This...was a hard book to listen to. I had to restart it three times just to understand the opening. What made it hard to listen to is that two of the principal characters' names start with H--Hunsdon and Heneage--so unless you are listening carefully it is easy to lose track of which one is talking/is being talked about. Additionally, William Shakespeare is a character, but...it could've been anybody, because because he was not a major player and had very little to do with the story.
Also, the author doesn't let the story unfold, she tells the story. Things that should have come out in the plot are explained by the narrator. I didn't like it.
Overall, this book felt slap-dash. I will say though, in it's defense, that this is probably a decent READING book; but as a LISTENING book, no.