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.
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.
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.
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.
I can't really comment on the story itself because Jacobi's terrible Boston accent was so bad that it gave me a migraine less than halfway through. It was too distracting to even follow the narrative. It's a shame; I usually enjoy Jacobi's work. But this was just terrible.
Yes, I would definitely recommend it. We read this book in my book club and all of the members enjoyed it. I read the book as well as listened. It was a bit complicated as a listen; there are many details about history that were a bit challenging to keep straight. The family trees in the beginning of the printed version were very necessary for me to keep things straight.
It's quite unique as far as I know - I can't think of another book quite like it.
This was the first book I have heard with Derek Jacobi as a narrator. Just as wonderful as I expected, with just one flaw - his American accent (for one of the characters) was surprisingly poor. I was wishing he might take lessons from Hugh Laurie. Other than that, his narration was beautiful, of course.
If you like police procedurals and history, this book combines them beautifully. Josephine Tey's style is smart, artful, and enjoyable.
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Yes, I read The Daughters of Time as a History student. Listening to the story made it even better.
Marta Hallard is my favorite character.