• Winning His Spurs

  • A Tale of the Crusades
  • By: George Alfred Henty
  • Narrated by: Jim Hodges
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (98 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bring history back to life through Jim Hodges' historically accurate, exciting, and edifying audio recordings.

Mr. Henty weaves a story of the life and times of King Richard the Lion-hearted that is yet to be equaled. Cuthbert de Lance, the hero of the story, is of Norman blood on his father's side and Saxon by his mother. By providing timely aid to the Earl of Evesham, Cuthbert is rewarded by being allowed to go to the Crusade as his page. He gains a reputation for valor and prowess due to gallant deeds, and his resourcefulness not only helps King Richard but aids Cuthbert in many a 'hairbreadth escape'.

The Henty Historical Novel Collection, written by George Henty in the 1800s, covers many time periods in history throughout the world. In this collection, you will learn history, geography, and vocabulary while also discovering hero characters for your children to emulate.

Public Domain (P)2004 Jim Hodges Productions
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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Fantastic adventure for all ages!

We absolutely love G.A Henty books. They can be a bit difficult to read aloud, so we always get the audible versions. This tale is a fast paced adventure during the time of King Richard and the crusades. My daughter and I greatly enjoyed this book, and highly recommend to boys and girls. Ages 8-9 and up. There are some battle descriptions that might be alarming for sensitive children, but my 10 year old had no issues.

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Captivating and thoroughly enjoyable!

This was an excellent purchase and was well worth the time spent listening to it! The audio recording was not quite as good as another version I have by this author, yet it is still very good!

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I highly recommend

Hi all !
I had to read this book on short notice and was hesitant at first but listening to this audiobook it really brought it to life. The story is full of twists and turns that the whole family would enjoy. Consider getting this book, it’s one of the best ones I have ever read.

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I found it trite kind of like a history about the crusades, mingled with the story of Robin Hood and then with the story of the magma carta, and then to have the discovery of Richard imprisoned and rescue by an the emperor, and then rescued by troubadour and his retainer Cuthbert by bringing everyone against the Emperor. It is all over the place with a development of characters and place. I did finish the book. I deserve 5 stars for finishing

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Great Book!

This is a great book! So much action and adventure, you feel like you are a part of the story.

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Young Cuthbert with King Richard I

Robin Hood makes a cameo appearance in this tale of young Cuthbert who accompanies his Earl as a page on the 3rd Crusade with King Richard the Lionhearted. After the death of his Earl and his own extraordinary service, he is knighted by the King and named as the next Earl of Eavesham.

Meanwhile, Prince John unsuccessfully attempts a rebellion against the royal administrators of King Richard at home. John has installed one of his partisans as the new Earl and threatens the supporters of Richard.

The Crusade is not ultimately successful, but does better than the previous attempts. On his return home, the fleet is scattered, and Richard is captured and held for ransom by the Holy Roman Emperor. Sir Cuthbert escapes his own dangers, locates the imprisoned king, and works to aid his release.

On return to England, John surrenders to his brother Richard. Sir Cuthbert is installed as rightful Earl of Eavesham and awarded his chosen bride, Margaret, the daughter of the late Earl.

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Great Story!

Such an entertaining and fun way to learn about the history of the crusades and King Richard. The narrator's voice was a bit annoying. I would definitely try to find another version in the future. Our entire family enjoyed this and we listened to it on a cross-country trip together.

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Highly questionable narration.

I couldn’t make it through the first 20 minutes or so. The narrator is like a kindergarten teacher reading aloud to the class. It comes off as a children’s story just by the reading and not the book itself. I don’t know who listened to that and thought it was good enough to publish but I guess that’s why all these books are free with Audible plus.

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I got through it.

My main problem with this and the three other audiobooks I bought from this company was he reader. He overemphasizes every other word as though he were reading to a toddler. He didn't research the actual pronunciation of the words he was going to read. That's not unusual, but most people can pronounce "diet", "comparison" and "copious".

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Severely let down by narrator's pronunciation

TypicalGAHenty fare i first read half a century ago . Quintessial English schoolboy historical novel with young male hero winning against the odds.