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Aggie's father, who was a mean and vulgar man, set out to find her a husband. He was not going to live long because he had a lung disease. Her father was Chief of the clan and he did not think she could fill that duty. Aggie had been beaten by him many times. She had learned to keep her mouth shut and not speak or she would get another thrashing. Frederick had gone to the Kirk to ask God to give him a wife. He had watched Rowan with his wife and decided that is what he needed. When Aggie and her father arrived at Rowan's Keep, Frederick saw her father hit her and treat her mean. His heartstrings pulled at the sight of the lass.
This book came alive with the great talent of Brad Wills as narrator and the great storytelling of Suzan Tisdale. It will pull every emotion out of you. Laughter, anger, tears and you will tense with muscles pulled tight.
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If you could sum up Frederick's Queen in three words, what would they be?
Heartbreaking, powerful, stunning.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Aggie was my favorite character. She was incredibly strong, somewhat naive but quite persistent. Few would live through all she'd encountered, yet she never gave up.
What does Brad Wills bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The book was terrific on its own, and I really liked the story when I read it but Brad Wills' narration just added so much depth and emotion to it that it almost became a whole different story to me. He is my favorite narrator by far, and I thought I knew what to expect from him in this story, but even still I was quite surprised. He put so much more emotion in this book than others he's narrated. There were times I just had to stop listening for a bit and think about it. I thought I'd already heard the full range of his talent, but I was wrong!!
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I did!! There were times where I laughed out loud, particularly when Aggie told Frederick just what she'd do to him if he walked out the door instead of staying to talk to her!!! There were more times, however, where I felt myself emotionally curling up like a leaf. Parts of the story were just so hard to hear, Those parts were quite necessary to the story, but I have to say this is one book that will not leave the listener unaffected.
Any additional comments?
Ms. Tisdale is known for creating powerful characters in her books, and this one was no exception. I'd say Frederick's Queen sparks quite a bit more reaction, however. It's easy to feel sympathetic toward her good characters and REALLY despise the evil ones!! I was ready for Mermadek to get his just reward from the very beginning of the story!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about Frederick's Queen?
I expected an easy listen, not a recovery story from abuse. Also it was very repetitive and a lot of needless death and suffering.
What will your next listen be?
Probably Book four of the Roxton Saga. I decided to skip book three, because I do not think I would like it.
Did Brad Wills do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?
I had no trouble knowing the difference between the characters, but was not overly fond of the way he did the boy.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
It was easy to follow, scenes you where waiting for did come and were not skimmed over.
Any additional comments?
I did listen to the whole, but can not really say why.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
This was a great listen. Enjoyed all 17hrs of it. Characters were strong and story great. My only complaint is that it was not a little longer so that it covered the meeting of Aggies real father.
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