The authjor obviously did an enormous amount of research and wanted to incorporate every piece. Her parenthetical additions often caused one to lose track of the direction of the sentence. I skipped the first few chapters. as she suggested one might want to do, but even after that,it was so tiring I could only bear a few more before giving up entirely. It doesn't help that the reader's voice is quite unpleasant to listen to.
It was an amazing story, but it spent too much time discussing Somali family relationships and political infighting for a large portion of the book.. Also, I feel I missed about 1/3 of the words because it was read by the author who speaks with a very strong accent. It would have been much easier to follow and to listen to if it had been read by a professional reader.
I have read and loved all of Philippa Gregory's other books, but not this one. The main character, Lady Margaret, was a cold, whiney, bitter woman who was obcessed with regaining the throne for her son. She was so unpleasant you had no sympathy for her or her efforts.
I found the exceedingly annoying music added for dramatic effect so distracting that it really ruined the book for me. At times it was so loud that it drowned out the story line.
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