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Katherine Audiobook

Katherine: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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)

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    Sarah M. 11-02-16
    Sarah M. 11-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful!"

    I have been an avid Audible listener for several years and have listened to hundred of books and have never written a review. This will go down as one of my favorite of all times! A beautiful novel, wonderfully written. I am terribly sad it is over! If your a fan of books such as Pillars of the Earth where characters bewitch you and leave an imprint on your heart, this book is certainly for you.

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    "Great historical fiction "

    If you like historical fiction about the kings and queens of Europe you will really enjoy this.

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    Michelle Hebberd Walsh CO 06-16-16
    Michelle Hebberd Walsh CO 06-16-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Historical fiction as it should be done!"
    If you could sum up Katherine in three words, what would they be?

    Accurate, insightful, fascinating


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katherine is my favorite character because she is real. She has faults, but she is tenacious, strong, and usually does the right thing. She was a real person in history who is fascinating.


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

    Katharine


    Who was the most memorable character of Katherine and why?

    Katharine and John of Gaunt


    Any additional comments?

    Anya Seton is historical fiction right. Her books are meticulously researched and historically accurate, and she brings the characters to life. Her books are mesmerizing. I've read her books numerous times and am now listening to what I can find on audio books. I would love to find My Theodosia and The Turquoise on audio book.

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    Barbara Mulvenna 02-09-16

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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.

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    Lance Moore AL 09-18-15
    Lance Moore AL 09-18-15 Member Since 2016
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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!

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    Amazon Customer Morgan Hill, US, Canada 09-01-15
    Amazon Customer Morgan Hill, US, Canada 09-01-15
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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.

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    L L 06-12-15
    L L 06-12-15 Member Since 2014

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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!

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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.


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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 2016

    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

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