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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Queen's Play by Dorothy Dunnett, read by David Monteath.

It is 1548, and seven-year-old Mary Queen of Scots, betrothed to her cousin the Dauphin, heir to the French throne, has been dispatched to France. But far from home and vulnerable, surrounded by the double-dealing and debauchery of a dangerous and unpredictable court, she suffers a series of 'accidents'.

Her mother, Scotland's Queen Dowager, orders Francis Crawford of Lymond to protect Mary, believing that at the very heart of Henri II's glittering, decadent court is an assassin hired to kill the infant monarch. 

Lymond must secretly hunt down this individual before he himself is exposed....

©1964 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • S. Woods
  • 02-05-2019

Brilliant

A wonderfully rich, intricate, and sophisticated story, beautifully told. The best writing I have ever come across.

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  • Flowform
  • 27-07-2019

A wonderful book, a fabulous performance

I have read the Lymond Chronicles many times, but this is the first time I have had them read to me, and I am amazed at how much more I get out of them when they are performed so brilliantly as they are here, by David Monteath.

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  • j_miller
  • 18-05-2022

Brilliant - and you can search for help if confused!

Audible recommended this series to me after tracking what else I’d been listening to, and it wasn’t wrong. This is no light listen - it’s a series of intricately plotted, character deep, meticulously researched and utterly compelling stories.
I did get very confused particularly in Game of Kings, the first book, as to what was going on and who everyone was. To anyone else in a similar situation, I strongly recommend you search for a couple of excellent blogs / chat groups that cover these books. One called “now you have dunnett” for the first book, and another on an Outlander blog forum. They helped me immeasurably in understanding and thus enjoyment - like being part of a book group! Thanks to all who contributed!

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  • fiona
  • 14-04-2021

Brilliant

Having read these books many times, I am left in a cold sweat at the end waiting for the next one. The reader is fantastic...

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  • Hilary
  • 29-11-2019

Converted!

I continue to find the plots of this series insanely complicated, but I’m still hooked. I love the enigmatic character of Lymond and the level of historical detail. I guess the complexity of intrigue would have been authentic too, so I’m happy to go with the flow. I’ve also invested in the Dorothy Dunnett Companion which I would recommend as containing a wealth of historical information as well as helping me to hang on to who’s who. Bring on the next one!

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