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Katherine Audiobook

Katherine: A Novel

Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the classic romance Katherine features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets - Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II - who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king's son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine.
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Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the classic romance Katherine features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets - Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II - who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue.

Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king's son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine. Their well-documented affair and love persist through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption. This epic novel of conflict, cruelty, and untamable love has become a classic since its first publication in 1954.

©1954, renewed 1982 Anya Seton Chase (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Seton breathes life into this little-documented historical fact… a glorious example of romance in its most classic literary sense." (The Austin Chronicle)

What Members Say

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    Pamela BARRINGTON, RI, United States 09-04-12
    Pamela BARRINGTON, RI, United States 09-04-12
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    "Very Detailed Historical Fiction"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I do enjoy historical fiction, but this one was very heavy on the details of the history of the period. I found my mind wandering and simply had trouble staying interested in all the details. I was more interested in Katherine and the other people in the story, but much of the book focused on the political and historical aspects of the time period. I am more interested in the personal side of the story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce


    Have you listened to any of Wanda McCaddon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any other books narrated by Wanda McCaddon. She was wonderful! I will definitely look for her as a narrator in the future.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narration was terrific and it was well researched. It also made me interested in learning more about the lives of Katherine and the other main characters in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    While I didn't love this book, it was well written, well researched and well narrated. For lovers of historical fiction who like the emphasis to be on the history and not on the personal, this one is a winner!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 07-06-12
    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 07-06-12 Member Since 2016

    Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!

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    "Historical Fiction at it's Best"

    The Katherine of the title is Katherine Swynford (1350-1403), an important figure in English history as she is the ancestress of many royal figures, and also, incidentally, sister-in-law to Geoffrey Chaucer, who married her sister Philippa. There are few known facts about what kind of woman Katherine was, which gave Seton plenty of leeway to turn her into a beautiful, strong-willed woman. Married off at a young age to a knight she actively disliked, she nonetheless caught the eye of John of Gaunt, of the House of Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Lancaster, the third son of King Edward III. They were lovers over a great number of years and had 4 bastard children, named Beaufort, and eventually married in 1396, three years before the passing of the duke. While their relationship is at the heart of the novel, it is much more than a romance novel, as Seton did a wonderful job of bringing the 14th century vividly to life with rich detail, and putting the story firmly in the context of important historical events. Strongly recommended for fans of historical fiction and solid narration by Wanda McCaddon, aka Nadia May.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Mulvenna 02-09-16

    barbara

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    "Historical Romance"

    Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt were pivotal to the future of dynastic reign in England. This is a good story and if well researched, still a little too much romance for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lance Moore AL 09-18-15
    Lance Moore AL 09-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I felt I knew the characters and liked them!"
    If you could sum up Katherine in three words, what would they be?

    escape, indulge, enjoy


    What did you like best about this story?

    The meticulous details without being boring. Felt Like I knew the characters and was familiar with the place and time.


    Have you listened to any of Wanda McCaddon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, and I found her pleasant and was part of the story


    If you could take any character from Katherine out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Katherine, I admire her strength and honesty


    Any additional comments?

    I was sad when I finished the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Morgan Hill, US, Canada 09-01-15
    Kathleen Morgan Hill, US, Canada 09-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Enthralling retelling of English royal history "

    The focus of the story is John of Gaunt and his relationship with Katherine. Many episodes of wars, uprisings, treachery, blame and forgiveness pepper the tale of their love and many separations, with stories based on historical events but amplified by the author's skill in storytelling. A worthwhile read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L L 06-12-15
    L L 06-12-15 Member Since 2014

    private shopper

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    "Great story"

    Life and times of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster's Lady Love, Catherine. Enjoyed the story, you will too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 02-26-15
    Nancy ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 02-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Rich and Satisfying"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Katherine to be better than the print version?

    I read Katherine in the 70's, but I think audio in general is better than the print. Biased a bit here.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical relevance of Katherine's life to the monarchy. This is faithful historical fiction, and detail was paramount to believably.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When John kissed Katherine after her wedding, and thought, "Oh,my!"


    If you could take any character from Katherine out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Probably Katherine herself. She and I have a lot in common, so our dialogue would be relaxed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn Starr 02-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "What a great story"

    This was my first Anya Seton book. I got it on a lark, and I'm so very glad I did. What a great writer. I really enjoyed the love story of Katherine and Robert. It was well told.

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    Rosemary H. Knower 02-03-15 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Brilliant picture of the times and characters"
    If you could sum up Katherine in three words, what would they be?

    Not possible; her complex journey from child to death is riveting


    What did you like best about this story?

    Vivid counterpoint plots of Chaucer, Katherine, John of Gaunt, Tyler's rebellion


    Which character – as performed by Wanda McCaddon – was your favorite?

    Katherine; however her rendition of peasants to nobility is flawless


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No; to be savored a couple of chapters at a time


    Any additional comments?

    Author and narrator offer the reader a 5 star experience; you'll reread often

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ciparliamo Long Island 11-07-14
    ciparliamo Long Island 11-07-14
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    "Wonderful"

    Ive read and reread this story since I was in high school back in the 60's....its a wonderful story albeit not entirely accurate....I dont think you will be disappointed...Anya Seton is a great author. I will be re-listening to this again and again, too....

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