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Dawn Reichard

LEVITTOWN, PA, US | Member Since 2013

  • 4 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 174 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • The Autobiography of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Margaret George
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Margaret George's novel brings into focus the larger-than-life King Henry VIII, monarch of prodigious appetites for wine, women, and song.

    Amy M. Walts says: "Perfection!"
    "Loved it"

    I got this book based on its reviews and it did not disappoint. I feel as though I walked through time. And I've changed my opinion of Henry. He was complicated and apparently quite romantic, if not superstitious, as all people were at the time. It was definately the original Melrose Place. I want more from this author.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The White Princess: Cousins' War, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The newest novel from #1 New York Times best-selling author and "queen of royal fiction" (USA Today) Philippa Gregory tells the passionate story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, who gets caught in the middle of a battle for the crown of England. A princess from birth, Elizabeth fell in love with Richard III, though her mother made an arranged betrothal for her with the pretender to the throne: Henry Tudor. When Henry defeats Richard against all odds, Elizabeth has to marry the man who murdered her lover in battle.

    FanB14 says: "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow"
    "Utterly Silly"
    What disappointed you about The White Princess?

    Wait. She was madly in love with.. her uncle Richard. Eww. The novel leaves out the fact that Richard was her uncle. And I swear if I heard the phrase 'the boy' one more time I'd go mad.

    What was most disappointing about Philippa Gregory’s story?

    Nothing happens in the story. Its the same supposed tension of waiting for the thrown to be overthrown and then.. nothing happens. Chapter after chapter after chapter. It was torture.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator was very good. Loved her voices and inflection. The only saving grace of the book.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The White Princess?

    There are so many interesting real characters and drama in Tudor history I don't understand the need to make up this boring scenario. I'd cut everything to do with the boy. Urgh.

    Any additional comments?

    Try something from Alison Weir or Margaret George. Your brain will thank you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The New World: A History of the English Speaking Peoples, Volume II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska

    Between 1485 and 1688, England became a Protestant country under Henry VIII. His daughter, Elizabeth I, battled for succession and supremacy at home, and the discovery of 'the round world' enabled a vast continent across the Atlantic to be explored. While this new era was spawning the beginnings of modern America, England was engaged in a bloody civil war and sustained a Republican experiment under the leadership of Oliver Cromwell.

    Weingarten says: "Churchill series"
    "LOVED IT!"
    What made the experience of listening to The New World the most enjoyable?

    I loved it so much. I started it over again. The Tudor dynasty is always fascinating, what came after was just as interesting.

    What did you like best about this story?

    So many stories embellish and conjecture and this is just the facts, without all the flowery stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, to mention only a few.

    Jeanne says: "The best"
    "A very complete volume"

    I bought these volumes 6 months before my first trip to Gettysburg. I was a bit overwhelmed by the information given here, but I'm glad I dived in. The other criticisms are correct that this is not for the novice, unless you are well motivated. I now understand the motivations, tactics and horror so much better now and can have, at least, an elementary conversation about the war. I even had a few facts that my father hadn't heard of before, which is really hard to do. This is a work that delves very deeply into each battle on both sides with the politics included. Shelby Foote's work is amazing and if you've ever seen Ken Burn's Civil War work, look for him. His stories from this work is included.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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