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  • 86 titles in library
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  • Those Faraday Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Monica McInerney
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    As a child, Maggie Faraday grew up in a lively, unconventional household with her young mother, four very different aunts and her eccentric grandfather. With her mother often away, her aunts took turns to look after her – until, just weeks before Maggie's sixth birthday, a shocking event changed everything. Twenty years on, Maggie is living alone in New York City when a surprise visit from her grandfather brings a revelation and a proposition to reunite the family.

    Virginia says: "Not my favourite"
    "Terrible Narration"
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    Penelope Freeman's interpretation of the Australian accent is terrible - even in the 1970's we never spoke with such a twang. We have never pronounced Melbourne as MelBOURNE rather Melburn with the emphasis on the 'MEL' and in 68 years I have NEVER hear Leichhardt pronounced the way Ms Freeman does in this book. It was grating on the ears and the sensibilities and for me spoiled a good story.

    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
    (623)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (542)

    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"
    "Historically incorrect"
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    This book is historically incorrect on many fronts but the most obvious is to suggest Anne Neville wife of Richard III was in any way instrumental in bringing about the disappearance or death of Edward V and Richard Duke of York - whether you believe their deaths were due to Richard III or not is one thing to suggest Anne had anything to do with it is to deny all historical knowledge and evidence. According to chroniclers of the time Robert Brackenbury was under strict orders from the king that anything to do with the Princes could only have been done on receipt of a royal warrant from King Richard himself to suggest he took it on himself at a mere suggestion from Anne is to defame the man's character.

    Also Ms Gregory really needs to decide if she is writing an historical novel or a fantasy piece as it is doubtful any person interested in this period of history today would believe Elizabeth Wydville capable of witchcraft.

    Furthermore the book is badly written the same points are made again and again and again it is repetitive and tedious in the extreme. There are several instances of use of the present day vernacular which strikes a discordant note in the narrative. I would suggest this book was written to appeal to a young audience who would not know or care about historical detail.

    All in all I would not recommend this book.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15486)
    Performance
    (9824)
    Story
    (9706)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Shocker"
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    I enjoy time travel books and can enter quite happily into the spirit of the genre unfortunately this book is rubbish and in my opinion is not for adults.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Mist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated.

    Kate says: "Cornwell in good form"
    "Inconsistent"
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    In my opinion this book was not up to Patricia Cornwell's usual high standard. The first chapters contained very wordy self-reflective narration which was not supported by the sudden seemingly unplanned ending. In the final moments Cornwell seemed to run out of steam and just found a quick and unsatisfying conclusion. It left many questions unanswered and despite the over use of self-reflective musings gave no indication of a thought process that led Scarpetta to her discovery of the perpetrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11.22.63

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (275)

    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"
    "Enjoyable book"
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    Not a great King fan but like the premise of time travel so thought I would give it a try. Thoroughly enjoyed it and was sorry when it finished. Have recommended it to friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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