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The Daughter of Time | [Josephine Tey]

The Daughter of Time

Confined to a hospital bed, Scotland Yard's Inspector Alan Grant is bored. To divert his attention from his pain, a friend brings him pictures of faces. He becomes engrossed with the portrait of Richard III. How is it possible that such a sensitive-appearing soul could have been portrayed as the odious villain, the Wicked Uncle of history, responsible for the murder of his young nephews, heirs to the British throne, in order to secure the line of succession for himself?
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Confined to a hospital bed, Scotland Yard's Inspector Alan Grant is bored. To divert his attention from his pain, a friend brings him pictures of faces. He becomes engrossed with the portrait of Richard III. How is it possible that such a sensitive-appearing soul could have been portrayed as the odious villain, the Wicked Uncle of history, responsible for the murder of his young nephews, heirs to the British throne, in order to secure the line of succession for himself? Grant reconsiders 500-year-old evidence pertaining to one of the most intriguing mysteries of all time: Who really killed the two princes in the Tower of London?

Tey's answer to this question has provoked controversy and caused this title to be ranked as the 4th Best Mystery of all time by the Mystery Writers of America!

©1951 Elizabeth MacKintosh; (P)2009 BBC Audio

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    Brian Gerstel Philadelphia, PA United States 05-30-12
    Brian Gerstel Philadelphia, PA United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Good History, Great Reading!"

    Hard to categorize: The author is generally known as a mystery writer, and this is the last of her "Alan Grant" books, featuring a Scotland Yard detective. But this isn't a standard detective novel -- Grant is attempting to solve the mystery of the Princes in the Tower from his hospital bed, using other people as his research surrogates.

    If you're not British, or if you don't have a good grounding in late 15th/early 16th century British history, you might well get lost in this book. There are also parts that would probably drag, if it weren't for the fact that Derek Jacobi is the one pulling you through them. (I find it *extremely* annoying that about half the audiobooks read by him are followed by that horrid word "abridged.")

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    Judy Trenkle 05-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful!"

    I have loved this book since I first read it over 30 years ago, and Derek Jacobi brings it marvelously to life.

    Alan Grant, detective, lies recovering in the hospital, bored out of his mind. One of his friends brings him pictures of people involved in famous mysteries or crimes, as Alan has made a career out of studying faces. One of the pictures, that of Richard III, King of England, captivates him, as Alan thinks Richard belongs on the judge's bench rather than the criminal dock. And the more folklore he hears about Richard, the more interested he becomes, resulting in a criminal investigation run from the hospital.

    Do yourself a favor and don't miss this! You might end up doing some investigation yourself!

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    Tina Tipton Camarillo, CA, United States 05-02-12
    Tina Tipton Camarillo, CA, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2013

    RPG, history and movie fan

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    "Perfect performance of one of my favorite books."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this audiobook to several friends. The story is wonderful and Derek Jacobi sometimes made me forget there was a single reader. This is a perfect production.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Having a detective, laid up in hospital, delve into the mystery of the Princes in the Tower was wonderful. You, the listener, discovered the clues and facts along with the protaganist.


    What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Jacobi was magnificent! There were times when it actually sounded like TWO people were reading the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was riveted by the story, such was its appeal.


    Any additional comments?

    I could not praise this story and its reading enough. It is as close to perfect as I could have asked for.

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    Jennifer Trabuco Canyon, CA, United States 04-24-12
    Jennifer Trabuco Canyon, CA, United States 04-24-12
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    "Terribly boring story."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is a horribly boring story about a man who is in the hospital and reads history books about a royal murder and he ponders on the acuracy of the history books in hopes to find the truth about the murder.


    What was most disappointing about Josephine Tey’s story?

    The story is the most disappointing part of the story. I purchased it because of the positive reviews but I have no idea why people like it!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Derek Jacobi?

    The narration is excellent Derek has a lovey accent and perfect diction.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Daughter of Time?

    I would cut the whole story!


    Any additional comments?

    I will admit I haven't listened to the entire book but I am half way and am still bored. In my opinion if you have to suffer through more than half a book in order to find something interesting then it is not a good book.

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    Jeanie Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 04-13-12
    Jeanie Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 04-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A wonderful added dimension to a much-loved book"

    I have loved this book since my great-aunt introduced me to it in 1953. I didn't think it could be improved upon, but I was oh, so wrong! Derek Jacobi's brilliant narration was, to use a cliché, the icing on the cake. A sheer delight from beginning to end.

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    Kate Dedham, MA, United States 03-13-12
    Kate Dedham, MA, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2005
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    "For a 60 year old novel, this stands up nicely."
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    Interesting audio book I have listened to twice. Drek Jacobi did a great job narrating it and Tey has a dry sense of humor. The controversy surrounding the death of the Princes In the Tower was new to me and I enjoyed nuanced deconstruction of popular myth. The novel is a biased and can be heavy-handed but holds up well for a 60 year old book. If I could, I would give it 4 1/2 stars.

    I look forward to reading more Alan Grant stories.

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    Donald V. Beck California 02-21-12
    Donald V. Beck California 02-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "correction of a heinous slander...."
    What did you love best about The Daughter of Time?

    I enjoyed the subject matter. Basically taking a modern detective's view of a man's life and times... and his defamation... from a distance of 500 hundred years. So Shakespeare's


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Daughter of Time?

    For me it was when the detective passes thru a number of


    What does Derek Jacobi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Loved the way the characters come to life with a very good reader, which Derek Jacobi definitely is.


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    Julia L. Scott 01-10-12

    itmaven

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    "A really good listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed this historical mystery very much indeed and would recommend it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The juxtaposition of current day and the time of Richard III


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    shirley K. Bigham 05-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    I don't know if it was the narrator, or jsut the story, but this was so terrible I could not finish it. I think the narrator made awful, but the story was poor.

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    Betty Massena, NY, United States 12-15-10
    Betty Massena, NY, United States 12-15-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Possibly my favorite Audible book EVER!"

    I haven't finished this book yet and I don't want to. I don't want it to be over. Cleverly written and wonderfully narrated it's a real delight. (ps I love Reginald Hill and hate Outlander if that gives an indication of my taste)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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