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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas B. Costain Narrator: Richard Matthews, Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781415911143
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This is the fascinating story of the French regime in Canada. Few periods in the history of North America can equal it for romance and color, drama and suspense, great human courage and far-seeing aspiration. Costain, who writes history in the terms of the people who lived it, wrote of this book: “Almost from the first I found myself caught in the spell of these courageous, colorful, cruel days. But whenever I found myself guilty of overstressing the romantic side of the picture and forgetful of the more prosaic life beneath, I tried to balance the scales more properly. [This] is…a conscientious effort at a balanced picture of a period which was brave, bizarre, fanatical, lyrical, lusty, and, in fact, rather completely unbalanced.”

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 MzDivaDawn | 8/13/2010

    " I can't get enough of British historical fiction, British royal history, etc (after all, I am half English in heritage, the other half is Italian); however, this was just wayyyy too dry, even for me "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginger | 1/11/2010

    " I tried to listen to this but my head fell off because I was so BORED and the way that the history was presented was so overtly romantic and biased. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curt | 3/16/2009

    " Very good anecdotal history of the earliest plantagenet kings. This is part of a four book series and covers Henry II, Richard I and John. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ROSALIE | 6/18/2008

    " I cannot put this book down and I am looking forward to the others written about the Plantagenets of England. There is much information about their lives, and the history they were creating. Henry 11...Richard the Lionheart...Thomas a' Becket...for starters. I love these books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reuel | 2/8/2008

    " A good read. Historical fiction about Plantagenet England. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gay | 10/15/2007

    " I'm not sure if this is considered fiction, but it reads like a novel. Actually, this is a series. The Three Edwards, The Last of the Plantagenets, and the Magnificent Century are a great intro to the history of England's kings. "

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About the Author
Author Thomas B. Costain

Thomas B. Costain (1885–1965) was born in Brantford. He attended high school there as well as the Brantford Collegiate Institute. His career as a writer began in 1902 when the Brantford Courier accepted a mystery story from him, and he became a reporter there (for five dollars a week). He was an editor at the Guelph Daily Mercury between 1908 and 1910. He married Ida Randolph Spragge on January 12, 1910 and they had two children. Beginning in 1914, he was a staff writer for and, from 1917, editor of Toronto-based Maclean’s magazine. His success there brought him to the attention of the Saturday Evening Post in New York City where he was fiction editor for fourteen years.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.