I can't imagine who could enjoy this book. The only thing worse than the performance was the storyline and the UTTER LACK of historical details. Maybe a romance novel enthusiast without much power of discernment would like this book. Oh, and Dave Barry. I was tricked into downloading this book because he reviewed it highly.
I tired of hearing the belabored sexual longings of the main character. He appeared to only love the object of his affection because of sex. BORING. This was presented as historical fiction, which would imply the characters were real or that some aspect of the story, aside from the setting, was real. I can sum up the entirety of the true historical part: There used to be vestal virgins who were buried alive for breaking their vows. Wow. It doesn't take much to qualify as historical fiction these days, does it?
He was breathy, too close to the microphone and too rumbly. I came to dislike the main character the more I listened.
I was so disappointed I spent a month's credit on this dull book. It also made me a little angry that it would be classified as historical fiction when it clearly was NOT based on history. It is a completely made up story, set it in the past. That's it.
Try listening to A Winter's Sea instead. I LOVED it, great story, and it was deeply rooted in actual history.
It was terrible. Ridiculous. It started out well enough but GOOD LORD if Robert didn't GROWL a lot. I hated this book with a vehemence rarely seen in reader responses to literature.
I loved The Winter Sea but I just can't find great historical fiction. Maybe I'll revisit Jane Austen to remind myself what good stories feel like. Then I imagine I'll hop over to biographies for a while.
Lander. He sucked the least.
The first quarter of the book was lovely.
Vulgar, ridiculous, insulting trash. Honestly. It was hideous. I might have wandered into the romance genre by mistake but I will surely never do so again. All the garbage about, "Robert, I hope you will kiss my kitten," has put me off cats for life. Truly.
The characters' motivations were beautifully laid-out. I found this book to be highly intelligent and insightful. I loved the author's ability to switch voices and tell the story from several perspectives. I only wish I might craft an amazing work of literature like this one day.
I got so attached to the characters and while I thought I knew the ending well beforehand, I was not as clever as I thought. I love books that surprise and take readers new places. Gorgeous writing. Beautiful performance, too.
I wished I had it in paper, too, so I could read when listening was inappropriate. I got SO much done while listening to this story. I cleaned like nobody's business just so I could justify my continuing to listen while my sweet family was home. :)
Truly one my favorite Audible book ever. I have listened to many. This one takes the prize. I do tend to like this author. I just noticed I have two other books of hers but I hadn't made the connection until today. Some literature translates beautifully to the spoken word; that is certainly the case with this book. Magical, beautiful, I miss the characters.
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