The Stolen Crown

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ama on 02-07-14

A stunning look into unseen characters

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is beautiful written and read. We are given a glimpse of an infamous time in history by two characters that are often overlooked, despite their vantage points being quite intimate. The characters are both warm, endearing and sweet.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Harry, he can't seem to quite help himself. It's familiar to me.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The First kiss the characters share, the shyness in Harry. That is often unexplored in literature, all men are assumed to be experienced and suave, by harry worries because he is not. It was endearing to see him and his wife fall in love.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Harry sees things in the cold light of day and is grieved about what he must do to, for his conscience.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. S. P. Taylor on 01-04-15

Great Story But-------

What did you like most about The Stolen Crown?

It introduces characters not before given much importance int the Plantagenet story/war of the roses and fills in many gaps

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harry Buckingham - I could feel for him from his lonely childhood through to his apparent manipulation by Richard, Duke of Gloucester. later King Richard

Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee and Alison Larkin ’s performances?

No, certainly not. Alison's "little girly" voice all the way through was irritating in the extreme and John Lee sounded like a pedantic but bored history professor. He hardly changed voices/accents all the way through so that I was not always sure who was speaking. They spoilt a good story

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have felt that way if not for the narrators

Any additional comments?

Susan Higginbotham brought to life some of the lesser known characters from the Plantaganet era so it is such a shame that the narration did not do any justice to the story

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Lampy on 07-02-16

Bizarre approach to narration ruins it

Oh dear - what were they thinking? Where do I start? Well, the story is pretty good, once you get through the bizarre, and frankly awful, narration! I did find the portrayal of Richard too biased, but that may have been more about the way the narrator chose to read - like a Shakespearean villain!

Why two narrators? It just makes it confusing and disjointed - it's like I'm listening to two different books.

Why didn't they consider a consistent approach with the main character? Katherine has a French accent when the man is speaking and an English accent when the woman reads! And yet the man pronounces Beaulieu Abbey correctly and the woman doesn't (I'm from Beaulieu so picked up on this straight away).

At the beginning I wished I hadn't bought this - the man is odd - it's like a combination of Steven Hawking and Tony Blackburn narrating, only a very bored Tony Blackburn!! At first I found the woman annoying but I soon got over that as I got engrossed, but then when the man reads it's like a jolt out of the story. Awful, really poor choice - I'd re-record it if it were me. I'm surprised the author didn't refuse to have it released, I'm sure if I'd read the book myself I'd have loved it, but the narration ruins it.

It teaches me a lesson - always listen to the full sample before purchasing!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Candida on 04-16-16

Brilliant xx

fabulously told from am unusual perspective loved it. fills in gaps from p. Gregorys accounts and is very interesting

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