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1557 and Francis Crawford of Lymond is back in France, leading an army against England. But even as the Scots adventurer succeeds on the battlefield, his past becomes a subject of intense interest to both sides. For whoever knows the secret of Lymond's parentage possesses the power to control him - and destroy him.
©1975 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2002 W F Howes
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By Grace on 12-11-13

Lymond's back but where's THE GAME OF KINGS Book 1

Would you consider the audio edition of Checkmate to be better than the print version?

If I had never read in print, I don't think I could have appreciated the audio as the work of audio art that it is.

However, Having anxiously waited for what seems to be forever, finally The Lymond Chronicles!

Audible, please make the The Game of Kings (Book 1) available as quickly as possible! These books should be savored in the order they were written and as I have read them in the "old-fashioned" way atleast once a year since they were originally released in print.

It is so wonderful to have the books currently available read by such an accomplished narrator. Beautiful inflexion; realistic and measured pace just as I would have imagined Ms. Dunnett to have meant.

So very pleased!! I will keep these books in "My Library" for always!

Now that the Lymond Chronicles have reached their end though missing the very first book in the series; I will be moving on to the House of Niccolo series by Dorothy Dunnett that is the pre-quel series to the Lymond books. Dorothy Dunnett was perhaps the best writer of historical fiction ever.

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By borogroves on 07-20-14

Well done.

If you could sum up Checkmate in three words, what would they be?

Fine complex series.

If you could take any character from Checkmate out to dinner, who would it be and why?


Any additional comments?

I hardly think I would take any of the characters from Dorothy Dunnett out to dinner, as requested by the prompter questions from Audible. What I do have to say is that the Niccolo and the Lymond series are very fine historical fiction. They're complicated, long, and marvelously detailed, yet holding the thread of the complex storylines to the very last page. If you enjoy the Gabaldon "Outlander" series, perhaps these are next for you, but be aware they're not so simple nor so racy. (Also, Dame Dunnett has a clue about geography quite lacking in Outlander.) If you like a challenging read/listen, try these two series. For this book, Andrew Napier managed quite well to bring emphasis and variation to the words. He does not attempt a solo theatrical performance but a competent, workmanlike and clear reading.

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By Helen on 10-18-15


The pronunciation of the French phrases and names is so bad as to make them unintelligible.
The narrator of the first book in the series was much better.

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By Nancy Stewart on 09-27-17

Badly read with unintelligible French & Latin tags

The reader's accent is so heavy in the quotes that they are unintelligible which obstructs the story. The accent in general feels inappropriate for the story and is certainly an obstacle for US readers. I hope you will find another reader for the other Dunnett books.

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