I can’t be the only one who bailed on this behemoth? I read masses of historical fiction, but this…..
First, It does not move at the clip of Downton Abbey or Gosford Park. Second, the tedium of all the treachery made me throw this back about 9 or so hours into the audio version. (I also kept imagining Downton’s Lady Rosamund Painswck –Samatha Bond–when Lady Bucklemybits –or whatever her name was–spoke). I had little, if any, sympathy for any character. Just back stab after betrayal after two-faced-phony-witchy-action. It was like having Mr. Green in every episode of Downton. I wished for someone as nice as O’Brien was with the soap.
As other reviewers have pointed out this is written to be turned into a t.v. script (imagine that!). Even with the costumes, even with Dame Maggie as Lady BuckleUp, even with Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston AND Jeremy Irons, this would still be a a bore.
I’ve given it three stars because I simply cannot pan Julian Fellows any more than that. This tone of story is just not my thing. I don’t expect Pollyanna, but every scene having a do-badder just isn’t my cup of Earl Grey. And nary a clever quip with any of it. And, in case you weren’t aware, the Cubitt’s are family from which sprang Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (aka Mrs. Parker-Bowles).
Belgravia by Sir Julian Kitchener-Fellowes