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William

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  • Knitting

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anne Bartlett
    • Narrated By Beverley Dunn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    It's been 10 months since Jack died, and Sandra, a tightly wound academic, copes with her grief by immersing herself in the history of textiles. When she and Martha, a gifted knitter, meet over an unconscious body on the footpath, the unlikely threads of their lives tangle into each other. Sandra invites Martha to join her in a professional collaboration, but what begins as a working relationship becomes something deeply personal.

    William says: "Not good"
    "Not good"
    Overall

    Thought the characters were poorly written and unengaging. The narrator made these women sound even older and whinier than they ought to have been. Not a good novel about grief, mental illness, friendship, or even knitting. Sorry I wasted time and money on this one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Grave: The Discovery of Richard III's Lost Burial Place and the Clues It Holds

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Philippa Langley, Michael Jones
    • Narrated By Corrie James
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    On 22 August 1485, Richard III was killed at Bosworth Field, the last king of England to die in battle. His victorious opponent, Henry Tudor (the future Henry VII), went on to found one of our most famous ruling dynasties. Richard's body was displayed in undignified fashion for two days in nearby Leicester and then hurriedly buried in the church of the Greyfriars. Fifty years later, at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries, the king's grave was lost - its contents believed to be emptied into the river Soar - and Richard III's reputation buried under a mound of Tudor propaganda.

    William says: "Should have been so much better!"
    "Should have been so much better!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was really excited to read this book as I thought the archeological one-in-a-million find was fascinating. Sadly, it's written by the one non-historian AND non-scientist on the project. Langley is a screenwriter (as she constantly tells us) and her love for creating melodrama is rampant.

    The book moves back an forth between the archeological dig and a blindingly pro-Richardian history of the life of Richard III. She peppers her firsthand account of the dig with her intuitions and a rather creepy obsession with protecting the "dignity" of a king who has been dead for 500+ years and whose dirty bones are unlikely to excite a perverse or prurient interest in anyone (except maybe the author herself). You get the impression she'd rather take the bones home, dress them up, and have tea with them. The historical portions of the book are cringeworthy to a lover of truly objective history. She strives to make the data fit her beloved Richard, while suggesting that the whole world loved Richard until Henry VII managed to turn all popular sentiment and historical record against him. She's incapable of acknowledging that he usurped his nephew's throne and was in turn defeated in combat by another usurper.

    The book is worth reading for the accounts of the search and archeology, at least until another member of the team - either true scientist or true historian - writes a less self-involved and more scholarly account.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Crimson Petal and the White

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michel Faber
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (185)

    NOW A MAJOR BBC DRAMA starring Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Gillian Anderson, Richard E. Grant, Shirley Henderson and Mark Gatiss. 'Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them....' So begins this irresistible voyage into the dark side of Victorian London. Amongst an unforgettable cast of low-lifes, physicians, businessmen, and prostitutes, meet our heroine Sugar, a young woman trying to drag herself up from the gutter any way she can.

    anniepaints says: "Loved this Book!!"
    "Absolutely Horrible!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I can't believe I wasted so much time on a book with no redeeming (or even interesting) characters, endless (pointless and lewd) descriptions of the horrors of Victorian prostitution and a plot that went NOWHERE. I'm stunned that anyone thought this novel was worth publishing, let alone making an audiobook and apparently a TV adaptation. Seldom have I been so disappointed in a read.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (109)

    From tales of chivalrous knights to the barbarity of trial by ordeal, no era has been a greater source of awe, horror, and wonder than the Middle Ages. In handsomely crafted prose and with the grace and authority of his extraordinary gift for narrative history, William Manchester leads us from a civilization tottering on the brink of collapse to the grandeur of its rebirth, the Renaissance.

    Wallen says: "Ruined by the narrator"
    "Horrible!"
    Overall

    If the droning voice and rampant mispronunciations of the narrator weren't bad enough, this "history" is riddled with inaccuracies, biased opinions and unsubstantiated assertions - and not small ones at that! Anne Boleyn and Lucrezia Borgia are incestuous tabloid figures. Magellan is a true hero where Medal of Honor recipients are not. Chaucer is responsible for sparking Henry the Navigator and thus the Age of Discovery. The list goes on and on. This book would be comical if it didn't perpetuate such an ignorant view of the medieval world and the Renaissance!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7759)
    Performance
    (5965)
    Story
    (5986)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Read this one"
    Overall

    What a wonderful story with excellent narration. Well worth your listening credits!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    A man climbs over the railings and plunges into Niagara Falls. A newlywed, he has left behind his wife, Ariah Erskine, in the honeymoon suite the morning after their wedding. "The Widow Bride of The Falls", as Ariah comes to be known, begins a relentless, seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found.

    Harry says: "Clean Out Your Ears"
    "Horrible"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed many of JCO's other books, but this one was horrible. The plot never gelled around any of the unredeemed and unsympathetic characters. Couldn't connect with any character, wished they'd all plunge over the Falls!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kidnapped

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By John L. Chatty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Young David Balfour is cheated out of his inheritance by his uncle, who then has him kidnapped and forced into servitude on a sailing ship bound for a long voyage. What follows is one of the most spellbinding stories ever written.

    Sandinic says: "Great"
    "Horrible"
    Overall

    This audiobook was awful! The audio quality is very poor and the narrator is atrocious! Unable to pronounce place names or Scottish dialect, choppy narration, slow. This recording really doesn't do justice to the book and Audible should be ashamed to offer it!

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful

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