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The Bloodletter's Daughter Audiobook

The Bloodletter's Daughter: A Novel of Old Bohemia

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Publisher's Summary

In 1606, the grand city of Prague hides an ugly secret: the emperor’s bastard son, Don Julius, is afflicted with a madness that pushes the prince to unspeakable depravity. Banished to a remote corner of Bohemia, Don Julius comes under the care of a bloodletter who works to purge the vicious humors coursing through the young royal’s veins. When the prince meets the bloodletter’s daughter Marketa, his madness sparks a frenzied - and dangerous - obsession. He believes Marketa embodies the women from the Coded Book of Wonder, a priceless manuscript from the imperial library that was the young prince’s only link to sanity. As the prince descends further into the darkness of his mind, his acts become ever more desperate, and Marketa, both frightened and fascinated, can’t stay away.

Inspired by a true murder that rocked the Hapsburg dynasty, The Bloodletter’s Daughter is a dark and richly detailed saga of passion and revenge.

©2012 Trish McCallan (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    M. Hartman 03-19-15
    M. Hartman 03-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Painful listen"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator would have helped a lot. This one read like a robot - no emotion.


    Would you recommend The Bloodletter's Daughter to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not the Audible version.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    As I said above, it was so robotic I had to turn it off. It was like listening to a second grader.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 08-11-14
    08-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprisingly different historical fiction offering"
    Where does The Bloodletter's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Historical fiction is my favorite genre. This particular novel is more fiction than history but I would say it still belong in the genre. I have many favorite historical novels and would include this one among them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bloodletter's Daughter?

    The final chapters are memorable. The plot picks up and you cannot put the book down.


    What about Carrington MacDuffie’s performance did you like?

    The narrator stayed out of the way of the story. The narration added dimension to the characters but did not distract.


    If you could rename The Bloodletter's Daughter, what would you call it?

    I would not change the name. The blood letter and his daughter were my favorite characters. Character development was excellent .... The characters' flaws made them very believable.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is set in Eastern Europe at a time and in a location that have not been exploited by writers of the genre. It is obviously very well researched. The author brings the physical setting to life and incorporates a local legend into the novel. I understand this is the first book for this writer. I hope she keeps on writing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    zsanna 01-09-14
    zsanna 01-09-14
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    "HISTORICAL FICTION AT IT'S BEST!!!"
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    I just finished the Bloodletter's Daughter and I have to admit I quite enjoyed the historically based story of the mad prince's obsession with a bath maid. I would have enjoyed this book regardless, but it was made all the better because it was based on a true story. I felt a mixture of pity and hate towards the mad bastard prince Don Julius and my heart broke for Marketa, who was the focus of his obsession. Mental illness is never pretty but I can't imagine what it must have been like back in the 1600's without proper understanding and medication. The fear and frustration that must have been felt towards the spoiled, dangerous and crazy prince that was allowed to roam free without any consequences from his father the king.

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    Susan T 12-02-15
    Susan T 12-02-15
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    "Couldn't get past the first few chapters."

    Seems like it is written to titillate and appeal to the basest appetites. I was disgusted with almost every character. I finally decided I'd had enough. This one is for the trash bin.

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    Jessica S 09-16-17
    Jessica S 09-16-17 Member Since 2014
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    "liked the story, reading was a bit odd "

    reading also had repeats of a sentence regularly. story was interesting and had some basis in history.

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    K. Kilmartin new england 08-01-17
    K. Kilmartin new england 08-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Painful book in need of an editor and a rejection"

    I tried, I really, really tried to get through this book (including reading after the horrible narration in case that was turning me off), but this is a total wall-banger in my opinion. I have no idea if this was meant to be a cheesy formulaic romance with Wikipedia level historical research of the time period thrown in ("here, have another fact about person/place/event that has nothing to do with the plot so you know I the Author did my research!"), or an attempt at historical fiction with an absolutely awful attempt of romance. Either way, the whole thing made me want to barf it was so bad. I only kept going for as long as I did because it was one of those train-wrecks you have to see if it can get worse, and there is so much to mock. But even then, you have your fill. Utter crap of a story with the most stilted, one-dimensional stereotype characters ever, and some of the worst dialogue I've read since the stint of having to go through slush-pile unsolicited submissions. I'm at a loss as to how this book got published, or how the supposed editor got away with it.

    As for the audio recording, I have no idea whose idea it was, author, production director, or editor -- who thought, "Hey, maybe we can save this story by having the narration of the dialogue be performed in really lame Eastern European accent!" Idiot, whoever it was who decided that. It adds NOTHING to the feel of the book, in fact detracts from it (which is why I tried to slog through the print version), as yes, I know where the book is set, but now one be speaking English with a thick, almost comical accent. I feel bad for the voice artist having to perform the book this way, and her lack of passion for this book was clear from her painful performance.

    Please, just avoid this book. The description made it sounds so promising, but it is nothing more than the worst hack-kneed attempt at history-meets-romance done by an eleven year old. I've never wanted a credit back from Audible so much. As well as bleach to erase the whole experience of this from my brain.

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    Kindle Customer Ft. Wainwright, Alaska 06-22-17
    Kindle Customer Ft. Wainwright, Alaska 06-22-17
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    "Interesting read"

    I had no idea it was somewhat true to history. I found it to be very interesting and fast pace for most of the book.

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    Jennifer S. Flack 06-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved It!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Bloodletter's Daughter the most enjoyable?

    This is a great story - well written and of historical importance. Enjoyed it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The crazy prince was one of my favorite characters as well as the young Marketa.


    What about Carrington MacDuffie’s performance did you like?

    Great voice and great characters. Really enjoyable


    If you could rename The Bloodletter's Daughter, what would you call it?

    The crazy price and the young girl


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    ASL4U 04-24-17
    ASL4U 04-24-17
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    "Good story."

    I enjoyed this book. It had a very complex but satisfying ending and dovetails nicely with thr potential for truth (especially considering the truth is oftenstranger than fiction). It held my interest and in the rnd i brought it in and listened to it as background - more because i wanted to know jow it was going to play out than because i wanted to be done. But - a drawing ending is still an ending. Its over! Whew!

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    Cat 02-08-17
    Cat 02-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Intense Story"

    Very intense story with meaning and passion. I couldn't stop listening, I just had to know what was coming next!

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    "Witches and charms"

    A really good listen, after a slow start well worth staying with as its based on true life.

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