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The Daughter of Time | [Josephine Tey]

The Daughter of Time

'Truth is the Daughter of Time' is an old proverb. And The Daughter of Time is Josephine Tey's search for the truth about the murder of the Princes in the Tower. Was the hunchback, Richard III, the monster that Shakespeare and the history books have made him out to be?
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'Truth is the Daughter of Time' is an old proverb. And The Daughter of Time is Josephine Tey's search for the truth about the murder of the Princes in the Tower. Was the hunchback, Richard III, the monster that Shakespeare and the history books have made him out to be? With real brilliance she conducts her search in the form of a crime novel, and her investigator is none other than her famous detective, Inspector Alan Grant, who starts to examine the centuries-old scandal.

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    NHealy 05-29-12
    NHealy 05-29-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Great book! Great performance!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Daughter of Time the most enjoyable?

    Daughter of Time is one of the great Josephine Tey mysteries, and it is brought to life by Derek Jacobi's masterful performance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters are beautifully realized, with Inspector Allan Grant the principal voice. I have a particular fondness for the diffident but enthusiastic "research worker", Brent Carradine, whose American accent is endearing.


    What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

    Derek Jacobi brings his brilliant artistry to a marvelous book. Each character is vocally defined with wit, taste, and intelligence.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Forget Shakespeare! Discover the REAL Richard the Third!


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVE Shakespeare, but his sources for Richard III could only show him a monster of a Tudor dynasty's creation! Josephine Tey shows another perspective on a relatively unknown historical figure--it could change your mind about Richard!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-06-12
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    "This is a classic - for good reason!"
    If you could sum up The Daughter of Time in three words, what would they be?

    This is the classic armchair mystery. The primary sleuth, Inspector Grant, is in hospital and looking for something to keep himself amused. In desperation, he turns to historical mysteries and becomes fascinated with the story of Richard III and the Princes in the Tower. Since he can't do his own research, he relies on a young American researcher to do his investigating for him. What could be a story of boring, second-hand historical research is, in fact, quite interesting to anyone who has studied history in school and has wondered how "they" decided what was historically correct. It makes one ask - does what is written in the history books actually make any sense when considering human nature?


    What does Derek Jacobi bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator, Derek Jacobi, is a joy to listen to. He uses subtle differences in accent and tone that make it easy to distinguish the "voices" of the characters, which makes it much more interesting for the listener.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Delphine 01-25-15
    Delphine 01-25-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Best Detective Novel ever"

    In 1990, the Crime Writers Association declared this the best detective novel ever. This may be true, it is one of my favorite ever, and Derek Jacobi's performance is amazing.

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    Karen Johannesburg, South Africa 12-23-13
    Karen Johannesburg, South Africa 12-23-13 Member Since 2011

    There are so many good books in the world to read, don't waste time on the crappy ones !

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    "The book that inspired the Richard III Society"

    I loved this very special detective novel. Having been brought up on the Tudors perspective of Richard III, Josephine Tey made me question my long held convictions. She weaves a very convincing case for the innocence of Richard III's involvement in the disappearance of the 'Princes in the Tower' as well as other long held beliefs. Even though the jury is still out for me, I am much better informed and from now on will keep an open mind. The unfolding of the story is very clever and the narrator did an excellent job.

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    Heather 09-02-12
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    What did you love best about The Daughter of Time?

    The storyline was excellent, and the mystery easy to follow, even narrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator was very good; however, his American accent came straight out of the '50s era gangster-type dialect. The character was a young historian in love and working at the British Museum. The gangster yanked me out of the story with amusement several times.

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