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Valuable, educational, haunting, but . . .

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-20

I noticed a couple of factual inaccuracies. I double checked and was correct. I put this down to mis-memory and things getting muddled after so many years, but expect the author or editor to correct these things. Now not so sure about reading the next book.

Tedious

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-19

Really expected to enjoy this one, but half way through I was bored, it had not grabbed my attention and was a chore. Returned.

Was almost brilliant

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-19

If the ends had been tied together, if we understood the story, this would have been brilliant. But we were left not knowing which threads were lies and which were not. We don't know how it ended. I was soooooo looking forward to the conclusion because it seemed brilliant. But a bunch of possibilities, red herrings, and we have no idea. Which means rather than being brilliant, it's disappointing and sloppy.

Uncomfortable listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-19

Uncomfortable. Harrowing. Haunting. The themes, the prose, the victims. Will remain in the memory a long time.

Awful

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-19

Found this incredibly boring. I think I deserve an award for finishing. Tedious and detailed description of battle after battle, skirmish after skirmish. There are a few twists which will clearly be resolved in other books and n the series but anyone with any awareness of the War of the Roses would be easily able to see the outcome now. Nothing redeeming. Actually, narrator was fine.

I've grown up?

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-19

Have always been a historical fiction fan. Loved Barbara Erskine 30 years ago, totally struggled with re-reading Lady of Hay, this and another book. Gave up just under half way. Didn't connect with characters or story. :(

Huge improvement on The Prodigal Daughter

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-19

Same narrator but she's learnt how to say the President's name. Wasn't sure I could face this with the grating mispronunciation.

So many twists.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-07-18

Brilliant. Grabbed me from the start. I was slowly coming to feel the first twist coming but when it hit (? ch17?) I actually had to go back to the beginning to start again, with that context! Will be looking for more from this team.

Will certainly be reading the next book.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Good story. A few obvious holes but overall holds up. Narrator good - except for Australian accents, which is a problem in a book with so many Australian characters.

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Rambling disappointment

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-18

Told from the perspective of an old woman, locked in a mental asylum fore decades, with memory issues and deliberate evasiveness, and a psychiatrist working with her and going through sparse, willfully misleading official reports. It was rambling and there were so many gaps (obviously a style appropriate for our sources) that I kept feeling I'd missed things and having to go back HOURS and then discover I hadn't missed anything.

There was a twist which was obvious from the first moments the groundwork was laid. I got to the end and felt let down by the whole thing, and still feel somewhat lost and perplexed.

The book seemed to go for ever, while going absolutely nowhere.

Narrator was fine, except that I couldn't tell which person he was speaking, again requiring me to go back a lot.

Finally, the Audible chapters do not align in any way with the book's chapters which is sloppy and frustrating.