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Firstly the audio production is masterful. Perhaps the best of near 1100 books I have listened to. It’s a dramatic performance as you listen to a complex story unfold. Its recited in the 1st party and the setting is time suitable, sounding and using expression’s that would have been used in 1830. I knew Robert Graves was good, but gracious, he is a real genius. The story starting slowly drags you in to disparate lives destined to collide, and like a Shakespeare tragedy you can see it coming but no one else seem to notice. Its fantastic, enthralling and to my shame I left it in my library for close on two years before listening. What a fool I was. I would put it up there with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. It’s a classic that somehow fell through the bars. Get it, and prepare to be entertained.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
More facts, more substance, it was sadly lacking in both for me.
Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Graves again?
I am not sure that I would
How could the performance have been better?
The narrator could have been a little less irritating with his "brummies' accent which he rather seemed to revel in.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
In a nutshell, no, I am going to return it.
Any additional comments?
I thought it was going to be similar to "Death at the Priory" or "Dancing for the Hangman" both of these books are excellent. This however, was just plain tedious
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