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  • The Crabchurch Conspiracy 1645: The True Story of Dorset's Bloodiest Secret

  • By: Mark Vine
  • Narrated by: Jon C Dixon
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
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The Crabchurch Conspiracy 1645: The True Story of Dorset's Bloodiest Secret

By: Mark Vine
Narrated by: Jon C Dixon
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The Crabchurch Conspiracy, 1645, was one of the bloodiest battles in Weymouth's history. Pivotal to the future of the kingdom the Parliamentarians and Royalists battled to and fro to determine the destiny of the two towns of Melcombe and Weymouth. This is the stroy of those events.

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Fantastic insight to a part of Weymouth history

The author Mark Vine a local Weymouth man has written a book that really tells a important part of Weymouth history he has written it with so much enthusiasm and vigour a story that’s tell the truth about the bloody Crabtree conspiracy ( the battle for Weymouth) .In choosing Jon Dixon another weymouth and friend of the Author was a Masterstroke as Jon narration was top notch ,the book the way it was written and the voice of Jon was a match made in heaven and really bring the book alive ..

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Unheard history brought ALIVE!!!

This is an excellent account of one of Britain's hidden history gems. As a teacher this is great way to engage students on a audio level. I especially loved the sound effects that accompanies the narrator, giving atmosphere and enjoyable transitions.

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Enthralling and Excellent Story

An enthralling and excellent true story written and researched by Mark Vine and told by the wonderful voice of Jon C Dixon with accompanying enigmatic music by The Dolmen. I was completely absorbed in this story and enjoyed listening immensely. The real life characters take you into their lives and into their battle and I felt like I was with them every step of the way , transported from 21st century Dorset to 1645 as part of their family. I highly recommend this audio book not only to lovers of history but lovers of human spirit and strength . Fabulous!

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Wonderful narration, impressive and captivating

I just loved the whole narration. The story is captivating and Jon’s voice is dragging you into the story and keeping you interested until the end. The music is wonderfully interwoven and the whole story gives you an insight in a not so well known part of history of Dorset and Weymouth! Well done you all!

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An absolute triumph

Having read and loved the original paperback I found myself delighted to discovery the audible version of this historically accurate gem. I haven't used audible before and as a dyslexic it brought a whole new dimension to this wonderful book for me.

Jon Dixon's narration is truly wonderful, he has a serious yet dreamy voice that transports you safely all the way back to 1645 where, if you shut your eyes and listen you are there!

The sheer dedicated devotion that has gone into researching this important yet nearly forgotten bit of history is clear, it resounds and resonates through every chapter, a life times work a duty of care to all the lost souls mentioned completed.

It's not for the faint hearted in some parts
as the detail in some of the real life accounts of what happened to certain folks such as the father forced to hang his own son are emotive and will take your breath away such is the true reality of what has past. I think we owe it to them to have a true grasp of what went before and in some part why we live the life we are so privileged to today !

Knowing these days of war better thanks to Mark Vines book , I will never again walk the streets of Weymouth in quite the same way again. What was just a street is no longer. My eyes are opened! Be it cobbles a wall or a set of steps it is not an afterthought but a moment of consideration a blimey all that happened here can you imagine it ?

It's enriched my life , my walk to work , my days off In this beautiful little town I call home .

Additionally the beautiful authentic music by the Dolmen is a welcome addition and often needed just to set the scene or for a moment to reflect on the gravity of what you have just heard .

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I didn’t listen to this - I lived it!!

Well this was a new and unique experience for me. I’m a great lover of Audible books but I haven’t lived an experience like this before.
How the author Mark Vine can have such immense historical information and make it feel like a personal experience is beyond me.
I was instantly captivated by the atmospheric tones of the narrator
Jon C.Dixon. I went into a life previously unknown to me, surrounded by music and sounds creating my own visual pictures. I was there, feeling the emotions, seeing and smelling what was happening around me.
I completely recommend this too anyone brave enough to be there.

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An absolutely captivating book, a must listen for history lovers.

This English civil war was one of the most pivotal and now largely forgotten about turning points in our history, this excellently researched and written book gives life to a small but very important part of that war.

From feeling the high spirits of victory to the pain of the losses, this book gives it all. One could almost feel the chill wind blowing in off of Weymouth harbour.

The wonderful narration and lovely music just further allow the reader to immerse themselves into the content. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and will again and again.

A huge well done to the author and all involved in the production of this audiobook. This would, in my humble opinion, make for a fantastic Tv series or movie.

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Incredibly well crafted

This book was researched and written with great love and care and the audio version has been given the same consideration. Regarding the content: history-wise I cannot attempt to top the glowing praise given by Professor Hutton. In respect of the audio - the story has been bought to life by John C Dixon's narration and also the sound effects and music which add to, rather than detract from, this perfectly crafted account of the events.

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Totally absorbing and fascinating listen.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio version of The Crabchurch Conspiracy. I have read the book in the past and enjoyed it, but found myself far more immersed when listening. It was a fascinating historical insight into a town that I am beginning to know better, so I was able to picture some areas well. I found myself speculating about my own ancestry in the area and wanted to jump back into my family tree to check for names I recognised. The excellent narration, music and sound effects took the story to another level and I was sorry to get to the end. I will be listening again.

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Superbly written and told

After loosing myself in the atmosphere of this enthralling tale of the struggle that happened at a town on my doorstep, I have to say that it was written in an engaging way and perfectly narrated. Nice touches with the music and sound effects which help to keep you immersed in the book. An excellent example of how to tell a true historical story well.

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  • RJB LLC
  • 23-09-21

Enthralling Historical Non-Fiction Storytelling

Mark Vine’s retelling of the events surrounding The Crabchurch Conspiracy brings this fascinating piece of English Civil War history to life. Especially notable is that although the book often reads more like a novel than a historical account, it does not lack carefully researched details and facts. The documentation that forms the book’s foundation leaves no stone unturned, providing an in-depth and very personal look at life during this challenging time in the history of Weymouth and Melcombe, two seaside towns situated on the Dorset coast. Adding to the experience is Jon C. Dixon’s engaging narration, bringing the varied cast of characters to life. The Crabchurch Conspiracy is enthralling historical non-fiction storytelling.

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  • The Hist Fic Chic
  • 07-09-21

Truly Exceptional!

In 1645, the small twin seaside towns of Weymouth and Melcombe, along the Dorset coast, became the stage for one of the bloodiest battles between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians of the time. Conspirators supporting Charles the First were eager to deliver the ports back into his hands, and history whispers that perhaps the King plotted to use the ports to flood a huge French army into England, and thus deliver a decisive blow to the resistant Parliamentarians who fought him for three years hence.


The Royalists’ plans almost succeeded, until their intended victim, Colonel William Sydenham, commander of the Parliamentary garrison and MP for Melcombe, managed to saturate the town with his soldiers. Even as he suffered a tragic blow of losing his brother, Francis, in the initial assault, the battle continued for two solid weeks.


When the third week of fighting arrived, Lord Goring, General of a 6,500 strong army came against Sydenham’s stubborn force of just 1,300 men. They were outnumbered six to one. No doubt, Melcombe’s days were numbered.


Yet, the General underestimated Sydenham, for the Colonel succeeded in retaking Weymouth, but he managed to withstand the full might of Goring’s military response, delivering a victory which could be deemed as nothing short of miraculous, and ending King Charles’ hopes of success in Dorset.


This historical non-fiction rendition of the events of the era is first-class account with exceptional writing and vivid verbiage that sometimes reads like a novel. Mr Vine is to be commended for not only his style of writing, but for the passion he feels for the area where he lives flowing through the words and allowing the reader to truly feel the heartbeat of his prose – which is a rare feat for a non-fiction book. This book is worthy of being included among history classes around the World to give a glimpse into the small battles which raged around England during the crisis which still resonates to our modern day. The events which took place surrounding Charles the First, his later execution, and the ascension of Oliver Cromwell as Lord Protector, shaded future events in the United Kingdom’s history. Mark Vine relays this in exceptional detail. Also, the addition translations of Preacher Ince’s diary of the event, the biography of some of the key players, and the eyewitness accounts added concrete evidence behind the story told, and I enjoyed this very much.


Along with Mr Vine’s words, we are gifted with the incredible voice of narrator, Jonathan Dixon, whose reading allows us to live the words in every sense of the word. This audiobook adds sensational music and special effects, transporting the reader back in time, hearing the battles, as well as listening to what is happening. The fluid way this is done comes together in a most pleasing way – Mr Vine’s words, Mr Dixon’s reading, the carefully chosen music by The Dolmens, and the perfect sound effects styled by the producer, boosts this non-fiction book and audiobook onto a gold-star level. You are not just simply reading or listening to a history book, you are living the moment, and for that, I give the book five-stars and will highly recommend this book to anyone interested in English history.


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D K Marley

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  • Steven Moysey
  • 04-09-21

A Totally Captivating Listen!

Firstly I have to say that this was a very enjoyable experience all round. I'm English, but my knowledge of the Civil War is a bit sketchy. This wonderfully researched and written account of one of the pivotal episodes in the conflict has rekindled my interested in this devastating and bloody 17th conflict that dramatically divided my homeland. The author has done a thorough job in researching the materials for the project and spinning a wonderful narrative around the events on Britain's south coast. Being a researcher and writer on the subject of terrorism and conflict resolution, I can relate to the very exacting level of detail that has gone into this significant historical work.

Which brings me to the Audible version of this book. I will say that the narration by Jon C. Dixon was absolutely first rate. His tone, inflection, and pacing was just spot on and pulled me into the story. Dixon's rich dulcet tones run the spectrum from calming and measured to edgy and tense, picking up witty and humorous along the way as the action, and intrigue, ebb and flow with a delivery that is both masterful and highly entertaining. The experience is made all the more immersive and vivid by the very tasteful use of sound effects and incidental music, all of which mingle and merge with the author's words and Dixon's delivery in what has to be one of the best Audible experiences I have enjoyed to date.

This is a work of historical significance in the field of the English Civil War, but it is also a highly entertaining and immersive listen that should not be missed. All involved - author, narrator, and producer, should be congratulated on what is a remarkable achievement. Final word on this book - to any fellow author looking to have their works brought to life in an immersive and totally enjoyable experience - you would do well to check out the work of Jon Dixon and his producer. Josh Total and consummate professionals.

Dr. Steve Moysey
Boston, MA
USA