Featuring royal residences and aristocratic splendors such as Blenheim Palace and Highclere Castle - the setting for Downton Abbey - this wonderful publication delves into the history of some of Britain's most famous historic houses. Secrets of the Manor House provides a fascinating insight into life at these splendid properties down the centuries and profiles the celebrated personalities who have left their mark on these architectural masterpieces.
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Great short overview and introduction to British Royal estates
- Mary Karowski
Excellent overview of UK manor houses
Yes, I have listened to other of her audio books. She always delivers an excellent reading or dramatization. This one is equally good as far as her narration goes.
4 1/2 stars
This is a lovely little book to listen to. The first three quarters of it provides a great deal of detail about a number of English manor houses, including the builders, owners, architects, landscape designers, connections to various members of the royal family. So many details that even though I've listened to this once, I think it deserves another listen or two in order to organize all the facts in my mind. I will likely sit at the computer on those next listens so that I can Google images of those houses. Having the ebook version before you while listening to the audio book, or as I said, using Google images, would be helpful. Everything else about this book is first rate. The last quarter of the book is primarily a listing of additional manor houses around the UK. This section only provides a few sentences about each estate, but by presenting them, making you aware of them, allows you to do further research on your own.
The narration of this book is clean and clear and makes listening easy. Ms. Fraser has a lovely voice with excellent diction and delivery. I do wonder about a few pronunciations, but given that I've spent my entire life in the US and this book uses a British-sounding narrator, I could very likely be wrong about that. The division of an ocean does make for distinct language and pronunciation differences.
If you're looking for a nice overview of English manor houses, this book will likely satisfy your need. I hope I get the chance to return to England some day and make use of what I've learned from this book.
I received this book as a gift from the narrator. Her generosity had no influence on my opinion of the audio book.