A very concise review of all of the monarchy in England. As thorough as it can be for its short length--if you want a review of all the English monarchy, this is it! I have been reading a lot of biographies and wanted to get the overall strand of monarchs straight, and this was perfect for that. I found it helpful that the book was broke up the reigns by direct family line (so the section changed when someone died without a son/daughter).
I have been a member of Audible for over a year, and this is the best narration I have come across yet. He makes it so much more vivid, and I really appreciate that his southern accents are GOOD. They don't sound fake, which I think can be a problem. It helps, of course, that the book is really great and has very vivid characters, but I think the narration makes those characters really come to life. Especially Chablis! Oh I love her.
I also liked the little snippet of interview with the author at the end.
I found myself utterly absorbed in this book. i felt it moved slowly for the first 1/3, but it was still absorbing--like lying by a stream. Then all of a sudden it sped up, then slowed down again, which was unexpected but by this point I loved the characters and was glad to hear more action from them. I love Orito and wish I could be friends with her.
There are definitely parts that are...for lack of a better word...gross (explicit medical descriptions) but I didn't find them so frequent as to distract from the story. I thought the narrators did a great job, and the voices they used really helped me keep characters straight.
And now it's been a few days since I finished the story...and I miss Jacob!
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