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Please note: This title contains explicit language and scenes of a graphic sexual nature.

This Original multicast drama blends history with fiction to tell the story of Jonah, a young apprentice from London who raises himself from poverty by wit and luck to become one of the most powerful merchants of the age. 

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary. 

London, 1330. Jonah Durham grows up in the household of his tyrannical cousin Rupert, and only his grandmother, the calculating Cecilia Hillock, recognizes his talent and intelligence. After her death he inherits a handsome fortune, bestowing him with both wealth and independence but also the wrath of his increasingly dangerous cousin. However, a fateful encounter with the young King Edward III is set to radically change Jonah's life and the future of English cloth production. 

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 Alison Steadman, OBE (Gavin and Stacey, Orphan Black, Shirley Valentine) as Cecilia Hillock. 

Also featuring: Daniel Anthony, Josephine Arden, John Banks, Timothy Bentinck, Clare Buckfield, Beth Chalmers, Elliot Chapman, Trevor Cooper, Oliver Coopersmith, Raymond Coulthard, Gareth David-Lloyd, Richard Earl, Andrew French, Helen Goldwyn, James Joyce, Olly McCauley, Tony Millan, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Katarina Olsson, Steven Pacey, Nicholas Pegg, Nigel Planer, Siobhán Redmond, Christopher Ryan, David Schofield, Dan Starkey, Sarah Sutton, Alexander Vlahos, Niky Wardley, Finty Williams, Claire Wyatt. 

©2002 Rebecca Gablé (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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beautiful story

very much enjoyed this wonderful story, but I got a bit lost because it was long

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  • UNCHMSUW
  • 01/01/2018

Well played but too much gratuitous sex and abuse

The narration and acting is lovely. The main story is very engaging. There however is too much detailed description of sexual violence, seduction and physical violence. I don’t have a problem with addressing real subjects but the descriptions seem to place too much titillating emphasis on prurient subjects especially when read aloud. Some may not be bothered but I wanted to point this out as I did not see it in other reviews. Very uncomfortable to listen to in the car with young teenagers.

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  • Needles
  • 05/01/2018

Ludicrous plot delivered by dodgy actors

Seems like someone couldn’t quite finish their Master’s thesis on the history of the 14th century cloth trade in Europe, so rather than waste their research material, opted to write a novel that reads as part Medieval Menu Plan by way of End Blyton’s Famous Five (substitute “lashings of delicious sauces!” for “lashings of ginger ale!”), part Chivalric Fantasy (Medieval Bastard has life saved by King who just happened to be passing by, then goes on to save life of Queen and Queen’s Best Friend; garners Royal Favours allowing unprecedented class-jumping! the headline would read).
If you can manage to suspend disbelief and go along with this unrelenting ludicrosity, you may also enjoy the delights of some very mixed casting for this dramatisation. Douglas Booth in the lead role, has clearly been cast for his sleepy baritone, but a good actor he ain’t. Sadly Alison Steadman’s character dies off too quickly, and Miriam Margolyes at least adds some warmth and charm to the mess. The rest of the cast struggle along variously with some very dodgy “Dutch” accents and truly woeful fake-laughter (cringe!)
All in all, pretty B-grade stuff.

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  • D. R. H.
  • 17/12/2017

Great

This production was amazing! It was like listening to a play. All of the narrators were very good. I was deeply sorry when it was over. The story line is very well done. I can’t wait for Part 2 to emerge into our libraries.

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  • Raymond Higgins
  • 05/03/2019

Painfully slow

The dramatic performance was outstanding, but the pace of the story was one step above watching grass grow.

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  • Mayrelou Stamps
  • 04/01/2018

Attention grabber and keeper.

I found the characters fascinating and entertaining. I will be interested to listen to the next part of the story.

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  • Classy n Sassy
  • 18/12/2017

A must listen

Outstanding performance, great story and I cant wait for the next one to come out, this is how they should all be done!

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  • GGS Engineering
  • 12/03/2019

Excellet. Wonderful performance.

I participated in setting up a technical school for apprentices, thus the title caught my attention. The three parts were excellent, with vivid characters, twists, turns and a lot of medieval English history. The performance, using various actors for each character, plus sound effects of the scene, made for a new dimension in audio book listening. Very realistic, much like the very popular radio theaters half a century ago. I have 300 books in my Audible library. These three are the best performed. This is how all audio books should be recorded.

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  • Cosmocitygrl
  • 07/03/2019

Not My Cup of English Tea

I love these books that are acted out with multiple actors. I even liked that they had a person reading the backstory. Everything seemed to be going great with this until the rape scene. It's one thing having it read to you by one narrator, it's whole other thing to have it acted out. Creeped me out big time. especially because I had a feeling there would be more scenes like that. So I'm tapping out.

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  • Hildy Karev
  • 20/01/2018

Wonderful presentation

I loved this book and could not put it down. It was like being at the theater for the full length of the book. Can’t wait for the next part of the story. Thank you Audible for this production.

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  • Vicki
  • 01/05/2020

A pretty good story ruined by the production

I really wouldn't classify this as historical fiction. There are just way too many elements that can't possibly be accurate. It's an OK story but it has no business being compared to Follett. But what really destroys this book is the production. Sometimes there's background music behind the narrator and sometimes not (prefer not). The background to everything else is either steps, door opening, revelry or nature sounds. Except for one time when there's a baby cooing as the Queen is doing business. You can be sure that would never have happened! The royals barely saw their children! I found it all extremely distracting. There's one kissing scene where the kissing sounds are hilarious! Imagine recording yourself kissing your hand loudly. The book would have been much better with a straight forward narration by one of Audible's great narrators and leave out the sound production by the local high school arts department.

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  • 0071896
  • 02/01/2018

Amazing

a grandiose story, medieval london comes to life. Fabulous speakers and a very special sound. I'm looking forward to the second part, can not wait.

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  • Sweetian
  • 22/07/2019

Grandiose Umsetzung!

Als großer Fan vom Hörspiel "Jonah" habe ich seinen englischen Pendant gehört - und ich wurde nicht enttäuscht!! Den Charaktere sowie der Erzählerin ist es gelungen, England im Mittelalter wiederbeleben zu lassen. PS. Endlich die authentische Aussprache von den englischen Namen! In der "originalen" deutschen Fassung (die Romanvorlage ist ja ursprünglich auf Deutsch) wird "Durham" als "Derhem" gelesen, beim englischen Hörspiel jedoch als"Darem":) Auch die eingesetzten Akzente (Philippa, De la Pole) sind genial!!

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 17/04/2019

Top

loved the story as well as the characters, the accuracy of the historic facts and the voices of the readers.

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  • Susi
  • 26/12/2017

wahres Hörvergnügen

Die Sprecher und die Handlung ließen London im Mittelalter vor meinen Augen lebendig werden. Die Hauptpersonen sind komplex und glaubwürdig, die Themen (Handel, Könige, Städtebau, Verkehr) wirkten auf mich überraschend realistisch. Eine Warnung: Es kommt zu einer Vergewaltigung in der nichts beschönigt wird.