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England, 1441: Lady Eleanor Cobham, Duchess of Gloucester, hopes to become Queen of England before her interest in astrology and her husband's ambition leads their enemies to accuse her of a plot against the king. Eleanor is found guilty of sorcery and witchcraft. Rather than have her executed, King Henry VI orders Eleanor to be imprisoned for life.
More than a century after her death, carpenters restoring one of the towers of Beaumaris Castle discover a sealed box hidden under the wooden boards. Thinking they have found treasure, they break the ancient box open, disappointed to find it only contains a book, with hand-sewn pages of yellowed parchment.
Written in a code no one could understand, the mysterious book changed hands many times for more than five centuries, between antiquarian book collectors, until it came to me. After years of frustrating failure to break the code, I discover it is based on a long forgotten medieval dialect and am at last able to decipher the secret diary of Eleanor Cobham.
©2015 Tony Riches (P)2016 Tony Riches
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By Maya on 08-08-16

Interesting story made more compelling by narratio

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It is a fascinating period of English history but can get a little longwinded without the great narration which enlivens it.

What about Stevie Zimmerman’s performance did you like?

She made you care about Eleanor even though she is not always a likeable person. You really get inside her mind.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The same as the book. It's intriguing and historical.

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By Jennifer Olson on 02-08-17

30 minutes in and regretted spending my credit

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I suspect the book is good. Better for readers than listeners

Would you recommend The Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham to your friends? Why or why not?

I think it could be a good reading book.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stevie Zimmerman?

I can't tell if the reading of it by Stevie Zimmerman is what makes it so dull, or if it is because it is a monologue with no other characters at least in the first 30 minutes of the book. She has a very soothing voice, but everything sounded the same.

What character would you cut from The Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham?

Really didn't have other characters other than Eleanor in the beginning. I couldnt make it through the rest.

Any additional comments?

May try to keep going, but will probably find a new book.

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