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Narrator does a great job, always great to hear a good accent done well.
Pretty true to history too, if my research is any good!
Being Scottish I was aware of the history involved in this story, but Young really has a talent for bringing the characters and their stories alive. The way she conveys the struggles - both corporeal and emotional, moral and even religious, that Robert Bruce, his family and followers went through is captivating and illuminating all at once.
Not only does she do this for the main heroes, she successfully brings alive the characters of the English knights who are often left out of the story in historical accounts, and perfectly portrays the menacing and powerful King Edward, a legend in his own right.
The narration was fantastic, particularly in capturing the subtleties in the various accents of the myriad characters. Being from Ayrshire where many parts of the book takes place, the only point I would make (and this is nitpicking to the extreme) is that the narrator mispronounces Loudoun as 'Loodun' when it is pronounced 'Loud-un'.
Overall a fantastic book performed excellently. I would highly recommend the trilogy for those familiar with the history as well as those new to this amazing tale of Scottish legend, brought beautifully to life by both Young and McCardle.
Riveting story - history brought to life. This trilogy captures the essence of a turbulent period that is the background to the present day tensions between Scotland and England. A masterful performance by Nick McArdle - never intrusive, carefully nuanced character development and almost flawless delivery.
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