• Duke

  • The Leopards of Normandy, Book 2
  • By: David Churchill
  • Narrated by: Russell Bentley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

David Churchill's The Leopards of Normandy trilogy continues with Duke, as William of Normandy inherits his father's title and assumes command of his lands. Churchill's style brings to mind the vibrancy of Conn Iggulden and will enthrall fans of Bernard Cornwell and Ben Kane.

William the Bastard, boy Duke of Normandy, is alone in a world filled with enemies. His father, Robert, is dead, and the men chosen to protect William are falling prey, one by one, to a conspiracy controlled and manipulated by a man who has spent a lifetime being mocked and ridiculed but now burns with the need to be feared and obeyed.

In England two women, equally matched in their beauty, strength and limitless ambition, seek power through their sons. They wield no swords and command no armies, but their struggles for the crown are as bitter as any war. And between them stands Godwin, Earl of Wessex, seeking to build a dynasty that will outlast them all.

One day William will join the struggle for dominion over England. But for now he must fight just to survive, to reach manhood and then to impose his will on those who would oppose him. Including the young woman he wants for his wife.

©2016 David Thomas (P)2016 Headline Digital

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  • J. Savage
  • 10-07-21

Enjoyable enough.

I am enjoying this series, but the author has been compared to Conn Iggulden and I don’t think he is in the same league at all. It The way one character was able to fully predict the young Duke’s character and future greatness in lengthy detail simply by observing the way he looked at a plate of meat, made me laugh. But it’s interesting enough and an easy introduction to the story of William the Conqueror. My main criticism is regarding the narration. The narrator sometimes changes his tone midway through a speech so that you think it’s now a different character speaking, then you work out that it isn’t, or there are pauses in in odd places, making you think he’s reached the end of a sentence, when there’s more. His pronunciation of words is also wrong at times, mispronouncing the word ‘bow’ when talking about the front of a boat, or the place name Ely, which just takes you out of the story.

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  • Naomi Wetzel
  • 06-02-21

Thought Evoking

Gave me a glimpse at how hard it was to be born out of wedlock for William the conqueror. And how much he fought for what was rightfully his!

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  • d m holt
  • 04-04-18

Lamentable reading

Reading long books must be tedious, but Mr Bentley really isn’t trying. My guess is that he was asleep, or thinking of something else.

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  • s
  • 09-15-17

gripping,

loved it

hoped for traffic jams so I could listen for longer each day

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  • Paul D
  • 08-14-17

Solid historical novel

Rollicking yarn with enough historical detail to make it interesting. Handle with care - this is NOT history. Enough real facts and characters to lull one into a believe in it accurate depiction of the life of the young William. Enjoy but best not to believe anything as factual.

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  • Sean
  • 07-20-17

Excellent

Thoroughly recommended. The correct balance of action with a compelling storyline woven between the threads of real history

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-22-19

a gripping novel

a fantastic novel which will keep your attention the whole way through. highly recommend it