Monday Mini ~ Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott

MondayMini3Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review.

Do you ever get a hankering for a specific narrator? You aren’t as concerned with what is being read so much as that this narrator is doing the reading? That is how, when I had an Audible credit growing stale in my account, I came to pick Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy. It was really good fortune. I’d wanted to read that book and it was waiting for me just before Christmas when I was missing Karen White and her narration.

Cover of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, SpyLiar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott
Publisher ~ Pub Date ~ X pages
Harper Audio ~ Karen White ~ 15 hour 14 minutes

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy is the true story of four strong, opinionated, and dedicated women during the Civil War. Two supported the Confederate cause. Two supported the Union. Emma Edmonds and Elizabeth Van Lew lived very different lives and used the means and spirit they had at their disposal to aid the Union army. Belle Boyd and Rose Greenhow may have been separated by 30 years of age, but they were both Southern belles who would go to great lengths to support the Rebels they loved. Each woman’s story was fascinating from start to finish. I’ve read many books, mainly novels, set during this time period. This book was altogether something new, showing the impact women had on the outcome of battles and the future of what is again our nation. I’m thankful for the fact that I’m partial to certain narrators. Without that, I might still be missing out on this book.

I wanted some Karen White, and I got Karen White at her very best. She did a masterful job bringing these bold, patriotic women to life. This was my first experience with her narrating non-fiction and I found her technique equally engaging. The spark in her reading let me know that she found this book just as intriguing as I did. Fiction is my passion, but listening to Karen makes me realize just how perfect the audiobook medium is for me to enjoy non-fiction as well.

Both of these lovely Karens will be participating in the Virginia Festival of the Book in March. I am looking forward to seeing them both at the event in Charlottesville so I can thank in person for this interesting and educational experience.


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    • At 2015.02.02 08:30, Karen White said:

      Thank you, Jen for such a lovely review! Writers like Karen (who goes by “Abbott” actually) make my job easy. I WAS intrigued with the stories of these wild women. Women that I never learned about in my history classes growing up in VA and NC.
      Looking forward to seeing you in March!

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      • At 2015.02.02 08:52, Leah @ Books Speak Volumes said:

        This sounds like a great book to try on audio!

        • At 2015.02.02 10:31, Mysterious Bibliophile said:

          This sounds fascinating. I’m adding it to my list as we speak. 🙂

          • At 2015.02.02 11:22, SuziQoregon said:

            Oh this sounds good! Putting it on my audible wishlist!! Thanks.

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            • At 2015.02.02 15:04, Holly said:

              This sounds so good! Thank you for posting. I totally understand that narrator-craving and Karen White is awesome.

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                • At 2015.02.02 21:16, Michelle said:

                  I wanted to read this but now you are making me think I should listen to it instead. I have some Audible credits after all.

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