I don't think I would listen to this narrator again. He is very stilted in his reading.
The language was very stilted, which made it very hard to get interested in the story.
The narration is uneven and the narrator seems to pause in the middle of sentences for no reason. The narrator has no flow and doesn't build any suspense. The uneven nature of the narration made it very difficult to listen to.
I bought this book because I loved Silence of the Lambs. Red Dragon was good, but the narrator was terrible.
Narrator often lapsed into whiny tone, which made it really hard to like the characters or care about them. He also at times sounded very flippant, which again detracted from the story.
Red Dragon is mostly worth the listening time. It's a good story, but unless you love the narrator (and I did not) sometimes it's hard to stay with it.
I didn't know the details of Trotsky's story so it was really interesting to hear the details.
Waterson has a good voice and is easy to listen to, but at times it sounds like someone else's voice is dubbed in. It's a little jarring.
I've read a lot of books about Jack the Ripper and this was one of the worst. Everyone has a theory about who Jack really was and most have some plausibility. This one did not. The author repeatedly says "I believe" this or that, but never really backed it up. He never really made a case for why he believed Jack was a secret service agent killing women whom the author alleges were couriers for anarchists. I'm not sure where the author came up with his theory, but he did not convince me.
Overall the narrator had a pleasant voice and was easy to listen to. He didn't over-dramatize the material.
I couldn't point to a scene I would have cut. I thought overall the author's argument was not convincing.
Good narrator, not a good book. Skip it.
A better plot, a better narrator
The book flip-flopped between first and third person narration, which was jarring at times. Also at times it read more like a bad romance novel than a crime thriller.
This was the second James Patterson novel I listened to and both were horrible. I like crime novels and thrillers, but could not get into either of his books.
Rene Auberjonois is a fantastic narrator for this book because he is able to pronounce the French names without stumbling.
Blood Royal reads almost like some of Ann Rule's true crime novels. It does a great job of laying the foundation for the crime and discussing the climate and culture of the times.
I thought the book was very interesting. In some ways it was more like a thriller than a nonfiction work.
This is a very well written and researched novel. It presents a more balanced perspective of Anne Boleyn as well as how her legacy has been shaped by the culture not only of her time but of those that came after.
Gripping, compelling, fascinating
Very similar to Ann Rule's other true crime novels. Cases are very engrossing and well researched and presented.
I thought the book was very interesting. It was well researched and thoughtful. The only downside was the narrator. She did not have a good cadence to her reading.
I enjoyed the book very much. I like listening to Vance, he always does a great job.
I have listened to many of his performances. This is an excellent one.
Great book, great performance. Definitely recommend.
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