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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by James W. George. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
This book relates the story of a colony in the New World fifty years after its arrival, and how they related to the people which had to share the land with: the Wampanoag. The new arrivals received a lot of help in the beginning, but later on they became much stronger than the Wampanoag and it seemed impossible to keep their agreements since their ideals and ways were too different.
I was not sure what to expect from a book in which the word puritan was included in the title. As an atheist I am not very interested in stories with a religious background, but I found the subject historically interesting and this is why I decided to listen to this book. First I have to say that the fear I had was unfounded. There was some religion and religious men in this book, but this was inherent to the society of the time, and James W. George did a very good job in depicting 17th century people's ways in the New World. His writing had such beauty that listening to this book was a delight.
It was at first a bit difficult to keep track of all the Indian names but making a quick list saved me some trouble later on. This is one of the things to take into account regarding audiobooks. With written books one can always go some pages back and check but with audiobooks if we are up against many new characters with exotic names at once, I find that lists are a must.
When writing historical fiction I think it is difficult to find a balance between narrating what really happened and making it accessible to the general public. George did a wonderful job by making this subject known to people who did not know much about it like me. His characters were not very developed, but nevertheless it was easy to connect to them, even though I found difficult to understand why they acted like they did. I guess it was a different place and time, and with a much different mentality.
I find this part of American History sad, but it is something that should become well known so that we can learn to avoid making the same mistakes. George has managed to make this history interesting and attractive to the reader. We all know how it went afterwards, but nevertheless I am looking forward to the sequel.
Angus Freathy's style matched perfectly George's style. He did a wonderful job with the narration and the characters' interpretations. I noticed some different voices in some occasions, but most of the time I have to say that the characters sounded the same to me. The book was very well written, so there was no confusion possible, but I just wanted to mention this. There were some little issues like swallowing noises or noticeable breath intakes through the nose, but I was fine with it. Almost towards the end of the book (5:51:01) there is a little hesitancy when pronouncing a word, something that should have been edited, in my opinion. There was also a tiny background noise almost all the time during the recording, but not enough to spoil the narration.
I really enjoyed this piece of history, and I am looking forward to the continuation of the series. If you are interested in history, just do not let it pass because it may seem too religious. It is not, but we have to keep in mind how important religion was at the time.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
If it's a friend who enjoys historical novels, yes. It was informative while being engaging.
What was one of the most memorable moments of My Father's Kingdom?
In the courtroom when Linto was trying to defend his "brothers".
What does Angus Freathy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Let's face it, it's enjoyable to listen to a British accent, and Angus has a very nice resonant voice as well. It was also noted that he wasn't uncomfortable changing his voice for the various characters, and even sang the little songs!
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The very end, of course.
Any additional comments?
This was my first experience at home with audio books. I'm a painter and listened to it while painting. It allowed me to concentrate on my work while having something besides inane television in the back ground. I will listen to more of them.
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