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  • Joan: The Mysterious Life of the Heretic Who Became a Saint

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Donald Spoto
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    During the tumultuous Hundred Years War between England and France, a young peasant girl nicknamed "The Maid" (La Pucelle) followed her heart and came to the aid of her nation. Facing unimaginable odds, Joan's belief in her mission from God continued to propel her forward. Within months, she was directing soldiers and bravely fighting for her nation.

    paul j boyd says: "joan of arc"
    "Not a biography"
    Overall

    This is not a biography but a hagiography. I did not find the objective study I was looking for.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Queen: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (455)

    Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her house is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny before her. Her ambitions are disappointed when her sainted cousin Henry VI fails to recognize her as a kindred spirit, and she is even more dismayed when he sinks into madness.

    Karin says: "Good book, unsympathetic heroine"
    "Not an appealing character to be found"
    Overall

    I have always thought Margaret Beaufort warranted an historical novel, her life cannot have been easy, she lived through some pretty interesting times and survived and saw her son become king . But I have to say that in this novel she is a most unlikeable character, rather whiney and clueless, my sympathies were not with her. There are in fact few likeable characters in this novel at all, none with much depth. Most of the players do not even get onto the stage, instead there is a lot of her bemoaning her fate. I did listen to the whole thing, and the narration was ok, but this is not what I had hoped.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Nonesuch

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (287)

    Sir Waldo Hawkridge, wealthy, handsome, eligible, illustrious, and known as The Nonesuch for his athletic prowess, believes he is past the age of falling in love. But when he comes north to inspect his unusual inheritance at Broom Hall in the West Riding, his arrival leads to the most entertaining of ramifications.

    Carl Smith says: "Simple pleasure"
    "More please"
    Overall

    I have loved Georgette Heyer since I read my first book at about 13 years. And I have read them all. And have been very happy to buy each and every one Audible releases, check regularly for new ones. Nonesuch is one of my favorites, with great characters and hilarious situations. Recommend to anyone who enjoys Heyer.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Antony and Cleopatra

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Sneha Mathan
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    Mark Antony, famous warrior and legendary lover, expects that he will be Julius Caesar's successor. But when Caesar is murdered, his 18-year-old nephew, Octavian, is named as his heir. No one, least of all Antony, expects Octavian to last; but his youth and slight frame conceal a remarkable determination and a sharp strategic mind. Under Octavian's rule, the empire is divided, with Antony responsible for the fabulously rich East. There he meets Cleopatra.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not in the least disappointed"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I have read all of the Rome series, and was sad that the author did not plan to write this seventh book. But now I wish she had not. I found the characters shallow and the plot flat, I listened to the end but this book is not up to her standards.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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