Get Your Free Audiobook

Non-member price: $30.38

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

Introducing Lionheart - the new novel from Sunday Times best seller Ben Kane. 

1179. Henry II's Norman conquerors have swept through England, Wales - and now Ireland.  

Irish nobleman Ferdia has been imprisoned in Wales to ensure the good behaviour of his rebellious father. 

But during a skirmish on a neighbouring castle, Ferdia saves the life of the man who would become one of the most legendary warriors to have ever lived: Richard Plantagenet. The Lionheart. 

Taken as Richard's squire, Ferdia crosses the Narrow Sea to resist the rebellious nobles in Aquitaine, besieging castles and fighting bloody battles with brutal frequency. 

But treachery and betrayal lurk around every corner. Infuriated by his younger brother Richard's growing reputation, Henry rebels. And Ferdia learns that the biggest threat to Richard's life may not be a foreign army - but Richard's own family.... 

©2020 Ben Kane (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

What listeners say about Lionheart

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    21
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    18
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    20
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Yes to everything.

As above. Outstanding on all fronts. Only negative is the 9 month wait for the sequel!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

historical fiction

I love Ben Kane's books. looking forward to the next one in this series. great to hear about one of England's famous kings.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

brilliant

i thoroughly enjoyed this...the only way it could be better is a different choice of narrator..Pbillip did a great job nut I think this story requires a harder voice. Eagerly awaiting the next book to be released on audible..

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great listen

Been looking forward to this once since it was announced. Great job creating characters we love and hate. Definitely feel that I wish it was part of a series of books so that Ben could really expand on certain parts. Thoroughly enjoyed it and will be preordering the next one soon as it’s available! Keep it up

1 person found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for goose
  • goose
  • 21-11-2020

thank you

I enjoyed book and narrator. Look forward to June 2021 and hopefully more of the same

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for me_little_armalite
  • me_little_armalite
  • 14-10-2020

One of the best of this category

of books. Kept my interest all the way through. Reader was perfect. Book wasn't too long or short.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kira G
  • Kira G
  • 31-08-2020

Incredibly enjoyable

I thoroughly enjoyed every word of this book and performance! It was like traveling back in time and going on an epic adventure!!!! Thank you Ben Kane, very much looking forward to the next.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for K. Wilson
  • K. Wilson
  • 27-07-2020

History during the middle ages is a dauntingly ...

morass of politics. alliances formed then broken within a couple of years, even months. The physical distances are deceptively small yet even small areas become crucial. then the dimension of time increases the details exponitionally. the USA 250yr history is relatively short compared to 1000 years of very limited written and momentous historical events. Mr Kane brings areas of conflict into focus especially for the avid amateur history buff. I 'see' them as real people doing extraordinary things, yet born into a world very different from my own. Thank you Mr. Kane

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Daniel P. Fradl
  • Daniel P. Fradl
  • 30-06-2020

well, that was fun! More great stuff from Ben Kane

If you've read any of Kane's earlier works, set in the ancient world, then you'll not be disappointed. As he often does, Kane plants a young protagonist in the midst of a historical setting of conflict, scheming political players, characters heroic and villianous (or both). Our young hero becomes privy to much of the doings of the powerful and influential, working his way farther up the ladder via his deeds and a good bit of luck. Well researched and well written as always. Dang, that was fun! I can't wait for the next one.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Polarbear
  • Polarbear
  • 17-06-2020

struggle to finish

Definitely no where near as good as the eagles at war series. Characters fall flat and uninteresting. I kept thinking to myself during the entire story, " why is the main character is so weak?" The author's writing a story essentially about his young son and had a good idea of what he's like etc. that's not explained to use very will as the audience. Doubtful that I'll pick up the second book in this series. Ben Kane had been a sure thing for a great book for me in the past. I seriously struggle to finish this book as compared to Eagles at War. I literally stayed up many of nights and going the next day with the little to no sleep because I continue to read that series on the edge of my seat the whole way

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Todd
  • Todd
  • 15-06-2020

Amazing

Ben Kane does it again. it seriously doesn't matter what time period he writes about because as always....gripping story, amazing character development, historically researched, and he has the ability to make you feel like you're there...i wish i could give more stars. Narrator was top notch. However, I will always be biased and love Jonathan Keeble. he is the best of the best

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Levi
  • Levi
  • 07-06-2020

Amazing as always

My favorite historical fiction writer. This was a great listen. I can't wait for part 2!

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Simon
  • Simon
  • 01-06-2020

Kane Goes All Modern On Us!

I've listened to several of Ben Kane's audio books and I can only imagine what his first reaction was when apparently his publisher suggested he go for something a little less ancient. He doesn't quite reveal those initial thoughts in his insightful notes at the end. I must admit I wasn't sure if it would work but it wasn't long before he had me rooting for' Rufus', a faithful hound of a character if there ever was one! An Irish noble hostage taken by the English to ensure the good behaviour of his rebellious father he's definitely one to follow into the remainder of the series! The narration by Philip Stevens is first class. Lots of big voices, emotion and a great aging King Henry all come together to complete what is a truly vivid performance that helps breathe additional life into Kane's excellent text. There are battles and skirmishes, friendships and betrayals and even love trysts and murder! It's a heady concoction befitting one of England's most iconic of historical characters and it's all tied up nicely with some fascinating author's notes at the end. I do like it when an author takes the time to explain how he drew his inspiration and to an extent where he has taken liberties with his story to give it proper context. So, an excellent start to a series that I am very much looking forwards to reading. Great characters, great action and a flowing story brought to life by an excellent narrator make this an extremely good way to spend your listening time!

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ben Kane
  • Ben Kane
  • 28-05-2020

Stunning narration

I have never been particularly bothered about listening to the audio versions of my books. Philip Stevens, however, has a masterful voice, so I gave this a try. He's done a bl**dy amazing job - truly brings my book alive! Over the moon.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Alison
  • Alison
  • 06-06-2020

Lionheart

I loved this book. Now I want to know what happens next and am not very happy at having to wait a whole year. Please revise your plans. I was expecting Rufus’ arch enemy to be killed off and him to be awarded the hand of Beatrice but neither happened. I enjoyed the voice of the reader and his academic professionalism with many different languages and correct pronunciation. (This happens rarely in audible books.) Do I detect a fellow classicist?

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Nick
  • Nick
  • 24-06-2020

What a wonderful book!

Just the right amount of history and fiction which makes for a gripping story that you won’t want to put down. I really like the character development in this book, it made me feel invested right from the start. Battle scenes are Ben’s speciality and this book is no different. The performance was also very well done. An easy, enjoyable and at times gripping story. A book for everyone.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 24-06-2020

Another great story

Great characters woven into a compelling storyline. Please continue to support and write within this historical fictional genre.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-06-2020

magnificent work

this was a facinating story with vivid characters and it kept me entertained throughout. I would highly recommend it.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for CT
  • CT
  • 22-06-2020

A positive change of era

Medieval Europe is a new direction for Kane. Excellent story, looking forward to the next

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for N
  • N
  • 21-06-2020

More Walter Scott than Hilary Mantell

Undemanding easy read only occasionally irksome when french names are mispronounced by the supposedly Irish hero with an english accent.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-06-2020

Just Brilliant

I’ve read nearly all of Ben Kane’s books. They are truly brilliant. This one does not disappoint. Fascinating as ever. With lots, interesting aspects of the the time of Richard the lion heart which I never knew; his quarrels with Henry his father, and their Warring. It is also fascinating to get a picture of what life was like for a young squire in medieval Britain and France. There is so much to cover, and I think Ben does an fantastic job of this. The story interweaving the different characters - your faithful protagonist Rufus and his trusty companion Rees and how they meet and interacts with William Marshall - previously until this book - an unknown figure in medieval nobility - who now comes to life as a galant, stoic and honourable knight who had to make some very hard and very brave decisions as to who his allegiance is owed to; an aging king, or an aggressive ‘warmongering’ prince. Give this book a read. You will not regret it. I just hope he writes a sequel! Thanks Ben for another terrific book. Archie

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Gary Bass
  • Gary Bass
  • 20-06-2020

Truly excellent start to this series

I can highly recommend this , the first , of Ben Kane’s series on Richard the Lionheart . Well researched , great characters and rollicking good action and adventure feature prominently . Can’t wait for the second on the Crusades .

1 person found this helpful

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.