This is a mystery novel and a very good one. Josephine Tey can draw clear, in depth characters in very few words. Although the book is dated it is still an enjoyable cozy and one of the best one's Tey has written.
But its not just any old mystery story. This book purports to solve the mystery of who killed the Princes in the tower. I loved it, as a story. My history professor's eyes got a little glazed as one more undergraduate waved it at him, trying to get him to explain what part of the book is fact and what is fiction, but he was always polite. He didn't think there was a mystery al all, but he never convinced those of us who think it is a delicious story.
This book is a good example of why there are people who are passionate about Richard's purported guilt or innocence hundreds of years after his death. Since I think the Tudors are not a nice family anyway, and with the possible exception of Mary Tudor, they made modern advertising agencies look like amateurs, I can understand why modern readers may agree with the conclusion the fictional Detective comes to. After reading this book I truly believe that "history is the daughter of time", is more than just a saying.
Entertaining and re-readable.
Derek Jacobi is an excellent actor but not really the best for this sort of task. His English accent is too high-brow for the main character, and his "American" accent is just weird.
A good story, based upon solid history.
author of Lowcountry Legend's series
This is from 1950's and I believe started the whole, Richard the Third wasn't such a bad guy revolution. So it was written way before they found his body, but its a delightful romp on what Britain holds as sacred and done well. If you like history, but wonder about the sanity of historians, you will love this.
I listened to this book at the same time I was reading the book TUDOR ROSE - the story of Richard III and how the Tudor Dynasty began - and of course the murder/disappearance of his 2 nephews. I found it very interesting and the case The Daughter of Time presents is compelling and will definitely cause one to stop and think - Who Really did benefit from the murder of the two boys and why.
This book had great potential, but it was slightly too packed with detail of the lineages of the Plantagenets and Yorks. A little more characterization of the two modern people in the book would have softened and filled it out nicely. I love Derek Jacobi, but his American accent was painful. I would rather he had just spoken in his own voice and let me use my imagination. Listening to an "off" American accent is off-putting.
Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton. In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!!
No. The book is confusing and doesn't make sense.
It would take more that this book to turn me off from my most favorite genre.
Jacobi is a good narrator but this approach to the storytelling of a well-documented historical event is not.
Please don't! One time was painful enough!
I seem to be in the minority among the reviewers. But I just didn't get why the author thought this was an interesting way to write the story of Richard III. While the narrator is good, he reads this book a bit too fast. Many times I found myself not having a clue to what was going in. That was a bit discounting since fact and fiction books based on well-documented history are my favorite. Especially when it comes to English history. I love the genre and I own over 750 hard copy and audiobooks about it. However, this book was the worse I've ever read on this subject.
Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years.
I wanted to like this book because it was recommended by a friend whose judgment I value. But the story seemed to get bogged down in lots of irrelevant details that did not seem to advance the plot. I got bored and distracted. I only listened for a hour or so, and just gave up.
It puzzles me, that of all Josephine Tey's books, this is the one that would make it to Audible. It's one of her least accessible, and unless you have some grounding in English history of the 15th century, hard to follow when listening 30 minutes at a time.
Narrator was good, and at times very good, although he struggled a bit with the American and Gloucestershire accents.
Derek jacobi is a treasure. This book was engrossing from start to finish. Very different. And I learned a little!
If you're interested in an accurate, brief history of Richard III, this is it. Wonderfully narrated by Derek Jacobi. It's short enough and interesting enough that I will listen to it again.