Sharon Kay Penman – When Christ and His Saints Slept

In When Christ and His Saints Slept, the first of a trilogy that will tell the story of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, master storyteller and historian Sharon Kay Penman illuminates one of the less known but fascinating periods of English history. It begins with the death of King Henry I, son of William the Conqueror and father of Maude, his only living legitimate offspring.

Contains mature themes.

Author: Sharon Kay Penman
Narrator: Anne Flosnik
Duration: 36 hours 36 minutes
Released: 19 Dec 2002
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Language: English

User Review:

well secluded

I read this book hungrily back in 1995 or so after zooming through the Here Be Dragons series. Thank you, thank you whoever finally decided to record this earlier book by Sharon Kay Penman. I enjoyed it so much. Reading/listening to a well constructed, accurate historical novel is such a pleasure. It is NOT a romance novel. It follows the actual history but with the thoughtful filling in of imagined interpersonal happenings.

At first, I was not sure about Anne Flosnik, but by the end I was sure she had to narrate the rest of the series. Some female narrators are screechy and make a book unlistenable. Not this actor. Her male voices (which I think are hard to pull off by women) are very, very good. Ms. Flosnik won me over and I will now consider listening to a book based on her abilities.

I listened to this book STRAIGHT THROUGH over three days and I am asking that Tantor Media or whichever audio book firm recorded this to please record Time and Chance and Devils Brood, but mostly PLEASE, PLEASE record the Here Be Dragons trilogy. I think anyone who is a Sharon Kay Penman fan yearns for that trilogy more than any of her other books.

Sharon Kay Penman is one of the BEST historical novelists who ever wrote the genre. If SKP’s books were being written now instead of the 1980’s or ’90’s they would all be recorded (like Phillipa Gregory) but SKP’s book are so much more substantial without all the wild imaginings that go on in lesser historical novels. Many use over the top theories or lots of sex to fill the chinks of history or many repeating phrases.

I highly recommend this book to any and all SKP fans. When you start listening, just settle in, you will soon be lost in the story.