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Great book! Who is the moron narrating it?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-19

I've always like the books of Lord Norwich, but I am astonished that the person chosen to read this one for Audible has no concept of typical pronunciation. I understand that there are sometimes multiple ways of saying some place names, but this book is filled with idiotic things like "prosterity" instead of "posterity". For goodness sake, Audible, your auditioning process leaves a lot to be desired! One expects at least minimal literacy with narrators: this man is the worst I've ever heard!

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Other reviews are not positive: with good reason!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-18

There is nothing good that I can say about this book. It begins with a LONG introduction read by the author. The author, I'm certain, is a very nice person, but I did not pay money to listen to his all-too-amateurish voice. Let him write, them hush!

On the other hand, the writing itself is very objectionable, especially for an audible book. Imagine listening to a play. As the dialog progresses, each character's name is first read out, followed by the line(s) in a not-very-convincing attempt to be characteristic. It takes about 3 minutes and you are ready to scream, "What would have been the problem with simply writing the damned book instead of making it like a massively dull play. There is no sense of where the book is going, what it's going to attempt to explain to you, just a lot of contextually meaningless vignettes.

Whichever executive decided that this should be an Audible book ought to be evaluated for further signs of lack of contact with reality. It is a bad, bad, bad choice. Don't buy this book. It is a waste of your money.

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Why do I never learn?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-13

This is the second time I've purchased a book I thought would be very interesting only to discover that I have also purchased the irritating, effete voice of Frederick Davidson. For heaven's sake, please listen to the sample of this book before you buy it. If you are like me, you will save your dollars and learn, as I now have, that this reader is the greatest disaster ever to befall audio books.

7 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Who hired this guy to narrate?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-29-11

What a wonderful book. What a dreadful narrator! He sounds, at turns, supercilious, speech-impedimented, and twangy. I gave up. Great book, but I think I'll just read it instead of coping with this ridiculous narrator.

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An adolescent masterpiece

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-11

The title of the review says it all. If you are over the age of 16 and of either gender, you'll probably find this as adolescent and "girly"as I did. I am always astonished at the number of people who wish to cash in on the Dan Brown success, but I am even more surprised that the publishers of this dreadful book cannot spot that Kathleen McGowan hasn't 1/100 of Dan Brown's abilities. Skip this book, and allow it to wither in whatever place adolescent fantasies must inevitably end.

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Astonishing book, but oddnesses in the reading.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-10

I have nothing but high praise for the book. It is an enormous undertaking, and it succeeds remarkably well. I have one personal problem with the audio presentation: the narrator possesses a very good, very smooth voice. I wish he had taken the time to look up some of the words instead of just deciding on a pronunciation. It was very disturbing to the flow of the book to hear a word pronounced in an unfamiliar way.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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I can't continue with this wretched book.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-10

If the author of this book has intended to portray the most insufferable and tiresome child in the whole history of English literature, then she has succeeded beyond her wildest dreams. If the author hoped that the narrator might have the sort of whining voice entirely suitable for such a repellent child, then her hopes are fulfilled. As for me, I cannot continue listening. Absolutely nothing about the pretensions of this unlovable child are of the slightest interest to anyone with an adult mind. If the endless monologues are intended to set the stage for a grown-up who was to become a pivotal figure in English history, then all I can say is that the Tudors were lucky to come to power because the fact that no one did away with this child before she produced a child is a miracle. Save your money. This is not a book worth reading or hearing.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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What the hell is this?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-09

I wish I had read the other reviews. This book contains nearly continuous music behind the narration. That wouldn't be so bad, but the balance is very poor making it difficult to hear the reading. The writing is uninteresting and contains very little detail. All in all, this selection might be worth 50? but certainly not $12.33.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful