I liked the story a lot, but it took me a long time to settle into. I really didn't like the narrator, and just couldn't get used to her accent. Moreover, I was confused by the story line. Once I stopped trying to fit it into the King Arthur story line that I knew, and just listened to the story, I liked it. I wish I had listened to the author's notes first. She explains where she got the idea for the story and it would have made a lot more sense with that information in advance.
None-the-less, it is a good story and it is hard not to love this Gwenhwyfar.
I don't typically pick up books about military or modern political intrigue. I really enjoyed this one. Good character development and story line. Not predictable.
I liked the narrator a lot. Good listen.
As with all Amy's books, it's as hard to keep reading as to put down. The life of Asian women in Amy's stories are so hard. The book is full of interesting twists and turns.
I read this book years ago and have always said it was one of my favorite books. Listening to it, I remember why. The description of the architecture is wonderful, and the idea of building your story around the architecture was so different than a typical approach to historical fiction, which typically begins with some central historical figure. Follett's approach helps you better understand the experience of the characters in their physical surroundings. I love that.
I also love that he draws a whole new picture of the Knights in shining armor. As Follett depicts them, the men at arms are certainly not the gallant heroes we like to imagine, and William Hamley is the worst of the worst. He is a dreadful, horrible creature with absolutely no redeeming qualities except his blond curls, which you come to hate as much as him.
Aliena, however is an amazing woman. What she endures and overcomes is dreadful. But you can't help but want to have her strength, brains and courage. The lengths she will go to for the men she loves is admirable, but then how can you not love Jack? He is not like the magical men that women often write, he is real and flawed and all the more perfect for it.
Wonderful character development, wonderful story lines, amazing book.
It was a great idea, but the story was flat. It was hard to feel much for the main character as she didn't seem to feel much herself. It was really hard to understand anyone's motivation, as the characters were poorly developed. It barely held my attention and I wasn't sad when it was done.
I also din't love the narration. It was flat, like the story. It often sounded like she was trudging through a story that she wasn't very interested in.. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't good either.
I really enjoyed this story and the narration. It is about simple people in a simple town, with not so simple issues. I loved that the author narrated. She did a great job. The characters really came alive as the author/narrator gives them voice. I am not sure why I selected this book, but I did, and I am glad.
This was a lovely book, with enjoyable narration. I have to admit, the first chapter left me totally baffled, even after listening to it twice. As the story progressed, however I fell in love with the characters and their quirts, the garden and the house, and the story of the girls. All the little surprises are so much fun.
It is certainly not a surprise ending, however. The Author tells a story that takes you naturally to the place it ends. I love that these young women, like most young American women, are struggling with their identity, with relationships and with their own self image. I love more that they come to terms with it.
For anyone who ever felt like an outsider. This is a must read.
Since I didn't know I was listening to a detective story, it was a surprise all the way around. It was interesting to listen to, but I had a hard time understanding the narration at first. It got better as I grew accustomed to it.
The story was interesting because you take a interesting journey with a very confused young woman and the author helps you experience it from both the detectives perspective and her perspective.
The end was a surprise and while I was glad to know how it all wraps up, by the end, I didn't really care that much. But it was still fun to listen to.
I love historical fiction, and while these are not the most sophisticated books I have ever read, they are a lot of fun. Often, historical fiction, particularly biographical historical fiction is tragic. There is nothing tragic about this, it is just pure fun. It combines historical fiction, detective novels and a modern day story about a frumpy American graduate student who finds herself in the middle of the London aristocracy.
I have read the whole series and have just started listening to them. I am really enjoying it, and I can't wait to start the next.
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