I thoroughly agree with this author's love for the book "Katherine" and I was hoping to find out a lot more about Katherine Swynford from this bio.
Sadly, I was unable to stick it out for the entire book, as I soon became bogged down in the mind numbing details such as the origin of her last name, which seems to go on for many pages, or endless review of her genealogy. A little of this is fascinating, a lot is very distancing, there was no sense of the actual person behind all of those facts.
I may go back again and try to make it all the way through, I do admire the writer for doing all of that research.
First of all, I have to out myself as a real addict of English history, and I have read all previous books not only about Victoria and Albert, but pretty much everything about the era period. So having said that, I found this book had some really good additions to the genre, lots of personal info and references to actual writings by V etc. If you know nothing about Vic, but are curious, you might not go wrong by beginning with this book.
This narrator has a sonorous, ominous tone that is entirely repetitious, to the point where some of his intonations actually made me laugh. He sounds like he is announcing something, over and over again. Not much modulation of tone. He is also humorless and his cadence can really get to you, I tried my best to just ignore him and focus on the story, but there is no doubt his delivery can be distracting.
I really wanted to like this book because the main character is someone you don't see much about. However the overall quality of this book was very low, sadly. The main character as represented by the author is just the kind of person who should not be writing a book in the first person, as her concerns and topics are extremely limited and claustrophobic. There is a lot of repetition and very soft porn that was a big yawn for me.
I confess I did not finish this book as I grew increasingly exasperated and bored as I listened and the character kept bringing up and discussing the same few topics over and over. The narrator was ok, however I found her intonations and the stressors she choose to insert to be a distraction and not necessarily what the author intended.
This was an excellent Beaton title, if you are familiar with her books, this one will not disappoint, she is a real master of character, and she has some hilarious ones in this book
The reader was a bit stiff, not my favorite of the usual readers for Beaton
My only complaint with this book was the really annoying way that the husband kept doubting the wife in a completely unrealistic manner, I guess just to keep the plot going. This happens a lot in these books, first the two unlikely people get together, then there is some harebrained reason why they split up or fight, etc. don't read this book for the plot, the characters are the thing, imo
I have read a LOT of English history and I usually don't much like compilations, as the info is so shallow, however this book is really a good read, and you can dip into it at any point and enjoy the interesting details about the various kings and queens of England
If you like English history, this is a fun read, good to listen to while driving or gardenting, etc.
This was my fourth AP book and I was really really bored by this one, the plot seems to barely ever get going, and certain plot points were just hard to believe. One subplot, well a main one I guess, where her husband get amnesia and then becomes anti-marriage, but then they just continue on with their excavations, had me groaning with impatience and my inability to suspend disbelief.
the main thing I couldn't stomach was the slow and dragging plot. The performance by the narrator was simply wonderful, as always, but even she could not drag this dead crocodile out of the swamp of the author's stale and tortured plot.
This book was the worst one I have listened to ever! I somehow managed to listen to the whole thing, despite my better judgement, in the vain hope that something would start to make sense or have any redeeming features by the end.
the Narrator did a really good job though.
I have no idea why anyone would ever like this book, although I know it is quite popular, maybe I am just clueless, but the writing style, the content, and the pacing of the book irritated the crap out of me. This book really made me mad!!
I love to listen to these books, and read them, as a pure vacation from reality
Jill Tanner is just perfect reading these books, my favorite character by her is Barry the hired hand
Although some might consider these books hardly fine literature, they are actually very well written and with memorable characters.
I love to listen to all of this authors books, but have run out of audio titles, despite the fact that she has a huge repertoire, how can we get more of these books?
I give this three stars for the spunky and brilliant young female protagonist, and I liked the plot but I was really put off by the narrator. Unfortunately, with audio books the narrator really can make or break the experience for the listener, and I found this narrator arch, squeaky and out of touch with the nuance.
I might get the next book in paper form to give the series a fair shot.
These Marion Chesney books are all well worth a listen. The plots meander the slightest bit, but always in an interesting, and sometimes fascinating, way. The heroine Rose is a great girl, as is her side kick, Daisy. Along the way are some good quotations and some interesting snippets of Victoriana, like who started Fortum and Masons.
Good stuff for the Anglophile and period mystery lover!
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