In her latest historical fiction bestseller, Jeanne Kalogridis tells the story of Caterina, a tender young girl, destined to be a pawn in Machiavellian games. Left a fabulously rich heiress, imprisoned and threatened by her family's enemies, she was finally married off to a handsome prince of France. Overshadowed by her husband's mistress, the conniving Diane de Poitiers, and now consort to a King, Catherine resorted to sorcery to win his love, enhance her fertility and foil her enemies. Against the lavish and decadent backdrop of the French court, and Catherine's visions induced by the black arts, Kalogoris reveals the great love and desire Catherine bore for her husband Henry, and her stark determination to keep her sons on the throne.
©2009 Jeanne Kalogridis; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
I enjoyed this take on Catherine M. History tends to make her out to be an evil, calculating, cold woman. This book gave a refreshing point of view on the struggles of women in the political scene of Renaissance Europe. Her involvement with astrology/occult and her keen intelligence of people, politics and herself, even at times very lurid and gritty, was very provocative.
I am really not in to romance.. I like historic writing the are fiction but follow closely to historic time lines.
Yes, I did not sleep for days. could not stop listening.
A better understanding of Catherines place in history
When she was being lifted up on the wall.
Repetitive, repetitive, repetitive; then it begins to repeat itself. There was such a queen. She may have been a believer in Astrology.
For this reader's taste, far too many visions/dreams, too many times the same thing happens -
There's some great historic fiction out there. This isn't one of them.
Ms. Reading is a superior reader and made a truly awful book almost bearable.
Far too often the Queen (dare I call her Catherine?) has visions. Yuck. She's written as a wily and brilliant negotiator - doing incredibly short-sighted things.
One foreshadowing of her husband's death was plenty. Ditto the rest.
I enjoyed this audiobook very much. The narrator was excellent, and really conveyed the tone and mood of the book well.
The story was extremely engaging and was one of those "hard to put down" books. I love that all of the French names were pronounced correctly as well. This grand overarching story of Catherine di Medici was an great read.
I've been a Jeanne Kalogridis fan for years. This is just one more installation of her historic genius.
I love historical fiction and thought I would like to read about Catherine de Medici. I guess I picked the wrong book. I almost did not go beyond the first part of the download. I could not stand the character as a child and found her to be so simpering and annoying that I wondered why anyone would write about her, let alone want to read about her.
It picked up a bit in the middle section, and then lost me again in the end. Too much intrigue, too much astrology ( and I can't believe I would say that, but I was tired of it), and too much of poor decision making that led to disasterous consequences. It took me quite a bit longer to get through this story because I found my mind wandering and I kept having to repeat sections to get caught up. I'd rather read something that keeps my attention.
Again, it's personal preference but this story just did not hit the mark for me.
If the author of this book has intended to portray the most insufferable and tiresome child in the whole history of English literature, then she has succeeded beyond her wildest dreams. If the author hoped that the narrator might have the sort of whining voice entirely suitable for such a repellent child, then her hopes are fulfilled. As for me, I cannot continue listening. Absolutely nothing about the pretensions of this unlovable child are of the slightest interest to anyone with an adult mind. If the endless monologues are intended to set the stage for a grown-up who was to become a pivotal figure in English history, then all I can say is that the Tudors were lucky to come to power because the fact that no one did away with this child before she produced a child is a miracle. Save your money. This is not a book worth reading or hearing.
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