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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (991 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Chadwick Narrator: Peter Wickham Publisher: ISIS Audio Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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When Roger Bigod, heir to the powerful earldom of Norfolk, arrives at court in 1177 to settle a bitter inheritance dispute with his half-brothers, he encounters Ida de Tosney, young mistress to King Henry II.

A victim of Henry's seduction and the mother of his son, Ida is attracted to Roger and sees in him a chance of lasting security; but in deciding to marry Roger, she is forced to make a choice. As Roger's importance as a mainstay of the Angevin government grows, it puts an increasing strain on his marriage.

Against a volatile political background the gulf between them threatens to widen beyond crossing, especially when so many bridges have already been burned. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly Dietor | 1/29/2014

    " I liked it. Didn't love it. Would possibly read this author again. I'm a sucker for any medieval story line, especially one from the 1100's and 1200's. The Plantagenets and I are in deep love with each other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Turner | 1/28/2014

    " Although I read and generally enjoyed the book, I didn't feel like it was going anywhere. There was nothing to work towards, no special climax. If you like historical fiction then you'll probably like this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 1/15/2014

    " Good historical fiction- a lot of what happened in the late 1100s in England. Pretty good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindi | 1/13/2014

    " It's amazing how woman were no more the pawns, but the courage and the way she made her life turnout best for her with the expectation of having to leave her firstborn in order to escape and make a life for herself and the love of her life. I can't wait to read more. I love this era of books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/2/2014

    " Another great read for medieval history enthusiasts. I really enjoyed Ida and Roger's story. Most of the stories I have read set during this period have focused on the royal court or the life of the great William Marshal and much of his story centered around the courts of Henry II, Eleanor, the Young King, and Richard I. This story, on the other hand, dealt more with the effects these rulers had on Barons and landowners of the period. The story doesn't have the intensity of Chadwick's The Greatest Knight or The Scarlet Lion, but its beauty is in the love story between Ida and Roger despite the great obstacles set before them. Chadwick is a master at characterization and I love how she shows Ida's strength despite being a woman during a time where women had few options open to them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/2/2014

    " From what I can tell this is the same book as "A Time of Singing." At least it is according to Kindle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misfit | 12/23/2013

    " US title for The Time of Singing. Perhaps Susannah can advise me if these should be combined or not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Grant | 11/20/2013

    " The 1st two books in this series were excellent (The Greatest Knight, The Scarlet Lion) however, this and the 4th book (To Defy a King) were a let down. Good for listening to, to kill time during a ride to work but not much more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Irwin | 6/23/2013

    " great read. Nice to see a strong female. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 6/4/2013

    " Wonderfully engaging and for the historical facts that I did check they were very accurate which for me made the tale even more engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sallie | 11/23/2012

    " The writing was quite good, but the storyline was less than intriguing. I found her William Marshall series much more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 6/23/2012

    " Decent bit of medieval historical fiction, but the author note was a bit wacky. Akashic records, really? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 3/12/2012

    " This had some interesting historical detail, although I was occasionally distracted by the oh-so-modern lens through which the main characters viewed their relationship. Not sure if I'd read it again or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 1/31/2012

    " Elizabeth Chadwick's writing truly brings 12th century England to life and is a pleasure to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 10/10/2011

    " I'd like to give this three and ONE HALF stars! If you like Phillipa Gregory, read Elizabeth Chadwick. Same genre, similar approach to historical fiction. This was well done and interesting. I'll read more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 6/29/2011

    " The story of Roger Bigod and Ida de Tosney, former mistress of Henry II and mother of his son William Longspee. Aside from the history, a compelling story of a broken families finally learning acceptance of one another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 5/16/2011

    " Although I read and generally enjoyed the book, I didn't feel like it was going anywhere. There was nothing to work towards, no special climax. If you like historical fiction then you'll probably like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 5/15/2011

    " Once again I have nothing but praise for Ms Chadwick's story telling. A time period you know about with a new story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 4/25/2011

    " I loved this book and the time period it was set in. Definitely one I would read again in the future! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 4/21/2011

    " I'd like to give this three and ONE HALF stars! If you like Phillipa Gregory, read Elizabeth Chadwick. Same genre, similar approach to historical fiction. This was well done and interesting. I'll read more by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 4/15/2011

    " I liked this historical novel and enjoyed learning about a time that is not commonly written about (late 1100's), but it was a bit boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 4/3/2011

    " I love a good historical fictional when the characters come alive and I feel transported back in time. This story did that for me. Very detailed on all levels. Highly enjoyable read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jewel | 11/28/2010

    " I'm on page 242 of 514 of The Time of Singing: Roger is VERY honorable!! U just respect him, It's kind of cute??? But really I don't need to read more about how great William Marshal is, he's got two books of his own! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dgoll | 11/14/2010

    " This is a good medieval historical fiction. I love to learn about these times without having to pick up a history book. I will read more of Chadwick. "

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