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  • The Other Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen, Jenny Sterlin, Ron Keith
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents a new and unique view of one of history's most intriguing, romantic, and maddening heroines. Biographers often neglect the captive years of Mary Queen of Scots, who trusted Queen Elizabeth's promise of sanctuary when she fled from rebels in Scotland and then found herself imprisoned as the "guest" of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick.

    Teddy says: "Nothing to Write Home About"
    "Adds another facet to the image I hold of the time"
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    What other book might you compare The Other Queen to and why?

    I compare this book to The Red Queen. Both books contain characters that can be abrasive and borderline annoying. Its enjoyable to expand ones imagination beyond the historical characters whom we admire.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2793)
    Performance
    (1349)
    Story
    (1356)

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

    Hope says: "A Worthy Book, indeed"
    "C. Moore never lets me down"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is hilarious.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story makes The Christ and the people around him into a real people. It gives a different perspective and is completely humorous.


    What does Fisher Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved his voice and attitude.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (958)
    Story
    (961)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "Its Good."
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    What did you love best about Into the Darkest Corner?

    I loved the way Elizabeth Haynes really takes you into the mind of Kathy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Though I could foresee many of the events, there were surprising and exciting twists.


    What does David Thorpe and Karen Cass bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Karen Cass and David Thorpe surprised me very much. Karen Cass made Kathy so innocent and sweet and really made her come alive for me. Plus the accents rocked.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to this selection again for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (4006)
    Performance
    (3272)
    Story
    (3296)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Held me hostage!"
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    Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

    I will listen to this story over and over.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The book unfolds revealing constant dark shocks. You never really know whats going to surface. I had an inkling here and there as it all played out. It was shocking to think the ideas I though had to be to outlandish played out.


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue to recommend this book to just about everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen's Fool

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (313)

    It is winter, 1553. Pursued by the Inquisition, Hannah Green, a 14-year-old Jewish girl, is forced to flee Spain with her father. But Hannah is no ordinary refugee. Her gift of "Sight," the ability to foresee the future, is priceless in the troubled times of the Tudor court. Hannah is adopted by the glamorous Robert Dudley, the charismatic son of King Edward's protector, who brings her to court as a "holy fool" for Queen Mary and, ultimately, Queen Elizabeth.

    Teddy says: "Pitch Perfect Narration With a Great Story"
    "A capitvating story"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Daniel was a surprising character that I was truly pulling for!


    Any additional comments?

    I am afraid to say anything! The book was a very nice perspective of the two queens from a point of view which i found unusual and enduring. I did have many moments however, which the story was just to outside of what I believe could have happened at that dangerous time. It was quite liberal with historical boundaries. This is not a complaint! I truly enjoyed the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boleyn Inheritance

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Davina Porter, Bianca Amato, Charlotte Parry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (278)

    Anne of Cleves must literally save her neck in a court ruled by a deadly game of politics and the terror of an unpredictable and vengeful king. Her Boleyn Inheritance: accusations and false witnesses. Katherine Howard catches the king's eye within moments of arriving at court, setting in motion a dreadful machine of politics, intrigue, and treason that she does not understand. Her Boleyn Inheritance: the threat of the axe. Jane Rochford's name is a byword for malice, jealousy and twisted lust throughout Europe. Her Boleyn Inheritance: a fortune and a title in exchange for her soul.

    Teddy says: "Great Book"
    "entertaining"
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    What did you like best about Boleyn Inheritance? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the unexpected view points present by Anne of Cleves. I enjoyed the development of her far beyond what I have read about her to date. She is a mystery and Greggory gave her a feeling of realness not achieved by the sparse facts available.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    In truth, Katherine is annoying. I was hoping I would be given some sort of insight that could endure her to me.


    Was Boleyn Inheritance worth the listening time?

    I will listen to the book again, in turn.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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