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The life and times of Melisende, the crusader queen of Jerusalem, regent to her young son, the king, during the 12th century, come to life through the eyes of Lady Richildis, a young Frankish woman on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, who becomes one of Melisende's confidantes.
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Did not gel with the narrator
Although I managed to finish the audiobook (because I typically enjoy Judith Tarr’s stories), the narrator’s odd choice of accent made it somewhat of an effort of stubborn perseverance rather than true enjoyment on my part. I rapidly came to regret that the English language contains so many words that end in “d”. Or “s”. Or “-age”. Like any tiny but frequent irritation, the accent quickly assumed exaggerated significance, especially with the narrator’s mispronunciation of “Richildis” and other words. I checked samples of some other audiobooks she has narrated, and discovered that her normal speaking style does not include the “d” and “s” and “-age” pronunciations I found so annoying. I remain baffled by her choice of this accent. I will use caution in the future and listen to the sample recordings prior to purchasing an audiobook.
- S. Williams
Amazing story . Pronunciation counts.
What did you love best about Queen of Swords?
The story. The characters.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Queen of Swords?
Bertrand's realization. (No spoiler)
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
Quay is pronounced "key". Plait is prounounced "plat". Richildis is pronounced "rich SHIL dis".Bertrand is pronounced..... sigh, it's rather painful to listen to.
If you could take any character from Queen of Swords out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Michael _ a true gentleman.
Any additional comments?
New narrator? This one is good but not for this book.
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- Carol Cockburn
A Pleasant Book
Well developed plot and characters. She could have used a little more research on her real people though, she tried to make Eleanor of Aquitaine into an older character when in fact she was a teenager during the second crusade. Other than that it was a truly an enjoyable read, er, listen.
A Good Story Let Down By the Narrator
This is the second book in the series. The first was dismal mostly because of the poor narration. This book has unfortunately the same problem with the same narrator. For reasons that seem bizarre the narrator cannot seem to pronounce simple words. For example:
‘Petitioner’ she pronounces as ‘Partitioner’
‘Moon-Calf eyes’ is pronounced as ‘Moon Cave Eyes’
‘Quay’ which should be pronounced like ‘key’ she pronounces it ‘Karwaii’!!!!
and the list goes on and on....
It is also one of those annoying storyline’s where there is a complete over use of the words ‘insouciance’ and ‘ennui’ which by a miracle the narrator can pronounce!!!
Some female narrators are good at doing male voices. Unfortunately this narrators male voices all sound like Popeye!
I will be asking for a refund for this book.