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Caroline

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  • The Black Death: A Personal History

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Hatcher
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Centlivre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    In this fresh approach to the history of the Black Death, John Hatcher, a world-renowned scholar of the Middle Ages, recreates everyday life in a mid-14th-century rural English village. By focusing on the experiences of ordinary villagers as they lived - and died - during the Black Death (A.D. 1345-50), Hatcher vividly places the reader directly into those tumultuous years and describes in fascinating detail the day-to-day existence of people struggling with the tragic effects of the plague.

    N. Barnes says: "Beautiful narration for history geeks"
    "Too Dry for a "Fiction""
    Overall

    I thought this would be a good listen, being written by a historian. Unfortunately, it is written like a history, and a very boring one at that. I found myself nodding off, as the author would get caught up in the minutae of land inheritances and other subjects. He spent much time at the beginning explaining that it was a fiction, but he didn't treat it like one. I told friends who are interested in the subject to steer clear of it...

    11 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Boleyn: The True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Julia Fox
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    In a life of extraordinary drama, Jane Boleyn was catapulted from relative obscurity to the inner circle of King Henry VIII. As powerful men and women around her became victims of Henry's ruthless and absolute power - including her own husband and sister-in-law Queen Anne Boleyn - Jane's allegiance to the volatile monarchy was sustained and rewarded. But the price for her loyalty would eventually be her undoing and the ruination of her name

    Marie says: "Well Worth Listening To"
    "Nothing new here"
    Overall

    I love reading about Henry VIII and the Tudor regime, so I was excited to find this book on Jane Boleyn. But my disappointment set in early on, when I realized the book was nothing more than a rehash of other books I had read on the subject. As far as the subject concerned, all "facts" were really just conjecture, with the author reminding us time and again that we don't know what Jane was feeling or what she said, or how she acted, or even if she was present. I was really hoping that I would be hearing more about her thoughts on some of the pivotal events she was part of. I started to lose interest before the first part finished, but was determined to finish it. At times the reading seemed so familiar to other books I had read that I was questioning the possibility of plagerism. An easy listen if you haven't had exposure to Henry VII or the Boleyn family.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, Henry Lincoln
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    At the core is not material riches but a secret, a secret of explosive and controversial proportions, which radiates out from the little Pyrenees village to all the way to contemporary politics and the entire edifice of the Christian faith. It involves nothing less than the Holy Grail.

    Caroline says: "changing history as we believe it to be"
    "changing history as we believe it to be"
    Overall

    Very thorough, am enjoying back and listening a second time to absorb all the information. I recommend this book for those interested in the "Jesus as man, not Messiah" idea. Great for French history as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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