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THE MASTER OF VERONA

Written and performed by David Blixt

Produced by Judith West

 
Italy, 1314. Pietro Alighieri, son of the poet Dante, falls under the sway of Verona’s daring, charismatic, and warlike ruler, Cangrande della Scala. Risking battles, duels, and intrigue to impress his new lord, Pietro uncovers an infernal plot against Cangrande’s infant heir. Emerging from the shadow of his famous father, Pietro must protect the dangerous child while navigating a rivalry that severs a friendship, divides a city, and sparks a feud that will someday produce Shakespeare's famous star-cross’d lovers, Romeo & Juliet. 
Based on the plays of William Shakespeare, the poetry of Dante, and the history of Italy, THE MASTER OF VERONA is a novel of brutal warfare, lost friendship, and dire conspiracy. An epic journey into the birth of the Renaissance that recalls the best of Bernard Cornwell, Sharon Kay Penman, and Dorothy Dunnett.
 
Running time: 26 Hours 14 Minutes. Unabridged. Available on all platforms.
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VOICE OF THE FALCONER

Written and performed by David Blixt

Produced by Judith West

Italy, 1325. Eight years after the tumultuous events of THE MASTER OF VERONA, Pietro Alaghieri is living in exile in Ravenna, enduring the loss of his famous father while secretly raising Cesco, bastard heir to Verona's prince, Cangrande della Scala.

 

But when word of Cangrande's death reaches him, Pietro must race back to Verona to prevent Cesco's rivals from usurping his rightful place. But young Cesco is determined not to be anyone's pawn. Willful and brilliant, he defies even the stars. And far behind the scenes is a mastermind pulling the strings, one who stands to lose - or gain - the most. 

 

Running time: 21 Hours 30 Minutes. Unabridged. Available on all platforms.

TWINS AND RIVALS: THE SNARES OF RICHES AND THE SPELL OF LOVE

Written by Nellie Bly

Performed by Hope Newhouse, Produced by Judith West

Money, or love? Dimple and Della disagree. Dimple plans to wed for wealth, freeing her family from the weight of poverty. Della, however, plans to only marry for love. 

When Dimple marries an old millionaire, she finds life in a mansion is filled with crippling loneliness. Rescued from certain death by a handsome stranger, she realizes Della has been right all along. Love is all that matters in the world. But the man she loves is already betrothed—to Dimple’s sister Della!

Nellie Bly’s final novel is perhaps her most prescient, mirroring events of her life to come. Not based on her reporting but on her own questions of love and the duality of her own nature, Bly plays out the questions that vex her in . . .Twins & Rivals!
Running time: 9 Hours 20 Minutes. Unabridged. Available on all platforms.
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HER MAJESTY'S WILL

Written by David Blixt

Performed by Aaron Lockman

England, 1586. Swept up in the skirts of a mysterious stranger, Will Shakespeare becomes entangled in a deadly and hilarious misadventure as he accidentally uncovers an attempt to murder Queen Elizabeth herself.

 

Aided by the mercurial wit of Kit Marlowe, Will enters London for the first time, chased by rebels, spies, his own government, his past, and a bear. 

 

Combining the whimsy of William Goldman's The Princess Bride with the swashbuckling panache of Raphael Sabatini, and inspired by the Hope/Crosby Road Movies, this rollicking novel takes solace in knowing that these events surely never happened, while secretly hoping that they did.

Running time: 9 Hours 55 Minutes. Unabridged. Exclusive to Audible.

COLOSSUS: STONE AND STEEL

Written by David Blixt

Performed by Brian Gill

Judea, 66 AD. A Roman legion suffers a smashing and catastrophic defeat at the hands of an angry band of Hebrews armed with only slings and spears. Knowing Emperor Nero's revenge will be swift and merciless, they must decide how to defend their land against the Roman invasion.
 
Caught up in the tumult is the mason Judah, inadvertent hero of Beth Horon, who now finds himself rubbing shoulders with priests, revolutionaries, generals, and nobles, drafted to help defend the land of Galilee. Denied the chance to marry where he will, he turns all his energy into defending the beseiged city of Jotapata.
 
But with a general suffering delusions of grandeur, friends falling each day, and the Roman menace at the walls, Judah must brave a nightmare to save those he loves and preserve his honor. First book of the Colossus series.
Running time: 12 Hours 33 Minutes. Unabridged. Exclusive to Audible.
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COLOSSUS: THE FOUR EMPERORS

Written by David Blixt

Performed by Ralph Booth

Under Emperor Nero's rule, Rome is a dangerous place. His cruel, artistic whims border on madness, and anyone who dares rise too high has their wings clipped with fatal results.

For one family, this means either promotion or destruction. While his uncle Vespasian goes off to put down a rebellion in Judea, Titus Flavius Sabinus struggles to walk the perilous line between success and notoriety as he climbs Rome's ladder.

When Nero is impaled on his own artistry, the whole world is thrown into chaos, and Sabinus must navigate shifting allegiances and murderous alliances as his family tries to survive the year of the Four Emperors.

Running time: 14 Hours 5 Minutes. Unabridged. Exclusive to Audible.