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I have a long standing mental image of Elizabeth I that the narrator, Katherine Kellgren, tore to shreds. Those of you who have listened to the Her Royal Spyness series will be familiar with Ms. Kellgren. She is great for that series (though wearing after a couple of volumes) which is campy and light. Unfortunately, her reading style doesn't translate well to Tudor England. Her overwrought narration often overwhelms the story. When a Elizabeth shouts, she shouts so loudly I jumped. I have trouble keeping the volume at a consistent level.
I selected the book because it takes place at almost the same time and involves many of the same characters as a book I had just finished (To Shield the Queen by Fiona Buckley) and I was interested in comparing the stories. To Shield a Queen is a lighter story but a much better listening experience.
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Awful. The narration is muddy. The story and characters are absurd. Elizabeth I must be whirling in her grave at the way she is portrayed. Sometimes it is a matter of taste. I've bought a couple of historical mysteries from Audible and had to force myself to listen to the whole thing. Maybe I didn't like the narrator or the story had a few holes (like Swiss cheese!) but I did get to the end. I could only make it through the first hour and a half of this book. That should be long enough to flesh out at least a little of the story but not this time.
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