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Narrator a bit of a let down compared to usual

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-05-19

Narration by Jeff Woodman is somewhat disappointing after the high standard I had got used to on the main series narrated by Davina Porter.
Specifically while he can read beautifully in an posh english accent, he simply cannot do any regional accents at all. In the book - there are Scottish, Irish, Cockney charactars which after Davina's excellent rendition I was expecting to be done in appropriate accents - not so! - I think the Scottish sounds vaguely Irish, but anything working class, northern or even cornish - just sounds odd. I really do think someone should have given him the feedback on this before these were published.

The Tudor Mystery Trials Box Set: The Tudor Heresy, A Queen's Spy and A Queen's Traitor - Medieval Historical Fiction cover art
  • The Tudor Mystery Trials Box Set: The Tudor Heresy, A Queen's Spy and A Queen's Traitor - Medieval Historical Fiction
  • By: Sam Burnell
  • Narrated by: Alex Lancer

Story interesting. Narration irritating at times.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-19

This story is interesting, although sometimes it jumps ahead to a scene and then fills in the context afterwards which can be a little disconcerting until you get used to it. I have not got to the end of it yet - but probably will - although the narration is bothering me enough to want to review mainly on that. My apologies to the author.
The Narrator has a slightly odd accent and rather old fashioned BBC type english which does grate a bit. As the story unfolds it becomes more obvious that the reader does not have knowledge of english history or names, and has not done his research to make up for this. For example marzipan is pronounced march-pain, which seemed strange. Names especially are wrong. We tend to say the name Northumberland as Northunberlund in this reading (and after a while annoyingly) it is pronounced Northumberlaaand. Thomas Seymour becomes Saymore, Hazeldene becomes Hazzledine etc etc
So it's a good story - somewhat spoilt by the narration. I looked up the narrator on linked in, his degree is from a Chicago business owned private Slovenian University, his profile says he is exploring narrating sci-fi, I think he should keep to this and avoid historical texts where this is background knowledge required to get pronunciation right.

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Exelent

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

Reviewed: 17-01-16

A fascinating story that mixes traditional fairy tails and where their heros started. At the school for good and evil two girls with controversial personalities that come from beyond the woods try to remain friends whilst being in different schools.

Great Story but not the right narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes- epic

How could the performance have been better?

The guy who narrates is too old to be narrating this. He uses a 'winston churchill ' take-off type voice for too many of the Knights.
Some of the stuff done with scottish and yorkshire accents is better. It would have been better to read it without the accented voices.

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

great saga

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