Thought the characters were poorly written and unengaging. The narrator made these women sound even older and whinier than they ought to have been. Not a good novel about grief, mental illness, friendship, or even knitting. Sorry I wasted time and money on this one
I was really excited to read this book as I thought the archeological one-in-a-million find was fascinating. Sadly, it's written by the one non-historian AND non-scientist on the project. Langley is a screenwriter (as she constantly tells us) and her love for creating melodrama is rampant.
The book moves back an forth between the archeological dig and a blindingly pro-Richardian history of the life of Richard III. She peppers her firsthand account of the dig with her intuitions and a rather creepy obsession with protecting the "dignity" of a king who has been dead for 500+ years and whose dirty bones are unlikely to excite a perverse or prurient interest in anyone (except maybe the author herself). You get the impression she'd rather take the bones home, dress them up, and have tea with them. The historical portions of the book are cringeworthy to a lover of truly objective history. She strives to make the data fit her beloved Richard, while suggesting that the whole world loved Richard until Henry VII managed to turn all popular sentiment and historical record against him. She's incapable of acknowledging that he usurped his nephew's throne and was in turn defeated in combat by another usurper.
The book is worth reading for the accounts of the search and archeology, at least until another member of the team - either true scientist or true historian - writes a less self-involved and more scholarly account.
I can't believe I wasted so much time on a book with no redeeming (or even interesting) characters, endless (pointless and lewd) descriptions of the horrors of Victorian prostitution and a plot that went NOWHERE. I'm stunned that anyone thought this novel was worth publishing, let alone making an audiobook and apparently a TV adaptation. Seldom have I been so disappointed in a read.
If the droning voice and rampant mispronunciations of the narrator weren't bad enough, this "history" is riddled with inaccuracies, biased opinions and unsubstantiated assertions - and not small ones at that! Anne Boleyn and Lucrezia Borgia are incestuous tabloid figures. Magellan is a true hero where Medal of Honor recipients are not. Chaucer is responsible for sparking Henry the Navigator and thus the Age of Discovery. The list goes on and on. This book would be comical if it didn't perpetuate such an ignorant view of the medieval world and the Renaissance!
What a wonderful story with excellent narration. Well worth your listening credits!
I have enjoyed many of JCO's other books, but this one was horrible. The plot never gelled around any of the unredeemed and unsympathetic characters. Couldn't connect with any character, wished they'd all plunge over the Falls!
This audiobook was awful! The audio quality is very poor and the narrator is atrocious! Unable to pronounce place names or Scottish dialect, choppy narration, slow. This recording really doesn't do justice to the book and Audible should be ashamed to offer it!
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