Interesting characterization and creative (if not convincingly based on historical fact) detailing of events. This might be the worst Philippa Gregory book I've read (definitely the worst of The Cousins' War series), but that still makes it darn good historical fiction.
Less repetition, please. Elizabeth and Henry have way too many exchanges of "The boy." "The boy?" "The boy!" I get that Gregory wanted to emphasize his obsession with defending his tentative throne and Elizabeth's careful diplomacy, but it really did get boring after a while. It may have been that it's just a sad series of events and Gregory didn't have much to work with
Don't go into this expecting a happy ending, but it's still an interesting perspective on the Cousins' War and worth your time.
Kate Quinn delivers interesting characters and an entertaining (if insubstantial) story.
All three of the narrators had beautiful voices, but the performance left much to be desired. I'm not sure if the problem was that the narrators were inexperienced, or if they were just reading the book for the first time... but all three performances suffered from awkward pauses and inconsistent pronunciation of names & places.
Philippa Gregory consistently delivers colorful, interesting, sympathetic portraits of well-known historical figures. This depiction of two of Henry VIII's wives, Anne of Cleves and Catherine Howard, is no exception.
Gregory fleshes out the flat characterization provided by historical sources into believable human beings. Subtle feminist criticism of the commodification of women in sixteenth century Europe rings through Gregory's entertaining plot.
Gregory skillfully creates distinct voices for each of her three narrators. Each of the voice actors for this audiobook performs her role faithfully and convincingly.
The narrator kept swallowing her spit....ew. She occasionally stumbled over the names of characters or places, and at some points it was really obvious she was just reading. Very monotone.
Maybe it's a cultural disconnect, but I found the main character's passivity extremely frustrating. Frequently throughout the novel I found myself wanting to yell "YEAH OK SO STOP COMPLAINING AND DO SOMETHING".
I really enjoy historical fiction, but this felt like a waste of my time...
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