Seething with intrigue and packed with swashbuckling heroics, the novel follows the Confederate army on the long, perilous trek across Europe to meet the French and their allies at the ferocious battle of Blenheim.
The first in an exciting new adventure series featuring Captain Daniel Rawson.
©2009 Edward Marston; (P)2009 Oakhill Publishing Ltd
This reader is fine until a woman comes into the story. Then he adopts a whiny falsetto that makes female characters sound like Minnie Mouse or Olive Oyl. It totally destroys the listener's--or at least this listerner's--ability to follow the story. Moreover, it's offensive. He seems to be intentionally making all the women into jibbering idiots. In all audiobooks, we lose some of the wonderful freedom to see the characters strictly through our own imaginations, but the sacrifice is usually well compensated. Jim Dale is wonderful. This is awful.
This wasn't quite as lively as I expected having read the Nicolas Bracewell series by the same author. Once I got used to the pace it became enjoyable. I wasn't sure about the narrator though.
Men can do female voices, and do them well. This narrator made the lead female sound like a total wuss!! She was but still:)
"Badly written, unlikely plot, badly read."
I cannot think of anyone who would enjoy this book.
No, he is the worst reader by far of any audiobook I have listened to.
The plot was nonsense; the historical aspect was delivered as though it was part of a non-fiction account of Marlborough's campaign and seemed completely unconnected with the fictional part; the relationship between Marlborough and Daniel Rawson was farcical to the point of unbelievability and Christopher Oxford's rendition of different characters' voices would have been comical if it had not been so intensely annoying.
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