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Unwillingly thrust into marriage to England's King Æthelred, Emma has given the king a son and heir, but theirs has never been a happy marriage. In The Price of Blood, Bracewell returns to 1006 when a beleaguered Æthelred, still haunted by his brother's ghost, governs with an iron fist and a royal policy that embraces murder.

As tensions escalate and enmities solidify, Emma forges alliances to protect her young son from ambitious men-even from the man she loves. In the north there is treachery brewing, and when Viking armies ravage England, loyalties are shattered and no one is safe from the sword.

©2015 Patricia Bracewell (P)2015 Tantor

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Good story, bad narration

This is a sweeping saga and I look forward to the next book in the series.
In this episode however, I found the narrators sing song,voice and repetitive inflections very obnoxious. It very much detracted from the story and minimized the depth of the characters.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Stick with the other narrator

Would you try another book from Patricia Bracewell and/or Heather Wilds?

Patricia Bracewell's books are definitely awesome. The fault with this particular recording is the narrator. She inflects incorrectly and has an annoying voice.

What other book might you compare The Price of Blood to and why?

The first book in this series, A Shadow on the Crown, was narrated by Katie Firth. She did an incredible job with the narration. The story was already wonderful and Firth's narration made it even better.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Voice, inflection, method of reading, speed at which she reads. All of it. Not a good narrator.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance that the narration was different than the first book and a poor substitute.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Good story, decent writing, annoying narration

Would you listen to The Price of Blood again? Why?

I could not listen again. This narrator was barely tolerable the first time. Think slow-mo female Captain Kirk, with bad accents.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Emma was a very interesting woman. Take the time to read the epilog and authors notes.

Would you be willing to try another one of Heather Wilds’s performances?

No!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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5 star story -5 Narration

This is a crime. The first book of Patricia Bruce Wells series “shadow of the crown“ was read by Katie Firth, he was a real class act when it comes to reading audio. Who would think that book number two would be read so badly. Seriously folks, before you use a credit or spend your money, listen to the sample and don’t do it. I’ve listened to plenty of books where I wasn’t thrilled about the reader but seriously this is just God awful. What a disappointment. The audio book is ruined.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Please never use this narrator again!

I wanted to listen to this book as it is the second in the series. The narrator made listening close to impossible! Her voice was so sing song in such an annoying pattern!! Love the book but narrator took all of the joy out of listening!

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Terrible narration

I loved the two prior books, but the narration was so bad I couldn't finish this. The narrator went in and out of accents and the Queen's accent often made her sound like she was from Transylvania. When reading narration the tone was often "sing-song" like with the inflection rising at the end of each sentence. It drove me nuts.

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  • Cinders
  • New York,, NY United States
  • 02-24-15

Brilliant Historical Fiction

Would you try another book from Patricia Bracewell and/or Heather Wilds?

I am a true lover of history and historical fiction. Patricia Bracewell, in my opinion, is one of the two most engrossing, fascinating and accomplished authors of historical fiction living today (the other being Bernard Cornwell). Bracewell's first book, "Shadow on the Crown" was so enthralling that I may never get over it !! After listening to the audio version of "Shadow on the Crown," which I obtained on Audible, I bought the hardcover book so that I could revisit the narrative any time I wanted without picking up my headphones. That is a first for me, and speaks to the remarkable quality of Bracewell's writing and the seduction of her narrative gifts. I would not only "try" but would DEVOUR any book from Ms. Bracewell's brilliant pen. However if I can possibly manage it, I will never again buy any audiobook narrated by Heather Wilds.

What other book might you compare The Price of Blood to and why?

Patricia Bracewell's first book, "Shadow on the Crown"-- the first of three volumes, Ms. Bracewell has announced, a trilogy about Emma of Normandy-- brought Emma across the sea at a young age from Normandy to England, to be married to the then King of England, AEthelred (this was circa 1000 AD, for those who are not already steeped in medieval English history). It's silly to "compare" these two books, but since they are sisters, one picking up where the other left off, naturally I think of them in tandem, like two thoroughbred horses. Nothing else compares !!

How could the performance have been better?

I don't want to malign this narrator, but her performance is lifeless. I highly recommend that anyone who loved Bracewell's first book (whether they listened to it on Audible, as narrated by the marvelous Katie Firth, or bought the hardcover or paperback, or read it on Kindle) do themselves a favor and buy /read this second book in ANY format except the audio.

Did The Price of Blood inspire you to do anything?

The Price of Blood in audio format inspired me to buy the hardcover version of the book ! Even as narrated in the Audible version--without passion and without apparent understanding of the content-- this is still a great book, and I found the story so gripping that I managed to lose an expensive glove in 25 degree weather ! I knew from listening to the audio version that I wanted to revisit the book in a context which would do it justice--who wants to eat a fantastic five course gourmet dinner in a coffee shop?

Any additional comments?

Patricia Bracewell's well researched and yet imaginative story had me from "hello" in her first book, "Shadow on the Crown" (narrated on Audible by the incomparable Katie Firth, for a truly synergistic union of author and narrator). In "The Price of Blood" Bracewell takes her heroine, who is surely one of the first strong women in recorded history, from being young and untried to being a force in her own right. If you love historical fiction, don't miss either of the first two volumes of Bracewell's trilogy about Emma. And if the narrator's talents (or lack thereof) will affect your experience of the book, then when it comes to "The Price of Blood" please buy the hardcover or wait for the release of the paperback (or get the book on Kindle). Both books are more than well worth your time and attention; don't let the narrator of the second book detract from your experience of Patricia Bracewell's prose.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Horrible Narration

What did you like best about The Price of Blood? What did you like least?

I couldn't make it past the first chapter; Heather Wilds reading style is awful.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Price of Blood?

Good question. If I download it on Kindle, I'll let you know. I'm sure it's a good book; I really enjoyed "Shadow on the Crown," which is why I bought this one.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance ruined this book for me, and I'll be returning it. Ms. Wilds reads with a strange cadence, like she's reading a poem with stanzas. The words she emphasizes are completely random, and she seems to not take cues from punctuation.

Do you think The Price of Blood needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I'm sure it does; my understanding is that the author plans to eventually release a third book to complete the story of Queen Emma.

Any additional comments?

I love historical fiction and was really looking forward to this book. I will probably either buy a hard copy or download it on Kindle, but the performance is truly awful. Simply having a pleasant British accent doesn't mean someone should be paid as a voice actor.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ariel
  • Ellensburg, WA
  • 08-22-17

Disappointed in choice of reader

The first book was so good I couldn't wait to download the sequel. I wish I had at least listened to the sample, I wouldn't have purchased this book on audible at all. The readers voice is so monotone that it is hard to pay attention, even though the book itself is full of excitement and well written. I feel like they chose the narrator solely based on her accent. Extremely disappointing...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good Book, Bad Narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The is second book in the series, and had different narrator than first book. This narrator has a strange style, difficult to listen to, very unlike first book. If this narrator had narrated the first book, I would never have purchased the second one in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful