The Lord of the Isles

Read by Nathan

(2.2 stars; 2 reviews)

In stunning narrative poetry, the story begins during the time when Robert Bruce, Earl of Carrick has been hunted out of Scotland into exile by the English and their allies. Bruce returns over sea from the Island of Rachrin: but is forced to land close to hostile forces at Artonish Castle on the seacoast of Argylshire. Seeking refuge from tempestuous seas, Bruce begs shelter from Ronald, Lord of the Isles: inadvertently on the day of his marriage feast to the beautiful Edith of Lorn.

Bruce's very presence is enough to interrupt the nuptials and to break up the festivities: the guests quickly polarise into two armed and equally matched factions: one ready to raise Bruce to the Scottish crown, the other ready to slay him for desecration and murder. The combatants are dispersed with no bloodshed only by the combined offices of Lord Ronald himself, aided by a visiting Abbot: whereupon Bruce quickly removes himself to first the Island of Sky, and then Ayrshire: raising the an army willing to rout the English and re-establish Scottish independence.

Bruce begins to win a steady stream of victories as his armies march inevitably towards Bannockburn. There, Bruce confronts Scotland's formidable enemy - led by the son of the Hammer of the Scots: the English outnumbering the Scots by more than two to one.

- Can Bruce - the so-called fugitive, traitor, and turn-coat - succeed against the massed might of England?
- Will the beautiful Edith choose to side with her blood-relations - who fight for England; or with Lord Ronald, her betrothed - who marches to battle behind Scotland's Bruce?

(Introduction by Godsend) (4 hr 29 min)


Canto First 42:07 Read by Nathan
Canto Second 36:19 Read by Nathan
Canto Third 44:26 Read by Nathan
Canto Fourth 44:34 Read by Nathan
Canto Fifth 46:09 Read by Nathan
Canto Sixth 55:30 Read by Nathan


Difficult listening...

(3 stars)

I second the previous review. I was excited to listen to this but was sadly disappointed in the recording quality. It sounds like the reader is reading at his kitchen table but the microphone is in the bathroom down the hall. Please re-record!


(1.5 stars)

The quality of the recording was so bad that I had to give up. What a shame to waste this fine work in this manner. Please have someone else record it.