Book 1 in the Bohemian Gospel series
Author Dana Chamblee Carpenter
Narrated by Justine Eyre
Publication date Jun 14, 2017
Running time 14 hrs
I had not heard of Bohemian Gospel before I selected it from the Book of the Month club. It sat on my desk for about two weeks before I picked it up. I began reading morning a blizzard struck and had finished it by the evening. Even without the blizzard I would have finished it quickly because it kept me engaged and curious.
I can only imagine the amount of research the author conducted on the time period and the very complicated politics in addition to the Church history. I am not an expert in any of those areas but I can tell you without a doubt she created a very real atmosphere. The places and characters who inhabited them seemed very real. Mouse, the main character, was a very unusual female for the time period. Her backstory explains how she came to be better educated than most women at the time. It is not her education that struck me as much as her spirit. She was trying to live a life of her own choosing, and while it did not always work out, she still continued to try.
When I had the opportunity to revisit the book by listening to the audiobook, thanks to the generosity of Tantor Media, I happily journey to medieval Bohemia once again. Listening to Justine Eyre perform it was wonderful. She has such a wonderful voice. She is also so versatile with voices for male and female characters. I really enjoyed hearing the words like Podlazice and Vaclac pronounced correctly. When I read the book, my mind stumbled over the Bohemian words. Ms. Eyre does such a fine job of clearly enunciating every word.
Although I have read a lot of historical fiction from this time period, I had not read any from this geographic area. It was all new and very enjoyable. I would recommend Bohemian Gospel to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.