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Meghan

De Beque, CO, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Last Queen: A Novel of Juana La Loca

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By C. W. Gortner
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    One of history's most enigmatic women tells the haunting, passionate story of her tumultuous life. Juana of Castile is just thirteen when she witnesses the fall of Moorish Granada and the uniting of the fractured kingdoms of Spain under her warrior parents, Isabel and Fernando. Intelligent, beautiful, and proud of her heritage, Juana rebels when she is chosen as a bride for the Hapsburg heir.

    Bonnie says: "This is a historical "Novel""
    "Very Dissapointed"
    Overall

    The first half of the story was very interesting and flowed well. By the second half I was wishing her into a dungeon myself! The narrator was WAY too dramatic throughout the story. So much so that at some points it was almost comical. I could harldy finish this book. Don't waste your credits on this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (397)

    Based on seven years of ground-breaking research and hundreds of interviews, I Thought It Was Just Me shines a long-overdue light on an important truth: Our imperfections are what connect us to each other and to our humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses; they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we're all in this together.

    Stacey says: "Good self-help book; not well-suited for audio."
    "Wonderful material"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The material in the book was wonderful and really makes you rethink how you've been viewing yourself and your life. The narrator made it difficult to tell if it was another person's story or the author's first person story because she didn't change her inflection or tone when switching back and forth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Brené Brown
    Overall
    (2221)
    Performance
    (1891)
    Story
    (1883)

    On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

    Elaina says: "Wonderful!"
    "Brene is a wonderful teacher"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've listened to other books by Brene but it was more powerful to hear her go through the training and relate her personal stories. listening to this course will open your heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (2212)
    Performance
    (1155)
    Story
    (1164)

    Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genuis, and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories, they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

    Jean says: "EXCELLENT"
    "Funny and Charming Modern Fairy Tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story line is full of clever details and the characters come alive with the wonderful narration complete with accents. It's my newest addiction and makes me laugh out loud. Who says these are just for kids?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5141)
    Performance
    (4502)
    Story
    (4565)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "A fiiting final book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have loved this series since I downloaded the first book. Gerard Doyle is an extremely talented narrator who brings the characters to life. Once again Paolini did a wonderful job of writing suspencful scenes full of action balanced with parts of the book which further describe the mysterious land of Alegasia. I was very sad for the series to end as I have grown very attached to all of the characters (even the bad guys!). I'm sure that Paolini is ready to write something different and expand his professional skills as a writer, but I hope this is not the last we see of Sophera and Eragon. His writing has been very inspirational to me. I look forward to reading all of his new books in the future.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Light of the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (110)

    From the multiple award-winning author of Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, and the three-book Fionavar Tapestry that "can only be compared to Tolkien's masterpiece" (Star-Phoenix), this powerful, moving saga evokes the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Norse cultures of a thousand years ago.

    David says: "A Real Writer"
    "Dissapointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really struggled to finish this book. This story is very hard to follow since the author adds in meaningless side stories in between the multiple story lines already in the story. I'm not sure if he assumed that his readers/listeners have read his previous books, but he does not explain the characters and tribes well at all. I was very confused for the first half of the book trying to figure out who was who's son and who their enemies were. If he would have explained better and just kept to the two main story lines it would have been a good book.

    The narrator does not help since he makes most of the characters sound half stupid by stuttering each line and adding inflection to the end of each sentence. He only has three voices for his characters, squeeky boy voice, squeeky woman, and gruff man. So several characters sound the same and when they are talking to each other it's hard to keep them straight. I'm glad I got this one on a super cheap sale, otherwise I would be pretty unhappy. Definately won't buy any of his other books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Wife of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (73)

    From the luxuries of court to the last gory years of the outsize King Henry, when heads rolled and England trembled, Catherine bestrode her destiny and survived to marry her true love. She was the least known of Henry VIII's six wives, but the cleverest of them all.

    Heidi says: "Fun historical fiction"
    "Historical Soap Opera"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After listening to other stories about Henry VIII's court I was curious about his other wives. Although the story and narration weren't stellar, I still found it interesting book and had no problems finishing it. If you are interested in this period of English history I recommend this book. It felt like peeking into the lives of the courtiers and political drama of that time period. It recounts all of the king's wives through the eyes of his last wife from the time she is a girl. It also describes Henry's rise and fall from a young handsome man to a bitter and fat old one. Every author adds their own twist to some of the controversial theories surrounding Henry's wives and his justification for killing or divorcing them. I thought this was an interesting take on them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nefertiti

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michelle Moran
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (178)

    Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries. Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh. It is hoped by all that her strong personality will temper the young Amunhotep's heretical desires.

    Dominic says: "Very Interesting"
    "Intriguing tale of ancient Egypt"
    Overall

    While the historical accuracy is questionable, I still enjoyed the story and felt the characters come to life. I was a little dissapointed in the ending, I felt it was a bit abrupt, as if the author wasn't sure how to end it. Her other book, The Heretic Queen was better. I enjoy Cassandra Campbell as the narrator, she is easy to understand and doesn't over dramatize like some narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cleopatra's Daughter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michelle Moran
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (186)

    The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony's vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two---the 10-year-old twins Selene and Alexander---survive the journey.

    Kelly says: "Not the Greatest..."
    "Well narrated and wonderful story!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. She blends the facts in with her fictional characters very well. Having listened to and watched several biographies on Caesar Octavian I was impressed the all the historical facts she incorporated into the story while bringing the people to life. I would highly recommend to other listeners even if you're not interested in ancient roman history. It stands on its own!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ptolemy's Gate: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1473)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (701)

    Three years after the events of The Golem's Eye, the young magician Nathaniel is an established member of the British Government. But he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting attacks close to London.

    Derek B. says: "Loved it 3 times over!"
    "Good ending to a wonderful series"
    Overall

    As usual, Simon Jones does a wonderful Bartimaeus! This book was a good listen to the very end and I enjoyed the whole series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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