By Stephanie Ciccarelli
November 19, 2007
Been listening to any audiobooks lately?
Over the next four years, there will be 24,000 audiobooks recorded...
the audiobook market is booming!
Share your favorites and hear about some other great audiobooks from your friends at VOX Daily.
Ever heard of Audible.com?
Earlier this Fall, I signed up for a membership at Audible.com and was granted the first of many opportunities to get an audiobook.
The first audiobook is free, so I chose wisely (don't you love picking out things with gift certificates?), and needless to say, this audio book is a winner and has kept me, someone who more often than not falls asleep listening to audiobooks, captivated.
What's the audio book called?
Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey, a young woman famously known as the 9 days queen of England following the death of Henry VIII's son Edward VI. The author is Alison Weir and the voice cast includes a number of fantastic female voice talent, Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato, and a number of male voice talent.
How did I pick it?
I visited a page on the Audible.com website that listed their top narrators and found the name of a lovely British lady, Davina Porter. After clicking on to see what her credits were, I found an audio book that was very agreeable to my tastes to consider.
The publisher's summary is a helpful tool when picking an audio book that you are unfamiliar with.
This is the summary that caught my eye:
New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir has earned her reputation as the preeminent historian of British royalty. Now with Innocent Traitor, Weir utilizes her vast knowledge and captivating narrative style to craft her first historical novel, choosing Lady Jane Grey, the most sympathetic heroine of Tudor England, as her enthralling subject. The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Jane is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect. Weir's striking novel sweeps readers back through the centuries to witness firsthand one of the most poignant tales from a time of constant scheming and power brokering.
After listening to a sample of her voice reading a passage from the audio book, I was sold... but I still needed to compare.
Using the search functionality on the site, I proceeded to look up other books of interest along the same lines. I'm a sucker for Tudor England, and my search queries, miraculously enough, happened to bring up the same audio book that I had been interested in after listening to the sample audio.
Why I liked it
This audio book had great momentum and also featured more than one narrator. With many distinct voices including Lady Jane Grey, Frances Brandon, Mary Tudor, the Duke of Northumberland, and one other, an earl. There were a variety of voice ages and perspectives that were able to bring intrigue and enjoyment. I'm a fan of history and anything British, particularly "period" pieces. The length of 18 hours and 14 minutes was also attractive.
"Innocent Traitor" was a beautiful story performed by skilled and desirable voice actors.
Particularly engaging was the voice actress who portrayed Lady Jane Grey. For someone who has listened to hundreds of voice over demos, she was exquisite with regard to her interpretation, demeanor, vocal tonality and transitions in voice ages from that of a child to a teenager to a newly established queen. The ensemble cast of "Innocent Traitor" was complementary, captivating and deserving of highest admiration.
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