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The Serpent's Tale | [Ariana Franklin]

The Serpent's Tale

Adelia is back in action! Ariana Franklin combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the detail and drama of medieval fiction in this enthralling historical novel, the second in the Mistress of the Art of Death series.
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Adelia is back in action! Ariana Franklin combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the detail and drama of medieval fiction in this enthralling historical novel, the second in the Mistress of the Art of Death series.

©2008 Ariana Franklin; (P)2008 Penguin

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    Lakisha Portland, OR, United States 08-04-09
    Lakisha Portland, OR, United States 08-04-09 Member Since 2007
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    "mediocre following"

    I was disappointed in this second installment. Adelia is a strong female character in the first book, but in this one, she is reduced to whining, complaining, and is constantly fearful. The overall story is pretty fascinating,though, which made it worth it to get to the end. I am looking forward to the third in the series, and I hope that the strong yet socially awkward Adelia is back in full form.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia Marion, KS, United States 01-30-11
    Sylvia Marion, KS, United States 01-30-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Great series"

    I wish Audible would put these in order, though. The first in the series is Mistress in the Art of Death. Second is The Serpent's Tale; third is Grave Goods; fourth is Murderous Procession. The books, consumed in the correct sequence, develop the main characters quite well and each story line is totally satisfying.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy New Mexico 10-31-10
    Kathy New Mexico 10-31-10 Member Since 2007

    Kathy

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    "Medieval medical thriller"

    I thoroughly enjoyed Franklin's first book in this series, Mistress of Death. This book had good development etc, but medical details were not so prominent as in Mistress. Someone commented that Adelia whined throughout the book. While that seems a bit of an exaggeration, I agree her character was not as forceful as in Mistress and she did indeed whine. The love story is quite unique. It is not an overpowering portion of the plot but does add to the whole story. I found the narrator to be fine. It was a good book and I think you would clearly benefit if you read them in order without a large amount of time between the 2 novels. You will recall the characters more clearly and enjoy the story line better. Its definitely worth reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kallie Albuquerque, NM, United States 06-10-09
    Kallie Albuquerque, NM, United States 06-10-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointing compared to the first"

    I was so excited after listening to the first one, I could hardly wait. But I was disappointed. This one did'nt have nearly the medical lore/investigation as the last one that was so interersting (I'm not an historian, so I have no idea if either was historically accurate). The protaganist was really just passive...the case solved itself without much input or sleuthing from her- which was part of what was so much fun about Mistress of the Art of Death. I just started A Grave Surprise and hope that it'll be just as good as the first one.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cate P Colorado 11-06-09
    Cate P Colorado 11-06-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Not as good as her first"

    I have to say that I enjoyed this, but not as much as "Mistress in the Art of Death". The main character's relationships are less intense and less interesting than in "Mistress". I also found the mystery less interesting and a bit harder to follow. It's an enjoyable listen but didn't grab me. It's almost like the author was struggling to compete with her first book. Well-narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 07-02-09
    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 07-02-09 Member Since 2009
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    "I Loved this book!"

    A creepy medieval winter landscape is the main character in this installment, and I loved every shivery minute of it. Adelia is a strong willed woman who is first and foremost a physician. Her determination sometimes causes her to make very questionable decisions, but they always lead to rip roaring fun. A little on the gruesome-side at times, the series is always entertaining, and the love story is totally unique. Not to be missed!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 06-23-09
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 06-23-09 Member Since 2001

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    "Not as good as 1st but not a looser"

    If you want all your i's dotted and t's crossed when it comes to the History of England then you may be a bit disappointed. However it is the story and the nature of the time, and the weaving of a mystery that Ms Franklin is Very capable of. I am looking forward to reading the third bood in this series .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kary greenwood village , CO, USA 01-10-10
    Kary greenwood village , CO, USA 01-10-10 Member Since 2005
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    "somewhat disappointed"

    the story itself is just okay...some parts of it were not believable, but the biggest downer for me was that Kate Reading as the narrator made me think that Kay Scarpetta was reading to me. If you have listened to Patricia Cornwell's books that star Kay Scarpetta then this will be odd for you to listen to. The voices of the male characters sound much like the mail characters in the Cornwell books and the voices of Ulf and Mansur sound like mice. sad. I really loved the first book in the series and will listen to the third one but I'm not impressed with the narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Coffee Addict COLUMBUS, OH, United States 02-06-14
    Coffee Addict COLUMBUS, OH, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Rife with Historical Inaccuracies and Anachronisms"
    Would you try another book from Ariana Franklin and/or Kate Reading?

    Kate Reading is a fine narrator. I'm not sure I could stomach the sloppy research and silly plot of another Ariana Franklin book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was fine. The story was silly.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed and annoyed by this book. I've read a number of biographies and historical studies of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Their characters in this book bear little resemblance to what is known of them. The entire plot depends on the Elizabethan-era canard that Eleanor of Aquitaine poisoned Rosamund Clifford. That didn't happen. Rosamund did not live in a tower protected by a labyrinth. There is no evidence that Rosamund held pretensions to becoming queen; even if Eleanor had divorced him, it would have been inconceivable for Henry to marry the insignificant daughter of a minor Marcher lord who had been his mistress. Eleanor was a cunning and powerful woman. If she had escaped captivity, she would have fled to her own lands in Aquitaine to raise rebellion, not make a winter crossing to England where she never held much power. Moreover, she would have been attended by high-born vassals, not a crude mercenary. Eleanor mocking Rosamund for becoming "fat" applies modern standards of beauty to the 12th century; even a cursory examination of art and sculpture of the period shows that plump women were admired among the upper classes. I could go on and on. This was obviously a rushed work with sloppy research to take advantage of the success of Mistress of the Art of Death, which was much better even though it also contained a lot of anachronisms.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PENNY Montrose, CO, United States 10-19-12
    PENNY Montrose, CO, United States 10-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Love this series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love mystery, forensic science, and historical romance (mild). This series is full of all 3.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    Her accent and voice makes you feel like you are in the story and each character have unique voices. It makes the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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