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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,445 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Manda Scott Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Boudica Series Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9780736698139
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Dreaming the Eagle is the first part of the gloriously imagined epic trilogy of the life of Boudica.

Boudica means Bringer of Victory (from the early Celtic word “boudeg”). She is the last defender of the Celtic culture in Britain; the only woman openly to lead her warriors into battle and to stand successfully against the might of Imperial Rome—and triumph.

It is 33 AD and eleven-year-old Breaca (later named Boudica), the red-haired daughter of one of the leaders of the Eceni tribe, is on the cusp between girl and womanhood. She longs to be a Dreamer, a mystical leader who can foretell the future, but having killed the man who has attacked and killed her mother, she has proven herself a warrior.

Dreaming the Eagle is also the story of the two men Boudica loves most: Caradoc, outstanding warrior and inspirational leader; and Bàn, her half-brother, who longs to be a warrior, though he is manifestly a Dreamer, possibly the finest in his tribe’s history. Bàn becomes the Druid whose eventual return to the Celts is Boudica’s salvation.

Dreaming the Eagle is full of brilliantly realized, luminous scenes as the narrative sweeps effortlessly from the epic—where battle scenes are huge, bloody, and action-packed—to the intimate. Manda Scott plunges us into the unforgettable world of tribal Britain in the years before the Roman invasion: a world of druids and dreamers and the magic of the gods where the natural world is as much a character as any of the people who live within it, a world of warriors who fight for honor as much as victory, a world of passion, courage, and spectacular heroism pitched against overwhelming odds.

This novel stunningly recreates the roots of a story so powerful its impact has lasted through the ages.

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  • Dreaming the Eagle is a powerful novel about Boudica, one of the most intriguing and mysterious women in history. Scott as done her research, and the mix of real images and her imagination has created a completely believable world. Her characters are so true to life that they all but jump off the page, and the story is alive with the love, deceit, wisdom and heroics of humanity. Read it and enjoy! Jean M. Auel, nationally bestselling author of The Shelters of Stone
  • What’s amazing to me about this tale of Boudica, Britain’s legendary female warrior, is the pitch-perfect fluency with which Manda Scott brings it forth . . . like an eyewitness recounting real events that she saw and participated in. Her reimagining of this age, when the tribes of Britain clashed with the legions of Rome, includes interior monologues, multiple points of view, dreams, visions, ecstasies, and interlocutions with the dead, all of it utterly convincing and compelling. . . . A stunning feat of the imagination and an absolute must-read for lovers of historical fiction. Steven Pressfield, author of Tides of War and Gates of Fire
  • A masterpiece of historical fiction, Scott's richly detailed novel brilliantly captures the driven, passionate soul of the Celts. The lyric prose captivates, the characters ensnare. In Scott's talented hands, the legendary Celtic queen Boudica breathes, lives, and absolutely rivets. Karen Marie Moning, author of The Dark Highlander
  • Manda Scott has created a book to stir the hearts & souls. Leslie Forbes, bestselling author of Fish, Blood & Bone
  • Hailed as the new Mary Renault...A truly remarkable story full of wonderful atmosphere...Intensely exciting, a tale of passion, courage and heroism against huge odds, which is intensely moving. Publishing News

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 2/15/2014

    " Except for the complicated Gaelic names of people and places that take up a great deal of the pages of this book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. An exciting story of the tribes of what is now England, in the time of Caligula, when Rome was bent on conquering the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/12/2014

    " I really loved this book. My mom's friend lent it to her and I ended up picking it up after she was done with it. I thought I was getting into a historical fiction and was surprised to find so many of my favorite fantasy elements in place as well. Boudica, real person, Romans conquering every civilization that can sink they're swords into, real events, but then there are the visions, and energy of the gods and tons of subtle mystical events. Also, the writing style is wonderfully detailed. The only thing that occasionally throws me off is how the book jumps forward in time. I was really into the story and then it abruptly jumped several years into the future and I had to get into it all over again. Other than that though, really unique and original book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lora | 2/11/2014

    " It was okay. Little boring. I made myself read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 1/21/2014

    " A stranger in a coffee shop was reading this book and we struck up a conversation about it. The next time I saw her she let me borrow it ... It started a little slow for me but once it got moving I was hooked. The entire series is awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 12/27/2013

    " An enthralling read for anyone who likes historical novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 12/22/2013

    " i just love boudica!! read all the books in 2 weeks!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail | 12/17/2013

    " The detail within this historical fiction is excellent, though it can go a little far at times. The book could probably be just as good and much shorter but all in all, a very interesting period in history and a fascinating woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Míami | 12/12/2013

    " A fantastic account of the famous warrior's early life and how she came to be who she is. Remarkably believable and compelling read. The characters are fantastic and complex and the author's description of what is now a virtually unknown culture is well-crafted and credible. Lots of action too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz Phillips | 11/6/2013

    " I learned a lot about horses from this book. I'm not sure if that was the authors intent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 10/10/2013

    " Historical fiction fan, here. Lots of political and cultural details but they don't get in the way of good plot and character development. Excellent beginning to the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzie | 9/15/2013

    " I am a complete Boudicca fan, I love historical and I admire Manda Scott as an author - put them all together and I'm in heaven. Well written and researched - enjoyed every page "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Teghan | 6/12/2013

    " I really wanted to like this book. I adore Boudica as a historical figure and I love reading historical fiction. I just couldn't get into this one. It was just weird. And a bit incestuous. I read about 1/4 of it, which is saying a lot because the text is really small, before I decided to give up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 11/29/2012

    " Having first read Book 2 in the Boudicca series, I tracked down Book 1 in the local library. Well researched and well told - it nearly sounds real but the author admits it is nearly all fiction as facts from the time are so few and far between. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 10/19/2012

    " Not as good as I had hoped... definitely gets better at the end. I'll probably still read the next one in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/16/2012

    " n enthralling series which need to be read in the correct order to really appreciate them. I found them educational as well as very enjoyable although maybe not for the squeemish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha Robinson | 6/16/2012

    " A good example of historical fiction, with emphasis on the fiction (although not in a bad way). Definitely made me want to read others in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josie | 4/14/2012

    " I liked the main story, diversity, characters... but too much politics! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Little | 10/11/2011

    " Fantastic, loved every minute of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 9/17/2011

    " Re reading this marvelous book and second time around it is even better. Brilliant prose that carries you away to the land of the Eceni. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny Pensham | 9/12/2011

    " A book I remember finding very hard to put down. I became totally absorbed into the life of Boudica and her family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 3/9/2011

    " A bit strange but enjoyable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 2/22/2011

    " Good book, a little confusing though. You have to read it constantly or you will lose the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 2/21/2011

    " good series...I like stories about powerful women "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail | 2/2/2011

    " The detail within this historical fiction is excellent, though it can go a little far at times. The book could probably be just as good and much shorter but all in all, a very interesting period in history and a fascinating woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 12/12/2010

    " Love, Love ,LOVE this series. I cried right along with the characters.I think the story Manda Scott tells here will be carried with me in my spirit journeys as well as my day to day life. Excellent read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 10/22/2010

    " A book I remember finding very hard to put down. I became totally absorbed into the life of Boudica and her family. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Teghan | 10/2/2010

    " I really wanted to like this book. I adore Boudica as a historical figure and I love reading historical fiction. I just couldn't get into this one. It was just weird. And a bit incestuous. I read about 1/4 of it, which is saying a lot because the text is really small, before I decided to give up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ty | 7/7/2010

    " This was pretty well written and well researched. The pace did slow routinely because of the depth of detail though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 6/5/2010

    " Having first read Book 2 in the Boudicca series, I tracked down Book 1 in the local library. Well researched and well told - it nearly sounds real but the author admits it is nearly all fiction as facts from the time are so few and far between. "

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About the Author
Author Manda ScottManda Scott is a veterinary surgeon, writer and climber. Born and educated in Scotland, she now lives in Suffolk with one horse, two lurchers and too many cats. Manda Scott first made her name as a crime writer. Her debut novel, Hen’s Teeth was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Her subsequent novels are Night Mares, Stronger than Death and No Good Deed, for which she was hailed as "one of Britain’s most important crime writers." and was nominated for an Edgar Award.
About the Narrator

Josephine Bailey’s impeccable narrations include the British classics Jane Eyre and The Secret Garden. She has also used her subtly nuanced style to enliven historical fiction and light romances. She has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.