British writer-comedian-actor David Mitchell regales listeners with his irreverent, sometimes profane, history of the English monarchs. Beginning with Arthur (he didn't really exist, according to our intrepid historian) and ending with Elizabeth I, Mitchell performs with energy and wry comedic timing. He holds all the monarchs in disdain, telling the most intimate and grisly specifics of their royal lives with particular relish. He spares none, exposing both their barbaric cruelty and their incompetence. He scoffs at modern attempts to rehabilitate Richard III's reputation. His voice is a bit gravelly, and his pace is brisk, requiring attentive listening so as not to miss important historical details. Let's hope that Part II, from James I to Charles III, is coming soon. S.G. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2023]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2023
DD ISBN 9780593826768 $22.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2023
DD ISBN 9780593826775 $95.00
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