I almost quit listening which has never happened before, it just kept droning on and on and I never built a relationship with the characters. The narration was good, better then lots, but the story was written mostly in facts and statements rather than thoughts or feelings, I never felt the emotional turmoil of the characters, and I couldn't build a picture of the scene in my head. It was interesting, but my favorite part was the end when the author spoke of her inspiration for the story. In the end I am grateful to live in a country without kings or queens and don't have a desire to learn anymore about past English bureaucracy and the lengths they'd go for the throne.
This is my first time "reading" Philippa Gregory, and my first audio book as well.
I enjoyed the story and thought the magic weaved into the history was great. I wanted to keep listening to find out more.
However it felt as though the author would repeat herself often, sometimes several times within a single paragraph or scene.
I don't know if this is the nature of hearing over reading but that was my least favorite part.
After seeing the Starz series I'd hoped the book would make Elizabeth seem more appealing, but it does just the opposite. She is the epitome of a greedy hypocrite once she had a taste of power.
A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!
No, I had a really hard time finishing. I really enjoy medieval history and stories but not listening to this story. I should have just read the book.
The story was interesting, a bit long and hard to follow all the family tree, but still interesting.
Susan Lyons sounded like her nose was plugged up. I understand she was trying to keep the dialect of the area and time, but i found her very irriating and it made me not want to finish the story.
no, i heard the show based on these books are good, I would consider watching those versus reading any further books by Phillipa Gregory.
The lack of life in the story. It is more like reading a history rather than presenting a historical story.
It does not add color, warmth or feeling to the characters. It's like reading a diary filled with only facts not feelings.
I decided to get this book because I saw it on a list of recommendations for people who enjoyed George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. I was very disappointed to discover a main character with zero personality, accompanied by a handful of other completely flat characters, in a story that sounds promising for the first couple of chapters but quickly becomes boring and repetitive. I couldn't get through the entire thing and I wish I could get my credit back. The narrator is good, but the book is a snoozefest.
If you're looking for something similar to ASOIAF, this is NOT it. If you just want to learn the history, there are probably less painful ways of doing that.