A fully-realized historical thriller in the tradition of James Clavell's Shogun and Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth.
One of the most haunting mysteries in American history - The Lost Colony of Roanoke - comes roaring back to life in White Seed, with a compelling cast of characters, including Maggie Hagger, indentured Irish serving girl, a victim of rape and intimidation; Manteo, Croatoan interpreter for the English, inhabitant of two worlds, belonging to neither; John White, ineffective Governor, painter, dreamer, father and grandfather; Captain Stafford, brave and disciplined, but cruel soldier; and Powhatan, shrewd Tidewater warlord who wages a stealthy war against the colonists.
©2009 Paul Clayton (P)2013 Paul Clayton
A fascinating fictional account of what may have happened to the settlers of The Lost Colony of Roanoke. Of course there are many possible scenarios and with the limited evidence available today, we will never know the absolute truth. After reading this book, I immediately had to do some research myself and read up on the history of Roanoke. Clayton's account of the settlers' disappearance is entirely possible. Most likely, the real truth lies somewhere in a mix of the different theories established by historians.
Clayton obviously did his research and the historical details and real people were fascinating. I did however have some issues with the writing. It was a bit too wordy at times and could have been a tad shorter. I listened to the audio version for the first half and read the ebook version in the 2nd half. At first I found the flow a bit choppy...a little abrupt and rushed at times and I had a hard time getting into the characters. But once I was sucked into the historical details.... I was hooked! Maggie's romance seemed a little underdeveloped to be believable....but the focus was really on the disappearance of the entire colony.
I really like Clayton's theory on the disappearance of the Lost Colony settlers and would like to think that is what happened to many of the settlers.
I recommend The White Seed to anyone interested in early American history.
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This has to be the worse narrator I have heard so far from Audible. His accent fluctuates each time he reads the same character, and his butchery of an English accent is just... this will be returned as i think I would rather read the actual book than suffer through this again.
The mystery of Roanoke is fascinating and I was excited when I saw the description of this book.
Not sure if it is a good book or not. I simply can not get past the narration! It is read with all the inflection and drama you might hear at the library any Saturday morning when it is story time for the kiddies. Irritating. The frequent mispronunciation of common words is jarring. I'm 8 hours into it, ashamed that I have wasted this much time and giving it up.
If you really want to explore this - get the paper book, not this audible.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
This is not brilliant writing but it's a good story and told well enough. The questions of what happened in Roanoke has always fascinated me. of course it's speculative, but it's interesting.
The reader was horrid, pure amateur stuff. It was unbearable to listen to. The story had potential, but when it's read by an actor who can't even pronounce words correctly, let alone affect any accent- it completely ruined the story.
I would, with the exception that someone else read his books.
The narrator should have been taken out and shot. He was awful. Ruined the book.
I might try another book from Paul Clayton but would not ever again listen to another audio book narrated by Lee Harpster
I would possibly try another book, but while it was interesting to read the historical account of Roanoke, the characters were so one dimensional. There were so many points where I thought the writer would delve further into a character's background, but he really only ever scratched the surface. I might have enjoyed this book more were it not for the narration.
It's an absolute shame how terrible this narrator's performance was. I should have returned this book, but I kept with it because I was really interested in how the story turned out. Throughout out the book, he routinely mispronounced so many words (striated, anemic, gaol, raucous, mottled, tallow, cupboard, inexplicably, among many, many other words), that you could almost make a game out of it. It actually even started to be kind of funny, to a certain point, when I wasn't cringing inside. How an editor could have let this be published as an audiobook like this is a complete mystery. Aside from the hundreds of pronunciation errors, the stye of narration was terrible. Every woman sounded like a shrew! The narrator used such a shrill voice that he made every single female character unlikeable. Regardless of what they were saying, he made them really sound like women on the verge of hysteria. In addition, the narrator seems to start with one voice for a character and then change it completely in the space of a sentence or a paragraph, almost like he cut the recording and came back and started over another day without the faintest notion of how he sounded 3 days ago. His English accent is really bad, goes in and out during the narration from an English to an American accent, and really the "savage" voices he used were just terrible. Don't get this book...it might have been a funny lark to listen to this narrator for a bit just for a laugh...but not for an entire 18 hours.
Don't waste your time or money. I wish I hadn't.
Despite a very stilted narration, I persevered listening to the book as the story is fascinating. But I just could not finish it due to the over-articulated stilted narration.
Excruciatingly awful job of narrative production. Totally crushed my internet in audio books. Waste of my precious retirement minutes.
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