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The third book in the captivating Birth of the Plantagenets series brings the 12th-century reign of Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, to vivid life. 

England’s Archbishop of Canterbury is dying and with him the power of the Church. Seizing his chance, King Henry II sets out to enforce the rule of law that he has painstakingly established to bring violent, corrupt and criminal clergy before his courts. 

The ever-scheming courtier Thomas Becket uses his mastery of deceit, sycophancy and wit to undermine the monarch and the Plantagenet dynasty. Should Becket be elected as the next Archbishop of Canterbury, to the fury of Queen Eleanor and Empress Matilda, he will be one step closer to being applauded as England’s strongman. 

A story of ambition, jealousy, rebellion and downfall, The Lions’ Torment follows Henry, Eleanor and Becket in an era of political flux, betrayal and vengeance that leads to one of the most scandalous and tragic murders in history.

©2020 Blanche d’Alpuget (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing

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Each book in this series gets better and better in its creative energies, both written and voiced.

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Brilliant performance by Colin Morgan. As usual. Third in the series and he seems quite comfortable with these characters, displaying a masterful command of accents, voices, and general storytelling. Quite engaging, indeed. Frequently felt like I could see the characters come to life. Well done, sir.

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Captivating

After suffering multiple disappointments due to the delays in the much anticipated release of this audiobook, it definitely was worth the wait! The story of the house of Plantagenet continues amid the politics of church and state. The rise and fall of Thomas Becket as the Archbishop of Canterbury takes centre stage in the story.

Once again the characters come to instant life voiced by the incredible talents of Colin Morgan. He enables the listener to instantly recognize which character is speaking due to the various accents and tonal inflections he gives each of them. Truly he has a gift.

I cannot say enough about how much I enjoy this series, and particularly Colin's narration. I now eagerly await book 4.

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  • PenelopePItts
  • 12-04-20

Compelling listen

Once again Colin Morgan brings an audiobook to life. Highly recommended like the previous books.

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  • Susan Ibi Preus
  • 02-21-22

Captivating story & excellent narration

The third book is, as the two first in the series, really well written. To me, this story is even more interesting and captivating than books 1 & 2. I just wanted to listen and keep listening, not doing anything else. Needless to say, this book is my favorite in this series so far.
Colin Morgan delivers outstanding performance. It is an absolute pleasurable listen with great fluidity in the storytelling as well as managing to capture the nature of the characters with both charm and creativity in the many many voices.

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  • MRS R LLOYD
  • 02-19-22

Another great listen.

the third book in the series, is as enjoyable as the first two, albeit with a greater emphasis on pure narrative. The narrator does an excellent job, helping to distinguish between so many different characters, and therefore brings this good story to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-21

So far……..

So far this is one of the best book of the series so far. The battle between Henry the king and Becket head of church came to an end here. It is a very well written story which enhanced by the skilful narration of Colin Morgan.

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  • Clare0116
  • 01-05-21

Henry's Torment

What demons and power struggles led Henry to punish his former friend Thomas a Becket?

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  • emrys
  • 12-17-20

Brilliant !

As with the other two books in this series, this novel was very well written. It takes the known history of Henry and Becket and travels in a different and very creative manner, which I find most intriguing.
It would be difficult to find a better narrator than Colin Morgan for this series.