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What disappointed you about Agrippa's Daughter?
I thought I'd learn something about the lives of Jews in the 1st century under the Romans. What I did learn is more than anyone would needs to know about circumcision! There is just not enough documented history about Berenice for a good story. Howard Fast seems to have taken a whole 'nother approach to historical fiction. Instead of giving us an enlightened view of the people, places and things of that era, I feel as though I just listened to a 1st century "reality" show, where everyone is as ghetto or country or trailer-trashy as they can be!
Would you ever listen to anything by Howard Fast again?
Yes, I've read some of his other books so I know he's a good writer. I just can't figure out how THIS one garnered 5-stars.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susannah Tyrrell?
Anyone would have been better. There's nothing wrong with Susannah Tyrrell overall - she's just not right for THIS kind of book. OR the book is so over-the-top that Tyrrell can't get her rhythm going. But, to answer the question, I think a narrator like Nadia May would have made Berenice sound less slovenly, selfish, and slutty.
What character would you cut from Agrippa's Daughter?
AGRIPPA'S DAUGHTER!!! She is the most unlikeable, unsympathetic character that I've ever had the misfortune to come across.
Any additional comments?
I'm going to have go back to my criteria of buying books that have positive WRITTEN reviews. This is the second book in as many weeks in which I am the first Audible listener to give it a review. It is not a mistake I will make for a THIRD time.
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