I found the story completely implausible but have to say that I'd listen to Dick hill read a cereal box and be entertained. For a two day trip it did keep me intrigued although I still don't understand why the doctor's wife wanted to have him murdered. That made no sense at all.
As always, Simon Vances is a joy to listen to, his narration flawless, each character distinctly drawn by the voices he gives to them. After a bit of a slow start, the book picks up its pace and provides a fascinating look into Britannia under Roman rule. Most enjoyable for anyone who loves historical fiction.
I wish I'd read some of the reviews before purchasing this book. I too found Margaret unbearingly priggish and whiney. This was not Gregory's best effort--perhaps because she didn't have much to work with in Margaret Beaufort. I do think it interesting that Margaret's son, Henry VII was in no hurry to marry Elizabeh of York once he became king and not only delayed marrying her but delayed crowning her queen as well...perhaps due to his mother's influence.
Very satisfying ending to a riveting trilogy. Lisbeth Salendar is one of the most intriguing heroines of modern literature and Simon Vance, as always reads with perfect inflection and timing.
LaHay made the gospel story come alive for me in a way that was rich and rewarding. So often we take Biblical characters for granted and fail to recognise the real struggles they went through to live out their faith and follow the Master. Dean's narration was spot on and the story alive with historical color and detail.
Wonderful listen--well researched and highly informative.
I can't imagine why there is such furor over such a silly, farfetched book. Even had Mary Magdalene and Jesus married and born children, I hardly see how this union would have resulted in a secret fertility cult centuries later. That goes against the clear teaching of both Jewish and Christian tradition. Bah, humbug.
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