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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
    (185)
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    (162)
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    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
  • JFK: The Smoking Gun

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Colin McLaren
    • Narrated By Grant Cartwright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daphne Du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
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    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
    (106)
    Performance
    (99)
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    (101)

    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
    (6)
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    (3)
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    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
    Overall
    (306)
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    (272)
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    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
  • Unsinkable: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Debbie Reynolds, Dorian Hannaway
    • Narrated By Debbie Reynolds
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    (67)
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    The definitive memoir by legendary actress and performer Debbie Reynolds - an entertaining and moving story of enduring friendships and unbreakable family bonds, of hitting bottom and rising to the top again - that offers a unique and deeply personal perspective on Hollywood and its elite, from the glory days of MGM to the present.

    Kerrie says: "Unsinkable and Unforgettable"
    "Unsinkable and Unforgettable"
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    Loved it!!!! Debbie Reynolds' life has been full of high highs and some very low lows and she pulls no punches in describing these .... but always with humour. Her delicious Texan accent, not heard in many of her movies, is slight but it's there and it adds to the charm of this book. I totally loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in Hollywood and wonderful woman who truly is "unsinkable"!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11.22.63

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (245)

    What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

    keith says: "Excellent!!! sai King"
    "A great read"
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    11.22.63 .... a day that lives on in the minds of so many people the world over. The day a young President was cut down in his prime. But what if he was saved? How would our world be different today? This book answers those questions and more as a very likeable hero Jake/George travels back in time to stop the assassination of President Kennedy. It was the link to JFK that attracted me to this novel by Stephen King, not an author I usually choose. The story kept me enthralled from start to finish and for anyone who like the theme of time travel, this book is a must as it combines fact with fiction and a big "what if??" I totally recommend this book as a must read (listen).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (52)

    England, 1959. Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime. Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to Green Acres for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by memories and questions she has not thought about for decades.

    mahia says: "Good (ish) story, terrible narration :("
    "Surprising"
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    I was waiting for Kate Morton's latest book and it did not disappoint. A wonderful tale of London during the Blitz blended with the 1960s and later. The characters were engaging and the ending very satisfactory. Just what you would expect from Kate Morton. As always Caroline Lee's performance is superb, her characterisations entertaining and believable. A must-read!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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