The Dragon and the Raven

  • by G.A. Henty
  • Narrated by John Bolen
  • 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a time of chaos and Viking onslaught, Alfred the untested Saxon king must fight to save his ravished land. The tale unfurls through the eyes of a young thane, Edmond, who becomes Alfred's friend and mightiest warrior. When Danes over run the land and the Saxons capitulate, this young knight trains and leads a devoted corps of pike-men to recapture the kingdom. On his adventures Edmond is captured by the Pagan Danes, raises the siege of Paris, meets the Pope and still finds time to fall in love. Henty successfully weaves this plot of intrigue and suspense into the fabric of true history.


Audible Editor Reviews

Master of adventure G. A. Henty enraptures and enchants with this chronicle of Thane Edmund’s daring defense of king and country against the Danish conquest. Set in the ninth-century English kingdom of Wessex, The Dragon and the Raven follows Edmund, a soldier, strategist, and trusted consort to King Alfred, as he chases the savage usurpers from his homeland and across the European continent. Performer John Bolen’s granular but fluid baritone perfectly captures the battle-cry bellows of Henty’s rugged warrior. Edmund enlists a unit of brave soldiers with whom he sets forth into the heart of Danish territory aboard his sturdy ship, the Dragon. Employing death-defying hit-and-run tactics, Edmund courts fame, fortune, and romance.


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Customer Reviews

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Disapointing Reader

I was eager to listen to this book, as Henty seemed a fascinating and perhaps unjustly forgotten author. However, the reader, John Bolen, who reads most of the books from Tantor Media, is a very, very poor reader. Leaden, wooden, ponderous. Feeble attempts to do accents. His attempts at differentiating characters are often down right silly. So, I have abandoned this book, as I have other books he has read, like The Yellow Claw, the Sea Hawk, The Black Tulip. This is especially frustrating, as Tantor has one of the more interesting catalogs of relatively obscure classic fiction.

My advice: Stay away from anything read by John Bolen.
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- Richard Bruno

good story, strange reading

I was fascinated by the history in this book as little is written (in fiction) on this subject. But the reading was extremely weird. The characters were these warrior and viking types and they all sounded like sissies! I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if the reader was better.
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- Charlene

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-08-2003
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio