Read it twice so far, and won't be deleting it in a hurry. It was a joy to have such a thoroughly well-researched novel from a writer who obviously loves her subject. So many other historically based offerings fall down badly with their jarring ignorance of the social mores of the time, but this one actually generates an interest to learn more.
Diana Gabaldon's time-travelling series come close.
I have only heard this reader's performance for the first of this (All Souls) series.
She does an excellent job of reading and although there are a few mispronunciations, she has very good breath control and the ability to recognise punctuation and it's purpose . Overall she captures the personalities of the characters and draws the listener into the story. I would listen to her again with pleasure
There were too many moving passages to list here but Diana's jeopardy in the tilt-yard at Greenwich, at the hands of Marlowe and Louisa had high tension, and the bitter-sweet homecoming to Sept Tours left me thirsting for more details.
I'm really looking forward to the third volume in this series, please make it soon!
Listening to this average quality story became an exercise in endurance owing to a surfeit of lengthy primitive sound effects; on top of this a listener also has to cope with sizable periods of background static. (It was rather like being locked in a bathroom with a kettle boiling - very distracting!!) There is already enough going on with 2 narrators delivering the story, so these clumsy attempts to 'gild the lily' only detract from the whole.
I am so disappointed! Normally any titles in this series are a guaranteed source of pleasure, but this narrator is not up to the standard I have come to expect. I will be far more wary in future, despite my affection for the adventures of the fascinating Argeneau family, as such unintuitive reading can render the most lively prose meaningless.
If you enjoyed The Lion's Daughter then this one's for you. The characters are well-developed and narrator Kate Reading does an excellent job bringing them to life.
An unusual setting and an action packed story keeps the momentum going right to the finale.
This is one purchase to keep in the audio library to read again.
Judicious editing could have whittled this down to something worth my time but an overblown story, combined with an extremely irritating narrator, made this audiobook fit only for putting me to sleep.
This book takes up the story begun in Book ! after a gap in time of around 12 years, and develops the stories of those who were originally minor characters. There is plenty of action and suspense right up to the final pages. Superbly read by Nicholas Boulton, who has the ability to create exactly the atmosphere intended by the author.
More please from this combination!
It was a joy to revel in a complicated plot that had been so well-researched. The characters were well-developed and there was plenty of suspenseful action to draw the reader in, and I particularly enjoyed the characters' usage of authentic sounding language. Nicholas Boulton is a sublime narrator who is a joy to listen to.
Great combination of imaginative story-telling accompanied by outstanding narration. I liked this book so much that I sought out more titles by the same writer.
Reunited after 2 years apart, the two main protagonists enjoy a lengthy 'pity party' and the occasional bout of sexual intercourse. Most of the book deals with events that have already taken place with the 'real time' action being scarcely more than a hiccup in a rather dull, and quite ridiculous, exposition. I purchased this book based on the author's previous efforts but I suspect she was just fulfilling her contract quota with this lacklustre effort.
Don't waste your credit. This author should not be writing historical fiction if she cannot be bothered doing even basic research on the social mores of the period.
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