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When I purchased this book, I didn't expect it to be a good as Rhys Bowen's, Royal Spyness books. I was wrong -- it was better! It isn't the light-hearted fun listen that is expected in the Royal Spyness series.
The characters were believable, engaging and interesting. I felt, as I lived through the history of the period, while listening. Whenever I can vividly picture the characters and the scenery, a book has my full attention. I'm stingy with my 5 star rating. It deserves a solid 4 stars but since it exceeded my expectation, and the narration was excellent, I'm giving it 5 stars.
56 of 58 people found this review helpful
I'm a big fan of the Royal Spyness series. This novel, which may or may not be a stand-alone title, has the same sort of class delineation and intrigue, but in a slightly more serious vein. I enjoyed it, despite its predictability (I anticipated the antagonist from very early on in the story). Bowen's pacing is always fine, the dialogue believable, and the plots intricate enough that you're never bored. The narrator had her hands full with so many characters, and she did a good job of giving each character a distinctive voice, though the upper class accents were a bit over the top, and her tone made the story seem lighter than it would have had I read it.
50 of 53 people found this review helpful
I am sorry to say that although I would have enjoyed the story I have been unable to listen to the narrator's voice. I tried speeding it up a bit but still no good....I shall have to return this book
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No, it takes too long to set the story. Then it plods along.
Would you be willing to try another book from Rhys Bowen? Why or why not?
Yes, but not with this narrator.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Inflection was all over the place. Often placed emphasis on the wrong word(s).
If this book were a film would you go see it?
Any additional comments?
The narrator has a good voice but needs training on pacing and inflection.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
enjoyed story line but not a gripping tale. historically interesting but narrator used too many silly voicex which i found annoying and difficult to listen too.
I always enjoy an old fashioned lord of the manor story and this one is peppered with interesting characters that run close to the reality of the times. But it is fiction, how we would have like it and been inspired by it.