I've listened to all of the books in this series and was pleasantly surprised by how engaging they really are. I loved hearing a different perspective than the typical of Henry II--although he played a relatively minor role in the books. I never knew much more about him than that of his involvement in Beckett's death. Hearing about him from this perspective sheds a new light on his important role in history. Similarly, it is always nice to read about a woman pushing the the feminist envelope centuries ago...even if she is a fictional character, one has to believe that such women had to exist. I was really disappointed to learn that this would be the last novel in the series due to the death of the author.
This is a fascinating period of history and these books do a great job of respecting historical fact while weaving a story around what is actually known.
Adelia is a strong, intelligent woman who had to learn how to pursue her passion for medicine within the repressive constraints of her time.
The author does a wonderful job of giving the reader an insight into the late Middle Ages, making it more "real" than just the dates, names and events that are taught in history classes.
I enjoyed the narrator's performance.
I'm so sorry that the author has died and that there won't be more books in the series.
I love this character and Ariana Franklin's creative picture of the 11th century. Her strong-willed main character makes her way through life successfully, overcoming the lowly status of women of the times. She saves a princess from a terrible death, thus making the marriage between royalty of two countries ensure peace between them. Her secret love affair withstands the demands of her lover's office. A wonderful read. I look forward to the next installment in this woman's life.
As much as I love music, I'd rather listen to a book. I love being taken far far away while doing everything.
***PLEASE READ THE BOOK YOURSELF*** The narrator is an idiot. A grimace is a grim-mace to the narrator. Instead of narrating the story around the evil doer in a normal tone, she uses a sinister tone as if the evil doer is speaking. It's confusing and annoying. Every time the story comes to the point where we need to see what the evil doer is up to, the narrator changes voices to the evil doer's voice and narrates his every move in this way.
This book brings our heroine home only to find it changed and the realization that her home is where she is "mostly" happy. This is book would be a great conclusion to the series if it is the end.
I loved the first books in this series. Unfortunately, in this book Adelia spends most of her time pining for her lover in a most pathetic fashion. The intelligent woman we have grown to love in the first books is missing here. It's like she is purposefully obtuse. The story is interesting, but hopefully Ms. Franklin will bring back Adelia's strong will in the next book.
The narration was a big disappointment. The voice Kate Reading gives her characters helps to create them. That element of the story was sadly lacking with this narrator. However, the story was as captivating as her others.
I really enjoy the "Mistress of Death" books. Adelia is a terrific character full of contradictions. She has ethics and principles and will hang onto them even at peril to her own life. For me, her behavior in this book is out of character. In this book, for the first time, Adelia is selfish and puts the people she loves at risk. Not for any good reason either. I confess to being worried enough while listening to seek out some spoilers. When an author writes such a change into a main character just as a plot device I worry they are going to do other odd things. She didn't, whew!
The actual mystery was pretty good. Despite the spoilers telling me how easy it was to figure out who the really bad guy was, I didn't and was very surprised. Then again, there were more than a few bad guys. I'm eager to read the next book despite my problems with this one.
I listened to the three previous books in this series with pleasure, but this is jarring. The reader's voice and presentation is a poor fit and the reader misses storyline grammatical and emotive cues. Great readers convey a story by raising an image of each character in turn as the story carries along; this reader's shortcomings continue to plant an image in my mind of Agnes Moorehead as "Endora" reading indifferently to Tabitha. The characters are flat and the story is lost.