The story is just wonderful, the writing is terrific, the characters are rich.
Forrest Gump, in that real characters interact with the protagonist. But this is an English book, through and through.
I am a very fussy listener, and I'd give this narration 3 out of 5. Perhaps a younger narrator would have been better for the earlier part of the book.
Logan Mountstuart, the lead. He's funny, smart, complex and flawed - just as a good lead character should be.
This is such a satisfying read, and for me, a great introduction to a writer who is now on my "must read" list. I can't recommend it highly enough. And once you've read it, take a look at the glorious TV series of the same name starring Matthew McFadyen and Jim Broadbent. I'm sure I'll revisit both the book and the show over the coming years, they're that good.
A more plausible storyline, or at least a lot less of the Mills&Boon. This has been likened to the works of Philippa Gregory. Well, both authors write fictional accounts of the lives of historical characters. That's where the similarity ends. I've got about four hours left to go, and I'm not sure I'm going to make it. Romance is one thing, but this is just unbelievable, soupy nonsense. Edward VIII, and the period in question, are both fascinating and rich in character and history. This book is a Harlequin novel with the British royal family thrown in. The actual facts, like Bertie's stammer, were laboured to death. The scenes where George V was reflecting on various things were ludicrous. If you're looking for a flimsy romance novel with a few historical characters thrown in, you may enjoy this. If you like a little history with your historical fiction, tread carefully.
A note on the narrator ... I think she did a fair job given the quality of the material, however, there were a lot of mispronunciations: saverich for Tsarevich, the word "says" always rhyming with "days", all with a frequency which I found grating.
Have somebody else research and write it.
Disappointment for sure. I've had this book on my wish list for a long time. You can probably guess that I've discreetly removed any other Rebecca Deans from my list.
Well worth listening.
The quality of writing continued to impress me.
John McCormack was a good, not great, narrator (but I am fussy). Make sure you get this version rather than the one narrated by Steven Crossley if chronic mouth clicks and whistles give you the creeps.
The lovely Marian Keyes (via Twitter) often heaps praise on Tana French, so I thought I should give her a go. I wasn't disappointed. BUT although this is a series, the next books are about different characters, so there isn't an on-going story arc as such. The second book lost me with its rather far fetched story. This one, though, is very enjoyable, but beware, not every loose end is tied up.
If you've never read this book, you must! And Linda Stephens' narration is wonderful. She really brings the characters to life. I've already listened to this one three times and know I will do so again.
This is one of my favourite books and I have been desperate for its audiobook release. I think Emilia Fox's narration was very ordinary, sometimes bordering on annoying. Patricia Hodge reading its companion book, "Love in a Cold Climate" is much better.
I couldn't keep listening to this one. Ms Nash sounds like she is a little drunk, or seriously dehydrated. The mouth clicks drove me crazy. I'll try again through small speakers, rather than headphones. Such a shame, as Jude Morgan is one of my favourite writers.
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