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  • Sisters of Treason

  • By: Elizabeth Fremantle
  • Narrated by: Teresa Gallagher, Georgina Sutton, Rachel Bavidge
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Early in Mary Tudor's turbulent reign, Lady Catherine and Lady Mary Grey are reeling after the brutal execution of their elder seventeen-year-old sister, Lady Jane Grey, and the succession is by no means stable. In Sisters of Treason, Elizabeth Freemantle brings these young women to life in a spellbinding Tudor tale of love and politics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly Enjoyed!

  • By Carmen C on 02-03-15

Great book for fans of this genre

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

Reviewed: 07-19-15

Engaging story, good performance. The perspective and story of Levina Teerlinc is unusual for this type of book, making it more interesting.

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  • To Shield the Queen

  • By: Fiona Buckley
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Rumor has linked Queen Elizabeth I to her master of the horse, Robin Dudley. As gossip would have it, only his ailing wife, Amy, prevents marriage between Dudley and the Queen. To quell the idle tongues at court, the Queen dispatches Ursula Blanchard to tend to the sick woman's needs. But not even Ursula can prevent the "accident" that takes Amy's life. Did she fall or was she pushed? Was Ursula a pawn of Dudley and the Queen?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and engrossing

  • By SophieG on 05-31-10

almost good... but not

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

Reviewed: 10-13-12

Would you try another book from Fiona Buckley and/or Nadia May?

I might try another book by this author to give it another chance.

What was most disappointing about Fiona Buckley’s story?

As a fan of other historical fiction and especially the Cadfael mysteries, I had high hopes for this series. But there were so many historical and cultural improbabilities (the way the main character interacted with her servants, for example) and painfully written "love" scenes that I just couldn't get through it. It is too bad, because the overall mystery story seemed OK, and some historical details seemed well researched. Maybe by the second book in the series some of the issues are worked out, maybe not; I am a little wary of wasting my time listening to another one to find out.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator sometimes tried to do accents and sometimes not-- more consistency would have been less jarring.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from To Shield the Queen?

I would have cut all the detailed sex/romantic scenes, which do not fit well in this genre. I would have cut much of the expository dialog between the main character and several (much) higher ranking statesmen and court members-- these conversations seemed very unlikely and the exposition could have been achieved a different way.

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