This is an excellent and useful book, but it is hard going because of a reading that sounds like the guy who narrates "The Way Things Work" on cable TV. It has a quality of canned narration with misplaced emphasis that is sadly distracting in this delicate account of the relationship between the way one's brain works and the practice of contemporary Buddhism.
exciting historical fiction
I like this narrator very much. He is effective, but understated. He does not get in the way of the book. He is an excellent reader, and his is far better than the performance of the reader of Wolf Hall.
You ought to read or listen to Wolf Hall first.
I would recommend this book, because its is real history fashioned into a compelling revisionist history of Cromwell. I could not stop listening to it.
The narrator was a bit over the top, and made Cromwell and Moore both sound like cynical and melodramatic villains. It was distracting, and he spoiled the subtlety of the characterizations in the book, and made them sound far less natural and complex than they in fact are.
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