Company of Liars

  • by Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by David Thorpe
  • 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst. And as the runes warn of treachery, it appears no one is quite what they seem, least of all the child rune reader, who mercilessly compels each of her companions to tell their stories. And face the consequences...

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A Medieval Road Movie - Well worth a listen

This is quite different from what I usually listen to, but I'm very glad I made the break. It's 1348 and the black death is sweeping England. Nine unlikely travel companions are thrown together and unite in their quest to outrun the pestillence by heading North.
The characters are nicely drawn and we get to know them through the stories they tell while sitting around the campfire trying to keep warm. The author evokes the mid 14th century well and the book seems to be well-researched (although I'm not an expert on medieval England, so it could all be rubbish!!). There is a bit of mystery thrown in, but although there are murders involved, it's not a traditional murder mystery. The end of the story is not as strong as it might have been, and clues to one of the twists in the tale are given early in the book. There is a final twist, which some might find cliched, but I enjoyed. Finally, what made this a 5-star for me was David Thorpe's narration - the story on its own would have been a four. The voice characterisation is great and consistent throughout - he really helps to bring the characters and the stories to life. Highly recommended!
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- I. Jamie

A well narrated, involving drama

Not really into historical novels, but this had good reviews so thought I'd give it a try. Was not disappointed. Took a little while to become involved, but once hooked, totally smitten. This is a Grimm's Fairy Tale for adults where fact and fantasy merge into an absorbing, magical tale of friendship, courage, horror, honour, betrayal, love and lying.
The main characters are so well fleshed out that they live in physical form in your imagination. You are with them every step of their treacherous journey, booing, hissing and cheering along the way. The ending comes as such a shock that you find yourself going over the saga wondering why you missed the clues. Or, maybe they were never there? A lot of people tend to think of modern-day novels as being allegorical; make what you will of invasion, oppression, prejudice and mistrust. I'ts all here. But it could just be a wonderfully narrated, totally absorbing tale which succeeds solely on the strength of it's fantastical content. Recommended.
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- Monique

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-01-2009
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd