Narrator: Richard Mann
Publisher: Laurel A. Rockefeller (2014)
Length: 1 hour 9 minutes
Series: Book 2 The Legendary Women of World History
Note: Even though this is Book 2 in the series, it works just fine as a stand alone.
Princess Catherine was daughter to France’s King Charles VI, who suffered from mental illness. During her lifetime, she knew the hardships of France’s civil war and England’s King Henry V’s repeated warring in France. Married off to King Henry, peace between the two countries lasted briefly. After King Henry V’s death, Catherine married a Welsh man, Owen Tudor.
Before giving this book a listen, I knew very little about Queen Catherine. This is a great way to get introduced to this historical figure. The author uses touches of drama here and there to bring this bit of history to life. Since this book is only 69 minutes long, only the highlights of Queen Catherine’s life are covered. However, it is apparent from the beginning that Catherine comes from a line of women known to speak their minds, whether they are speaking to a man or a woman, a peasant or royalty.
This book is classified as creative non-fiction by the author, a classification or genre that is new to me. With that said, the book reads like a historical fiction and is not dry like many straight histories are are. If folks are a bit intimidated by histories or historical fiction, this series of books is a great place to get started.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks!
The Narration: Once again, Richard Mann has a very nice voice to listen to. He even gives a little singing here and there as the book requires. He has distinct voices for all the characters, and a good range for the male voices. His female voices could use a touch more femininity.
What I Liked: A bit of history I was ignorant about; great overview for the beginner; the touches of drama were not overdone.
What I Disliked: Nothing – I truly enjoyed this one.
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