The Blue

Narrated by: Eleanor Hicks
Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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In 18th century London, porcelain is the most seductive of commodities; fortunes are made and lost upon it. Kings do battle with knights and knaves for possession of the finest pieces and the secrets of their manufacture.

For Genevieve Planché, an English-born descendant of Huguenot refugees, porcelain holds far less allure; she wants to be an artist, a painter of international repute, but nobody takes the idea of a female artist seriously in London. If only she could reach Venice.

When Genevieve meets the charming Sir Gabriel Courtenay, he offers her an opportunity she can’t refuse: If she learns the secrets of porcelain, he will send her to Venice. But in particular, she must learn the secrets of the color blue....

The ensuing events take Genevieve deep into England’s emerging industrial heartlands, where not only does she learn about porcelain, but also about the art of industrial espionage.

With the heart and spirit of her Huguenot ancestors, Genevieve faces her challenges head-on, but how much is she willing to suffer in pursuit and protection of the color blue?

©2018 Nancy Bilyeau (P)2019 Nancy Bilyeau

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Don't waste your time!

Tough to listen to the end! The narrator's voicewas uncomfortable, and the charactors are whiney and artificial.

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Interesting story

I love books centered around history, and this one was intriguing during an interesting time. The storyline kept my interest and was definitely worth listening to. I enjoyed points of interest that drove me to the internet to read more about. A few quirks for me were that it slowed in a few spots, particularly when Genevieve had ponderous and repetitive internal thoughts or unrealistic actions that didn’t advance the plot. Setting a faster speed helped move things along. The narrator has talent and a pleasing voice for the protagonist’s dialog. However, in the beginning, her voice fades down at the end of some of the sentences, and I didn’t care for the voices she chose for some of the men. Whispering of internal thoughts is my least favorite narration style, so I also sped those up. Aside from those few nuances, it was a good read.