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P. K. Bethune

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  • The Fairy Godmother: Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (544)

    Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom's Cinderella - until an accident of fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! Determined not to remain with her stepfamily, Elena set out to get a new job - and ended up becoming the Fairy Godmother for the land. But "Breaking with Tradition" was no easy matter. True, she didn't have to sleep in the chimney, but she had to deal with arrogant, stuffed-shirt princes who kept trying to rise above their place in the tale.

    Captain Skurvy says: "An excellent start to a new series"
    "Fun read, but not deep stuff"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    She plays with a fun idea in "The Tradition" and creates some fun characters doing it. Nothing deep or insightful here, but a fun read.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fortune's Fool: Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (162)

    The seventh daughter of the Sea King, Ekaterina is more than a pampered princess - she's also the family spy. Which makes her the perfect emissary to check out interesting happenings in the neighboring kingdom...and nothing interests her more than Sasha, the seventh son of the king of Belrus. Ekaterina suspects he's far from the fool people think him. But before she can find out what lies beneath his facade, she is kidnapped!

    Sarah says: "Very slow start."
    "Fun read"
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    Mercedes has another light, fun read based on classic folk tales with her own unique spin from Russia and Sergei

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Toland
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (353)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning history of World War II chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the Japanese empire, from the invasion of Manchuria and China to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Told from the Japanese perspective, The Rising Sun is, in the author’s words, "a factual saga of people caught up in the flood of the most overwhelming war of mankind, told as it happened - muddled, ennobling, disgraceful, frustrating, full of paradox."

    Cassandra says: "Long, but never boring"
    "Classic and a bit dated, but otherwise excellent"
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    The story was written before some informations was public ally available, so it is a bit dated, but otherwise it is excellent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steadfast: Elemental Masters, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Carmela Corbett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (99)

    The new novel in Mercedes Lackey’s best-selling series of an alternative Edwardian Britain, where magic is real - and Elemental Masters are in control. Lionel Hawkins is a magician whose act is only partially sleight of hand. The rest is real magic. He’s an Elemental Magician with the power to persuade the Elementals of Air to help him create amazing illusions. It doesn’t take long before his assistant, acrobat Katie Langford, notices that he’s no ordinary magician - and for Lionel to discover that she’s no ordinary acrobat, but rather an untrained and unawakened Fire Magician.

    Tobias Betancourt says: "Good, but not great."
    "Mercedes, this is not your best"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was really poorly executed, not common for Mercedes. The characters were simple, not complex and the story seems chopped up.


    What could Mercedes Lackey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She left the story as a weak soap opera with lots left out. Was the marriage in fact real? Her parents were clearly murdered and that story line just dropped off. If Mercedes is planning a sequel, I will probably not purchase it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the stage magic bits and the use of the dragon in the end sequence was fun.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Conservative: Rediscovering Grover Cleveland

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Pafford
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Grover Cleveland is truly the forgotten conservative: a man of dignity, integrity, and courage often overlooked by the history books. Historian and author John Pafford reveals a president who deserves more attention. Cleveland might not have presided over deeply troubled times, but he set a standard for principled leadership in office that is especially relevant today.

    Timothy says: "Very Disappointing"
    "Good book, stop with the polemics"
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    What did you like best about The Forgotten Conservative? What did you like least?

    I am not a Cleveland scholar, but the book appears to be well-researched and does a good job of avoiding extrapolating from the known facts (for example about whether or not Cleveland fathered a child out of wedlock). I appreciate the well-crafted sentences and paragraphs which flow well.

    I do not appreciate the intrusion of the authors' politics. This book will certainly play well on Fox News. Right or left, I prefer that biographers write a book about the person, rather than craft a biography upon which to hang their own political ideas. I do not care about the author's political views and found their frequent intrusion into the story annoying.


    Would you recommend The Forgotten Conservative to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend the book unless I find that other authors deal with the Cleveland life and administration poorly.


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

    His narration is clear and his diction excellent.


    What else would you have wanted to know about John Pafford’s life?

    Nothing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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