his shirtless pecs with some blonde hanging off of his arm, a castle ruined in the background.

I wont be investing any further in this series. King Richard will have to be taken hostage and freed without me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-07-22

Superb narrator.

A fine book that is not Kane's best but still very enjoyable and the move away from Rome is welcome. The highest praise must go to the perfect narration. Next please.

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  • Liz
  • 01-31-22

great sequel

simply amazing, loved every single word. cant wait for the next installment. please come soon!!

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  • Mair
  • 01-08-22

Skillfull

With a superb narrator who really brings to life all the different characters who are laid out before you Ben Kane’s fascinating story is really brought to life. He captures the period brilliantly, without showing his research, and conveys the politics without boring you. The battles are gory, the characters realistic.

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  • the truckin chef
  • 11-19-21

bring history to life

Well read, well written and throughout an example of bringing this time and era to life . now to be honest I have not checked exact historical detail but I feel its been well recherched

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  • Tony T
  • 10-26-21

Brilliant

Well written Well narrated Looking forward to the next book. Ben Kane is an exciting author

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  • Michael W.
  • 10-04-21

enjoyable listening

I only bought the first book because it was in offer and I'm hooked. definitely not my last book from the author


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  • ben
  • 09-29-21

another great Ben kane novel

Ben will always be one of my favourite authors and this is just another great story to my collection

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  • Paul Sharpe
  • 06-29-22

never again!

I started so I finished!
I won't be reading anything further from this author.
What could and should have been a informative, interesting and exciting tail full of intriguing characters, with a backdrop of the colour and flavours of the Orient turned out to be bland, devoid of well developed characters who's thoughts, concerns, strengths and weaknesses were laid bare. yes there was plenty of blood and guts, battles etc but by that stage it's clear that the reader should just get to the end. A end which couldn't come quickly enough!

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  • David
  • 05-28-21

Gripping

Once started hard to stop listening to this excellent production. Cannot wait until the third instalment.

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  • r1gby1983
  • 05-18-21

A strong follow up from the first book

I liked this one better than the first book and follows Rufus and Richard the Lionheart to Jerusalem. I felt like I continually wanted to read it and the storyline was good.

I am looking forward to the next instalment where I suspect Rufus and Richard will have numerous things to deal with back in England and France.

I loved the Griff Hosker books and these aren’t as good but still an enjoyable read.

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  • Sweetheart1
  • 05-06-21

worth the wait

perfect combo of Ben Kane and Phillip Stevens...i felt like i was in the battles! bring on the next installment !