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Katherine Audiobook

Katherine: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the classic romance Katherine features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets - Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II - who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue.

Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king's son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine. Their well-documented affair and love persist through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption. This epic novel of conflict, cruelty, and untamable love has become a classic since its first publication in 1954.

©1954, renewed 1982 Anya Seton Chase (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Seton breathes life into this little-documented historical fact… a glorious example of romance in its most classic literary sense." (The Austin Chronicle)

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    "Riveting"

    I never knew if the Duke of Lancaster or Katharine Swynford. What an exciting life and time. How quickly life passed and the danger that it held. I am glad that I read it.

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    Linda 01-21-17
    Linda 01-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Katherine"

    An absolutely beautiful love story with historical facts woven in! I highly recommend! I could even start over again! 💜 I've read this book many times over the years but to hear it was the best!

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    Debbie Krueger 01-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is one of my favourite books, so I would recommend READING it, but the audio version was a big letdown.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Katherine?

    One of my favourite scenes is when Katherine attends Blanche as she is dying.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The quality of the performance was very uneven. At times I wondered if there were several different narrators. Sometimes it was barely tolerable.


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    lorraine m. mccann 01-05-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful"

    Great historical story and I enjoyed the reader. I will try other Anya Seton books

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    Carolina 01-04-17
    Carolina 01-04-17
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    "Incredible"

    It was an amazing read. the narrator's voice was easy to follow and nice to hear.

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    Leah Francka 12-26-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Tedious to listen to...keep wanting more."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Anya Seton again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Wanda McCaddon’s performance?

    The singing! God awful!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Katherine?


    Any additional comments?

    Cannot keep up with all the boring characters. Has the potential to be good but never even came close.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Swamp Yankee 11-08-16
    Joan Swamp Yankee 11-08-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Enjoyable Until The End.."

    At which time the novel does a disservice to her readers by simply ending the book.
    I have to say I was disappointed that I was plowing along through Katherine, enjoying the level of detail the research and good writing both of which went into this story, which is based in much history and some historical fictionalization, when boom, the writer simply wrapped up everything in 10min. She told the story of the future of Katherine's life and death and that was that.
    After reading so much I felt a bit bitter. I would have preferred to have lived the rest of her life with Kathleen but at least she was left in the happiest place possible. I knocked off a star for the abrupt ending.

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    Sarah M. 11-02-16
    Sarah M. 11-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful!"

    I have been an avid Audible listener for several years and have listened to hundred of books and have never written a review. This will go down as one of my favorite of all times! A beautiful novel, wonderfully written. I am terribly sad it is over! If your a fan of books such as Pillars of the Earth where characters bewitch you and leave an imprint on your heart, this book is certainly for you.

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    Amazon Customer 10-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great historical fiction "

    If you like historical fiction about the kings and queens of Europe you will really enjoy this.

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    Michelle Hebberd Walsh CO 06-16-16
    Michelle Hebberd Walsh CO 06-16-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Historical fiction as it should be done!"
    If you could sum up Katherine in three words, what would they be?

    Accurate, insightful, fascinating


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katherine is my favorite character because she is real. She has faults, but she is tenacious, strong, and usually does the right thing. She was a real person in history who is fascinating.


    Which character – as performed by Wanda McCaddon – was your favorite?

    Katharine


    Who was the most memorable character of Katherine and why?

    Katharine and John of Gaunt


    Any additional comments?

    Anya Seton is historical fiction right. Her books are meticulously researched and historically accurate, and she brings the characters to life. Her books are mesmerizing. I've read her books numerous times and am now listening to what I can find on audio books. I would love to find My Theodosia and The Turquoise on audio book.

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