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James

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  • Birthright

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (304)

    On a hot July afternoon, a worker at an Antietam Creek construction site drives the blade of his backhoe into a layer of soil - and strikes a 5,000-year-old human skull. The discovery draws plenty of attention and a lot of controversy. It also changes the life of one woman in ways she never expected.

    Krista says: "Nora must be mad"
    "Not so good, Nora."
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is an intreguing premise that falls flat. The story has holes which defy logic and the reader was very bad as well. The only other I had read was Witness, which was much better. I was expecting much more. Lots of sex scenes, which also really don't help.


    Has Birthright turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Maggie Mash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Many are familiar with the story of the much-married King Henry VIII of England and the celebrated reign of his daughter, Elizabeth I. But it is often forgotten that the life of the first Tudor queen, Elizabeth of York, Henry's mother and Elizabeth's grandmother, spanned one of England' s most dramatic and perilous periods. Now New York Times best-selling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir presents the first modern biography of this extraordinary woman.

    James says: "I am so sorry about this one ......"
    "I am so sorry about this one ......"
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    What would have made Elizabeth of York better?

    A better narrator. A better storyteller.


    What was most disappointing about Alison Weir’s story?

    Alison manages to make an exciting period of history dreadfully boring. She quotes passages from the old historians, More, Polydor Virgil and many others, but is unable to construct a story from it. She could write a history book, but cannot write a story that makes your feel as though you are there or care. Margaret George Autobiograohy of Henry VIII ot Pool's E. Rex.. Tudor England's Young King. These are stories well told of the Tudor period. Elizabeth of York by Weir is painful! is painful.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Maggie Mash?

    Who made this narrator change her voice into a medieval zombie for every quote. Disasterous.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Selfish Gene

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1922)
    Performance
    (1470)
    Story
    (1450)

    Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

    J. D. May says: "Better than print!"
    "Too dated"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I didn't realize the book was decades old. Even the update is the 80's. A lot has changed in this field.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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