A riveting book. I am not entirely certain that I agree with all of the author's conclusions, but she has done a fabulous job of detective work (a major part of the story), and this is particularly fascinating for anyone who is familiar with the era or the characters.
No one comes out looking very admirable.
The boxes of old letters the duke did not manage to destroy.
Excellent and absorbing.
There are many.
I have done both, and the book is excellent either way.
Diderot and His Times.
I use this in college classes, and my students enjoy it.
Really riveting novel, but narrator not good. Her English accent is overdone, all male characters sound like Bela Lugosi, and the American girls speak in scratchy monotones.
The story is a good one--buy the book and avoid this narrator.
Desite the author's occasional flash of genius at description, her dialogue is incredibly tedious. Each conversation appears to include sputtering sentence fragments, and characters ask "What?" any time they hear something unexpected or surprising. I almost wish I had kept track of the superfluous uses of "What." Except for a couple of lusty passages, this could easily have been a Young Adult book.
I can't really say that I know what genre this was.
I don't really know. Jacob does accents well, but her methods of expressing anger, sadness, surprise, and everything else are nearly identical and are over-acted.
Dimple and Jamie are entirely useless characters.
Not worth the hype.
Probably. It's an interesting story, though there are loooooong stretches of too much description.
No. It's a standalone story.
I would recommend it as relatively light fiction. The story doesn't really have an enormous amount of depth, though it is diverting enough.
This is the first audio book I have heard by Ms. McGovern, and she does an excellent job.
Cora's meeting with her biological mother.
I'm not sure that the story wouldn't have worked just as well without Louise Brooks. She didn't really add anything.
In the top third.
Very well-written without being the least bit dry.
Prebble is an otherwise excellent narrator, but I do wish he would learn to pronouce "cavalry" (he says "caverry") and "chivalry" (he says "shiverry").
The death of Princess Charlotte in childbirth is a sad event.
Perfectly adequate narration.
A Pitiful Bunch of People.
Character development strangely weak. There isn't a single likable person in the story except for Hannah and Jack, the only two people who are not developed at all. Overall, the book is interesting at first, but the reader will get to the point of not caring in the least.
I love this book.
My first by Sissy Spacek, but I cannot imagine a better narrator.
There is already a film made from the book, and it's wonderful.
Don't get complaisant.
The very, very end.
Excellent narrator, though he really can't sound like a four-year-old boy and shouldn't try.
The final lines gave me chills.
I'm going right back for another book by this author!
Entertaining and re-readable.
Derek Jacobi is an excellent actor but not really the best for this sort of task. His English accent is too high-brow for the main character, and his "American" accent is just weird.
A good story, based upon solid history.
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