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Lesa

Tampa, FL, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • The Birth of Venus: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family's Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter's abilities.

    Giovanna says: "Excellent"
    "Colorfully drawn, breathtaking and brilliant."
    Overall

    I enjoyed this immensely. The story spanned generations and tied it all in nicely. Narrated wonderfully. In fact, with this novel, the narration blended in so nicely with the story, that I scarcely heard her voice, but rather felt the story unfolding. I love well-researched historical novels and this is one! An entertaining story, and a breathtakingly beautiful setting, as seen by my mind's eye. I highly recommend this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4735)
    Performance
    (2569)
    Story
    (2600)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Unforgettable!"
    Overall

    I was absolutely captivated by this intricately-woven, delicately detailed, and expertly-spoken tale. I, completely and without a doubt, felt the ripple effect the writer tried to create with the multi-generational plot. From start to finish, I was enthralled and never disappointed. I will listen to this one again.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Final Theory: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mark Alpert
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    Columbia University professor David Swift is called to the hospital to comfort his mentor, a physicist who's been brutally attacked. With his last words, the dying man gives his former pupil a seemingly random string of numbers that could hold the key to Einstein's last and greatest secret: Einheitliche Feldtheorie, The Theory of Everything.

    Jerry says: "Such a mixed bag..."
    "Almost there."
    Overall

    Along the lines of Angels and Demons or the Da Vinci Code, this one seeks to find the truth to end all truths. I enjoyed the narrations immensely and I'll look for other books narrated by this one. As for the story, it was well-researched and the story was well-written, well-edited, but a bit formulaic and, for me anyway, a bit too predictable. I think this book will make a great movie and I'll be there to watch it. Interesting plot, well developed characters, and I learned something in the process. What more could I ask for.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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