Narrator Justine Eyre brings a porcelain fragility to Patitucci's wonderfully imaginative tale of the Spanish court in Madrid in the 1600s. Based on Velázquez's painting LAS MENINAS, which prominently features the dwarfess Maria-Barbara, the audiobook captures intrigues, superstitious royals, would-be intellectuals, artists, magicians, dwarves, and fools. Eyre's winning performance makes Mari's struggle to survive as a prophet for the queen of Spain engaging and authentic. At a time when dwarves were kept as pets or good-luck charms, it takes all of Mari's wit to fabricate the sorts of prophecies that will elevate the queen's status, among politicians and peasants alike, and insure her own safety. Eyre's skillful descriptions of lush chambers; elegant costumes; devious plots; and an independent, if unusual, heroine make for satisfying listening. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2018]
Trade Ed. Blackstone Audio 2017
CD ISBN 9781470820527 $34.95 Nine CDs
DD ISBN 9781470820541 $19.95
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2017
CD ISBN 9781470820510 $100.00 Nine CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781470820534 $29.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781470820565 multiple sources
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