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Maureen

Crescent City, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1871)
    Performance
    (1148)
    Story
    (1154)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "A Sympathetic View of Thomas Cromwell"
    Overall

    This was an insightful and interesting view of Thomas Cromwell. He's always been cast as the villian of the piece, but Mantel gives us another side of this man who was so influential in helping Henry VIII split from Rome. Cromwell's home at Austin Friars comes alive in the pages, as does his family, friends and associates. So much has been written about Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII that it's nice to learn something about the real power behind the throne, even though we already know how things will end for Cromwell.

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  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblatt
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Two years ago, Eva Khatchadourian's son, Kevin, murdered seven high-school students, a cafeteria worker, and an algebra teacher. Because he was only 15 at the time, he received a lenient sentence and is now in a prison for young offenders. Telling the story of Kevin's upbringing, Eva addresses herself to her estranged husband through a series of letters. Fearing that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son has become, she confesses to a long-standing ambivalence. How much is her fault?

    Sherry says: "Fantastic!"
    "Too late to talk about Kevin"
    Overall

    This is the second of Shriver's books that I've read and both seem to show a darker side to life in the US. I couldn't stop listening to this one, but when it was over I said "Thank God," not because I didn't like it but because some of it was difficult to listen to. Good choice for a book club as there's so much to discuss. Not recommended for a summer read!

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