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Peonyrose

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  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (426)

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

    Elizabeth says: "Loved everyone minute!"
    "Great story terrible narrator."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Catherine the Great? What did you like least?

    This is an amazing story but I couldn't bring myself to finish it. The narrator had a very heavy American accent, who failed to bring me into the world of this Russan Queen. Deakins reading was boring, and inappropriate for this wonderful tale. Totally spoilt my experience.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Deakins?

    A female voice as it's about a female Queen. Joanne Lumley would have been perfect.


    Was Catherine the Great worth the listening time?

    No.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (306)

    In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

    Simone says: "Who The "BLEEP" is Nancy Wake??"
    "What A Life."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Nancy Wake again? Why?

    Nancy Wake was an amazing woman - a spy in WWII. There was so much detail in this book - historically, emotionally. I really felt there with her - such a strong and very brave woman - a inspiration to us all. Makes you feel grateful for the life you do have.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Killing Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By R. D. Wingfield
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (76)

    The discovery of two teenage girls' bodies and a video of a snuff movie showing the death of one of the victims leaves Detective Inspector Jack Frost in a race against time before the killer can strike again.

    Loreen says: "This is a favorite"
    "Great British Read"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up A Killing Frost in three words, what would they be?

    It was amusing, serious with some terrific quotes that I will try to remember when needed. If you like British detective stories this one will be for you. Very easy to listen to - well I just love Stephen Thorne voice - and he's so great with the characters.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Thorne???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes - thinks he is just an amazing reading.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I quote from Frost to his boss.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (205)

    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

    Marius says: "Superbly whimsical"
    "A short history of nearly everything."
    Overall

    Bryson is awesome - so much information you have to listen many times to absorb its content. He writes in such an easy and enjoyable way - great if your interested in history and like it delivered to you in an entertaining manner. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Winifred Watson
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (545)

    Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

    Holly C. Salley says: "Adorable"
    "Miss Pettigrew lives for a day"
    Overall

    At first I didn't think I would like this novel. But no - its was great and I really enjoyed it so much I listened twice. Great plot - very believable and feel good story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (237)

    Kendall Deaton pulls herself and her baby out of a wrecked car, and a mixture of courage and fear gets her to the top of a ravine, where she flags down help. But she doesn't dare reveal her true identity to the authorities. Instead, she plans her immediate escape. Her perilous flight begins.

    Wilhelmina says: "The Witness"
    "The Witness"
    Overall

    This was a totally gripping novel. I couldn't stop listening. It had me so wrapped up in the story line it was the first thing I started to listen to as I woke up. Great twist at the end. Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Charade

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    A medical miracle gave TV personality Cat Delaney more than a new heart. It gave her a second chance at life. After leaving Hollywood to host a San Antonio TV show spotlighting children with special needs, Cat fights to gain respect as a newscaster. She meets Alex Pierce, an ex-cop turned crime writer, who regards her as a woman, not as a heart patient. When fatal “accidents” begin killing the other heart recipients, Alex may – or may not – be her most important ally.

    Ck says: "Not my favorite SB book"
    "Charade"
    Overall

    I found this a disappointing novel, it was very repetitive and nothing like as good as Witness. The whole story line could have been much better in its plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shopaholic and Sister

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Shopaholic Becky receives some incredible news. She has a long-lost sister. Finally, a real sister! They'll have so much in common. They can go shopping together...choose shoes together...have manicures together. Then they meet. And Becky gets the shock of her life.

    Peonyrose says: "Shopaholic and sister"
    "Shopaholic and sister"
    Overall

    Fab book, so funny. If you love shopping and all things girly this is the book for you. Emily Grey is a wonderful reader. AAA+++

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Messenger of Athens

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Anne Zouroudi
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When the battered body of a young woman is discovered on a remote Greek island, the local police are quick to dismiss her death as an accident. Then a stranger arrives, uninvited, from Athens, announcing his intention to investigate further. His methods are unorthodox, and he brings his own mystery into the web of dark secrets and lies. Who has sent him, on whose authority is he acting. And how does he know of dramas played out decades ago?

    Roxalanne says: "Worthwhile and compelling, but tragic"
    "The messenger of Athens"
    Overall

    Great detective novel on a Greek island. Become involved in the life of the small island and their culture. Exciting and with interesting character development. Zouroudi is easy to listen to and a most enjoyable audio book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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