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When Niccolo's wealthy older wife dies in Bruges, he finds himself - at the age of 21 - in the dual role of prosperous merchant and sought-after military strategist. Niccolo's powerful private army is coveted by two warring rulers: steely Carlotta, Queen of Jerusalem, Cyprus and Armenia; and her lethally charming, illegitimate brother, James, who is determined to wrest the kingdom from his detested sister.
But Niccolo's suave demeanour and physical prowess and his ability to turn a profit as well as a battle, attracts dangerous lovers. The beautiful courtesan Primaflora and the vengeful Katerina, the mother of Niccolo's son, both disguise their intentions...
©1989 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2005 W F Howes Ltd
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By Grace on 12-11-13

O Niccolo

Where does Race of Scorpions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Having anxiously waited for what seems to be forever, finally more of the House of Niccolo!<br/><br/>Audible, please make the Spring of th Ram (Book 2) and Scales of Gold (Book 4) 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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>So very pleased!! I will keep these books in "My Library" for always!

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By mosselyn on 07-25-14

brace for hokey accents

I have read these books in print many times, so I already know I love the story. Dunnett wrote rich, complex stories, packed with history and beautifully drawn characters.

It pains me deeply to listen to Christopher Kay, though, and I am very disappointed to see he narrates volumes 5-7 as well. If you don't mind that all but a couple characters have a phony Italian or French accent, you'll probably think it is fine.

Personally, I cringe every time a character opens its mouth. I really want all 8 of these books in audio format, but I'm not sure I can stand 3 more books worth of Kay's narration.

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By Marianne on 02-23-16

I didn't like the narration

Sorry, but I think that the use of accents is illogical in this narration. Tilda and Catherine were brought up in the same household as Niccolo. Why do the girls have accents and not Niccolo? I had to give up on this one and move to the next book. The accents were spoiling the story for me.

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By Duncan on 01-30-15

Irritating accents spoil a good story

What did you like best about Race of Scorpions? What did you like least?

Cyprus setting very interesting especially as I am familiar with the areas in the story. Fascinating political and economic intrigues.<br/><br/>Sometimes the detailed descriptions of scene and costume were frustrating when I just wanted to know what happens next!

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is not a particularly useful question because all the characters contribute to the story.

What didn’t you like about Christopher Kay’s performance?

The accents - very irritating and not very good, wander about a bit, so sometimes I was not sure who was speaking.<br/><br/>The performance of the reader of the first two books was better by far.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Possibly

Any additional comments?

I read these books many years ago and have been delighted by how much more I have enjoyed them in audio for.

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