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Yes, reminiscent of Name of the Rose, but original in its own right. Literary. Troubling in its unflinching historical accuracy (or at least, highly persuasive) of the time of the Inquisition. Beautifully written and narrated. A brooding psychological thriller. I could not put it down despite some tough spots, but I like to imagine what prior times were like.
Not for readers who want quick and frequent action. If you are squeamish I would recommend the written version instead, as the narrator's brilliant performance heightened every nuance. Well worth the time and credit. Under-valued in my opinion.
This book sounded really interesting when I bought it. I enjoy historic novels, but this is so boring. I kept waiting for it to begin but it is too long winded and it couldn't keep my attention. Too much silly detail. The narrators monotone made me feel irritated. I didn't want to give it one star.
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Really did not like the story or the performance of the narrator. The way the narrator acts out some of the main characters voices is really irritating and unfortunately it takes up a huge part of the book. the idea for the story sounded interesting but took a really long time to get to the point.
I never usually feel like giving up on a book but I found this more like chore and not something that was entertaining. Also I wouldn't say this book is for the faint of heart, expect gruesome and depressing content.