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  • Katherine

  • The classic historical romance
  • By: Anya Seton
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

Katherine comes to the court of Edward III at the age of 15. The naïve convent-educated orphan of a penniless knight is dazzled by the jousts and the entertainments of court. Nevertheless, Katherine is beautiful, and she turns the head of the King's favourite son John of Gaunt. But he is married, and she is soon to be betrothed. A few years later their paths cross again and this time their passion for each other cannot be denied or suppressed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please give us more Anya Seton!

  • By C on 07-09-12

Superb rendering of a much-loved historical novel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-14

What made the experience of listening to Katherine the most enjoyable?

Katherine is a moving and powerful evocation of the turbulent 14th century in England. Hearing it spoken by an accomplished reader made it all live vividly in my mind and I realised afresh what an engaging writer Seton was.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Katherine herself. A recent biography has indicated how little is really known about her. Seton did a brilliant job of bringing her vulnerability and charm to life, as well as highlighting her moral conflict, making of her a thoroughly sympathetic character.

What about Diana Bishop’s performance did you like?

This was an intelligent, measured reading that let the drama unfold without being obtrusive, plus subtle shifts in her voice to indicate the different characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The sections that deal with the devastation of the Black Death are fraught with tragedy but it is the personal sorrows that gripped me most: Katherine's loss of her daughter Blanchette; her troubled relationship with Hugh, her social isolation, her eventual rehabilitation are all movingly depicted.

Any additional comments?

John of Gaunt, as sympathetically delineated here, is easily one of the most attractive heroes ever!

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