I have not read the print version of this book but the narration of the audio version was incredible. The story was factual and the fiction was artfully woven together to provide a story that took the listener right into the lives of the characters. The narration was beautifully done and made me feel like I was inside the action, the minds of the characters and truly a contemporary of the times.
As the writer undoubtedly meant to do I fell in love with Elizabeth just like Edward did under the oak tree. She came to life in full color and character. Philippa's character of Elizabeth Woodville presented her as not only a likeable person but was truthful about her desire to propel her family to great heights, which in the history books has been seen as grasping and malevolent. The presentation of this character and her life was amazing as well as artful.
Her excellent narration fleshed out the characters and brings the listener into the lives of each one in such a way that the story is fuller and bolder for her telling of it.
Absolutely! If time had permitted I would have listened to it all the way through in one sitting. The story as well as the narration were fabulous!
Philippa Gregory has become one of the leading ladies in the arena of historical fiction. Through this genre we are able to learn about and experience the lives of people who were once just a few lines in a history book, books written with the bias and prejudice of the times. By experiencing her exquisite style of story telling we are finally able to see these people in a more believable and real way. As people just like us, with loves, and lives that are not so unlike our own. My hat is off to this writer and her talent for resurrecting the past with such finesse for us to experience and relate to in a modern way.
I highly recommend this book. If you love history, historical fiction, and the supernatural you will love this marriage of historical legend and supernatural. Grahame-Smith introduces a very realistic and believable Lincoln. He makes you feel you have truly gotten to know the man, as a real person. And the vampire element is woven in so skillfully that it takes nothing away from Lincoln as a real person.
Absolutely Abe! Strong, convicted, honorable, and masculine.
Henry! He was smooth, wise, handsome, and conflicted. Wonderfully done!
Definitely! You will stay up late listening to this one. It's riveting for sure!
This story and performance are amazing and will bring the person of Lincoln to life in a very unusual and pleasant way!
History, Love-story, Compelling
The story is lovely, riveting, real, relatable, fun, quirky, sadly sweet, and happy ending. Kearsley takes you right into the world of the Jacabites and their contemporaries in a real and intrinsic way. She makes you love the main character and relate to her as well as the historical characters. Their lives and relationships feel so real and compelling. She makes you feel you are an active participant in the story. Her writing is fresh and comfortable at the same time.
The narrator was monotone at times, the voices and accents were not believable and often hard to listen to. It was a great disappointment to find that such a wonderful story was marred by such a bad narration. It would have been better to read the book and create the narration in my own head rather than listen to this poor narration.
There were many moving moments in the story, from the first chapter where the main character is inexplicably drawn to an unknown castle to the end where the female historical character is reunited with her lover. The story is so well written you will not be able to stop listening.
I would love to listen to this story again narrated by someone else. A more youthful, feminine and pleasing voice choice.
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