• The Wolves of Savernake

  • Domesday, Book 1
  • By: Edward Marston
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ralph Delchard, a soldier who fought at the Battle of Hastings, and Gervase Bret, a talented lawyer, have been commissioned by William the Conqueror to look into irregularities brought to light during the compilation of the Domesday Book. Their investigations take them throughout the kingdom, but the pair often find themselves embroiled in more sinister mysteries in the towns they visit. 

The king’s work is a dangerous business. A man’s body is found mutilated in Savernake Forest and the residents of Bedwyn sleep uneasy at night, fearing a monster stalking the town. When Ralph Delchard and Gervase Bret arrive, they discover that the locals are harbouring dark secrets and that the real killer may be a little closer to home....

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Starts slow but worth it in the end

I wasn't sure that this was going to be for me. The story was slow starting ( a lot of time spent introducing characters and setting the scene ) and the narrator seemed a bit over-the- top. I'm glad I stick it out though. The story developed well and the conclusion was plausible. The narrator kind of 'grew' on me though was still a bit jarring when reading certain characters but over all, a good listen.

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  • K
  • 11-23-21

Easy listening at its best.

This is historical fiction at the shallow end of the history pool but not the worse for it. Edward Marston seems to have perfected the lightness of touch needed for cosy crime eleventh-century-style.The historical detail was enough to make the setting removed from reality yet earthy enough for enjoyment.

The characters were engaging and diverse, the plot was entertaining and interesting without any angst to trouble the reader, and the denouement satisfactory.

What more could we want? David Thorpe as a narrator, that's what. He gives as masterful a performance as ever.

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  • Mr Gregory Lynes
  • 02-08-22

Great story brilliantly read

I do like a medieval mystery and fell on these books through my own stupidity. Searching for books narrated by another (Stephen Thorne) who I really enjoyed, I mistook David Thorpe (yes I admit they are not even similar and I blame old age!), so downloaded the first of the series.
The stories are brilliant not overly complex which I enjoy as I listen to them to relax but have a great range of humour and intrigue.
David’s ability to bring the characters to life is amazing you can easily immerse yourself into the conversations and feel the emotions of the characters.
If you enjoy this book as much as I have the next one in the series “The ravens of Blackwater” will not disappoint. I have never laughed so much, with the antics of Ralph Delchard.

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  • Woody
  • 01-19-21

Enjoyable Historic Fiction

well conceived with a good twist and excellent delivery by the story teller David Thorpe.

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  • lenka vlckova
  • 11-24-21

Great narrator

David Thorpe really makes this book come alive, he is a fantastic narrator , gods plot and storyline.