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Kerrie

Kirrawee, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • The Children of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (222)

    New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is one of the most popular chroniclers of British and European royal history. In this fascinating book she sheds light on the scheming, backstabbing and brutality that plagued England after Henry VIII’s death. Filled with remarkable and sometimes shocking details, The Children of Henry VIII is an arresting narrative that brings the past to life and infuses it with all the flair of a riveting novel.

    Neil Chisholm says: "A very dysfunctional family!"
    "Historically correct"
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    I have long been fascinated by the Tudor period in English history. This book did not disappoint. Having read some recent "novels" by an author who does not allow fact to get in the way of a good story .... it was good to read an historically correct account with more in depth details than the usual historical books. I really enjoyed this account of sickly Edward, tragic Jane Grey, poor Mary and the incomparable Elizabeth. Looking forward to the author's account of Elizabeth's reign but up next for me .... Henry's Wives. Based on this book, I expect both to be just as entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    It is June 1778, and the world seems to be turning upside down. The British Army is withdrawing from Philadelphia, with George Washington in pursuit, and for the first time, it looks as if the rebels might actually win. But for Claire Fraser and her family, there are even more tumultuous revolutions that have to be accommodated. Her former husband, Jamie, has returned from the dead, demanding to know why in his absence she married his best friend, Lord John Grey.

    Paula says: "Utterly satisfying!"
    "Rambling"
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    I read on Diana Gabaldon's blog that she doesn't always know where a story will take her. This book if proof of that, I feel. For a long while it just didn't seem to be going anywhere. Too many story lines going at once which made piecing it all together and keeping track of who all the characters were in relation to each other a bit more difficult. Having said that, Claire and Jamie's story ... and that of their immediate family .... continues along a very satisfactory path and I was as easily caught up in their lives as with all the other books. Davina Porter's characterisations are as brilliant as always and a pleasure to listen to. I look forward to book number 9 and to seeing how much further the story of Claire and Jamie will go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dancing with Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Juliette Sobanet
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    When Claudia takes a tumble in her grandmother’s San Diego dance studio, she awakens to her past life in 1950s Paris in the body of Ruby Kerrigan, the glamorous star of a risqué cabaret - and the number one suspect in a gruesome murder investigation. With the police hot on her trail and a handsome French doctor lighting a fire in her sinfully beautiful new body, Claudia has just five days to unmask the true killer and clear Ruby’s name. But to do so she must make an impossible choice, one that will change the course of both of her lives forever.

    Janels says: "Not awful, for a fantasy, time travel piece"
    "A good story"
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    It's hard to review this book as the concept was one that I thought very good. I guess my issue is with the repetitiveness of some parts .... to a point where I wished someone would shoot her .... and with the melodramatic narration at times. However, I persevered and listened right to the end to see how it all turned out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Gardenia

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In the tradition of Paullina Simons comes an unforgettable story of a mother and daughter from a remarkable new writer. Beginning in a small village under Japanese occupation on the Chinese-Russian border in the final days of World War II, White Gardenia tells the story of a Russian mother and daughter separated by war.

    Jan Buckley says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "A great story"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline of this book. Having just listened to Sapphire Skies, it was interesting to go back to what was the prequel, in a way. I did find, however, the narration a trifle melodramatic at times, although the accents were believable. I enjoyed the historical aspects of the novel. The musical underscoring of the author's notes and acknowledgements was, for me, too loud and distracting. An unnecessary addition. Still, all in all, a great "read".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sapphire Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    2000: The wreckage of a downed WWII fighter plane is discovered in the forests near Russia's Ukrainian border.The aircraft belonged to Natalya Azarova, ace pilot and pin-up girl for Soviet propaganda, but the question of her fate remains unanswered. Was she a German spy who faked her own death, as the Kremlin claims? Her lover, Valentin Orlov, now a highly-decorated general, refuses to believe it. Lily, a young Australian woman, has moved to Moscow to escape from tragedy.

    Sara says: "A Disturbing Disappointment"
    "BRILLIANT"
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    In Sapphire Skies, Belinda Alexandra took me to world I knew almost nothing about - women aviators in Russia. The twists and turns of the story combined with the factual account of much of WWII made this an audio book I just could not stop listening to. I was so sad when it finished. I felt bereft .... like I had lost a friend .... so much did I care for the main characters in the book. Add to that modern day Moscow, the plight of unwanted animals and the brave people who try to save them and the book became two stories woven into one amazing tale. The absolute brilliance of Caroline Lee's performance in reading the book made the whole experience so real .... I really felt I was there with the characters. This is a book not to be missed. Loved It, loved it!!!!

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • JFK: The Smoking Gun

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Colin McLaren
    • Narrated By Grant Cartwright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    On November 22, 1963, the 35th president of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and his wife Jackie were taking part in a presidential motorcade through Dallas. Thousands lined the streets cheering; others hung out of windows to catch a glimpse of the much-loved First Lady and President. Suddenly, the unthinkable happened. Three shots rang out. In front of the world, John F. Kennedy was fatally wounded. Lee Harvey Oswald was caught. But did he pull the trigger? Who really killed JFK?

    James says: "Complete Trash"
    "Convincing!!!"
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    So many books; so many theories about the assassination of President Kennedy but this one really makes sense. A blatant cover-up by the Secret Service to protect, not only one of their own but the country from the tragic results of that November day in 1963. This one was very convincing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Barbara A. Perry
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    In her compelling and intimate portrait, presidential historian Barbara A. Perry captures Rose Kennedy’s essential contributions to the incomparable Kennedy dynasty. This biography - the first to draw on an invaluable cache of Rose’s newly released diaries and letters - unearths the complexities behind the impeccable persona she showed the world. The woman who emerges is a fascinating character: savvy about her family’s reputation and resilient enough to persevere through the unfathomable tragedies that befell her.

    Kerrie says: "Great insight"
    "Great insight"
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    I read a review of this book which mentioned "verbal infelicities" - unsuitable expressions - and I could say that this term also applies to the narration by Gayle Hendrix. There were some very odd pronunciations of names and places. That said, the book itself provides a great insight into the life of Rose Kennedy and I found it incredibly interesting, especially her attitude towards her eldest daughter, Rosemary. She was a woman before her time who came into her own as the mother of three politicians. I thoroughly enjoyed this bio and have listened to it a couple of times. I definitely recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daphne Du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (128)

    Daphne du Maurier's young heroine meets the charming Maxim de Winter and despite her youth, they marry and go to Manderley, his home in Cornwall. There, the sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers and the mystery she keeps alive of his first wife Rebecca - said to have drowned at sea - threatens to overwhelm the marriage.

    Rhonda says: "Riveting"
    "A classic"
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    I really enjoyed this audio book. I always thought I had read the book years ago but realise that my knowledge of Rebecca comes simply from the movie - which I love. To hear the whole story as Daphne du Maurier wrote it was long overdue. The narration by Anna Massey was perfect - this classic story came to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonrise

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cassandra King
    • Narrated By Jennifer James Bradshaw, Willow Hale, Elle Newlands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    When Helen Honeycutt falls in love with Emmet Justice, a charismatic television journalist who has recently lost his wife in a tragic accident, their sudden marriage creates a rift between her new husband and his oldest friends, who resent Helen's intrusion into their tightly knit circle. Hoping to mend fences, the newlyweds join the group for a summer at his late wife's family home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Philip Miller says: "Not sure what all the complaints are about..."
    "Goes nowhere"
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    I purchased this book based on other reader reviews which compared it to Rebecca. Rebecca it was not!!! The flimsy storyline took forever to get started and it was just too easy to see where it was going. The ending was unsatisfactory. For my Aussie ears, the accents were just downright irritating and the bitchiness of some of the characters almost too hard to take. I persevered to the end due to the reviews given by other readers, hoping for some final twist that would give the book some WOW factor. It didn't come! For me, it was not an enjoyable experience and a waste of money. I wish I had bought my second choice!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sally Beauman
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson, Robert Powell
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    April 1951. It is 20 years since the death of Rebecca, the beautiful first wife of Maxim de Winter. It is 20 years since the inquest, which famously, and controversially, passed a verdict of suicide. Twenty years since Manderley, the de Winders' ancient family seat, was razed to the ground. But Rebecca's tale is just the beginning.... This is Sally Beauman's companion to Daphne du Maurier's classic, Rebecca.

    Kerrie says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Very enjoyable"
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    The fashion for writing sequels, prequels or just cashing in on best selling novels has produced some shockers!! For instance .... Scarlett, the sequel to Gone With The Wind. Margaret Mitchell must have turned in her grave!! Daphne du Maurier, however, need not. Rebecca's Tale takes the reader on a journey using, as background, the familiar story but introduces some very likeable new characters into the modern day account as they try to find the truth ... try to find the "real" Rebecca. I was entranced by this novel, narrated so beautifully by Robert Powell (love the Scottish accent ... and his Jack Favell could have been George Sanders) and Juliet Stevenson. If there is any criticism , it would be that Rebecca's diary to her unborn child perhaps went on a little too long but it did offer revealing insight into her character. For those who love Rebecca, I do not think you will find this book disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven and Hell: Volume Three of the North and South Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (387)

    From America's master storyteller and writer of historical fiction comes the dramatic conclusion to the North and South saga. The Civil War has ended, but the Hazards and Mains have yet to face their greatest struggles. Even as the embers of old hatreds continue to burn in the heart of a nation torn apart by war, a new future in the West awaits a new generation of Americans seeking a life of their own - and a place to call their own.

    jeffrey says: "Surprisingly good."
    "Moving"
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    The third book in this series brought me to major tears on several occasions .... one particularly harrowing. The fictional story mixed with historical facts paints a vivid picture of life after the Civil War and the plight of so many Americans of all races. It has made me angry; made me incredibly sad. I have cried with and then cheered for the hero of this third book. I have listened to the three books in succession and thoroughly enjoyed this epic tale. Grover Gardner's talent with accents and his emotional portrayal of the characters made everyone of them seem so real. I would recommend this series to anyone with an interest in this period of American history. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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