Crown of Aloes

  • by Norah Lofts
  • Narrated by Patience Tomlinson
  • 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Isabella of Spain was a great woman, a great Queen. Crown of Aloes is presented as a personal chronicle.
Within the framework of known fact and detail drawn from hitherto unexploited contemporary Spanish sources, a novelist's imagination and understanding have provided motives, thoughts, and private conversations, helping to build up the fascinating character Isabella must have been.
Her fortunes were varied indeed: she knew acute poverty, faced anxiety and danger with high courage, gave much, suffered much, lived to the full. At the end she was mainly aware of her failures. It was left to others to realise how spectacular her successes had been.

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Really enjoyable listen

If you could sum up Crown of Aloes in three words, what would they be?

A fascinating listen


What was one of the most memorable moments of Crown of Aloes?

Early on in Isabels life where she feels fear for the first time, also Juanna and the parrot.


What does Patience Tomlinson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She has a lovely voice to listen to and doesn't waste time with many accents but does put emphasis where it should be.


Any additional comments?

My one problem with this book was the fact that as historical fiction I expect at the end of the book a section on what was real and what was made up and why the author said such and such, this book had no such section, leaving me with lots of information on Isabel but no idea what of it is true. I found that very disappointing.

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- Countess_Dracul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-11-2013
  • Publisher: Soundings