Hearing David Thorpe narrate this mystery set in the sixteenth century is akin to seeing a play being performed by an entire ensemble. Lord Westerfield's Men is the name of the troupe of performers at the Queen's Head Theatre. Listeners will appreciate hearing the actors' witty yet literate arguments and sharing their personal lives. The two subplots are equally well rendered: The actors rescue Welsh beggars--counterfeit cranks--who have been sent to a workhouse and soft-spoken Edmund Hoode, the troupe's playwright, is stricken with a mysterious illness that prevents him from finishing the troupe's next play. In addition to Thorpe's superlative storytelling and accents, his presentation of Laurence Firethorn is superb. Also, Nicholas Bracewell, the book holder (prompter), has a gentle voice that belies his steely determination. Thorpe's portrayals of all the characters create an unforgettable listening experience. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2018]
Trade Ed. ISIS Audio Books 2018
CD ISBN 9781407966946 $84.95 Nine CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4079-6695-3 $84.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN $31.08
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