This is the second time I've purchased a book I thought would be very interesting only to discover that I have also purchased the irritating, effete voice of Frederick Davidson. For heaven's sake, please listen to the sample of this book before you buy it. If you are like me, you will save your dollars and learn, as I now have, that this reader is the greatest disaster ever to befall audio books.
What a wonderful book. What a dreadful narrator! He sounds, at turns, supercilious, speech-impedimented, and twangy. I gave up. Great book, but I think I'll just read it instead of coping with this ridiculous narrator.
The title of the review says it all. If you are over the age of 16 and of either gender, you'll probably find this as adolescent and "girly"as I did. I am always astonished at the number of people who wish to cash in on the Dan Brown success, but I am even more surprised that the publishers of this dreadful book cannot spot that Kathleen McGowan hasn't 1/100 of Dan Brown's abilities. Skip this book, and allow it to wither in whatever place adolescent fantasies must inevitably end.
I have nothing but high praise for the book. It is an enormous undertaking, and it succeeds remarkably well. I have one personal problem with the audio presentation: the narrator possesses a very good, very smooth voice. I wish he had taken the time to look up some of the words instead of just deciding on a pronunciation. It was very disturbing to the flow of the book to hear a word pronounced in an unfamiliar way.
If the author of this book has intended to portray the most insufferable and tiresome child in the whole history of English literature, then she has succeeded beyond her wildest dreams. If the author hoped that the narrator might have the sort of whining voice entirely suitable for such a repellent child, then her hopes are fulfilled. As for me, I cannot continue listening. Absolutely nothing about the pretensions of this unlovable child are of the slightest interest to anyone with an adult mind. If the endless monologues are intended to set the stage for a grown-up who was to become a pivotal figure in English history, then all I can say is that the Tudors were lucky to come to power because the fact that no one did away with this child before she produced a child is a miracle. Save your money. This is not a book worth reading or hearing.
I wish I had read the other reviews. This book contains nearly continuous music behind the narration. That wouldn't be so bad, but the balance is very poor making it difficult to hear the reading. The writing is uninteresting and contains very little detail. All in all, this selection might be worth 50? but certainly not $12.33.
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