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Catherine

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  • Mozart's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Juliet Waldron
    • Narrated By Celeste Lawson
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Mozart's wife aroused strong feelings among her contemporaries. Her in-laws loathed her. Mozart's friends, more than 40 after his death, remained eager to gossip about her "failures" as wife to the world's first superstar. Maturing from child to wife to hard-headed widow, Konstanze paid her husband's debts, provided for their children, and relentlessly marketed and mythologized her brilliant husband.

    Catherine says: "Mozart's Wife a powerful story"
    "Mozart's Wife a powerful story"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. Very seldom do we get a good look into the lives of the famous and infamous. While this was historical fiction given the known history of this couple (from their letters), the mood and activities of the rich and priviledged from this period, the morals of the times etc this story feels real. I loved some of the day to day stuff about servants, bills, parties, friends,family and the struggles of marriage. You get a great sense of the power and passion that Mozart had for his wife, music and women in general. I was surprised by some of the passionate descriptions. Overall this story made you care about its characters and the sadness of unappreciated genius and wasted love.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Last Seen Wearing: An Inspector Morse Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Colin Dexter
    • Narrated By Michael Pennington
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Valerie Taylor was last seen two years ago at the age of 17. The police investigation turned up nothing and she was presumed dead. But, if Valerie is dead, then who wrote a mysterious letter to her parents saying, "I am alright so don't worry"? And a body has turned up, prompting Inspector Morse to reopen the case. Morse soon finds himself in for the challenge of his career, as each clue always leads back to square one.

    Catherine says: "I do not get??? it"
    "I do not get??? it"
    Overall

    I love Inspector Morse mysteries. The literary references, the opera injections and Lewis who like most of us is lost as Morse leaps and jumps from one conclusion to another from one pub to another etc. This one was a little slow and had so many characters potentially guilty of so many vices that the water was very muddy from the 1st. This should have added to the plot, it did not. It just added to the confusion and in the end the confusion reigned. There was no satisfactory conclusion, no clear who done it with the appropriate justice. I was very disappointed and frustrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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