I don't usually read a book more than once.
I found that the true story of the inhabitants of "Downton Abbey" was every bit as interesting as the TV series, more so, because it was a true story culled from news articles, letters and diaries. The stories were intriguing and the descriptions outstanding.
Almina, the countess of Carnarvon, the center around which the other characters swirled, each with their own quirks and peculiarities. I loved listening to Ms. McCaddon, I don't think a better voice/performer could have been chosen for this book.
The lost Legacy of Hichclere Castle says it very well. If not for "Downton Abbey" these stories might not have been so enticing but once you've entered the real HighClere Castle and realized the actual events that took place there and the people involved it is a story that stands well on its own.
I have not read the book and probably never would since it is hard to find time to read and easy to find time to listen.
The wounded soldier being cared for at the castle was asked by the butler which paper he wanted to read first.
The reader had the perfect voice and pace for this story.
It almost made me cry towards the end when the Earl died.
It raises the question about where all that money from Rothchild came from and where did he keep it.
No. Once gives the overview and feel for the periods in history spanned. Also expands on the backdrop on which Downton Abbey occurs. The memorable fun facts can be processed with just one listen.
Lady Almina of course. She is the point of the audio book and her heritage and journey are quite enlightening.
Don't really have one. The performance in the audio book was subtle but effective.
Don't have an answer. This question is a bit gimmicky.
I enjoyed hearing about Lady Almina, but I expeted it to be more in story form
The life that the Lady and her husband led, was indeed, very interesting.
I rather enjoyed the English accent, it really brought the book to life.
It was just ok. I learned a few facts that I had not known before.
I wish to book had been less like a greeting card!
It reminds me of the Marion Crawford book, "The Little Princesses", in its saccharine infused prose. A biography of Mother Teresa would have been less gooey! I wanted a more three dimensional view of Almina, instead we are given treacle coated view!
Most interesting: Almina's drive. Least interesting: the superficial treatment of very complex personal relationships.
Probably in hopes of a screen writer who was less protective than the author!