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Catherine

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phenix city, AL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2869)
    Performance
    (2413)
    Story
    (2421)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "A exquisite story poorly delivered."
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    If you could sum up The Winter Sea in three words, what would they be?

    History, Love-story, Compelling


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is lovely, riveting, real, relatable, fun, quirky, sadly sweet, and happy ending. Kearsley takes you right into the world of the Jacabites and their contemporaries in a real and intrinsic way. She makes you love the main character and relate to her as well as the historical characters. Their lives and relationships feel so real and compelling. She makes you feel you are an active participant in the story. Her writing is fresh and comfortable at the same time.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was monotone at times, the voices and accents were not believable and often hard to listen to. It was a great disappointment to find that such a wonderful story was marred by such a bad narration. It would have been better to read the book and create the narration in my own head rather than listen to this poor narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many moving moments in the story, from the first chapter where the main character is inexplicably drawn to an unknown castle to the end where the female historical character is reunited with her lover. The story is so well written you will not be able to stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to listen to this story again narrated by someone else. A more youthful, feminine and pleasing voice choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1292)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1130)

    They ruled England before the Tudors, and now internationally best-selling author Philippa Gregory brings the Plantagenets to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.

    FanB14 says: "Prep for Starz Drama"
    "Philippa Does it Again!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of White Queen to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version of this book but the narration of the audio version was incredible. The story was factual and the fiction was artfully woven together to provide a story that took the listener right into the lives of the characters. The narration was beautifully done and made me feel like I was inside the action, the minds of the characters and truly a contemporary of the times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As the writer undoubtedly meant to do I fell in love with Elizabeth just like Edward did under the oak tree. She came to life in full color and character. Philippa's character of Elizabeth Woodville presented her as not only a likeable person but was truthful about her desire to propel her family to great heights, which in the history books has been seen as grasping and malevolent. The presentation of this character and her life was amazing as well as artful.


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

    Her excellent narration fleshed out the characters and brings the listener into the lives of each one in such a way that the story is fuller and bolder for her telling of it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely! If time had permitted I would have listened to it all the way through in one sitting. The story as well as the narration were fabulous!


    Any additional comments?

    Philippa Gregory has become one of the leading ladies in the arena of historical fiction. Through this genre we are able to learn about and experience the lives of people who were once just a few lines in a history book, books written with the bias and prejudice of the times. By experiencing her exquisite style of story telling we are finally able to see these people in a more believable and real way. As people just like us, with loves, and lives that are not so unlike our own. My hat is off to this writer and her talent for resurrecting the past with such finesse for us to experience and relate to in a modern way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6912)
    Performance
    (5278)
    Story
    (5360)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Historical Legend meets the Supernatural"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this book. If you love history, historical fiction, and the supernatural you will love this marriage of historical legend and supernatural. Grahame-Smith introduces a very realistic and believable Lincoln. He makes you feel you have truly gotten to know the man, as a real person. And the vampire element is woven in so skillfully that it takes nothing away from Lincoln as a real person.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Absolutely Abe! Strong, convicted, honorable, and masculine.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Holst – was your favorite?

    Henry! He was smooth, wise, handsome, and conflicted. Wonderfully done!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely! You will stay up late listening to this one. It's riveting for sure!


    Any additional comments?

    This story and performance are amazing and will bring the person of Lincoln to life in a very unusual and pleasant way!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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