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Michael

maimi, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marc Morris
    • Narrated By Frazer Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (92)

    An upstart French duke who sets out to conquer the most powerful and unified kingdom in Christendom. An invasion force on a scale not seen since the days of the Romans. One of the bloodiest and most decisive battles ever fought.

    Jefferson says: "A Balanced, Entertaining, and Informative History"
    "A great book for anyone interested in this period"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Norman Conquest the most enjoyable?

    Just the right amount of detail. Enough so you walk away with a thorough knowledge of what happened, when it happened, and why it happened.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Non fiction, so no characters, just real historical figures.


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

    The sound of his voice just matches the material.


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

    Yes, I couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book for anyone interested in the history of Britrun from the time the Romans left to the time directly after the Norman conquest.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Water: A Shetland Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anne Cleeves
    • Narrated By Kenny Blyth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (105)

    When the body of a journalist is found, Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted from outside to head up the investigation. Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his local knowledge is needed in this case, and he decides to help Willow. The dead journalist had left the islands years before to pursue his writing career. In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl. When Willow and Jimmy dig deeper, they realize that the journalist was chasing a story that many Shetlanders didn't want to come to the surface.

    Marjorie says: "What A Disappointment After Enjoying ..."
    "Perhaps better than PD James!"
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    If you enjoy PD James' mysteries , you will love Anne Cleeves' mysteries. A great police procedural with wonderful character development and a totally satisfying mystery conclusion.
    This is a fantastic series, Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (365)

    It is a cold January morning, and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait.

    Rachel says: "HEY AUDIBLE!!! Get more Ann Cleeves!! good stuff!"
    "Very good character driven mystery"
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    For this who enjoy a character intense mystery, this is for you. 90% of the book is about who the characters are, what they think, how they feel.
    The mystery, the murder of a ten age girl, is really a back drop to the extensive character development. Yet, the mystery is very well done. I just wish the balance between character development and the murder had been ore even.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (146)

    Little Bighorn and Custer are names synonymous in the American imagination with unmatched bravery and spectacular defeat. Mythologized as Custer's Last Stand, the June 1876 battle has been equated with other famous last stands, from the Spartans' defeat at Thermopylae to Davy Crockett at the Alamo.

    Stanley says: "So enjoyed the re-visit to this historical battle."
    "Outstanding history!"
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    It is clear the author has done his homework and written an unbiased explanation of one of the more controversial battles in American history. He explains who the key players were, what they did, and why they did it. He gives all sides of the story, in plain everyday language. You walk away with a complete knowledge of a complex historical event. Extremely well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killing of the Tinkers

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ken Bruen
    • Narrated By Gerry O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Jack Taylor, a disgraced ex-cop in Galway, has slid further down the slope of despair. After a year in London he returns to his home town of Galway with a leather coat and a coke habit. Someone is systematically slaughtering young travellers and dumping their bodies in the city centre. Even in the state he's in, Jack Taylor has an uncanny ability to know where to look, what questions to ask, and with the aid of an English policeman, apparently solves the case.

    Lynda Rands says: "What a waste"
    "Very very disappointing"
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    I have enjoyed many other mysteries by this author, but this book was very disappointing. Basically 90% of the book is the main character moaning about his life, getting high on cocaine, and getting drunk. I feel as if I was robbed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1356: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jack Hawkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (434)

    On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers. In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle - one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years' War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Classic Story Comes To Life"
    "Simply the very best!"
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    If you are interested in the 100 years war and enjoy historical fiction, then this is the book for you! Don't think twice, buy it and step back into history!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of Kings: Saxon Tales, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Stephen Perring
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (382)

    As the ninth century wanes, Alfred the Great lies dying, his dream of a unified England in danger and his kingdom on the brink of chaos. While his son, Edward, has been named his successor, there are other Saxon claimants to the throne - as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north. Uhtred, the Saxon-born, Viking-raised warrior, whose life seems to shadow the making of England itself, is torn between his vows and his desires....

    Amazon Customer says: "Great series ruined by narrator"
    "Historical fiction at its very best!"
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    This is another fantastic addition to the very best historical fiction series you will ever have the pleasure to enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Land: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (317)

    In a clash of heroes,the kingdom is born.A t the end of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in ill health; his heir, an untested youth. His enemy, the Danes, having failed to conquer Wessex, now see their chance for victory. Led by the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking hordes attack. But Uhtred, Alfred’s reluctant warlord, proves his worth, outwitting Harald and handing the Vikings one of their greatest defeats. For Uhtred, the sweetness of victory is soon overshadowed by tragedy.

    Lana says: "Wonderful Story! Wonderful Narrator!"
    "Excellent addition to an incredible series!"
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    Another fantastic addition to this wonderful series! If you love historical action series, this is the series for you!
    Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Abbot: The Nineteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Matthew Bartholomew doesn't want to travel to Peterborough in the summer of 1358, but his friendship with the lovely Julitta Holm has caused a scandal in Cambridge, so he has no choice. He is one of a party of Bishop's Commissioners, charged to discover what happened to Peterborough's abbot, who went for a ride one day and has not been seen since. When the Commissioners arrive, they find the town in turmoil.

    Judith A. Weller says: "A Great Medieval Mystery with humor"
    "A great historical mystery"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the book has the right balance of detail to dialogue to make it a truly enjoyable listening experience.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not quite on the edge of my seat, but definitely interested and wanting to hear more.


    What about Andrew Wincott’s performance did you like?

    The different tone of voices he chose for the different characters was dead on.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Lost Abbot and why?

    The monk Michael, he seemed the most real.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cater Street Hangman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (291)

    When a maid in the upper class Ellison household is strangled, Inspector Pitt is called in to investigate. He finds a world ruled by strict manners and social customs, where the inhabitants of the Ellison's neighborhood appear to be more outraged by the thought of scandal than they are by murder. Inspector Pitt finds a most unlikely ally in Charlotte, the Ellison's spirited daughter. But as the murders continue, Charlotte and Pitt find themselves drawn together by more than the investigation.

    Jean says: "Victorian England Mystery"
    "Mary Poppins and friends"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really time well spent. This book is more about the interaction between the members of a Victorian era upperclass family then about a Victorian era mystery. I would say 85% of the book has lillte if anything to do with the mystery.


    Would you recommend The Cater Street Hangman to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not reccomend this book to someone who is looking for a Victorian era mystery because that's not truly what the book is about. It's more about the relationships and prejudices of a Victorian era family.


    What three words best describe Christina Moore’s performance?

    Mary Poppins' sister


    Did The Cater Street Hangman inspire you to do anything?

    Be more careful in choosing my next audio book. Stop relying on listener's comments that simply say the book was "wonderful" or "marvellous" and start paying more attention to the listener's comments that take the time to actually describe why the listener so liked or so disliked the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Many people love Anne Perry's mysteries, so I tried this one, and I was very disappointed. I am going to try one more, just because so many others enjoy her books, but if it is another Victorian soap opera, that will be it for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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