Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £18.29

Buy Now for £18.29

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

"A rollicking historical adventure which flies like an arrow from a bow." (Giles Kristian)

"One of the best Griff Hosker books I have ever read." (Paul J. Bennett)  

The sequel to runaway best seller Lord Edward’s Archer. 

The year is 1264. Simon de Montfort defeats and captures King Henry III of England at the Battle of Lewes to become de facto ruler of the country. 

Step forward Gerald War Bow, a man of humble birth but noble intentions, a superb archer and leader of men, and a committed servant of Lord Edward – the real heir to King Henry’s throne. 

So ensues a series of bloodthirsty battles, acts of bravery, and rescue missions, all in the name of toppling the treasonous de Montfort. Finally, Gerald and his archers find themselves at the edge of battle at Evesham. 

As the royalists face de Montfort’s army, which still holds King Henry among its number, Gerald War Bow knows that the future of his country – and his own life – lie in the balance. 

As Gerald pulls back his bow, will he hit – or miss? 

"Well researched and packed with accurate historical detail the King in Waiting brings an important period in English history to rousing life." (David Penny)

"In Gerald War-Bow, Hosker has crafted a heroic, humble archer with the heart of a prince." (Brook Allen)

©2019 Griff Hosker (P)2020 Griff Hosker

What listeners say about King in Waiting

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    23
  • 4 Stars
    18
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    3
Performance
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    17
  • 4 Stars
    12
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    8
  • 1 Stars
    10
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    32
  • 4 Stars
    17
  • 3 Stars
    7
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Narration is dreadful

I’m giving up on this. The narrator is driving me mad. So far he’s mispronounced so many basic words (and this is nothing to do with accents). A narrator ought to be able to pronounce livery and lieutenant if they’re going to read a book about mediaeval soldiers.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Enjoyable but a bit basic.

The second instalment is just as fun as the first however the narrator on this book is nowhere near as good and the first book. Very hammy in its delivery. Especially with mispronounced words throughout the book. Namely livery as live-ary and heard as hear-d. Many more too it shouldn’t make a difference I know but each time I hear him say things wrong I can’t help but mentally correct him and then sometimes have to rewind as I’ve missed something.
The story itself is good if a little basic maybe targeting teens/young adults. But to listen to whilst working it’s fine. But the hammy reading does make it feel more like a child’s book.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Ruined by narrator

If it had been this narrator on the 1st book, wouldn’t have ever looked at a book by this author ever again....this narrator needs sacking!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great story and narration

Thoroughly enjoying this series; can’t wait to start next book to see what Gerald Warbow and his followers get up to next! Love hearing about the renowned English Archers and really like that Gerald himself doesn’t actually like Lord Edward and has a healthy contempt for the aristocracy/nobility!
Unlike a previous listener I did not find a problem with the narrator. In fact I think he did a decent job. His being Welsh complements the story and I don’t agree that he mispronounces any words! He’s Welsh-that’s how they speak! Get over it & lets enjoy a gripping story!

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Disappointing delivery of a good story.

Narration falls far short of the high standard set in the first installment which was read by Marston York.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Decent Book, Poor Narration

Nice follow on but the change in narrator is jarring, he loses the tone and tempo and there is background recording hum when narration is playing. The plot is pure Griff Hosker, if you like his Hawkwood, Anarchy or Kings Bodyguard Series you'll like this, you also get to revel in the historical detail that Hosker is always bringing to life. I've always appreciated the strong moral code that Hosker hero's portray and there's no lack of that here. Obviously there is significant poetic licence at play here and the change in relations between the characters from book to book can get a little annoying, but I'll be reading listening to all of the series for sure.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Hollow without Marston York’s narration.

Excellent story but so disappointed that Marston York didn’t narrate. Back to reading only, I can’t listen to this, too bland a performance. Such a shame!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

King in waiting

Story was good characters moving told well with some true facts and others were believable

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Terrible narration

I am sure this would have been a good story based on the first book but for some reason the publisher changed from a good narrator with lots of character to somebody who reminded me of a teenager reading out loud. Awful.......

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

poor narration, good story.

Good story poorly narrated. Robotic, lacking emphasis, like it is being read for the first time. a great shame as I am a hosksr fan. Will not be finishing this series.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mark Adamson
  • Mark Adamson
  • 02-11-21

Narrator

Should have kept Marston York as the Narrator - book 1. Frost only has one voice.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Theodore H. Lewis III
  • Theodore H. Lewis III
  • 23-08-21

Narrator is not great

It would be great to move away from this narrator, he does the book a disservice.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-21

could have hade a better narrator.

I really enjoyed the book . I didn't like the narrator. I hope someone else will narrate the next book.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Atlanta_reader
  • Atlanta_reader
  • 27-10-20

Good Story; Simple Writing; Poor Narration

I'm a junky for the genre, so I finished it, but the writing was overly simple at times, which was really highlighted by a narrator who was more of a reader than a performer. He didn't get the subtlety of accentuation.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Yvonne T, Griffin
  • Yvonne T, Griffin
  • 11-05-20

Not as Good as the First

The narrator was not good. His continuous mispronunciations were distracting, especially the word "heard". He pronounced it "here" + "d".

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for 🌟CW_214🌟
  • 🌟CW_214🌟
  • 31-03-22

Narration is Awful

The story is entertaining, but the narration does not fit the series. It reminds me of story time as a youth like he’s reading to young adults or children - as he speaks of blood & gore.

Complaints about pronunciation are moot points to me since pronunciations naturally vary greatly wherever you are in the world. This is an indication of origins more than anything.

The books are good - a bit simplistic and without much depth at times, but I’ll probably pass on the rest. It’s safe to say this series would be popular on audio if narration worked, because a great narration can hide those flaws.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Tim Jensen
  • Tim Jensen
  • 28-02-22

Narrator sucks!!

I really enjoy Griff Hosker’s books and am in the 2nd book of my second series with this author. Owen Frost, the narrator, ruined the experience on book 2. Just like developing a like for an author, listeners prefer narrators that add to the pleasure of the book. Owen Frost brings nothing but displeasure.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-22

What a letdown

The overall story is a good one, the first book in the series was excellent, narrated by Marston York. The 2nd book in the series changed narrators to Owen Frost. The extremely job of narration makes this story all but impossible to listen to. I returned the book after the 1st chapter and made a note to never listen to another book read by Owen Frost.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-12-21

The performer was not as good

The voice talent was no where near as good as Marston York. He did not do regional accents and would kean away from the microphone as if it were a different speaker. It just wasn't as good.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-06-22

Good book poor narration.

First book on this series was much better. Narration killed the story. Would recommending reading this one yourself.