A thoroughly enjoyable, interesting and believable story, with well defined characters. Humphrey Bower tells it well.
I'm sorry Susan, I found the narration of this story very annoying, with the voice so slow and deliberate, that sometimes I even felt you were almost mocking the reader! I could forgive the fact that the Russians sounded more Scottish or even Irish, (accents can be hard, particularly when you are playing various characters, with female and male) but the English was just so unnatural.
Very well written and read version of the old folktale, but with much deeper examination of the characters, their motivations, personalities and history both of the families involved and the politics of the time. If he or they did in fact have any historical basis (really exist), we now know why without losing the enjoyment of a great 'yarn'.
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