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In the year 1629, a young English lutenist named Peter Claire arrives at the Danish Court to join King Christian IV's Royal Orchestra. From the moment when he realizes that the musicians perform in a freezing cellar underneath the royal apartments, Peter Clair understands that he's come to a place where the opposing states of light and dark, good and evil, are waging war to the death.
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Can Rose Tremain Write a BAD Book?

From my experience so far, the answer would have to be a resounding, "NO!" Tremain gets just right the mix of opulence and stringency, melancholy and joy, hope and despair that war with one another in the 17th century court of King Chistian of Denmark. All of her characters may not be likeable (the selfish Kristin, for one, and Tillson's second wife Mordalena, for another); but each one is unique and fascinating in his or her own right. What is Music and Silence about? The disappointment of love--and the perseverance of love. The power of art and the power of words. Family dynamics that can almost destroy its members yet somehow manages to pull them together. The influence of the past and the persistence of memory. And so much more. To give you any more details, if you haven't read this beautiful novel, would spoil the experience. Highly recommended!

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Very entertaining story

I was thoroughly captivated by this book. I felt the characters to be described beautifully, so that I could practically picture each one. Sometimes the back and forth was confusing and the audio was a bit trickier to back up and review, but the chapter deliniations were perfectly spaced. Can't wait for our book club discussion!

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Overlong but punctuated with brilliance

At times I thought I would give up on this long, complex and intricately woven tapestry of a novel.But I am glad I persevered. The prose throughout is luminous and beautiful, almost poetry. But most of the main characters are self-absorbed. Kirsten, the queen-consort of Denmark, is psychopathic in the way she manipulates others and connives to bring about her obsessive ends. Emilia, Kirsten's maid servant, is obsequious, weakened by her too close and overly dependent relationship with her mother. The polar opposite of Kirsten, she can take no action whatsoever to achieve her heart's desires whether to rescue her abused younger brother from a cruel and demented step mother or to make contact with her fiance after an abrupt separation. The King of Denmark is unable to see reality and lives in a world of dyspepsia and dreams of bygone glories. And the young lute player, Peter Claire, is blessed with beauty and talent but, because of the strictures of the times, cannot rise above his fate. Mixed in are a few wonderfully charming and good natured people who go about their lives finding happiness and fulfillment in what life offers them. It is their stories which kept me engaged.

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  • Carol
  • 08-10-12

A great listen

I normally avoid "historical" novels, and only decided to download this having read "The Colour" and "Sacred Country". I was so impressed with Rose Tremain's writing that I gave this a go. And I am glad I did.

A really interesting story .. on the surface about events during two years surrounding the breakdown of the marriages of King Christian, and associated subplots (which are really the main plots). But like Rose Tremain's other novels: lots of insights into the nature of what makes life interesting and worth living. How to create meaning, happiness... ...very existential stuff , and some great quotes . Beautiful writing. Loved both the "goodies" and the "baddies".

Jenny Agutter is masterful in her rendition of this book.. Beautifully read and a joy to listen to. She captures the essence of the characters really well, from the prickly and nasty Kirsten to the daydreaming Marcus.

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  • Ecovisitor
  • 12-19-12

Sublime Book

I am bereft having finished listening to this wonderful book. Jenny Agutter's narration transported me to ancient Denmark with its cast of robust and sympathetic characters, I loved them all even the awful ones! It made me yearn to learn more- one of the best books ever!

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  • Stephen
  • 12-24-09

Held by the reader

This is the sort of book I admire but don't enjoy and I know had I read it on the printed page I would have given up on it. Although everything links together, the plot is built up on multiple narrators, some of whom I found more interesting than others. Jenny Agutter's wonderful reading of it lulled me through the more stolid bits and carried me firmly through the engrossing parts. It is no doubt a beautifully written and thought -provoking book. However it is bleak and at the time this didn't suit my mood, so for me to say I was glad that I listened to the whole book is praise. This is a very biased review, but I would say if you are really struggling after an hour or so, you are going to have an uphill battle.

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  • Ms
  • 06-09-16

Brilliant

I absolutely loved this book. It is compulsive, fascinating and beautifully narrated, what bliss and sad for it to end. What can I listen to now that this wonderful story is over.

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  • Welsh Mafia
  • 06-28-08

Kirsten is Christina

The notion of the true story of King Christian IV of Denmark set in the year of 1630 as 'racy' seems a bit of a stretch, but Rose Tremain through the character of Kirsten or Christina Munk pulls it off. Lots of plots and sub plots, great storytelling from a writer who was new to me - really enjoyable. Jenny Agutter's performance is great as well, she has the perfect voice for this one - a pleasure in itself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-15-20

Different and excellent

Took time to settle in but as the narrator settled in, the book became alive and flowing. Amazing story telling with many contemplative ideas. Would recommend and the narration excellent.

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  • Mr G A Wicks
  • 03-11-15

It doesn't miss a beat!

Like all of her stories, life and emotion in all its diversity, immerse me in the time, the people and the events.

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  • Hilary Skarratt
  • 12-18-20

Beautiful story, beautifully written & narrated

I enjoyed every minute of this. Jenny Agutter is the perfect narrator, her voice blending perfectly with this slightly mystical tale. At the same time I learned a lot about Denmark in the 1600s. Will definitely be searching out some more Rose Tremain audibles

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  • FW101
  • 10-12-20

Music and Silence

Every character is written with overwhelming compassion... so that the book feels like a celebration of the best and worst of human nature. a lovely and compelling book beautifully read.

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  • Miss W.
  • 07-26-20

Magical and intriguing

Rose Tremain’s mastery here and storytelling at its best. Great narration too. A wonderful read captivated me to the end

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