The reader , try as he may, sounds like a 1920's/30's radio announcer. It's quite annoying. And his attempts and pronunciation in foreign tongues - not good.
A perfectly crafted story told by the perfect reader. Bravo!
But man, the reader was a y a w n
I did get through it, but at times it was challenging. A good reader makes all the difference.
Once again Antonia Fraser does a magnificent job bringing what could be bland historical research, to life. The problem with this audiobook is the reader. Her voice, once you get used to it is fine. It is her choice of doing foreign accents, male/female voice characters and even children's voices that is .... freaky. I wanted to pull off my headset more than once. Please, next time, just a good solid read would suffice.
The book on its own may have been a good read, but the audiobook was difficult to get thru. Cheesy music, sound effects, whispered quotes in French and an overly dramatic reader. I would highly suggest Antonia Fraser's Love and Louis XIV as a first choice.
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