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Kristina

Queensbury, NY, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 5 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1460)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (592)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Can't get enough of this story"
    Overall

    I have listened to this story three times over the past year and love it every time!!
    The narrator is the so great; all of his voices are spot on. Mr. Keating has the ability to give subtle nuance to different characters; even his female voices sound right, somehow.
    But the story is a terrific mix of history and battle theory, study on archery, small town boy against the world overcomes all with a bit of romance. I can't fault it - save that I wanted it to be three times longer!
    If you are bothered by rough language or gory details, this book might not be for you. If you appreciate a straight-forward, well written, well narrated historical fiction, download away!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2194)
    Performance
    (1944)
    Story
    (1947)

    The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

    krista says: "A cozy romance"
    "Almost impossible to get through"
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    I have read (the old-fashion way) a few Nora Roberts books in the past and found them entertaining enough...this book was painful to listen to. Like other reviews, I found the narrator's version of children's voices downright awful, the women mostly bad and even some of the male voice silly. The story itself was fine, but slow going. The best part of this romance was the transformation of the inn...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crewel World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (217)

    When Betsy Devonshire arrived in Excelsior, Minnesota, all she wanted was to visit her sister Margot and get her life in order. She never dreamed her sister would give her a place to stay and a job at her needlecraft shop. In fact, things had never looked so good - until Margot was murdered. In a town this friendly, it's hard to imagine who could have committed such a horrible act, but Betsy has a few ideas. There's an ex-employee who wants to start her own needlework store. And there's the landlord who wanted Margot out. Now Betsy's putting together a list of motives and suspects....

    Sara says: "British style mystery set in America"
    "Reading the book might have been better"
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    Performance
    Story

    I like mysteries...I like needle work...I even like Minnesota, but I did not feel like the narrator made the story come together. I did not respond well to the narrator's stilted sort of delivery, so I will not likely choose to follow this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Man's Ransom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    When the village of Shrewsbury's own sheriff, Gilbert Prestcote, is taken prisoner by the Empress Maud's forces, its citizens are prepared to exchange him for a man of equal value they have within their possession. But soon after Prestcote arrives for the prisoner exchange, he dies. Was it death by natural causes or a most unnatural murder?

    Cindy says: "Anther enjoyable read about the Welsh Monk..."
    "Hooray for Brother Cadfael"
    Overall
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    Like many others, I was introduced to Brother Cadfael through Masterpiece Mystery, and though it is hard to get the image of Derek Jacobi out of my mind when I am listening to these stories, Patrick Tull does an exceptional job narrating the story. For me, these stories are a nice blend of history and mystery. Who could ask for more?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil on Horseback

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Victoria Holt
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Enamored by the handsome and arrogant Charles-Auguste, a wealthy French aristocrat, 18-year-old Minella is drawn into a complicated world of danger, betrayal, and murder. Denying her own suspicion that he has murdered his wife, she struggles with her fascination for the seductive and mysterious count. Against the backdrop of the incipient French Revolution, Minella’s life becomes a series of adventures that all lead to an exciting and unexpected climax. Davina Porter’s passionate narration transports readers....

    Dover says: "Enjoyable for Unexpected Reasons"
    "I wanted to like this..."
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    I downloaded this book because it was written by Jean Plaidy and read by Davina Porter. I have read something near 15 of Plaidy's books about Queens and listened to as many or more books narrated by Davina Porter, so I had high expectations for this one. The narrator is excellent, as expected, but the story was nothing like those I am used to under the pen name of Jean Plaidy. This was 20% history, 20% misc. story, 60% sappy romance...not the balance I am looking for, but if you like historical romances you might be quite satisfied.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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