I've listened to all of the COUSINS' WAR and loved the stories and preformances. There isn't anything negative that I can think of to say about that series.
The Virgin's lover, is the 5th in the TUDOR series that I've listened to, and I'm REALLY struggling to get through it. It ususally only takes a week or less for me to finish a book, but I'm going into my 3rd week trying to finish this one - 2 hours left....ugh. I think the worst part of it for me is the narration. I'm not sure I want to put all the blame on Davina Porter, as I'm sure there is some type of direction. The narration of Elizabeth is extremely annoying and whinny. The other character narrations are honestly not much better and I really have a hard time staying focused. I also do not find the overall story very interesting, or at least not as interesting as the other 9 Philippa Gregory audio books that I've listened to. If you are like me and cannot skip one in a series, I'd say give it a try, but if it doesn't bother you to skip one, then I'd suggest not wasting your time.
Amy Dudley, poor thing. No match for the cards she was dealt.
Ms. Porter often makes the character's sound like witches, very distracting and unsat.
Please bring back Bianca Amato to finish the work she began on this series. Her voice is well moderated, mature and does not interfere with the story. Amato has developed Phillippa Gregory's characters with subtlety and precision and allows the book to speak for itself, rather than imposing a bombastic pretentiousness on the work. It was jarring to hear the over-done, sloppy cadence of Davina Porter being applied to this narrative. Porter's interpretation of the characters, as she has done on the Outlander series, swings between overwrought and flippant, creating a two-dimensional listen out of a complex read.
Kept with the original reader: Bianca Amato.
I'd heard so much about Philippa Gregory's books and was looking forward to reading one of her historical novels. I understood that license had been taken with the historical facts, and I was prepared for that. What I wasn't prepared for was a poorly edited novel with a plodding plot and text and dialogue of the same quality that's in the average Harlequin romance novel. I got about a third of the way through this on Gregory's reputation and just gave up. I really like Davina Porter as a narrator and it's unfortunate that she does books like this (ie, Outlander series).
I really don't know the story. I could not get past the whiny old woman narration. I will never buy an audible with this narrator again!!!!
Bianca Amato (The Queen's Fool) could have narrated.
I am learning to be more careful with audiobooks. A narrator can make or break a book.