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I was delighted to find 'Katherine' by Anya Seton on Audible after it being recommended to me so often by my mum, for whom Anya Seton is one of her favourite authors. I promptly downloaded it as my trial membership, the 24+ hours of listening would keep me occupied for a month or so, I thought. How wrong I was! I listened long into the night when I should have been sleeping and consequently got through the book in just over a week. That's how enjoyable I found the book!
It is beautifully read by Diana Bishop, who does a wonderful job with characters and accents, and little smatterings of French and Spanish here and there. It isn't until you hear a truly terrible narrator that you can really appreciate just how well some narrators do. I appreciated Diana Bishop all the more after listening to some samples in preparing my 'wish list' for when my full Audible membership commenced.
The tale itself is based on the real Katherine Swynford and the Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of our Royal Family, and the love story between them. Anya Seton researchers the time well for historical accuracy and it really was a pleasure to listen to, so much so that I can see myself listening to it repeatedly, but at a slower pace next time in order that I can savour it!
If you enjoy Historical Fiction/Historical Romance, and the works of Jean Plaidy et al, then I think you will enjoy this book and I heartily recommend it.
I would love to see more unabridged works of Anya Seton on here please Audible, hopefully read by Diana Bishop again or another equally talented British voice!
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It was with great pleasure that I spotted "Katherine" in New Releases. I first read this book as a teenager and have re-read it many times since - I even took a copy of it with me on my honeymoon. If you like Sharon Penman and Philipa Gregory you will love this. The narrator is excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting yet another old friend courtesy of Audible.
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Would you try another book written by Anya Seton or narrated by Diana Bishop?
Yes and Yes! I have always loved Anya Seton's books, having read my first one, 'Katherine' 60 years ago, and many times since. It has been a real thrill to be able to have it read to me each night before falling asleep. Diana Bishop did a magnificent job of narrating it, and she kept my interest all the way through it.
I would love to have Anya Seton's "The Winthrop Woman" on Audible, which I also loved and read many times as a young woman.
Has Katherine put you off other books in this genre?
No, definitely not! Just the opposite!
Would you be willing to try another one of Diana Bishop’s performances?
Very much so!
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Katherine?
Not one single word!
Any additional comments?
Looking forward to listening to my second book
"Pillars of the Earth" which I am currently
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