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jessica

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  • Marie Antoinette: The Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    France's iconic queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous "Let them eat cake", was alternately revered and reviled during her lifetime. For centuries since, she has been the object of debate, speculation, and the fascination so often accorded illustrious figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted child was thrust onto the royal stage and commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in European history.

    Karen says: "Very Detailed"
    "Very informative! Best History. It's wonderful."
    Overall

    Very informative and very interesting at the same time. There is an overflow of interesting information about Marie Antoinette and those close who were close to her that isn't well known. Alot of scandal and juicy details. It's hard to believe that this all really happened. There is a lot of reference information dropped causually, which adds to the credability of the book. Antonia Fraser did an excellant job helping the reader/listenter comprehend the complexity of the subject without losing interest. Infact, at times it's jaw dropping. The narrator is perfect for the job. Very well spoken and uses different accents in order help imagine the people she spoke of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mermaid: In Too Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Jennifer Traveler
    • Narrated By Gena Maravella
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    When Mira Holt's hot surfer boyfriend, Zach Wilson, invites her to spend the weekend with him at an exclusive spa, she jumps at the chance to finally be alone with him. She knows she can't get too serious about Zach she's a mermaid after all, and he's human but is it wrong of her to want two days of romance and "land sex" before she breaks things off?

    jessica says: "Terrible!"
    "Terrible!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Mermaid: In Too Deep better?

    It needed a better story line. There was no depth to the story or characters. It was too rideculous and I regret purchasing it.


    Has Mermaid: In Too Deep turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Made the heroine sound whiney and stupid.


    What character would you cut from Mermaid: In Too Deep?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Terrible book. Just awful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13489)
    Performance
    (5893)
    Story
    (5970)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Absolutely the best book of our time!!!!"
    Overall

    I have bragged about this book to everyone! Give it a chance! I smiled more while I listened to it. I even giggled out loud with excitement at a few parts. The narrarator made the book come to life with the different accents and with such recognizable emotion in his tone. I can easily say this is one of my favorite books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sena Jeter Naslund
    • Narrated By Susanna Burney
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Marie Antoinette was a child of 14 when she was made to leave her family and country to become the wife of another child, France's 15-year-old King Louis the XVI. Far from home and suddenly thrust not only into the role of a woman and wife, but of a queen, Marie Antoinette lived an astonishing, though short, existence.

    llr says: "Not for history fans"
    "Awesome. Better than I expected."
    Overall

    I enjoyed listening to this book more than any novel in my library. It was extremely close to the real life history of Marie Antoinette and the Versailles Court. I learned quite a bit about this period in history just from this novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rebellious Desire

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    Of all the dukes in England, Jered Marcus Benton, the Duke of Bradford, was the wealthiest, most handsome - and most arrogant. And of all London's ladies, he wanted the tender obedience of only one - Caroline Richmond. She was a ravishing beauty from Boston, with a mysterious past and a fiery spirit. Drawn to the powerful duke, undeterred by his presumptuous airs, Caroline was determined to win his lasting love.

    Michelle says: "Great Story..splurge on the unabridged version"
    "Hated it."
    Overall

    To sum it up in one word. Mush. I had to turn it off several times before finishing it. My eyes hurt from rolling them so much with this one. It's dissappointing because usually Julie Garwood writes such wonderful historical romances. She is in fact the reason why I got into reading romance novels. The narrator was horrible as well. Very drool and computer like.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Darcy, Vampyre

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Amanda Grange
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (19)

    Mr. Darcy, Vampyre starts where Pride and Prejudice ends and introduces a dark family curse so perfectly that the result is a delightfully thrilling, spine-chilling, breathtaking read. A dark, poignant and visionary continuation of Austen's beloved story, this tale is full of danger, darkness and immortal love.

    emmy says: "Not in the tradition of Jane"
    "Crap. Absolute Crap."
    Overall

    Don't waste your money on this. There is absolutely no action or real feel of romance. It makes no sense, and it's an insult to Jane Austen! If you like Vampire stories you'll be dissappointed as well. If your interested in a story with depth, forget it. It's all mush with no sincere or practical emotion. The character's are completely re-written in an annoying way. Darcy is a torn jerk, Elizabeth's a whiney girl with no backbone. It's repetitive. It's crap.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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