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kristen j. toscano

Listener Since 2007

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  • 5 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 237 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015
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  • The Red Queen: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (614)

    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"
    "the red queen"
    Overall

    I have read and loved all of Philippa Gregory's other books, but not this one. The main character, Lady Margaret, was a cold, whiney, bitter woman who was obcessed with regaining the throne for her son. She was so unpleasant you had no sympathy for her or her efforts.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lord John and the Private Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (1660)
    Performance
    (1074)
    Story
    (1089)

    With more than 10 million copies in print worldwide, New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is a global phenomenon. Lord John and the Private Matter, starring one of the most popular Outlander characters, captures all the adventure and magic of the series while delivering a fresh tale that is utterly captivating.

    GoryDetails says: "Lively tale, well told"
    "Least favorite so far"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Lord John and the Private Matter?

    I have read nearly all of Diana Gabaldon's books and this was absolutely my least favorite. I found the story uninteresting . Very disappointing.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    It just couldn't hold my interest. I couldn't get into the plot line.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    Lord John is always a great character


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It introduced us to the character of Tom Bird who shows up in later stories


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Infidel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Narrated By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1227)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (569)

    This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

    Teddy says: "A Story that Needed to be Told"
    "good story, but"
    Overall

    It was an amazing story, but it spent too much time discussing Somali family relationships and political infighting for a large portion of the book.. Also, I feel I missed about 1/3 of the words because it was read by the author who speaks with a very strong accent. It would have been much easier to follow and to listen to if it had been read by a professional reader.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (876)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (439)

    The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.

    E. Smakman says: "Gripping, once you get into it"
    "A Distant Mirror"
    Overall

    The authjor obviously did an enormous amount of research and wanted to incorporate every piece. Her parenthetical additions often caused one to lose track of the direction of the sentence. I skipped the first few chapters. as she suggested one might want to do, but even after that,it was so tiring I could only bear a few more before giving up entirely. It doesn't help that the reader's voice is quite unpleasant to listen to.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Day After Tomorrow

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Allan Folsom
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    january says: "Good quick listen"
    "day after tomorrow"
    Overall

    I found the exceedingly annoying music added for dramatic effect so distracting that it really ruined the book for me. At times it was so loud that it drowned out the story line.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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