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From New York Times best-selling Conn Iggulden comes a new novel set in the red-blooded days of Anglo-Saxon England. This is the original game for the English throne.

In the year 937, the new king of England, a grandson of Alfred the Great, readies himself to go to war in the north. His dream of a united kingdom of all England will stand or fall on one field - on the passage of a single day.

At his side is the priest Dunstan of Glastonbury, full of ambition and wit (perhaps enough to damn his soul). His talents will take him from the villages of Wessex to the royal court, to the hills of Rome - from exile to exaltation. Through Dunstan's vision, by his guiding hand, England will either come together as one great country or fall back into anarchy and misrule....

From one of our finest historical writers, The Abbot's Tale is an intimate portrait of a priest and performer, a visionary, a traitor, and confessor to kings - the man who could change the fate of England.

©2018 Conn Iggulden (P)2018 Recorded Books

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This One's a Gem

I just finished the Conn Iggulden Wars of the Roses trilogy and was hungry for more. The Abbot's Tale is an exceptional story that really added to my understanding of the age. It is told in the first person and is both atmospheric and intimate. I highly recommend it as a great read.

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High quality fascinating story/performance

My favorite author does it again. Well paced innovative story that holds your attention and brings surprises with twists that somehow don’t seem impossible. The narrator is just right for the story and I will look for more of his work.

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sooo good ..

much of the book is based on actual events.
excellent one of the top historical fictions I think I've ever heard. I found myself awake at 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. almost every night I decided to listen to this while trying to go to bed.
probably better for driving in the car because the story kept me awake.
definitely worth the credit highly recommend it.

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Great Historical Novel

Very interesting Middle Ages historical novel, author did his research. Religious influence, warfare seemed accurate, learned a lot about English history.

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Worth the listen

Insights about main character, his flaws and strengths all set in the historical tale about the real Dunston make the a rewarding listen.

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One man’s ego

Sometimes I had to remind myself that some of it could have possibly happened just as narrated. On the whole, imagination-induced-belief in it all being a fantasy was more fun. Oddly entertaining as a man goes about doing whatever with a perfect justification or soul-cleansing confession at the ready. The tunnel-vision of a gigantic ego is at play through the reign of (almost) 7 kings, many upheavals and so much attributable to this one mind (if you are completely mesmerized, that is). Fantastical tales, it appears, are as much fantasy as they are sprinkled with kernels of truth. My first C. Iggulden story, and I enjoyed it very much.

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Great book but plays with the historic facts

Loved this book, brilliantly written and performed. Only issue I have is with Conn’s playing with the historic facts. Appreciate that in the historic notes he does own up to a few “interpretations” but not all. For example he puts Edmunds death in Winchester where in effect it was in a hunting palace in Pucklechurch. Understand that the Winchester setting fits far better into the story but it’s not correct. Overall it doesn’t spoil a great, enjoyable story but just remember it’s a story not an historic record.

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Not at all what I had expected

This story was quite interesting. I expected more violence, based on the other books I have seen from this author, but this one had tidbits here and there. The value in this book is that it details a fascinating and strange story, pretty near to the actual history, with the author filling some gaps that history has left open. I enjoyed it more the longer I listened.

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Excellent history, unscrupulous protagonist

I was drawn into the history, and repelled by Dunstan. His treatment of his brother, insisting a life debt that was called in for Dunstan's personal revenge, was unpardonable. Some of the character portraits; Edmund, Edward, Wulfric, are well delineated. Others, albeit lesser characters, are less. Landscape and sunset/sunrise description is lyrical.

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A history of England!

I personally didn’t care for the narrator. The story is well written and explained fairly well although at some points it felt a little disjointed. The historical aspect of the book is really remarkable and the authors ability to weave a tail is very good!