The Tournament

  • by Matthew Reilly
  • Narrated by Lucy Gaskell
  • 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The year is 1546.
Europe lives in fear of the powerful Islamic empire to the East. Under its charismatic Sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent, it is an empire on the rise. It has defeated Christian fleets. It has conquered Christian cities.
Then the Sultan sends out an invitation to every king in Europe: send forth your champion to compete in a tournament unlike any other.
We follow the English delegation, selected by King Henry VIII himself, to the glittering city of Constantinople, where the most amazing tournament ever staged will take place.
But when the stakes are this high, not everyone plays fair, and for our team of plucky English heroes, winning may not be the primary goal. As a series of barbaric murders take place, a more immediate goal might simply be staying alive …

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The Origins of the Virgin Queen

This is both the first audiobook I have finished and the first Matthew Reilly book I have ever read. In both categories, this book was an excellent introduction. With the exotic locale of Constantinople, Reilly spins a dazzling tale of intrigue and suspense, pacing action with an experienced hand. The interpretations of real life people, Roger Aschem and a young Elizabeth I serve as highly appealing protagonists, with Elizabeth's arc serving a brilliant fictional justification for her effectiveness as a ruler. My only issues with the audiobook come with moments of Lucy Gaskell's performance. When she has to shift her voice to play heavy accented male characters, you can hear her struggling. However, on every other account, she nails the delivery of this novel, with an excellent control of tone and delivery. In short, this was an amazing introduction to both a format and an author, and I cannot wait to indulge in more of both!
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Very good story.

It was a little slow to start, but the twists and turns kept me entertained.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-11-2013
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd