A Plague on Both Your Houses : Matthew Bartholomew

  • by Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by David Thorpe
  • Series: Matthew Bartholomew
  • 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Matthew Bartholomew, unorthodox but effective physician to Michaelhouse college in medieval Cambridge, is as worried as anyone about the pestilence that is ravaging Europe and seems to be approaching England. But he is distracted by the sudden and inexplicable death of the Master of Michaelhouse - a death the University authorities do not want investigated.
But Matt is determined to get to the truth, leading him into a tangle of lies and intrigue that cause him to question the innocence of his closest friends - and even his family - just as the Black Death finally arrives.
A Plague on Both Your Houses is the book that introduced Matthew Bartholomew to the world.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

If I could give 3.5 I would. Entertaining enough

What three words best describe David Thorpe’s voice?

A little on the irritating side when acting the character voices.


Was A Plague on Both Your Houses worth the listening time?

Yes


Any additional comments?

No Shardlake but good enough

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- Louis Hall

Cardboard characters & a dull whodunnit

I was desperate to finish some weeding in the garden, so persisted longer with this book than I might've otherwise. Had I been driving, I would have slept, so a safety warning here!

Some whodunnits are just plain dull and formulaic. Despite the historical setting, the use of disgusting period detail and the nature of the college rule books at the time, this is one of those. Part of the problem is the cardboard characters. They don't live and this is one of those dreary potboiler books in an endless series. Trouble is, the first book in such a series has to hook the reader to keep them reading. This fails, but at least I won't waste any more dosh on the rest of them!

The narrator does his best and gives a creditable performance of this dismal material.

If you want a truly ripping yarn set in the time of the Black Death and full of excellent characters and atmospheric historical detail, I suggest Connie Willis' novel 'The Doomesday Book'. Dunno whether her stuff is on Audible yet, but it should be!
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- Heather

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-02-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK