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I fully wanted to love this book, having just completed the 18th century historical novels in the Outlander series. Legacy takes place in the same time periods, and covers some similar topics, but perhaps through no great fault of it's own, doesn't seem to go into either the Sioux or French 18th century history as much as I'd hoped.
Legacy skims the surface of both of these interesting cultures without spending enough time in either the past or the present to feel as if you've had your fill of either of the main protagonists and their situations. This may be due to my comparison to the 'Outlander' novels by Diana Gabaldon, which at a staggering 48 or so hours each, give detail free reign. Even the 'Lord John' novels, which are for length at least on par with Legacy, contain a great deal more detail and flavor of the period.
In the end, you're left a bit wanting, both for the color of the background environment (so much seems to have been skimmed over after the 18th century heroine arrives in France) and the relationships, both of which were supposed to be the driving force in the book.
Of the audio experience itself, I must say that I've been spoiled by the likes of Loreli King, Davina Porter and James Marsters who bring characters and events to life. The narrator of Legacy has a clear and pleasant speaking voice, but lends no flavor to the personalities or events he is reading. Which is to say, he might as well have been reading the phone book with his precise and pleasant pronunciation.
In the end, what I remember of this book is that I wish it had been more.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Absolutely predictable plot lines. My ears began to bleed as the hapless heroine began to figure out what to do with her life. - The heroine, who according to the author's description was very bright, working on her advanced degree and writing a book on woman's voting issues only appeared to this reader that she hadn't a clue about reality. - I should have been aware that the author only pumps out the same cookie cutter story lines. Only the names get changed.
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