Audiobook Review: THE QUESTING, House of De Bretagne, by Kathryn Le Veque


For it was not into my ear he whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. 13th century poet

A most swoonable, passionate tale…

61b6A3FdH2L._SL300_Title: The Questing, House of De Bretagne Series
Author: Kathryn Le Veque
Genre: Historical Romance, Medieval
Story Setting: Prologue — July 22, 1298 A.D., Falkirk, Scotland; October 1298 A.D., Corfe Castle Dorset, England
Published by: Dragonblade Publishing
Published Date: July 23, 2014
Pages: 343 ASIN: B00LCQ5FE2

 

 

Audiobook Edition
Narrated by:
Tim Campbell
Length: 11 hour, 40 minutes
Release Date: March 6, 2015
Published by: Kathryn Le Veque Novels

Publisher’s Summary:

1298 A.D. – Lady Diamantha de Bocage Edlington lost her husband at the Battle of Falkirk. Grieving, she is unprepared for the visit of Sir Cortez de Bretagne, King Edward’s garrison commander at Sherborne Castle. Dark and fiery from his Spanish heritage, Cortez is a knight with sultry good looks and a quick temperament. He has also come on a mission.

Cortez was the last man who saw Diamantha’s husband alive and promised the dying man he would take care of his wife. He has therefore come to claim her. Horrified, Diamantha struggles to come to terms with what de Bretagne is telling her, but in her heart, resentment and hatred stir: Robert Edlington’s corpse was left upon the fields of Falkirk and de Bretagne, as the last man to see him, is to blame.

Therefore, before Diamantha will become de Bretagne’s wife, she makes a demand of him: return for Robert’s body and bring him home for a proper burial. And so, the great Questing to find Robert Edlington’s body begins…

Join Diamantha and Cortez on their great journey from the fields of Dorset to the hallowed grounds of Falkirk, a journey during which they discover great and terrible things about the world, their country, and each other. From the ashes of grief rises a phoenix of great passion, and bonds are forged between Diamantha and Cortez that can never be broken.

©2014 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2015 Kathryn Le Veque

IMG_4868My Thoughts: Kathryn Le Veque always provides a small part of history for me with exquisite detail about people who lived in that period, enticing me further to chase down how it fits into the big plan of our past whether it be political, social, or environmental. Thank God for the ease of access through the internet. This is one of the reasons I particularly enjoy her writing which leans heavily on events of history which Ms. Le Veque expressively uses. I am never disappointed in any of the author’s medieval stories. She creates a world I can reach out and touch. That’s great writing!

This story begins with the Battle of Falkirk, the place where Lady Diamantha’s husband had been cut down by an arrow. The English won this particular battle, but lost many men. The story proceeds with a quest. One Lady Diamantha needed to take. She wanted to return to the scene of the battle to see if she could retrieve her late husband’s body. Her quest included learning the true merit of men in dangerous days. Some were found wanting indeed, while others touched her heart and one her very soul.

Sir Cortez found what he knew not what he lacked. He came to many realizations on the journey. He had found his quest, his quest was his lady wife and her adorable daughter, Sophie.

The story was rich in description, culture, etiquette and tradition of the time. Mesmerized by the hardship of living life those many years back, I was, as well, completely captivated by its emotional pull to my senses.

This story dealt with what is buried in the hearts of man and his need to seek revenge long after that emotion should have died. Equally founded in this story is what man will do to protect those he loves from evil doers and unhappiness. (This listen will require a box of tissue.)

Tim Campbell did a marvelous job in every aspect of the production. He carried well the intention of the author. His female impersonations were marvelous. I no longer heard a male impersonating a woman, but a female in dialog. He was successful in telling the story in its dramatic setting in an authentic and totally riveting effect. He has narrated several of this author’s novels which I will be listening to. I listened to some of the samples of his voice overs and find he really is very versatile and engaging.

best Kathryn Le VequeAbout the Author: KATHRYN LE VEQUE is an Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Historical Fiction.

She has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY’s HEA blog. “This author… genius…!” ~ Ind’Tale Magazine In October 2014, Kathryn was the 31st MOST READ author on Amazon.

She is extremely prolific with over 50 published novels and 37 #1 Hot New Releases in Medieval Historical Romance since May 2012. When new readers see how many novels she has published, the inevitable question is… “She writes so many novels! Are they any good?” The answer is… YES!!

Welcome to Medieval England – hard-core, battle-scarred, power-driven alpha knights of the highest Norman order and the women who love them. Like High Middle Ages action and romance? Welcome to the Le Veque Medieval Machine. Kathryn’s Medieval Historicals have been called ‘detailed’, ‘highly romantic’, and ‘character-rich’. She crafts great adventures of love, battles, passion, and romance in the High Middle Ages. More than that, she writes for both women AND men – an unusual crossover for a romance author – and Kathryn has many male readers who enjoy her stories because of the male perspective, the action, and the adventure.

See Kathryn’s fanpage on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kathrynlevequenovels?ref=hl Join her on Twitter @kathrynleveque Visit her website at http://www.kathrynleveque.com

 

1400196260627About the Narrator: Tim Campbell (AGMA, APA) is a voice actor who lives in Sherman Oaks, CA, studied at Pepperdine University and the University of Southern California, and hails from Woodinville, WA, a small town just outside of Seattle.  He developed a love of stories from an extremely early age, with both his parents and his grandmother reading to him daily in an effort to fill a voracious appetite for narrative.  The original deal was three stories and three songs before bed, but that was rarely enough for young Tim.

This love of language was developed further throughout high school and college, as Tim became immersed in the worlds of theater, literature, and music, earning a BA in Music and Theater and a certification from the prestigious Great Books program at Pepperdine University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude as the outstanding graduate of the Fine Arts Division.  He was awarded a teaching fellowship to study Vocal Arts at the University of Southern California, where he received an M.M. and G.C. while teaching private voice for four years.  He was named outstanding graduate of both the Vocal Arts department and the Thornton Opera program upon the completion of his studies, and proceeded into a promising career as a young opera singer.  Singing with several prestigious companies around the United States, including Aspen Opera Theater Center, Mill City Summer Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, as well as with the Los Angeles Opera Chorus and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Tim decided to base his career full time from Los Angeles in the fall of 2011.

At the same time Tim was flourishing as a young singer, he decided to pursue another of his lifelong passions.  Audiobooks.  A voracious reader his entire life, growing up Tim was often so busy with sports or work that the only time he could find to read was driving from one activity to another, working in the yard, or while working out.  Thus began a love of audiobooks that continues to this day.  In 2011, with the help of Audible.com, ACX, and the sound designers at AudioRealms.com, Tim built a home studio, and started submitting auditions for books on ACX.com.  With his first five auditions, Tim booked three productions, and has been working full time as a narrator since that day.

In fact, Tim has had so much success and is in such high demand for his audiobook narration and production, he’s had to cut back on his traveling as a singer, basing his opera and theater career almost exclusively in Los Angeles now.  Booking projects six to seven months in advance, Tim maintains a rigorous production schedule, while still finding time to sing with the LA Opera Chorus and in productions and concerts all over Southern California.  He lives with his beautiful wife Callista Hoffman-Campbell in Sherman Oaks, CA where they enjoy hiking, dancing, and spending time with friends.  The number of people to whom Tim owes a special debt… teachers, mentors, friends and family… is far too great to list in this space.  Suffice it to say, he has been given great gifts in this life, and will continue to endeavor to be a reflection of the love which has been so selflessly bestowed upon him by so many. Taken from website: http://www.timcampbell.me/

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One Response to Audiobook Review: THE QUESTING, House of De Bretagne, by Kathryn Le Veque

  1. Reblogged this on silvatrend8553 and commented:
    Looks like another winner from Kathryn!

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