The book is primarily suitable for the general reader, but the narration is terrible, so listening is a painful experience. The narrator mispronounces so many words and names that it's obvious she hasn't the vaguest understanding of the material. In addition, her voice is bland, and her inflections are annoyingly repetitive. A robotic performance.
Sorry--I listened for four hours and then couldn't take it any longer.
Siri would have done a better job.
Avoid anything with this narrator in the future.
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.
No. Absolutely not.
The narration was overwrought and overacted. There wasn't a single character who was likable or sympathetic.
There really wasn't any pace to match. The characters spend half of every segment reflecting and asking themselves rhetorical questions about the same old events, and the other half is spent in meaningless detail and answering questions with "uh huh."
I finished this because I'm one of those readers, but I can't think of a single redeeming quality about the book. Each character was damaged, bitter, self-pitying, and poisonous.
The subtle shifts in this book drew me in, entirely.
When I began to realize that things were not as they seemed.
None--I would not want to be near any of these people.
The narrator was very good and could change accents seamlessly.
It would have made an excellent short story.
Kate Morton can take the seed of a good story and flog it into a shapeless mess.
The Pequot Wars.
I like Sarah Vowell. The others were a nice touch, but they were not absolutely essential to the work.
Sarah Vowell's delivery is so much a part of the experience that this is one instance in which merely reading the book would have been a lesser experience than listening.
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.
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