The Heir

The Heir

Audiobook CD - 2007
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At the age of thirty-three, Edward Deravenel, having survived harrowing years of betrayal, threats from ruthless enemies, countless lovers, and a war that ravaged his country, is finally king of his company. It's 1918, an influenza pandemic is sweeping the country, and Edward has a family and a business to protect. He must thread his way between his loyal brother, Richard, and his treacherous middle brother, George, an alcoholic bent on self-destruction . . . but not before he tries to ruin Edward and his good name. Meanwhile, the wrath of his ever-jealous wife, Elizabeth, is reaching a boiling point as suspicions about Edward's relationships with other women arise.

Politics of inheritance are intense, and different family factions vie for honor over the years. An heir is needed to keep the Deravenel name alive, but tragedy and death remain obstacles at every turn. The choices include a loyal caretaker, a jealous rumormonger, a charming young woman, a sickly boy, and the scion of the family Edward ousted from power years before.

Barbara Taylor Bradford triumphs once again with a novel about passion, treachery, marriage, and family, and the compromises we're forced to make for power and love.

Publisher: New York : Audio Renaissance, p2007.
ISBN: 9781427202444
Branch Call Number: CD F Brad
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (6 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Lee, John


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tearose Jun 20, 2009

The best thing about this story, is that it can be used as an example of how not to write a book. The narrative is choppy and characters are poorly developed. Even the narrator seems bored in the reading, and he gives a mechanical delivery. It is unimaginative and unoriginal. Phrases are overused, such as "he murmered", "she murmered". And what's with the royal family rip off? Harry's Catholic wife Catherine gives birth to a daughter then refuses a divorce.....Harry takes up with Anne who gives him a red haired daughter (Elizabeth no less)...Harry is off with Jane when Anne dies......Jane does give birth to (who else but) Edward, of course. You know the rest.......


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