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Richard

Glendale, NY, USA

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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
    (186)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    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"
    "Great book Rough Listen"
    Overall

    Once again Antonia Fraser does a magnificent job bringing what could be bland historical research, to life. The problem with this audiobook is the reader. Her voice, once you get used to it is fine. It is her choice of doing foreign accents, male/female voice characters and even children's voices that is .... freaky. I wanted to pull off my headset more than once. Please, next time, just a good solid read would suffice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (306)

    On the eve of Marcus Cicero's inauguration as consul of Rome, the grisly death of a boy sends ripples of fear through a city already wracked by civil unrest, crime, and debauchery of every kind. Felled by a hammer, his throat slit and his organs removed, the young slave appears to have been offered as a human sacrifice, forbidden as an abomination in the Roman Republic. For Cicero, the ill forebodings of this hideous murder only increase his frustrations and the dangers he already faces as Rome's leader.

    David says: "Enjoyable Read"
    "At Last!"
    Overall

    A perfectly crafted story told by the perfect reader. Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Timothy Snyder
    • Narrated By Michael Damon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    From the palaces of the Habsburg Empire to the torture chambers of Stalin's Soviet Union, the extraordinary story of a life suspended between the collapse of the imperial order and the violent emergence of modern Europe. Wilhelm Von Habsburg wore the uniform of the Austrian officer, the court regalia of a Habsburg archduke, the simple suit of a Parisian exile, the collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece, and, every so often, a dress.

    Janice says: "little known story about Hapsburgs"
    "Very Interesting"
    Overall

    But man, the reader was a y a w n

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Higher: A Historic Race to the Sky and the Making of a City

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Neal Bascomb
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    This riveting, true account of the 1929 race to build New York City's tallest skyscraper evokes the glory of an exciting time long past.

    Celia says: "Riveting (excuse the pun)!!"
    "Great Listen...but"
    Overall

    The reader , try as he may, sounds like a 1920's/30's radio announcer. It's quite annoying. And his attempts and pronunciation in foreign tongues - not good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jill Jonnes
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    Reminiscent of Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City, this fascinating account from acclaimed author Jill Jonnes recaptures the 1889 Paris World's Fair. Casting vehement criticism aside, Gustave Eiffel built his tower to be the fair's centerpiece. Perched at the top all summer, he hosted a string of dignitaries.

    Julie W. Capell says: "Just read the first half"
    "Great Book - Just an OK Listen"
    Overall

    I did get through it, but at times it was challenging. A good reader makes all the difference.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Sun King: Louis XIV at Versailles

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nancy Mitford
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin, Ellen Ezekiel
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    Of all the crowned heads of Europe, there was none to match the dignity, grace, and magnificence of Louis XIV, the greatest king in French history. And there was no other palace to match the glory of Versailles at its zenith.

    Nassir says: "Excellent"
    "All A Bit Too Much"
    Overall

    The book on its own may have been a good read, but the audiobook was difficult to get thru. Cheesy music, sound effects, whispered quotes in French and an overly dramatic reader. I would highly suggest Antonia Fraser's Love and Louis XIV as a first choice.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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