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Naomi

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  • Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Julia Fox
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (85)

    Looking through the lens of their Spanish origins, Fox reveals these queens as flesh-and-blood women—equipped with character, intelligence, and conviction—who are worthy historical figures in their own right. Sister Queens is a gripping tale of love, duty, and sacrifice—a remarkable reflection on the conflict between ambition and loyalty during an age when the greatest sin, it seems, was to have been born a woman.

    Cariola says: "Sad but Fascinating Lives"
    "Great book. Kept me entertained throughout."
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    Would you try another book from Julia Fox and/or Rosalyn Landor?

    Yes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard not to love Catherine. What an amazing woman!


    Could you see Sister Queens being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It could be interesting, but I prefer to read books about history, rather than some overly dramatic, tawdry interpretation of an already great and much loved story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (817)

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Winslet, Satisfactory Story"
    "Zola and Winslet are a winning combo"
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    Where does Thérèse Raquin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thérèse Raquin?

    I think the murder scene was the most memorable. You wanted good things to happen for Therese because you really felt for her and the miserable life she lead, but then her attempt to escape spiraled into a gruesomeness that Emile Zola evoked perfectly.


    What about Kate Winslet’s performance did you like?

    Kate Winslet captured the emotion and tone of this book perfectly. I think I want her to narrate everything I listen to from now on.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it in spurts, usually on my commute to work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Best Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Olivia Thirlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (288)

    At 23, Ruth Saunders headed west with her 70-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she's hit the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Big Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie's going to be the show-runner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on a boss, and her grandmother's impending nuptials.

    Rebecca says: "Funny Story!"
    "The Next Best Thing"
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    Would you try another book from Jennifer Weiner and/or Olivia Thirlby?

    I really like Jennifer Weiner and have enjoyed many of her books. The characters were predictable, but it was a good story. I didn't really care for Olivia Thirbly's voice though. It came off as a little whiny and baby-ish.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't have a favorite character.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Olivia Thirlby’s performances?

    I don't think I will, no.


    Do you think The Next Best Thing needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I think a sequel would ruin it. It was a good story, but not one that left me wanting more. I was pretty happy with the way it ended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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