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Patrick

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  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (219)

    This acclaimed best seller from popular historian Alison Weir is a fascinating look at the Tudor family dynasty and its most infamous ruler. The Six Wives of Henry VIII brings to life England’s oft-married monarch and the six wildly different but equally fascinating women who married him. Gripping from the first sentence to the last and loaded with fascinating details, Weir’s rich history is a perfect blend of scholarship and entertainment.

    Pam says: "Deep background for "The Tudors""
    "Golden Oldie"
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    What did you love best about The Six Wives of Henry VIII?

    Not a new title but a solid pick for any history buff, reality-show junkie or anyone interested in reading about a king of immense capacity, talent, drive, charm, intelligence ... and unbridled lust. From a true Renaissance man of letters and politics, Henry faces the twin drives of a need for a male heir and an unrestrained sexual appetite and proceeds through his reign with increasing frustration, desire and rapacity. As complex as he is towering, the women are treated with balance and moderation. A fine listen!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Six Wives of Henry VIII?

    His first wife, faithful, strong and pious, sets a standard no other wives could match.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (889)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (390)

    This volume is dominated by the almost continual confrontation of great armies. For the fourth time, the Army of the Potomac (now under the control of Burnside) attempts to take Richmond, resulting in the bloodbath at Fredericksburg. Then Joe Hooker tries again, only to be repulsed at Chancellorsville as Stonewall Jackson turns his flank, a bitter victory for the South, paid for by the death of Lee's foremost lieutenant.

    Christopher Morton says: "The Best of the Three Volumes"
    "Strong writing"
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    Where does The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Foote's Civil War trilogy is excellent reading. His style is comfortable, he loops back to remind us of details we may have forgotten, he balances the personal and intimate with the grand and the sweeping and he balances the dynamics of north and south cultures with frankness. The only complaint I have is that the recording of the first two books is marred somewhat by changes in volume and tone occasionally. (It sounds as if the recordings were corrected and the volume and bass treble settings were not identical.) These caveats are minimal, however, given the overall quality of the writing and the scope of these histories. Bravo!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian?

    The frustrating encounters of the northern cavalry against Nathan Forrest, a mean and rough man who knew how to strike hard and win battles.


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

    Grover has a great voice, one of my very favorites in audio books. Excellent inflection and flow (even though he does mispronounce Cape Girardeau.)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Amazement at the sacrifice of lives and bloodshed for such a ennobling cause.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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