Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2013
CD ISBN 9781843796534 $17.98 Two CDs
Benjamin Soames narrates this short history of the British monarchy at an even, measured pace. He effectively uses vocal expression to help keep young listeners focused. Still, this brief work covers a thousand years of history, so most listeners will miss some details. Even those who get lost amid the names and dates will find the flow again when Soames slows down for the meatier moments--a description of drawing and quartering, for instance, or an account of the probable murder of two child princes. Providing more than facts, both Green and Soames convey the personalities of various rulers. A.F. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2013]
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