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  • The Fifth Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (540)

    From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

    Janice says: "I had to stop listening a little bit into the book"
    "Could not even finish it!"
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    I am a fan of Brad Meltzer's "Decoded", but have never read any of his books. This one just did not hold my interest, And, what a disappointment, since I am a huge fan of conspiracy theories and mysteries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingmaker's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (520)

    In The Kingmaker's Daughter, number one New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents the riveting story of Anne Neville, her sister Isabel, and their ever-changing fortunes. The Kingmaker's Daughter is the gripping and ultimately tragic story of the daughters of the man known as the "Kingmaker", the most powerful magnate in England through the Cousins' Wars. In the absence of a son and heir, he uses the two girls as pawns in his political games.

    Heather says: "Marvelous Story Maker"
    "Another hit!"
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    Thank you for such great tales of the royal families of England. They are a very enthralling group!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laura

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Vera Caspary
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Eileen Stevens, Oliver Wyman, and others
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Laura Hunt was the ideal modern woman: beautiful, elegant, highly ambitious, and utterly mysterious. No man could resist her charmsnot even the hardboiled NYPD detective sent to find out who turned her into a faceless corpse. As this tough cop probes the mystery of Lauras death, he becomes obsessed with her strange power.

    Judith says: "I like this a lot."
    "A fun romp!"
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    I bought this book on a whim, since I am normally obsessed with English history. But, it turned out to be real fun! A good romp through a 40's detective novel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Judith Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir tells the spellbinding tale of the last days of Henry VIII’s second wife. Accused of adultery, incest, and treason, Anne Boleyn is locked in the Tower of London on May 2, 1536. Despite maintaining her innocence, she’s quickly condemned to death. Soon, one sword stroke sends her into eternity. But as her remains rot in the sun—unblessed by coffin, marker, or funeral—few know the truth behind her swift demise.

    Elizabeth says: "Intriguing"
    "A great tale!"
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    I have an affinity for stories (albeit fiction or non-fiction) about English royalty. And, Allison Weir is one of my favorite authors in that genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    Overall
    (1076)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (925)

    They ruled England before the Tudors, and now internationally best-selling author Philippa Gregory brings the Plantagenets to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.

    FanB14 says: "Prep for Starz Drama"
    "Another hit!"
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    I just cannot get enough of Philippa Gregory! Her series have kept me enthralled and feed my interest in English royalty. Thank you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady of the Rivers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (585)

    Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream. Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy.

    Bonnie-Ann says: "Philippa back on track"
    "Another amazing book!"
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    First I read "The Other Boleyn Girl", then "The White Queen:, then "The Red Queen", and didn't think any other book could top those, but this one did. Philippa continues to feed my desire for more tales about the English royalty!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4271)
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    (1991)
    Story
    (2005)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "A fascinating contrast of good and evil."
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    The story is first rate! Contrasting two men, obsessed with their passions at the same time in history, one good and one evil. The backdrop of the evolving city of Chicago only adds to the mystery and the shocking differences between there quests.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Life of Elizabeth I

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (247)

    The New York Times best-selling author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The War of the Roses, historian Alison Weir crafts fascinating portraits of England’s infamous House of Tudor line. Here Weir focuses on Elizabeth I, also known as the Virgin Queen, who ascended to the throne at age 25 and never married, yet ruled for 44 years and steered England into its Golden Age.

    Amazon Customer says: "Inside the politics of Elizabeth I"
    "Allison Weir has another hit!"
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    If you want the historic details about the English royals, rather than a "romanticized" version of the facts, this author has to be your choice. Another great read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nassir Ghaemi
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (109)

    Here, Nassir Ghaemi draws from the careers and personal plights of such notable leaders as Lincoln, Churchill, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., JFK, and others from the past two centuries to build an argument at once controversial and compelling: the very qualities that mark those with mood disorders—realism, empathy, resilience, and creativity—also make for the best leaders in times of crisis.

    Lynn says: "Will Change Your View of Leadership"
    "Some stunning ideas!"
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    This is a very thought provoking book. Having had family members with similar mental issues, i was able to see the validity in the author's analysis. But, no matter what your background, this is a great read!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Mistress: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Emma Campion
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (26)

    History has not been kind to Alice Perrers, the notorious mistress of King Edward III. Scholars and contemporaries alike have deemed her a manipulative woman who used her great beauty and sensuality to take advantage of an aging and increasingly senile king. But who was the woman behind the scandal? A cold-hearted opportunist - or someone fighting for her very survival?

    Annette says: "guilty as charged."
    "Not very interesting."
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    I could not stay attached to the story. Also, the narrator's voice seemed a little too mature for the main character; as well as being a little harsh in tone. I did not finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Children of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (198)

    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!"
    "Alison Weir is a genius at portraying the royals!"
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    I am a fan of most biographies of British royalty, and this was a superb treat. An amazing chronicle of the children of a very controversial king. And, the apples certainly did not fall far from the tree! I can't wait to read more of her work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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