A King's Ransom

  • by Sharon Kay Penman
  • Narrated by Emily Gray
  • 27 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This long-anticipated sequel to the national best sellerLionheart is a vivid and heart-wrenching story of the last event-filled years in the life of Richard, Coeur de Lion. Taken captive by the Holy Roman Emperor while en route home - in violation of the papal decree protecting all crusaders - he was to spend fifteen months imprisoned, much of it in the notorious fortress at Trefils, from which few men ever left alive, while Eleanor of Aquitaine moved heaven and earth to raise the exorbitant ransom.
For the five years remaining to him, betrayals, intrigues, wars, and illness were ever present. So were his infidelities, perhaps a pattern set by his father’s faithlessness to Eleanor. But the courage, compassion, and intelligence of this warrior king became the stuff of legend, and A King’s Ransom brings the man and his world fully and powerfully alive.


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Customer Reviews

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unfortunate narration

Would you consider the audio edition of A King's Ransom to be better than the print version?

NO. Penman's writing is so crisp, so clear, so colorful. This is the first audio of hers I've listened to and I was disappointed. King Richard sounded like Thurston Howell III on painkillers and Richard's queen Berengaria's voice was so simpering and insipid I wanted to scream every time she had dialogue.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joanna of course.

Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Gray’s performances?

No thank you.

Who was the most memorable character of A King's Ransom and why?

Eleanor of course. What an amazing woman she was!!!

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- happy


This author does lots of research then presents the facts in novel form. This means there is distortion do to adding personality. So you will learn a lot of history in an enjoyable way, but there is some bias on who is the hero and who the bad guy.
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- ewock

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books