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I'm a fan of Philippa Gregory but was disappointed in this one. Kate Rawson does a fine job of reading but the story is long and the theme repeats over and over. How many chapters or pages can we endure while the villain does terrible things and the (supposed) heroine is too weak to do anything. How long must we wait while everyone suffers from the wrath of a psychopath while the main character, stands by? After a while it's hard to have sympathy for the heroine. Additionally, there are many many pages where dialogue is simply repeated. Example; Character1 gives a speech to Character2 about "you're screwed now", Character2 responds "what?!" and Character1 repeats the entire long speech again. This is not rare. It happens throughout the book. Too much repetition. Bad enough with the dialogue but worse when the situations are repetitive. Maybe this book would be better if it was shorter. After the main characters get beyond childhood, the whole book keeps repeating the same set of circumstances until I wouldn't have minded if someone killed the heroine to end the book.
Sorry because I'm a huge fan of Philippa Gregory. If you don't like this book, don't let it deter you from listening to her other books. .
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I am a fan of Phillips Gregory but really struggled to finish this book. The main characters are beyond frustrating. Richard is just revolting and Julia just made me want to slap her into sense. I am finding it hard to talk myself into going for book 3.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Kept me listening but seems to be written mainly to provide a narrative for next book. Hoping that's a bit better.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
The story made me cry but I could not stop listening, keen to hear the next turn of events
10 of 11 people found this review helpful