Say something about yourself!
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.
I listened to this book because Derek Jacobi was the actor reading it. It sounded a bit quirky-but I gave it a go. And I really really enjoyed it. Earlier, I had watched the movie "The White Queen", some of the Henry VIII Films and the new "Wolf Hall" and it really put all that historical context together. I loved it!
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
Josephine Tey like Margery Allingham writes a great big story with exceptional depth of character in a small beautifully crafted book. This one is exceptional, even amidst an exceptional oeuvre, because of its original plot format and depth of the historical research that lurks unobtrusively in the background. It is particularly timely right now due to the recent discovery of the body of Richard III. I won't say more because I don't want to spoil the mystery!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
No. They're both terrific.
Well, Inspector Grant, of course.
This is Josephine Tey's best novel, without question. She is a terrific writer, with great mastery of the English language and understanding of people and their motivations and character. It's a riveting tale, once you get into the hero's (Inspector Grant's) shoes: helpless in a hospital bed, a brilliant scholar, detective, and student of faces and character, presented with an anomaly---a mystery to unravel. Why does the most loathesome murderer of all time, have a face like a highly-respected judge? I have never read so much English history (or any other kind, for that matter) that is both scholarly and well-researched and reads like a novel--one that you can't put down. I have read the book 3 or 4 times, and heard it read by Derek Jacobi (he is marvelous) twice, and I still have a lot to learn. Not only about the English royal succession, but also about meticulous, persistent, patient police work. And, of course, there's that wonderful factor of men's characters being revealed step by step as Inspector Grant, aided by his enthusiastic sidekick, the woolly lamb, track down every original source in existence, about this time in history. I love this book (can you tell?) and you will, too.
I have read this book many times. Listening to it now, I can do two things at once.
I love old time mystery stories. Anything by Margery Allingham or Josephine Tey is great. There is a great non-fiction book entitled Women of Mystery by Martha Haley DuBose which gives great background information on many of the early female mystery writers.
This is the first of Mr. Jacobi's readings that I have come across. I am very familiar with his excellent acting. I enjoyed his reading and especially his impatient Inspector Grant.