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Painful plodding through the past
This potentially could have worked. No, it would have worked but for the author's reading style.
There are some interesting notions, but the combination of unqualified musings and surging vocal style make the whole thing very painful to listen too. The book itself is probably easier to work with, but I can't help but feel that the whole experience would have been transformed with a reading containing more gravitas than whimsy.
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A real mix with some ghoulish delights.
This is an excellent mix of tales from the past two hundred years with authors from either side of the Atlantic. There are some real classics as well as some not so classic, but on the whole the genre allows true story tellers to excel.
What a journey!
Having listened to all eight books now, I must say a hearty thanks for this experience. Most of the history is accurate, some fanciful but the story works in such a way as to pull you through the cauldron of late 17th century Europe, around the world and back to the beginning of the modern period and the first stirrings of industry.
epic but gripping
I was gripped for much of this but book(s). An epic tale full of delicious historical treats.
Really grips you as it goes on
There is this underlying problem with the actress narrating Eliza, but otherwise this book really gripped me. Fantastic detail, plot and performance for everyone but Eliza.
I enjoyed book one because it had some facts in it. I understand this is supposed to be viewed from the bottom rung of the social ladder, but it didn't seem to be anything more than a modernised version of what might have been. perhaps I am to dry? On to book three, and hopefully the reader will take some time to read the passage before it is recorded....
Part one is good.
I am a History graduate (although now that is long ago) and wanted to get into this series.
Having just finished and re-listened to the Aubrey Maturin series (narrated by Ric Jerom) I would admit that is a very hard act to follow, but wanted to learn more about the Hundred Years war.
Upto Crecy the book is almost exciting, but the performance is terrible. The reader sounds as if he is reading it for the first time, the emphasis is random, sentences disjointed and the only saving grace is his skill with accents. I kept having to think "That is not how I would have read that...".
Then the book drifts into a totally boring love story with the improbable hero mixing in noble society and the war fades into the background for a dozen chapters.
I may finish this, but there is no way I will go near the second one, and that is not entirely the fault of the production.
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A turning point
I read this in a few days- captivating! So many characters for Jerome to handle and he does so admirably!
I was left breathless at the end. The best yet, in terms of performance and story!! What a tale!
Good reading, but I can't get over the author's ra
Even in this short story the author's hatred for foreigners and eugenic approach to humanity distorts the more interesting demonic storyline. Great reading but of Lovecraft I am not a fan.