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If you could sum up The Daughter of Time in three words, what would they be?
This is the classic armchair mystery. The primary sleuth, Inspector Grant, is in hospital and looking for something to keep himself amused. In desperation, he turns to historical mysteries and becomes fascinated with the story of Richard III and the Princes in the Tower. Since he can't do his own research, he relies on a young American researcher to do his investigating for him. What could be a story of boring, second-hand historical research is, in fact, quite interesting to anyone who has studied history in school and has wondered how "they" decided what was historically correct. It makes one ask - does what is written in the history books actually make any sense when considering human nature?
What does Derek Jacobi bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?
The narrator, Derek Jacobi, is a joy to listen to. He uses subtle differences in accent and tone that make it easy to distinguish the "voices" of the characters, which makes it much more interesting for the listener.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
In 1990, the Crime Writers Association declared this the best detective novel ever. This may be true, it is one of my favorite ever, and Derek Jacobi's performance is amazing.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
In her last novel published in 1951 Josephine Tey used a story involving her detective character Inspector Alan Grant to present her detailed research into Richard III and the murder of the Princes in the Tower. I first read this in the 70's and it made me realise that what we are told about people and events in history should not always be taken as the truth. With the possible discovery of King Richard's skeleton, I felt it was time to revisit this story through this excellent reading by Derek Jacobi. Truth is the Daughter of Time, as Josephine Tey's compelling narrative allows her readers to discover.
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What made the experience of listening to The Daughter of Time the most enjoyable?
I first read this as a real paper and print book many years ago, and was fascinated by the mixture of fact, supposition and fiction, which is presented as a detective story. At the time I was swayed to a considerable degree of sympathy with King Richard. With the recent discovery of his remains and popular adaptations of other authors which present a complex picture of the man, this book is very topical. If you enjoy a good detective story, history and excellent writing, this is a great listen as well as a great read.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Daughter of Time?
I rarely read a book twice, but this is my third time round for Josephine Tey's Daughter of Time. It has levels of interest which reveal each time.
What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?
Fact, Fiction, Supposition, all parts of a good detective novel, presented without the guns and chases.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
What could Derek Jacobi do wrong?
Any additional comments?
I would highly recommend this book whether you listen on the train or by the pool.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
As a fan of Richard III, I was intrigued by this take on an old tale. Derek Jacobi is an awesome narrator and I would probably have chosen this book for him alone but The Daughter of Time was recommended by another reader and I wasn't disappointed. However, I still think Margaret Beaufort was The likeliest candidate for the murders of the princes in the tower. It's nice that some are willing to look past the history books and Tudor propaganda.
Would you try another book written by Josephine Tey or narrated by Derek Jacobi?
I enjoyed the narration by Derek, but the story had way too many facts rather than fiction, i think i was expecting time travel to be involved and it wasn't that type of story at all.
What will your next listen be?
Which scene did you most enjoy?
All much of a muchness, main character, policeman, lying in bed with an injury, delving into the history of Richard the third through history books and with the help of a younger man who is doing research for him.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Daughter of Time?
I kept on with it as some of it was interesting as far as history goes but found it overall boring. I prefer to read a good fictional story that includes real history throughout, this was just one step above a history book, yawn.
Any additional comments?
Would probably be an interesting read for history students on Richard third and that time, a bit better than reading an actual history book!