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The Bishop's Heir: The Histories of King Kelson, Book 1 | [Katherine Kurtz]

The Bishop's Heir: The Histories of King Kelson, Book 1

Once again, the Kingdom of Gwynedd under young King Kelson found itself facing the horror of war between the Church and the Deryni. As the Pretender Queen plotted to free Meara from Gwynedd's control, and the ex-Archbishop hatched a devious plan, it looked like the peace of Gwynedd was to be a thing of the past.
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Once again, the Kingdom of Gwynedd under young King Kelson found itself facing the horror of war between the Church and the Deryni. As the Pretender Queen plotted to free Meara from Gwynedd's control, and the ex-Archbishop hatched a devious plan, it looked like the peace of Gwynedd was to be a thing of the past.

©1987 Katherine Kurtz; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Danielle Georgetown, TX, United States 04-12-11
    Danielle Georgetown, TX, United States 04-12-11 Member Since 2003
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    "A good book ruined"

    I've read this book and all of Kurtz's Deryni books many times. This narrator could easily ruin it for me. He o-ver e-nun-ci-ates, which would be good for some readers, I guess, but not for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zot USA 12-18-12
    Zot USA 12-18-12 Member Since 2012

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    "OK story, un-natural feeling to the reading."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narration is blocky and sounds as if it is if there is a period after most words. While the diversity in voices by the narrator are good, the voices themselves are anoying. The plot is ok but the actual writing is fairly cliche.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Fine- despite the criticism I have for the book, the ending made me want to know what the next book would hold.


    How could the performance have been better?

    (see what I would change about the book)


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It would make a much better movie (if done well) than book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda WOOSTER, OH, United States 11-27-12
    Linda WOOSTER, OH, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Necessary Compromise"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bishop's Heir to be better than the print version?

    No, it is not better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well developed characters


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Morgan's voice is wrong.


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

    It always makes me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader made mistakes in some places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CatBookMom Los Angeles area, CA, USA 12-22-11
    CatBookMom Los Angeles area, CA, USA 12-22-11 Member Since 2007
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    "At last in audio, but this narrator isn't the best"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, with reservations about the narration in particular. Also, by today's standards, the story might be considered a bit stilted, but these have been favorites of mine since they were first published, and they are good tales, with fine characters and a lot of excellent research behind them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to choose. Kelson, of course; Dhugal has a great role here. Saying more could be a spoiler.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Sullivan?

    Simon Vance, John Lee, Dick Hill, many others. Anyone who can do different voices well and who knows how to sound like a Highlander. Nick Sullivan over-enunciates often; seems to have made some particularly odd choices for voices for some of the characters - Alaric Morgan's deep voice is awkward and flattened, Bishop Arilan sounds quavery when he's young and active; didn't do his homework about the Latin words; and is especially awful with the Highland accent.


    Did The Bishop's Heir inspire you to do anything?

    I like to think I'll buy the rest of this trilogy, but I really get annoyed at Nick Sullivan's reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for getting these books into audio.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    this is a very good book. i have enjoyed listening to it.

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