Too long by at least 20%. Could have used a good editor to tighten the dialog and kill a few characters. The premise was fascinating but by the fourth section, it had become redundant, difficult to keep track of the numerous (too many) characters. Unlike the other "Berry" novels that preceded this one, the mystery wasn't, the killings formulaic, and the women, dreadful..
Not as good as others.
The reader was strangled by an unwieldy, text. Maybe Berry could have saved the nasty Admiral or the boring hired gun for another book.
Maybe half of it, but not the entire book -- too many strings and not enough brass.
I don't go to movies so I haven't a clue. I do understand theater, how ever, and this book, for the most part, missed the boat.
Other books by the author attest to his skill. This work did not benefit from his obvious talent.
I LOVE historical fiction and I am more than familiar with English History, but this book is too dense, filled with long descriptions and side-bar information to absorb in a single "hearing" on audio. Don't even think about multi-tasking while listening ... unless you really don't care if you don't understand relationships at the end of the day. I have listened to chapters 1 - 5 multiple times each, just to fix the various relationships in my mind. The story is fascinating, but for me -- it would be better served up in print, or, if presented by a troupe of actors who could put some individual personality behind the characters.
No, that is one of the problems that has created my initial comment. I've "read' many books, fiction and non-fiction on audio. Some readers are better than others but this voice is flat, not descriptive and down-right boring. He does nothing to differentiate one character from another, not even an ageing male from a young woman .....It is hard to understand why the audio version was released in this way, the story is too good to fall victim to a bad narrator. Moreover, tthere are many splendid narrators at Tandor and Brilliance to indicated that there is not a derth of talent.
King Henry -- why not -- he is the instigator behind the tragedy.
I have many audio books in my personal library. This is the first time I've considered putting an audio version down before finishing the "book". This will not dissuade me for ordering again, but it was not a good way to start a relationship with Audible.com
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