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Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Ravenscar Trilogy Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781427202468
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At the age of thirty-three, Edward Deravenel, having survived harrowing years of betrayal, threats from ruthless enemies, countless lovers, and a war that ravaged his country, is finally king of his company. It's 1918, an influenza pandemic is sweeping the country, and Edward has a family and a business to protect. He must thread his way between his loyal brother, Richard, and his treacherous middle brother, George, an alcoholic bent on self-destruction . . . but not before he tries to ruin Edward and his good name. Meanwhile, the wrath of his ever-jealous wife, Elizabeth, is reaching a boiling point as suspicions about Edward's relationships with other women arise.

Politics of inheritance are intense, and different family factions vie for honor over the years. An heir is needed to keep the Deravenel name alive, but tragedy and death remain obstacles at every turn. The choices include a loyal caretaker, a jealous rumormonger, a charming young woman, a sickly boy, and the scion of the family Edward ousted from power years before.

Barbara Taylor Bradford triumphs once again with a novel about passion, treachery, marriage, and family, and the compromises we're forced to make for power and love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Bradford's fiction has long focused on strong heroines who succeed against great odds. Her latest novel, The Ravenscar the first of a planned trilogy of novels, all destined for best-sellerdom. Seattle Post-Intelligencer on The Ravenscar Dynasty
  • Bradford depicts several branches of a large family warring over a successful company...Those sorry to see the former dynasty drama conclude will be happy to have a new saga to sink their teeth into. Booklist on The Ravenscar Dynasty

  • “Rife with dastardly struggles, smoldering, illicit passion, and cowardly insidious betrayals…Fans of Bradford's trademark brand of panoramic, multigenerational historical dramas will have plenty to sink their teeth into as the feuding Deravenels continue their rivalry. Booklist

  • The queen of the bestseller list still rules with The Heir. Miami Herald
  • Bestseller Bradford's dynastic epic spanning the 20th century should tide over her fans... Publishers Weekly
  • Bradford's characters are so real, readers clamor to know them better. USA Today
  • A juicy family saga…. BookPage
  • Barbara Taylor Bradford triumphs once again. Fantastic Fiction
  • This expertly crafted epic novel further explores the triumphs and tragedies of the Deravenel family. It will enthrall readers with its vivid characters and fast-paced, larger-than-life plot. Romantic Times BOOKreviews (4 ½ stars)

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 5/28/2011

    " I am enjoying this series and really like the way Bradford describes the relationships in the books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caliea | 4/27/2011

    " I found it hard to get into and then once you did get into reading it thought wow this is fun then all the death happens and nothing seems to be concluded i honestly stoped reading it after they killed off his daughters son was disgusting not sure if i would read any of her books again "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 4/27/2011

    " It was a saga of the empire of a wealthy family with really bad luck. It wasn't one of my favorites by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 12/19/2010

    " Just another of her books that I could not put down. It is an awesome book. I became a little bored when we got into modern times. I'd love to have more of her books like this set in the early 1900's. Great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 11/12/2010

    " Book is so so. But I have started it and I will finish it. Half way through. Some surprise that has been interesting with Edward and Elizabeth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 8/24/2010

    " not bad, not great, but it kept me entertained. i had missed the previous books in the series so I suspect that is why I didn't love it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samantha | 7/2/2010

    " I enjoyed the characters and their environment but I would have written this story completely differently. The author allowed for huge time lapses that created unnecessary and confusing backtracking. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Farhah | 4/12/2010

    " The book is totally not worth it. The storyline is just too boring. Can't bear with it anymore, after ten pages I kept telling myself it will get better, and the thing is, it never did. So, I decided to read another book and I just returned this one to the library without finishing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dilys | 3/31/2010

    " second book in the ravenscar trilogy. Intrigue & passion another great read from barbara taylor bradford. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yang | 3/20/2010

    " Als sein Vater tödlich verunglückt, muss Edward Deravenel das traditionsreiche Familienimperium übernehmen. Macht und Geld, Leidenschaft und Ehebruch, Ehrgeiz und Verrat: Eine dramatische Familiensaga vor dem Hintergrund der Belle Époque "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tanya | 3/4/2010

    " The story itself was ok, I didn't care for how it dragged out though. Took me a lot longer to finish this book then normal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 1/25/2010

    " This book started slow but picked up quickly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 12/8/2009

    " This was okay. it was rather slow with not much point, and then a rather rude dad at the end...especially for the times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jencey | 11/15/2009

    " I liked this book. I loved how she rewrote the history of the english royalty into a business. I did think the beginning was a little slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derla | 10/24/2009

    " I'm not sure I'm going to finish listening to this book. I"m not sure if it is the book or the reader, but it is not easy listening to it. "

About the Author

Barbara Taylor Bradford, bestselling author, was born and raised in England where she started her writing career as a journalist. She has written numerous international bestsellers, and a dozen of her novels have made the New York Times bestsellers list, including Hold the Dream, which made the New York Times list of #1 bestsellers. Several of her books have been made into television miniseries.

About the Narrator

John Lee is the winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. His has twice won acclaim as AudioFile’s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and coproduced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.