Race of Scorpions : The House of Niccolo

  • by Dorothy Dunnett
  • Narrated by Christopher Kay
  • Series: The House of Niccolo
  • 28 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Niccolo's wealthy older wife dies in Bruges, he finds himself - at the age of 21 - in the dual role of prosperous merchant and sought-after military strategist. Niccolo's powerful private army is coveted by two warring rulers: steely Carlotta, Queen of Jerusalem, Cyprus and Armenia; and her lethally charming, illegitimate brother, James, who is determined to wrest the kingdom from his detested sister.
But Niccolo's suave demeanour and physical prowess and his ability to turn a profit as well as a battle, attracts dangerous lovers. The beautiful courtesan Primaflora and the vengeful Katerina, the mother of Niccolo's son, both disguise their intentions...


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Customer Reviews

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I didn't like the narration

Sorry, but I think that the use of accents is illogical in this narration. Tilda and Catherine were brought up in the same household as Niccolo. Why do the girls have accents and not Niccolo? I had to give up on this one and move to the next book. The accents were spoiling the story for me.
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- Marianne

Irritating accents spoil a good story

What did you like best about Race of Scorpions? What did you like least?

Cyprus setting very interesting especially as I am familiar with the areas in the story. Fascinating political and economic intrigues.

Sometimes the detailed descriptions of scene and costume were frustrating when I just wanted to know what happens next!

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is not a particularly useful question because all the characters contribute to the story.

What didn’t you like about Christopher Kay’s performance?

The accents - very irritating and not very good, wander about a bit, so sometimes I was not sure who was speaking.

The performance of the reader of the first two books was better by far.

If this book were a film would you go see it?


Any additional comments?

I read these books many years ago and have been delighted by how much more I have enjoyed them in audio for.

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- Duncan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-12-2013
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks