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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
I can't imagine who could enjoy this book. The only thing worse than the performance was the storyline and the UTTER LACK of historical details. Maybe a romance novel enthusiast without much power of discernment would like this book. Oh, and Dave Barry. I was tricked into downloading this book because he reviewed it highly.
What was most disappointing about M. J. Rose’s story?
I tired of hearing the belabored sexual longings of the main character. He appeared to only love the object of his affection because of sex. BORING. This was presented as historical fiction, which would imply the characters were real or that some aspect of the story, aside from the setting, was real. I can sum up the entirety of the true historical part: There used to be vestal virgins who were buried alive for breaking their vows. Wow. It doesn't take much to qualify as historical fiction these days, does it?
What didn’t you like about Phil Gigante’s performance?
He was breathy, too close to the microphone and too rumbly. I came to dislike the main character the more I listened.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
I was so disappointed I spent a month's credit on this dull book. It also made me a little angry that it would be classified as historical fiction when it clearly was NOT based on history. It is a completely made up story, set it in the past. That's it.
Any additional comments?
Try listening to A Winter's Sea instead. I LOVED it, great story, and it was deeply rooted in actual history.
7 of 11 people found this review helpful
This is not a bad fictional story based on true reports. I enjoyed reading it.