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J.N. Clayton

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  • The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dan Jones
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (395)

    The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire that stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this epic history, Dan Jones vividly resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world. We meet the captivating Eleanor of Aquitaine, twice queen and the most famous woman in Christendom; her son, Richard the Lionheart, who fought Saladin in the Third Crusade; and King John, a tyrant who was forced to sign Magna Carta, which formed the basis of our own Bill of Rights.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent Narrative History"
    "First class compelling history of the Plantagenets"
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    What would have made The Plantagenets better?

    Another narrator. This is in no way a criticism of the book and the narrative. I found it a superbly written book that brought the characters to life in a most instructive way.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Clive Chafer’s performances?

    No. By comparison your reader, Carole Boyd is superlative. I recently read 'Bertie' and thoroughly enjoyed her performance and as a result, the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. It was ruined for me by the narration. Right from the introduction I found the performance monotonous. Mr. Chafer has a most annoying narration style whereby each pause and sentence, almost without fail, ends on the same downward note. This became so grating that I gave up a quarter of the way through and went out to buy the hard copy to read.


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