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  • Sacred Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By James Forrester
    • Narrated By Mike Grady
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Your God. Your Country. Your Kin. Who Do You Betray? London, 1563. Catholic plots against the young Queen Elizabeth spring up all over the country. William Harley - known to everyone as Clarenceux - receives a book from his friend and fellow Catholic, Henry Machyn, who is in fear of his life. Then Clarenceux is visited by Francis Walsingham and his ruthless enforcers, who will stop at nothing to gain possession of the book. What secret can the book hold?

    IMNSHO says: "Riveting historical fiction"
    "Riveting historical fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Sacred Treason again? Why?

    N/A I don't listen to any audio book more than once


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is excellent. Good tone, pacing, accent, and resonance.
    If you like historical fiction, you'll definitely like this fast paced, well researched novel. The author's precise command of English evokes vivid, realistic descriptions of setting and plot.

    My husband and I only listen to audio books during our long 6 hour trips to visit our daughter. Finding a novel that appeals to our diverse tastes is a challenge! While I found some of the details too gory, albeit true to the times, this novel captured both our interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Janissary Tree: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jason Goodwin
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    It is 1836. Europe is modernizing, and the Ottoman Empire must follow suit. But just before the sultan announces sweeping changes, a wave of murders threatens the balance of power in his court. Who is behind them? Only one intelligence agent can be trusted to find out: Yashim Togalu, a man both brilliant and near-invisible in this world. You see, Yashim is a eunuch.

    Andre says: "Turkish History"
    "A Good Read"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Janissary Tree in three words, what would they be?

    Plot, characterization and setting expertly written. Solid historical fiction.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Plot line was compelling. I was bothered by the descriptions of the macabre homicides, which is why I give it a "4", not a "5".


    What about Stephen Hoye???s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen Hoye's Polish accent sounded too much like a Yiddush accent!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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