I love hearing Richard Armitage’s velvety deep baritone voice–and the many ways he intones various character personae–tell me a story. I just finished listening to his reading/performance of “The Convenient Marriage” [(1)] again last weekend. Heaven!
And now, my dear sweet husband is buying me the Richard Armitage narrating the 12 hours of Bernard Cornwell’s “The Lords of the North” audiobook [(2)] for my birthday soon. Well, he bought it for me yesterday. Ha!
And as always, I make most of my purchases through the RichardArmitageNet Amazon Associate link [(3)] because RANet donates their commissions to one of Richard Armitage’s chosen charities. Snap!
So for fun–and because I am trying to rest my eyes–I thought I would make a simple little video of Richard Armitage reading a LOTN excerpt courtesy of the Richard Armitage Central audiobooks downloads site [(4)].
So here is my little video [(5)] of the sweetly romantic: “Richard Armitage Reading LOTN: She Took My Hand”:
About “The Lords of the North” Narrator:
British actor Richard Armitage [(6)] looks appropriately rakish in the 2007 portrait at right—the year in which he narrated “Lords of the North”.
In 2007 when the 12 hour audio book “The Lords of the North” was released, Richard Armitage had already become a respected and much sought after actor–then currently starring in Robin Hood (2006-2009) as Sir Guy of Gisborne after having found fame and recognition with his 2004 leading role as John Thornton in the “North & South” miniseries on BBC and with an earlier pivotal role in the 2002 “Sparkhouse” mini series. Richard Armitage has gone on to successful lead actor turns as Lucas North in “Spooks” (2008-2010), and John Porter in “Chris Ryan’s Strike Back”, series 1 (2010). And Richard Armitage is soon to be seen portraying the leading role of Thorin Oakenshield in the three “The Hobbit” feature films (2012, 2013 2014).
An exquisitely talented actor/narrator/performer, Richard Armitage is a masterful storyteller! Mr. Armitage’s attention to detail about his characters’ personae and his sincerity of portrayal lend an air of authenticity to his characters that few actors of his generation achieve. Richard Armitage’s artistic projects are so prolific and varied that I urge you to visit the RANet Career News page [(7)] to learn more about him. You will be glad that you did!
I found this other LOTN audio excerpt video of Richard Armitage portraying an older character that you will also enjoy as a counterpoint to my video excerpt reading with a younger character. Think of them as romantic youth and vigor versus aged wisdom born of experience–and these videos help illustrate the wide range of characters that Richard Armitage has the talent to portray. So, please also enjoy a video by Faboamanto, “Lords of the North (Excerpt) Read by Richard Armitage – Happy Birthday RA” [(8)]:
(1) “The Convenient Marriage”, story by Georgette Heyer, narration by Richard Armtiage info is found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/career/169.html
(2) “The Lords of the North” audiobook cover and synopsis are found at Richard Armitage Net at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/career/231.html ; this 12 hour narration was released in 2007.
(3) RichardArmitageNet Amazon Associate link for purchasing Richard Armitage and other items and have the commission fees RANet earns be donated to one of Richard Armitage’s chosen charities is found at
(4) “She Took My Hand”, an audio excerpt from Bernard Cornwell’s “The Lords of the North” narrated by Richard Armitage in 2007 for BBC Audio (now AudioGo Ltd) was found at the Richard Armitage Central site , RA audiobooks excerpts section at
(5) “Richard Armitage Reading LOTN: She Took My Hand”, an audio excerpt video by Gratiana Lovelace, 11/07/12 that is found at my Gratiana Lovelace Vimeo site at https://vimeo.com/52981394. “The Lords of the North: She Took My Hand” excerpt was found at http://richardarmitagecentral.co.uk/RichardArmitageCentral/media%20audiobooks.html; the music interlude at the beginning and end was “Codex Calixtinus (Jacobus): Dum pater familias” from the cd “Saints and Sinners – The Ultimate Medieval and Renaissance Music Collection”, by the New London Consort and Philip Picket, Universal Classics Group, 1996.
(6) Richard Armitage Portrait from 2007 was found at
http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/Promos/2007%20Promo/ChrisFloyd02.jpg ; this is one of my favorite portrait shots of Mr. Armitage. I refer to this portrait as Windblown RA for the natural pose and the ease with which he engages the viewer through the lens of the camera. Here is the link for my earlier post about this portrait, https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/windblown-richard-armitage-in-a-2007-portrait-quietly-smoulders-61612-gratiana-lovelace-post-209/
(7) Career news about Richard Armitage is found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/career.html.
(8) “Lords of the North (Excerpt) Read by Richard Armitage – Happy Birthday RA”, by Faboamanto at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsLOyLdNa5Y
P.S. I uploaded a slightly different version of the video this morning–with a different font text for easier reading.
I’m glad that you’ll get The Lords of the North Audiobook soon – what a wonderful gift from your hubby!
Rich’s voice is like chocolate: delicious and addictive, but with the advantage of not adding any weight to our Silhouette. :)
Chocolate is a delicious image for Richard Armitage’s voice. And I love how he assumes different vocal accents or dialects for his characters–taking on these new vocal characterizations as if he had spoken in these accents his whole life.
But that is Richard Armitage’s gift, to immerse himself so completely in his storytelling that he becomes his characters–be they old or young, male or female, strong or weak. With Mr. Armitage spinning tales to excite our imaginations, we feel as if we are being told the story by the person who lived and breathed each moment.
And my listening to 12 hours of Richard Armitage narrating and storytelling LOTN is defintely going to be a wonderful experience for me!
Cheers! Grati ;->
Grati, I hope I misread and you didn’t buy LOTN from Amazon? It can’t be bought from Amazon, (here or UK) contact the seller (it could only be a resale) and VERIFY it is the RA version,
Thanks for the tip. Actually, I remembered that I was delayed in placing that LOTN order. And in checking on the RANet site again, I see a non-Amazon link with which to purchase it–from AudioGO. So all is well.
Cheers! Grati ;->
P.S. For others wanting to order LOTN, here is the RANet info link:
This is the delivery and pricing information we received from AudioGO Ltd who are the only distributors of this audiobook.
This complete and unabridged title is available to order on 10CDs (ISBN-9781405623698) and is brilliantly read by Richard Armitage. It is available to order exclusively from AudioGO, based in Bath, UK.
The title is priced at GBP 22.99, with UK P&P an additional GBP 3.50
If ordering the title to be sent to the USA, then the (ex-VAT) price is GBP 19.57, with Airmail P&P an additional GBP 4.99. A grand total of GBP 24.56.
If ordering the title to be sent to Europe, then the (ex-VAT) price is GBP 19.57, with Airmail P&P an additional GBP 9.99. A grand total of GBP 29.56.”
Phew! I’m not sure if you can order it online now, (officially they wouldn’t ship abroad) but calling or in my case via email they were happy to accomodate!
March 29, 2014–We didn’t end up buying the Lords of the North audiobook at the time of this post, and it became unavailable. There is a slim chance that it will be reissued. Let’s hope so. And as soon as it is, I am snapping it up for my Richard Armitage audiobook collection!