I've heard great things about this book but the narrator's repetitive, unwavering cadence never allows me to lose myself in the story. I'm two or three hours in and considering abandoning it. Mr. Graham's delivery chops up the sentences into an odd, sing-song iambic pentameter. A terrible shame since most Audible narrators are so skilled at enhancing a book, not diminishing it.
Marvelous language, fully developed characters that draw you in instantly. Myra Lucretia Taylor is a masterful reader who has made each character distinctive. A great listen even if you aren't into horses or racing.
Perhaps my love of Hilary Mantel's WOLF HALL prompted me to choose this book. A historical murder mystery, it offers some glimpses of the life of Oxford in 1583, in particular the efforts to "root out" secret Catholics who are suspected of trying to overthrow Queen Elizabeth. But the writing is so lacking in style and excitement that I found myself in a continuous state of mild annoyance. Better to listen to WOLF HALL, or listen again!
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