Niccolo Rising

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Product Number: Z07083
Released: Aug 01, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470378455
Narrator/s: Gordon Griffin
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With the bravura storytelling and pungent authenticity of detail she brought to her acclaimed Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett, grande dame of the historical novel, presents The House of NiccolO series. The time is the 15th century, when intrepid merchants became the new knighthood of Europe. Among them, none is bolder or more cunning than Nicholas vander Poele of Bruges, the good-natured dyer's apprentice who schemes and swashbuckles his way to the helm of a mercantile empire. NiccolO Rising, Book One of the series, finds us in Bruges, 1460. Jousting is the genteel pastime, and successful merchants are, of necessity, polyglot. Street smart, brilliant at figures, adept at the subtleties of diplomacy and the well-timed untruth, Dunnett's hero rises from wastrel to prodigy in a breathless adventure that wins him the hand of the strongest woman in Bruges and the hatred of two powerful enemies. From a riotous and potentially murderous carnival in Flanders, to an avalanche in the Alps and a pitched battle on the outskirts of Naples, NiccolO Rising combines history, adventure, and high romance in the tradition stretching from Alexandre Dumas to Mary Renault.

Author(s): Dorothy Dunnett
Series: House of Niccolo Series No: 1
Imprint: Clipper Audio


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Niccolo Rising
Product Number: BX00025590
Product Number:Z07083
Product Number:CP0175

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Author(s): Dorothy Dunnett
Narrator(s): Gordon Griffin
Product Number CP0175
Released: Aug 27, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470378462
Author(s): Dorothy Dunnett
Product Number EB00171162
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780307762351

Professional reviews

"The first in DunnettÕs richly detailed eight-volume series set in fifteenth-century Bruges boasts an alarming number of characters. This might confuse listeners if it werenÕt for Gordon GriffinÕs stellar performance. Griffin gives each new character a distinctive voice and identifiable mannerism. Nicholas vander Poele, known as Claes, begins as a buffoonish merchantÕs apprentice, but by using wit and daring, he manages to build a great fortune through trade. Dunnett paints beautiful word portraits of exotic fragrances and textures, and Griffin takes listeners into cargo-rich galleys and ports as bizarre and glamorous as Majorca and the African coast. Griffin also handles the heroÕs complex maneuverings smoothly. However, noticeable editsÑpauses in odd placesÑinterrupt the flow of this sweeping historical fiction and prove distracting. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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