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Lorne

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  • Blindspot: By a Gentleman in Exile and a Lady in Disguise

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jane Kamensky, Jill Lepore
    • Narrated By John Lee, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Set in boisterous, rebellious Boston on the eve of the American Revolution, Blindspot ingeniously weaves together the fictional stories of Stewart Jameson, a Scottish portrait painter and notorious libertine, and Fanny Easton, a fallen woman from one of Boston's most powerful families who disguises herself as a boy to become Jameson's defiant and seductive apprentice. Together with an African-born doctor, they investigate the death of the famous revolutionary leader Samuel Bradstreet.

    Kim says: "Not completely what I expected"
    "Lovely Piece of Historical Romance"
    Overall

    I'm finally writing this review, after listening to it for the third time.

    How to explain how much I loved this book? As an artist myself, the fact that they have historically accurate painters tools, techniques, and perceptions was amazing.

    The voice actors who did the reading are a joy. It's lovely having a man and a woman reading the parts, and the fluidity of their accents and demeanors makes it easy to tell who's "speaking," even when one actor is reading the part of the other character.

    A few of the others reviewers here were not as enthralled by the plotline. Well, let me set that straight. It's a historical romance (set in America, not England or Scotland, which was a real treat in-and-of-itself), there is cross-dressing (the female lead passes as a boy through much of the story), and there is a good deal of loving, sex positive scenes later in the book as the characters work out their issues. Yes, there are misunderstandings, yes there are awkward moments, no, it isn't all happy-fluffy-bunnies. Pretty much like life.

    This won't be the kind of story for everyone, I'll grant that, but for someone wanting a humorous (yes, a laugh out loud in public hilarious) story that's worth listening to again and again, this story will be well worth your trouble.

    Thank you Kamensky and Lepore for writing such a delightful tale, and for Lee and Campbell for bringing it to life.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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