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What did you like best about Plague Land? What did you like least?
I liked the twists and turns, but the tone of the narrator, while good as a young man coming of age, was still a tad whiny. But I stuck with it and enjoyed it.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Ewan Goddard?
Someone with a less whiny tone. Sorry.
Did Plague Land inspire you to do anything?
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I thought this book was aimed at the young adult market. I found it rather unsophisticated, however I may have been influenced by the narrator, who sounds about 16 and I suppose that's appropriate because the protagonist is a somewhat innocent teenager who had spent most of his life in training at a monastery which explains his naivety but not his free-thinking attitude. When his father and two older brothers die from the Black Death he is sent back with his friend, a priest, to take over management of the family estate where his mean-spirited sister and spiteful mother live.
The characters are reasonably well drawn, but I did not feel I was dropped into Medieval England as I had hoped. I had trouble with the transparently stupid self-confessed errors the main character makes because he fails utterly to understand the social environment he lives in and this struck a major discord. The disparity whereby our young protagonist has very modern beliefs and expectations would not happen in an unsophisticated world where the Church holds a superstitious and fearful populace in a tight grip.
Having said all that, the story itself is adequately convoluted with an excellent twist at the end which I didn't see coming and so the book ends well but its a shame that what went before held little veracity.
I have to compliment the narrator's different accents and voices, I can't even imagine a Cornish-French mix but he managed it very convincingly, not to mention female and older voices.
I won't be listening to this story again, I won't be looking for another book by S D Sykes, and I would think twice about listening to an adult book narrated by Ewan Goddard.