I am going to stop following this series. Mary Russel has sunk to the level of dreary boring pompous prude. The plot is as unlikely as a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, openly stated by Mary at the start. However, unlike G&S it has no charm, no humor and no music. I love G&S but this drags through to it's stupid ending without any alleviation at all. ENough already
Don't get me wrong I love reading dorrstops, but this book is interminable. The last 1/4 would stand on it's own and is the only part with interest.
Lawhead sets Hood in Wales at the time of William Rufus and puts up a good case. The story has elements of the absurd which do not detract from it. In fact it and the rest of the series are a rip roaring good read. I went through all three books in a row.
However the narrator is terrible to anybody with a sense of British regional accents. What a shame that this was not read by a Welshman!!!!!! Verner's light tenor middle class voice only goes up for the voices, making many of the characters squeaky. I found this tiresome.
The story continues and the characters are developing. Russo and Tilla have learned to trust each other at last. It is a great read, and Vance is a superlative narrator
This book is totally dreary. The characters are paper thin as is the story. Not a single person has the slightest sense of humor and the interactions between them are mechanical. Our hero maunders on about his self doubt, failing to sound human. The end is predictable about half way through, and the narration is as flat as a pancake. I will not be continuing with the series
Being very interested in historical fiction, I have read reviews of Penman and been disappointed that she was not on Audible. At last a book appears and I find it very weak gruel in comparison to Sharpe or Aubrey. I have read the Elizabeth Chadwick books from the same period and find those much more convincing.
Penman uses too many characters, and none of them are deeply drawn. There is no consistent point of view, not even for different periods of the books and Richard is completely unconvincing. The book is absolutely humorless.
I will not be looking for Penman in the future. Waste of time
A great story well told. There are few battles that stir a Brit like Agincourt, and Cornwell tells showing the rough underbelly of war as well
It never fails to amaze me that America doesn't consider that it has history. Here is a man who thought that his homeland was sacred, his family should be protected and people should do what they say they will do, and he got shafted. This laconic account of his life is the first person is powerfully believable, and I am shocked that I didn't even know it existed. Thank you for giving me this
This is indeed still a relevant and powerful book, but very scary to somebody addicted to listening to audio books. It is very eerie to have somebody murmuring in your ear about people being made into to zombies by having people murmur into their ears! At least I am choosing my books!
Oh I had forgotten just how wonderful this book is, with its quirky mix of candid observations of both people and places. I went to Iran about 5 years before Theroux and experienced the hippie trail not from the inside but as a student of architecture. This book is bound up in that time and place.
Frank Muller (the narrator) is as great as ever, keeping it fast paced and ascerbic.
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