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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,710 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharon Kay Penman Narrator: Emily Gray Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Henry II Trilogy Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781461847021
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From New York Times bestselling novelist Sharon Kay Penman comes the stunning story of a great medieval warrior-king, the accomplished and controversial son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine—Richard the Lionheart. A powerful tale of intrigue, war, and diplomacy, Lionheart plays out against the roiling conflicts of love and loyalty, passion and treachery, all set against the rich textures of the Holy Land.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 3/29/2016

    " For a very long historical fiction novel, this was very good. It kept me engaged and the narration did well, especially considering the very large and diverse cast of characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lalla | 1/20/2014

    " An amazing story that will transport you to the battlefields of the holy land.The author develops the unforgetable historical figures from the Plantagenet family including Eleanor of Aquitane. You will be in the middle of battles to free storied cities in the Holy Land and you will not want this story to end as you follow this rockstar king and general as battles to free Jersulaum. My new favorite by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/20/2014

    " I don't think that Sharon Penman is the best writer in the world and I find some of her repetitions and insertions a bit clunky, but yet I always enjoy her novels and was enthralled by this the whole time. I'm looking forward to reading the next volume. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheri | 1/4/2014

    " I must confess up front that Penman is one of my favorite authors and Richard I is one of my favorite subjects, so perhaps the five star rating is a bit biased, but I did love reading this book. Penman did exceptional research for this book, and I truly enjoyed some of the side characters (where is the full story about Morgan ap Ranulf?) Even the author's note is an exceptional read. i thought this book was more about the women in Richard's life: his mother, his wife, his sister, Anna, Alys( his jilted betrothed), and the Queen of Jerusalem. The descriptions of Sicily were lush and beautiful (actually all of her locale descriptions are very evocative...). This is not a romance novel, so there is very little sex in it, but there are LOTS of violent battle scenes. In fact, this is the greatest drawback of the book, in my opinion. In her desire to be historically accurate, she details every battle they have, and I think that several could have been omitted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 12/29/2013

    " Well, not too impressed with this one. Penman's writing is a bit ponderous; the book was a very slow read because she kept detailing family histories/relationships/geneology for even minor characters ... pretty unnecessary if you ask me. The middle picked up the pace a bit, but I was still disappointed with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cel Jel | 12/7/2013

    " I found the first chapters did not grab me as I am usually grabbed. In fact there was a paragraph that made me wince so much, because there was a sense that we were being dictated to. However once past the introduction and near Sicily with Eleanor travelling across the Alps I grew to love the rest of the book. It was fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorinda | 12/4/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this novel about the third crusade from 1190-1192. Penman has done extensive research and presents a picture of Richard I that is sympathetic but also probing. Her characters interact in scenes that are believable and provide evidence of different points of view. The language is clear but rich and propels the story along. The French crusaders, including Philippe, King of France, thwart Richard at every turn while Saladin is shown to be a generous enemy and the two opposing leaders have great respect for each other. At times it is difficult to keep track of the minor characters but the book contains a cast of characters and a few maps. Appearances by strong female characters (Eleanor, Joanna, Berengaria, and Isabella) are woven throughout the story and we come to care about the fates of them and Richard's fellow crusaders, especially Henri, Count of Champagne, and nephew to both Richard and Philippe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Deal | 11/15/2013

    " My favorite author! Absolutely amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlene Vickers | 9/24/2013

    " Man, the seeds of his future failure re so obvious here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Burns | 7/14/2013

    " This was The best and Most Accurate book that I have ever read on Richard I (lionheart) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Prost | 7/2/2013

    " This was a remarkable book in its thorough research and readability, but I have learned to expect nothing less by Penman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd Settimo | 4/12/2013

    " I really enjoyed this portrayal of Richard Lionheart. I am eager for the next installment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Hobbit | 8/12/2012

    " first electronic book like format on galaxy 5 player and book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 7/12/2012

    " Good, solid historical fiction - story of Richard the Lionhearted. "

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About the Author
Author Sharon Kay Penman

Sharon Kay Penman is the author of several historical novels and mysteries. Among writers who admire her work are Margaret George, Steve Berry, George R. R. Martin, and Bernard Cornwell. Her readers are passionately committed. A lawyer by training, by her mid-thirties she was a full-time novelist. She lives in Mays Landing, New Jersey.

About the Narrator

Emily Gray grew up in a military family and started audiobook narration in 2001. She has been heard bringing to life the adventures of Becky Bloomwood in Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series. Emily and her husband started the Classics Acting Company in Dallas where she has appeared in The Cherry Orchard.