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The Traitor's Wife

A Novel
Lu par : Madeleine Maby
Durée : 16 h et 11 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Historical
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A riveting historical novel about Peggy Shippen Arnold, the cunning wife of Benedict Arnold and mastermind behind America’s most infamous act of treason.…

Everyone knows Benedict Arnold - the Revolutionary War general who betrayed America and fled to the British - as history’s most notorious turncoat. Many know Arnold’s co-conspirator, Major John André, who was apprehended with Arnold’s documents in his boots and hanged at the orders of General George Washington. But few know of the integral third character in the plot: A charming young woman who not only contributed to the betrayal but orchestrated it.

Socialite Peggy Shippen is half Benedict Arnold’s age when she seduces the war hero during his stint as military commander of Philadelphia. Blinded by his young bride’s beauty and wit, Arnold does not realize that she harbors a secret: Loyalty to the British. Nor does he know that she hides a past romance with the handsome British spy John André. Peggy watches as her husband, crippled from battle wounds and in debt from years of service to the colonies, grows ever more disillusioned with his hero, Washington, and the American cause. Together with her former love and her disaffected husband, Peggy hatches the plot to deliver West Point to the British and, in exchange, win fame and fortune for herself and Arnold.

Told from the perspective of Peggy’s maid, whose faith in the new nation inspires her to intervene in her mistress’s affairs even when it could cost her everything, The Traitor’s Wife brings these infamous figures to life, illuminating the sordid details and the love triangle that nearly destroyed the American fight for freedom.

©2014 Allison Pataki (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

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  • Renee
  • 28/01/2015

Is this a bad elementary school play?

This story started out briskly enough, and the subject matter was interesting. I also enjoyed that it was coming from the perspective of the maid, as I expected sort of an an "Upstairs, Downstairs" feel. The first road bumps happened with the introduction of the Shippens. The stilted, uneducated dialogue combined with the cardboard cut out characters brought me back to the days of watching awkward, albeit enthusiastic, grade school dramatizations. I appreciate that the story was well researched, yet have trouble reconciling that with the naive story telling. Nothing had a colonial period feel, except for the extensive detail given to the clothing. Clara as a character was more fully fleshed out than any other, yet the reader is still left to imagine how she leapt from timid subservient, to history changing revolutionary, as there is so little growth in this direction. The audio edition is even worse. I played it at book club, and there were accusations of the voice being a computer auto read feature, as it is so stilted and halting. And the awkward impersonations brought me back, again, to an elementary school auditorium. While fun to brush up on my dusty American History, this historical fiction novel proved very disappointing.

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  • Colleen
  • 30/05/2014

Narration is horrible

What did you love best about The Traitor's Wife?

Very interesting twist on the life of Benedict Arnold.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator did a horrible job of portraying the male characters in the book, her voice was not deep enough, and often failed to convey when man was speaking. Most especially her depiction of Benedict Arnold is purely awful. Why does she portray him as a man with a stutter? She depicts all of his speech as halting, and she actually does this with several of the characters. It is believable that this man was absolutely entranced by his wife, and catered to her every whim, but in real life he was a well respected General in the Revolutionary Army, he commanded the respect of many people before becoming a traitor. He was not a wimpy shrinking violet that this voice of narration makes him out to be.

Any additional comments?

Reading the kindle edition was a 5 star experience, listening to the audible edition was a 2 star experience.

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  • Ses
  • 30/12/2014

Not great literature!

Very 'harlequin romance' writing - built around historical figures and events. I was reading it for my Book Club and so really needed to read all of it - the best moment was when I finished the book.

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  • j. grace
  • 20/06/2016

worth a listen

I bought this book because I love the author's books about SiSi. this one was good too, but I didn't think it was as great as her others.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23/01/2015

Good Histoical Fiction

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The story of Benedict Arnold's decision to betray the Americans and most notably George Washington showing the influence his wife Peggy Shippen, who valued things and status, had on his decision to give his support to the English for money and status. Well written and a fair depiction of the conditions in the colonies.

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  • Gabbyluvhrses
  • 17/02/2020

Excellent

Very interesting, very entertaining! I Loved this book!! Would recommend as great historical fiction novel.

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  • Janice L. Woolfolk
  • 20/10/2019

Excellent

Great story. Brought history to life. Poor little rich girl.
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Excellent back story. Glad Barley got a home.

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  • GravelGertie
  • 08/08/2019

Enough History to Keep Me Listening

A good effort at historical fiction. Phrasing with modern slang was distracting. (Would Benedict Arnold really say, 'Take a load off'?) Enough real History and details to keep me going to the end.

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  • @ntmc
  • 02/03/2019

horrid narrator. returned book.

had to return. could not stand 10 mins of the narrator. I was hoping for an amazing title here but not so much. I'm bummed that I was unable to listen

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  • Rodney & Jennifer C
  • 02/12/2018

awesome

i really enjoyed this book. the narrator was perfect and i lived how the story flowed.