Quite a story that had me going to the end. Well written but not what I usually read. It has a very mystical twist to it. I read for total escapism and this left me feeling a bit unsettled at the end
Karen Maitland takes us on a journey of a terrifying time in world history her descriptions of the disposals of those who have died of the plague is heart wrenching. The group of travelers who are fleeing the plague are very unusual and each has lived or are living a lie. As each lie is revealed there are remarkable occurrences some more believable than others.The final revelation and twist is worth the wait!
I would not hesitate to buy another book narrated by David Thorpe. As for Karen Maitland, I am not sure.
The most interesting aspect of the story was Camelot and his story. Narigorm was the least interesting.
David Thorpe brought the characters to life, made it easy to imagine them.
I thought it was worth listening to all the way up to the ending. There is a great story here but the ending was beyond disappointing.
One thing I found annoying was between chapters. One chapter would end and a millisecond later the next chapter number would be read. For timing purposes I would have liked a few more seconds, especially when something horrible happened at the end of a chapter.
The author did a beautiful job of developing rich, layered characters and each had their own distinct personalities and voices; it's also clear from their actions, their vocabulary, and their mindsets that the author had also done her research on the era.
The author wove a brilliant story, as well. I don't want to give any details away, lest I ruin the surprises, of which there were many. Allow me to just put it this way: I rarely give five-star ratings, and I listen to a lot of audiobooks. In this case, I wish I could've given it more than five stars.
For his part, the narrator was by far the best I've heard for any audiobook. If I had my way, the narrator would do the voice work for every audiobook I listen to. He's absolutely excellent. His pronunciation was perfect, his accents were spot on, he always used a proper tempo for the mood of the story, and in general he just did an absolutely brilliant job. Can't say enough good things about his work.
As I said, I don't give praise easily. But in this case I can safely say that this book is absolutely worth the money and the time it takes to listen.
Misfits, Mountebanks & Mystery,
The surprising identity of the protagonist.
A fascinating tramp through Medieval England with a wandering band of outcasts. Memorable characters, fascinating times and everyone has a secret.
The plot was thin and the characters poorly drawn. The author is skilled at setting a scene but the plot fails to live up to the promise. I certainly hope to hear more from David Thorpe.
Flimsy characters wander through what is supposed to be medieval England during the black plague, telling each other silly folk tales and smelling lots of bad odors. That pretty much sums it up. Don't waste your credit.
The story is set against a very bleak landscape and will chill you to the bone. It is a very long and at times slow moving story but realy worth the read. Looking forward to read more from Karen Maitland.
I loved this book from beginning to end.
The narrator is gifted, and told the story well, giving each character his or her own voice. It's also long, which is always gratifying when you're enjoying the book.