Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America 2004
CS ISBN 0754084787 $127.95 Eighteen cassettes
CD ISBN 0754094898 $129.95 Eighteen CDs
This book is imposing in many ways but is worth every minute. The journey through this period of British history is long, over 20 hours, and thorough, almost a year-by-year account. Narrator Stephen Thorne reads expertly. His phrasing, crystal-clear diction, and magisterial tone bring this vivid book alive, making it crackle with intrigue, war, and royal power struggles. While Thorne does not dramatize any of the characters, the author's words are robust enough that he need only concentrate on making the events clear, dramatic, and surprising--and he succeeds magnificently. History of this caliber comes along rarely. Readers should jump at the chance to indulge themselves. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE/JULY 05]
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