This is a book that defies neat and orderly description. It is, in turn, an adventure, a fantasy, a steampunk mystery, a romance, and a most excellent scientific treatise. I enjoyed it from start to finish, and look forward to the continuation of the series.
The narration was spot on!
A fun listen. Very well narrated. All of Jane Austen plot lines, smashed into one book, with magic sprinkled throughout. It was fun, and had an unexpected ending, although many of the minor story lines were obvious and predictable. I wasn't crazy about the addition of the magic, or maybe it was the style of the magic that didn't grab me. It grew on me by the end of the book, but it seemed awkward and forced in many spots. The style and the language were very Regency, but every once in a while there was a modern phrase or action that was jarring. I would be willing to try the next in the series.
3.5 stars, rounded up for interest.
I knew next to nothing about Joan of Kent and her relationship with the Black Prince. This was a fascinating, if sorrowful, novel. It was well-written and seemingly well-researched with believable characters and a very good author's note at the end. The narration was a little slow, but the voice of the reader fit the time and subject.
If I had known how tedious and boring this one was going to be, I would never have started the series. This was way too involved with too many storylines and plot points. It was also completely unbelievable that someone with no training or inherent knowledge of magic would be enough of a master by the end of six months to accomplish most of what happens.
his one had just a little too much going on. The mystery of Nola's mother and the music, the mystery of the dollhouse and the ghosts on Montagu Street, and the drama with Melanie and Jack/Jack's Book/Melanie's birthday all kind of overwhelmed this book. I enjoyed it, but not as much as the first two. I was also disappointed in the resolution of the Montagu Street mystery. It seemed almost as an afterthought, especially considering the title of the book.
This was a very enjoyable book with an intriguing mystery. I love historical mysteries, and this fit the bill perfectly. I figured out bits and pieces of it, and might have figured out more if I had been reading rather than listening. The use of ciphers was fun, and I would have been scribbling along with them towards the end of the book, trying to figure out the key words. I am looking forward to the continuation of Melanie's story. I enjoyed the ghost story parts for the most part, too; although they did get a bit out of hand in a few spots.
The narration was awkward, especially during the dialogue, and there is a LOT of dialogue in this book. There were many awkward pauses throughout the book; and the conversations sounded unnaturally stilted, especially for the easy-going deep south. The voices of several of the side characters were plastic and doll-like, and seemed very contrived. I hope the narration improves in the second book.
This is my second favourite among the Cousins War series, after The White Queen.
I really like Princess, then Queen Elizabeth, but her story as told by Philippa Gregory is so full of tragedy. There seems to have been only a few years that she was truly happy. I highly recommend this for listeners of the previous books.
Philippa Gregory's books are very well-written, and she always makes me want to read more about the subjects. Read these, but start at the beginning with The White Queen.
The narration of this book was wonderful. Ms. Lyons was able to demonstrate which character was speaking with small and very subtle voice changes. Her accents were perfect and it felt like I was listening to a contemporary observer tell the story.
The story is wonderful to read (or, in this case, listen to), but like most of Gregory's novels, you have to read with a bit of suspended disbelief. There are a few things in this story that I am quite sure were figments of her grand imagination and one in particular that will stand out (and distract slightly) anyone who is at all knowledgeable of the story of the princes in the tower. It's not so much that these things couldn't happen; we're just pretty sure by now that they didn't. It's a minor distraction, but it's there.I am very much looking forward to continuing the series.
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