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CAROLINE

Passionate book lover, passionate reader, lover of history, how will I read every book before I die ?

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  • The Queen’s Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By C. W. Gortner
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Performance
    (39)
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    “No one believed I was destined for greatness.” So begins Isabella’s story, in this evocative, vividly imagined novel about one of history’s most famous and controversial queens - the warrior who united a fractured country, the champion of the faith whose reign gave rise to the Inquisition, and the visionary who sent Columbus to discover a new world. Acclaimed author C. W. Gortner envisages the turbulent early years of a woman whose mythic rise to power would go on to transform a monarchy, a nation, and the world.

    ToniAnn says: "The Queen's Vow"
    "Cloying Treacle"
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    This audiobook was a huge disappointment. I found the narrator so affected and cloying that in truth my revulsion to her reading colored my view of the entire narrative. I kept plugging on hoping that there would be some redeeming moment of truth or some flash of interest, but it was like trying to swim in a pool full of mud. As best as I could make out, the book was every bit as bad as the narrator, full of hackneyed cliches and over-sentimental slop, with no imagination on the part of the author to enliven the slog.

    I am a big fan of historical fiction, and my appetite for it is ravenous, so for me to be unable to finish this book says a lot about its quality. Don't waste your money.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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