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Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2010

  • 3 reviews
  • 33 ratings
  • 168 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014

  • Elizabeth I: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret George
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    New York Times best-selling author Margaret George captures history's most enthralling queen-as she confronts rivals to her throne and to her heart. One of today's premier historical novelists, George dazzles here as she tackles her most difficult subject yet: the legendary Elizabeth Tudor, queen of enigma - the Virgin Queen who had many suitors; the victor of the Armada who hated war; the gorgeously attired, jewel-bedecked woman who pinched pennies.

    Roberta says: "A different view of Elizabeth"
    "Boring - Was it the writer or the reader or both?"

    I have enjoyed other Margaret George books I have read - Henry VIII, Cleopatra, Mary Queen of Scot and Helen of Troy. I have a lot of interest in Elizabeth I. I have always found her one of the most intriguing women in history. I had absolutely no interest in Helen of Troy. So why did I enjoy the Helen novel and not the Elizabeth novel? That is a question I am asking myself. Typically the joy of a long book is that you get to know the characters so deeply. The author mentions at the end that Elizabeth's contemporaries felt they never knew what Elizabeth was thinking and I felt the same about the author. I couldn't feel for Elizabeth because I didn't know her. I didn't feel attached to any of the characters. It felt hollow. There were some very interesting facts that I was unaware of about both people and events. Had the book been shortened in half I could have still found those out and known just as much about the characters. What didn't help is I found the reader unbelievable. If George was confused about Elizabeth's character Reading seemed lost. Maybe I would have enjoyed the book better if I had read it myself. If Margaret George writes another book I will buy. Even the best writers have a book that just isn't as good as the others and the author had set herself a high level to meet. I don't think I will try the reader again though, unless it is for something fluffy.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Hiding Place

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Corrie ten Boom
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler's concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the 20h century. In World War II she and her family risked their lives to help Jews and underground workers escape from the Nazi's, and for their work they were tested in the infamous Nazi death camps. Only Corrie among her whole family survived to tell the story of how faith ultimately triumphs over evil.

    AAW says: "Amazing Courage"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hiding Place the most enjoyable?

    The story is incredible and the narrator did an outstanding job.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hiding Place?

    I don't think I will forget any of it.

    Which character ??? as performed by Bernadette Dunne ??? was your favorite?

    Betsy is such an amazing woman.

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

    Yes. However, I think it took me three sittings

    Any additional comments?

    A story of hope, love and forgiveness. A story of God's grace in a time of suffering. A story that reminds me that He will carry my burdens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire: The Novel of Imperial Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Steven Saylor
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Pinarii witness the machinations of Tiberius, the madness of Caligula, and the decadence of Nero. The deadly paranoia of Domitian gives way to the Golden Age of Trajan and Hadrian - but even the most enlightened emperors wield the power to destroy their subjects on a whim.Empire is filled with the dramatic, defining moments of the age, including the Great Fire of 64 A.D, Nero’s persecution of the Christians, and the astounding opening games of the Colosseum.

    Michael says: "Very well done!"
    "4 and a Half Stars"

    This was a fantastic book. I enjoyed the writing, I learned a lot about Rome that will stick with me. Each emperor was distinct and so well written that I will remember them easily now. The history seemed right on. I do however like having an author's note at the end to explain what was fact and what was not. I really liked the reader as well. He was superb. If you like historical fiction you will find this book interesting. I read Roma when it came out and it was really enjoyable as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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