This is a wandering story of the alleged life of Jane Poppincourt with no apparent plot, dénouement, irony, or other redeeming quality.
The real Jayne Poppyncourt was actually a French language tutor to the children, who in this story, is the contemporary of the children.
My mother, the literature teacher, would have returned this to the writer with the instructions to rewrite it or choose another topic AND research the subject matter more thoroughly.
It is really the story about a largely fictional character who seems to wander about pre-Elizabethan England and France without specific purpose and then marries her childhood sweet heart.
I did some fact checking, thinking I was reading historical fiction. Dates, people, places, and times are often incorrect.
This book IS NOT historical fiction, but fiction based extremely loosely on an inaccurate understanding of history
The narrator has a fairly strong sibilant lisp that makes the listening nearly exhausting for someone like me who has worked tirelessly to rid myself of same.
Based on this novel, I will not attempt to listen to any other title by this author.
Had I not suffered through its entirety, I would have attempted to return it.
I give it one star because I am unable (based on this reviewing program) to give it zero stars.
Tangential references to everything the author knows anything about. High on trivial references, from Dylan Thomas to Strauss; fine dining to Abraham Lincoln.
No clear heroine, not much mystery, lots of self aggrandizement, lots of details about minor details. Is the author trying to lead the reader astray or does she really think she is telling a wonderful story? I am 2/3rds through and there seems to be no direction, few suspects.
Arrogant and complaisant.
Young, Happy, Midwestern
Wasted time waiting for it to get better.
I enjoyed the book. I like slasher fiction and nonfiction. I like fantasy and a bit of sci-fi. In my opinion this book takes slasher fiction adds fantasy/ sci-fi and multiples it to the 10th power!
Think of Men In Black meets al qaeda.
It is raw and edgy.
I don’t recommend it for the faint of heart
The ‘heroine’ who is telling the story is fey. She has friends who are witches, vampires, and other such creatures. She is weak, bruises easily, and is constantly worrying about what her friends think about her and whether or not they are really friends.
I know people like this (not fey) but whiny, weak, pitiful, woebegone, sad sacks. I don’t like being around them.
Halfway through this book (after thinking it would surely improve) I threw in the towel . No sense making myself uncomfortable for pleasure!
There is little action and seemingly no plot.
I was disappointed because I am familiar with this author and have enjoyed some of her other work. That is the reason I bought the book.
Having had a Dad who was in one of the U.S. Navy's Special Forces, I have great respect for this man and the family that made him who he was. I am heart wrenched at the family's and friend's loss. This Navy SEAL is a true hero and American Patriot in every sense of the word.
The story is told by a writer that I think doesn't do the story of this SEAL or his family justice. The real story itself is bone chillingly frightening, and hold -your -breath suspenseful. The author tells the story in a redundant, wandering manner that was difficult for me to listen to with out the use of fast forward.
I don't know if the Murphy family approved the writing of this account. There isn't much first person information. Most of it seems to be gleaned from newspaper reports and interviews that the author read about.
I am truly sorry that Michael P. Murphy's story was not told by a better writer.
Once again Lee Child makes Jack Reacher a super hero-
I have enjoyed previous Reacher novels, on the edge of the seat action, gripping adventure, and hard-to guess mystery. This one takes us back to Jack's days as a Major in the Army MP force. We get a sense of what made Jack who is in the other books in the series.
I so enjoy this series that I am going back through and listening to them in chronological order although I have already listened to most of them, as they were purchased.
Reacher is a man's man, who doesn't worry about other's feelings toward him. He has a strong sense of right, wrong, and justice that doesn't always follow the letter of the law. But I find myself agreeing with the choices he makes when it comes to dealing with the bad, the evil, or the just plain stupid.
Another aspect of this series that I find refreshing, is that for the most part, the language is clean. The reader gets great descriptions of situations without some of the crassness we have come to accept in today’s world. The love scenes are the same. The reader gets a sense of serious and erotic passion without the raunchy description that is usually found in modern novels.
Dick Hill is an excellent narrator. In fact, I have listened to another series, simply because Hill was the narrator... I was not disappointed. He is able to use intonations and various voices so that the reader knows which character is speaking. With Child's writing style and Hill's narration there is not a lot of "he said" and "she said" in the narration, which I thinks makes a story more difficult to listen to. Hill's female voices sound a tad funny coming in his deep expressive voice but you get used to it.
I highly recommend this if you are looking for action, mystery and adventure.
Of all the books of this series, this was my least favorite, not because it is not a good read. It is very well written. Ms. Gregory makes me feel as if I am there, in the great halls, standing at the edge of the battle fields, and eavesdropping on private conversations.
I think the reason that I liked this least of all of this series is the that father of the heroine of this story (The Kingmaker himself, Warrick) is a vile, treacherous, fence-sitter during the War of the Roses, one who "turns his coat" almost daily.
The history is good and accurate. I truly enjoy Ms. Gregory's works
The heroine is a pitiable character who has a horribly evil, greedy, petty, jealous sister, and a mean, thankless, nasty mother who makes her daughter's basically orphans due to her own cowardice. Yet despite all our heroine (being essentially an orphan and her sister's prisoner,) marries for love in a time when that is almost unheard of
I anxiously await the release of the next book in the series.
The story grabbed me in the first few minutes and I had trouble finding stopping points. Putting it down was almost painful at times. I couldn't wait to get back to it when I did have to stop listening. The characters are well developed and as historically correct as I think it is possible to make them, based on the info we have from the 15th Century
It is a love story, a spy story full of intrigue, a story about family, love, death, loss and life in the 1400's.
When Elizabeth loses her baby king son and knows not if he is dead, kidnapped, in hiding, or in the Tower of London. Her pain, anguish, and fear are palpable. The narrator is perfect for the part, she infuses the words she readswith the feelings of the moment.
Spies of the 15th Century
I just ordered and wish listed several more in the Cousins War series and another series written by Philippa Gregory. If I know me, I will read all of her works.
I have read Anya Seton's Green Darkness, at least 5 times. Her historical fiction is spot on, historically speaking. Her characters and places are so vivid, I feel like I know them and can see them in my mind's eye. Katherine is no different.
I knew that Katherine would be excellent. I was whisked away to the days of Geoffrey Chaucer's England. The story is not about Chaucer per se but the travails of his tragic sister-in-law, Katherine.
Katherine is an amazing heroine. If I understand correctly her character and much of the story line is based on the known history of the time. Many of the people and places I was able to look for and find in history.
Katherine is a love story, a tragedy and a wonderful example of historical fiction.
An excellent read if you enjoy historical fiction and that period in history. I highly recommend it!
This doctor spends too many words anthropomorphizing everything form dogs to ducks! She takes several unnecessary shots at Cesar Milan and makes several misstatements of fact such as information about the links between dogs and wolves.
I think the title is misleading. I expected to read a book about the way animals help people be more human and humane, about the positive effects they have on us, etc. That is not at all what this book is about. The authors waxes nostalgic about the good old days when dogs ran free and were so much happier. This notion seems to be based on her childhood dog's behavior. She also manages to mention her diagnosis of autism at least in every chapter.
She has done some interesting research but when I looked for peer reviewed information on her research or other research that backed up her findings, I couldn't find too much.
It was so bad I couldn't finish it!
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