Library Ed. Books on Tape 2005
CS ISBN 1415920435 $54.00 Five cassettes
CD ISBN 1415920443 $63.00 Six CDs
DD ISBN $20.97
Set in 1600s Spain, this historical novel has it all--a noble but imperfect hero, royalty, treachery, and sword fights, as well as a history lesson. Perez-Reverte weaves a tale that is engaging, exciting, and filled with twists. Scott Brick's reading falls short of the author's skill, however, as he overacts from the start, making descriptions of setting sound as dire and suspenseful as duels and treachery. Brick's narration improves during action scenes and surprise revelations, but he fails during slower moments and historic overviews. His characters all have the same Spanish accent, with the exception of the narrator, but the writing is clear enough to compensate. In spite of the lackluster performance, the novel is thoroughly enjoyable, with a solid plot and great action. H.L.S. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/NOV 05]
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