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Alanna

@banana29 Teacher-librarian, striving for perfection but my artist keeps getting in the way.

Elora, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • The Lady of the Rivers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (581)

    Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream. Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy.

    Bonnie-Ann says: "Philippa back on track"
    "Pippa does it again"
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    I've read almost everything by Philippa Gregory. In The Lady of the Rivers, she takes another historical character, Jacquetta, and sweeps over the major themes in her life as we travel with her from virgin to crone. Jacquetta dabbles in alchemy, herbalism, and because of this book, I will plant my garden differently this year.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24105)
    Performance
    (18047)
    Story
    (18104)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Spellbinding"
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    My favourite kind of fantasy....a world not completely unlike our own, filled with deep character development and a riveting plot. I've said that it is like The Tudors with dragons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17243)
    Performance
    (15316)
    Story
    (15269)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Time travelling with Stephen King"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed it so much, I won't even consider reading it in print.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    I was haunted by the events of Derry.


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    Al Templeton is so ill but so desperate to communicate his last wishes. Craig Wasson is outstanding also as Sadie.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was totally addicted to Stephen King as a teenager, 25 years ago, and this was my first book of his since then. I hope he continues to write in this genre, taking modern people back in time. I loved the nuances of the historical period and he brought Texas, and the late 50s/early 60s to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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