Contains some scenes of violence that younger listeners may find upsetting. Recommended for listeners aged 16+
This Original multicast drama piece blends history with fiction to tell the story of Jonah and his rise to fame through war, disease, ruin and riches.
London, 1337. England is at war, and the King is in financial straits, meaning that Jonah's hard-earned business and fortune hang in the balance. A far cry from his humble beginnings as a draper's apprentice, Jonah is now one of the influential merchants in England, and he manages to secure the hand of the daughter of one of the most powerful and dangerous nobles in the country.
As Jonah's wealth and prominence grow, so do his enemies and the threats they bring - and even Jonah's close relationship with the King doesn't guarantee security. The King is at war, and he wants Jonah there beside him.
Told in three parts, hear Medieval London come to life in this historical epic, Audible Original's most ambitious production to date. Narrated by Miriam Margolyes, OBE (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Romeo + Juliet, Mulan) and starring Douglas Booth (Riot Club, Loving Vincent, Shelley) as Jonah and Samuel West (BAFTA nominated; Mr Selfridge, Howards End) as Willcox.
Also featuring: Josephine Arden, Timothy Bentinck, John Banks, Clare Buckfield, Elliot Chapman, Oliver Coopersmith, Raymond Coulthard, Gareth David-Lloyd, Raj Ghatak, Joe Jameson, James Joyce, Barry McCarthy, Olly McCauley, Tony Millan, George Naylor, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Steven Pacey, Nicholas Pegg, David Schofield, Jane Slavin, Dan Starkey, Jonty Stephens, Julie Teal, Alexander Vlahos, Niky Wardley, Lizzie Waterworth-Santo, Samuel West, Finty Williams.
©2002 Rebecca Gablé (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Momma on 07-03-18

Thoroughly enjoyed it.

I was enthralled by every minute. History brought to life. The variety of accents & portrayals didn't confuse the listener. The backdrop of noises gave a depth to the imagination, you could almost smell it! I loved the music accompanying which placed it very much in the time.
Shocking brutality of the time combined with the necessity to be cunning highlighted the listener to the reality of our ancestors survival. Can't wait for the next episode, Empire.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 06-02-18

Far From Simple Pleasures!

Jonah has come of age, his influence is wider and his merchant empire is growing. Yet he still has enemies and with his growing influence come bigger problems as even the King starts to rely on him. Yet, it seems there are only very few people he can really trust to have his best interests at heart.

This is an excellent continuation of a finely plotted story as we enjoy Jonah's clever machinations, savour his victories and watch over his frustrations. It's all superbly delivered with the same high quality narration by Miriam Margolyes, fine acting by the top quality cast and to my tastes at least perfectly executed sound effects and backing music. The character of the story is a little different with Jonah being an established man now but it's a very natural continuation.

To my mind at least this is Audible hitting the absolute sweet spot with its Audio drama and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys the format. It's absolutely on the money.

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5 out of 5 stars
By DaNick on 17-02-18


Waiting for part 2 was so worth it! As the first part "Apprentice - Scarlet City" this second one is excellent and impeccably done.
Too bad we have to wait until April for the third part!
I hope Audible increases the amount of dramatic audio books with the quality of Scarlet City by Rebecca Gable.

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