I have not seen the print version, but I love the audio. I am listening for the second time right now. Bianca Amato is a wonderful narrator for the type of book. She makes you feel you are there right in the room with the characters.
Well-written and researched. I especially liked the short author's note at the end. I think it adds quite a bit to have an introduction or end note by the author because it validates the story and authenticity. Plus it makes the experience of reading/listening much more personal.
The scene where Elizabeth and Richard are talking together after the birth of their first son, Arthur, and admiring him as a beautiful baby. So sweet. Their relationship was so tumultous, that this moment of sweetness and humanity was very special. All parents can relate to this moment.
To me, it was the Queen's nephew, the Earl of Warwick, who was shut in the Tower of London at the age of 14 (?). So sad. And his sister fought for him with such strength of character, and even the Queen could not change Richard's mind, and release the boy and not consider him a threat to Richard's throne. And when the boy was taken to be executed, the words about the fact that he had not been outdoors, or felt rain on his face for many years, was so poignant.
Another great book by Philipa Gregory! I love them all. Great series -- the Cousins' War. I've read each and every book she has written, several times. I hope the author will continue, or perhaps start another series, as this one comes to an end and a new regime comes into play. For me, I enjoy the history, details of dress, houses, living conditions, lifestyle and environments, plus the political intrigue. The violence is mitigated, though it's there as it should be for accuracy. I like the way the author builds relationships among the characters. I would like to hear more about young Prince Arthur growing up years, and his marriage of Katherine of Aragon, his death; and then the early years of the union of Katherine and Henry VIII.
I liked this story very much; listened to it twice. Great storyline and character development and Southern culture. I wish the narrator had been able to do a better job keeping the story alive, though. I don't know about his accent, as I am not from the South but do love to hear that southern drawl.
Narration and production are both excellent. Story is fast-paced.
I'm only about 60 minutes into the story, having just downloaded and started it last night. Sounds like it is classic Pendergast at his unique best. Can't wait to hear all the details and character development. Love this series. So sad when the books end.
So far, the discussion about tailoring and ties. Also the very fast ride in the Mercedes, with the technical driving details. But like I said, I have just started the book. I'm sure there is much excitement ahead.
Wish I could. If I were on vacation at the beach, definitely, I would listen to it in one sitting. Alas, I do not have that kind of freedom or time right now.
Have been looking forward to this book and have read or listened to all the others, most more than once. Sounds like it is going to be as good as or better than the previous books. Keep up the good work, authors. Love your work. Great job! Thank you.
Waiting for the author's next. This book is such a nice change of pace from the usual best sellers out there. It's rich in descriptive language, tells the story of another time, the struggles of women alone in a male-dominated culture, and a coming of age in another place and time. There is nothing relatedly modern or contemporary in the situation for us Americans who are so entitled; however, the humanity, feelings and challenges are timeless. It raises much thought as to the realities faced by women in other cultures in our contemporary world, which bind women so much and restrict their freedom. I would read the author's next book immediately and hope she is working on a sequel. The narrator breathes life and mood to this exquisite tale of love and loss. I hope she will do more too; she's a genius. So soft and soothing are her words. The whole package is such a rich treat for the senses. The metaphor of carpet design and creation is beautifully crafted and effective. I very much enjoyed the tactile and visual descriptions of design, color, cotton, wool and silk and handcrafting of a jewel to be admired and enjoyed. Thank you Audible for this production.
I like the way this book is narrated with a different voice for each of the two main characters -- both rather under-dramatized but introspective, as if speaking from a personal level rather than acting. The low-key approach creates suspense and gives the listener time to become involved in the story, development of the characters, and wonder about or anticipate the next events. The thriller aspect is internalized and haunting, rather than the punch-punch, yell in your face narrative approach of the latest J.D. Robb book -- Treachery in Death. This book is more thoughtful, creative, complex and psychological. The author includes plenty of forensic and police work technical details to progress the storyline as an investigation, as well as portraying personal journeys for the two main characters. I haven't finished this book yet and am looking forward to the next chapters and wonder what the author has in store as an ending. I bet it is a surprise or at least unexpected! Entertaining yet has some substance and depth.
This book should be more interesting than it was. I listened to about 2/3 of it and stopped. It just lacks Jackie's charisma, and somehow fails to provide the inspiration and character development of a good biography, as it somehow fails to create the respect and compassion for Jackie we know in our heart she deserves. I will probably pick it up again, though, as Jackie did some fabulous work, which deserves appreciation. And obviously, the world is a better place for her presence and contributions.
If you love Ram Dass, you will want to get this book because it is as inspiring and on point as any teachings Ram Dass has given. It will not disappoint. The narrator does a fine job. Only wish it was much longer, more involved, and more stories. Ram Dass is an iconic legend.
Though I am usually fascinated by anything having to do with forensics, this book did not grab my interest. I did not finish it and probably will not go back to it in the future. Disappointing.
This is a wonderfully written and engaging book, which covers vast ground in the field of cancer research and treatment. A must read for anyone interested in understanding the history and politics of the medical system and what the medical professionals and patients go through to make advances in the "cure." It is a difficult read, at times, and very emotional, and well worth the effort and time to appreciate the complexities of medicine both in the past and in current history. I found this book quite fascinating and helpful. Highly recommend.
IMHO, save your credits; this book does not measure up to the usual Eve Dallas books, many of which (including the last most recent) I have read in a couple of days for light vacation reading. I did not care for this book very much in the audio format, though I have listened to almost the entire book walking back & forth to work. At times I wonder why I bother to finish it; perhaps I am hoping it will improve. The narration is overdone and phoney -- perhaps this is a series better read than listened to, so boring parts can be quickly skipped. The sarcasm is frighteningly bitter. It's a very terrible world portrayed. It's rather brainless, too. This book was written just to sell -- is very over commercialized and has no substance. JD Robb can do better than this.
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