Summary

The Handfasted Wife is the story of the Norman Conquest from the perspective of Edith (Elditha) Swanneck, Harold's common-law wife. She is set aside for a political marriage when Harold becomes king in 1066. Determined to protect her children's destinies and control her economic future, she is taken to William's camp when her estate is sacked on the eve of the Battle of Hastings. She later identifies Harold's body on the battlefield, and her youngest son becomes a Norman hostage.
This is an adventure story of love, loss, survival, and reconciliation.
©2013 Carol McGrath (P)2015 Tantor
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"Moving, and vastly informative, a real page-turner of a historical novel." (Fay Weldon)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. J. Slade on 05-10-15

Abandoned Audio to read on Kindle

Any additional comments?

I bought this book for Kindle and Audible, but I abandoned the audio version before the end of the prologue. The narrator's voice was monotonous and without any feeling for the content. I rely on audiobooks for company while I do routine jobs, but I'll read the rest of this one on Kindle. I can't comment on the story or give a meaningful overall review yet, but I wouldn't advise any reader sensitive to vocal performance to buy this audiobook.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Glitzy Goose on 20-06-15

Spoilt by narration

I enjoyed this authentic story based on the life of Elditha, Edith Swan Neck, and would like to read the second book in this series. However, I shall be purchasing the book to read myself. I'm afraid that for me this audio book was ruined by the narration. Perfect though the enunciation was, the reading lacked any expression - at times it sounded like the recitation of a shopping list. The attempts at regional accents were ridiculous. I found this so irritating at times that I almost abandoned the book!

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4 out of 5 stars
By LLH on 02-10-15

Review more on performance

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, the book Subject was very interesting. But the reader was terrible. Inflections were very odd. I don't know who speaks thatway. You never knew when a sentence ended. Very difficult to enjoy the book I'm going to put it on my kindle and read it myself!

What didn’t you like about Heather Wilds’s performance?

Terrible

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

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4 out of 5 stars
By Native NYer on 02-05-16

Comment on Audible Availability

Sorry to find that at this time (May 2016) the remaining two books of this trilogy are not on audible.

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