Summer, 1585: Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an expedition by royal commission to cross the Atlantic and seize major Spanish ports, diverting King Philip of Spain’s treasure to Queen Elizabeth.
When a ship captain is brutally murdered, and Drake’s life threatened, it becomes clear that someone plans to destroy the expedition before it begins. Giordano Bruno and Sir Philip Sidney hunt for the killer, but are they being lured into a trap?
©2014 Stephanie Merritt (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
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There was so much detail, creating a great visual effect. Another listen would reveal even more.
It had a good pace, no filling in.
The accent was not overdone and kept constant throughout.
No, but it did make you like or dislike the characters.
My first Parris book but not my last!
"The saga moves on..."
Will try to avoid spoilers. Probably the best to date in this series, tighter plotting, more action - and the prospect of Doctor Bruno's tale moving from England to France, with all of the dangers that will bring.
I find this series of books quite enjoyable as " light entertainment ". although I think this is the poorest to date of the Bruno series. Have read rather than listened to the previous books and this may be the reason because what I liked least was the narrator's pseudo Italian accent.
The ending was fairly predictable.
Yes, it was just his Italian accent which I found irritating, otherwise he was very good.
I tend to prefer my history reading or listening to be more factual and less romantic but occasionally I enjoy something lighter and Treachery is just that. Enjoyable but not for the purist.
This is a really good, complicated tale of treason and murder in Elizabethan England. The lead character is multi-dimensional... an Italian ex-Dominican monk, who works for Walsingham and solves murders. The reader, Laurence Kennedy, is also excellent, with convincing accents and good pace. Altogether I really enjoyed this and although this is the most recent book in the series, I am now going back to all the earlier ones.
The story was lame. The narrator was great. I expected more bite. Maybe a second listening would do the book justice.
"Not quite what I hoped for ..."
Probably not - I could have made a mistake not listening to earlier books in the series, but I felt the predictability of much of the story-line left me wishing the story to end quicker than it did. It feels a significant mistake to use actual historical figures as the protagonists - it rather removes the element of threat at certain points. The way the characters went about discovering the perpetrators felt sub-Scooby-Doo at times and the management of information to the reader was intended to provide suspense by left me frustrated. This genre in this timescale is significantly better handled by CJ Sansom in the Shardlake series.
Using fictional protagonists would have helped hugely as I knew what happened to Sidney and Bruno (and Drake for that matter). Equally, the story-line felt so well-worn and predictable that it was a comfortable and undemanding listen - it's OK, but I was hoping for much, much more.
He narrates very well, albeit with general stereotypical accents, but differentiated the characters effectively. Bruno and Sidney are both well narrated and, while Drake is a bit two-dimensional, it's all effective.
Possibly - would need a good budget to do it well. Tom Hiddleston as Sidney and Max Minghella as Bruno.
My main problem with this story is the number of times the sleuth got it wrong. Otherwise very enjoyable. An Agatha Christie in Elizabethan times. If you like that you will love this.
Really gripping story, and the narrator is excellent - you always know exactly which character is speaking.
"An enjoyable listen"
It took me a little while to get into it but once I did I enjoyed it start to finish. it's not a gripping story and in times a little predictable but none the less a well written story. I will in the future consider listening to more
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