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Denise

Elk Grove, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Judith Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir tells the spellbinding tale of the last days of Henry VIII’s second wife. Accused of adultery, incest, and treason, Anne Boleyn is locked in the Tower of London on May 2, 1536. Despite maintaining her innocence, she’s quickly condemned to death. Soon, one sword stroke sends her into eternity. But as her remains rot in the sun—unblessed by coffin, marker, or funeral—few know the truth behind her swift demise.

    Elizabeth says: "Intriguing"
    "All over the place..."
    Overall

    The details are great but repeated over and over. Additionally there is no continuity in timeline meaning the details do not start from point A and end at point Z.
    Narration was fine and kept the interest alive. I love history. I don't need historical fiction to keep me happy, I just like order and organization I can make sense of.
    The bit about the ghosts was just unnecessary silliness.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Barack Obama
    • Narrated By Barack Obama
    Overall
    (1711)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (450)

    In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father, a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man, has been killed in a car accident.

    Kathryn says: "A wonderful, insightful, non-political story"
    "Obama is so real!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dreams from My Father to be better than the print version?

    YES! Being able to hear the Presidents voice and hear him tell his own story was AMAZING!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The President said curse words! He's genuine, he has drives, motivations and emotions that we can relate to.


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

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    I just am thankful this book was out there and that he narrated it himself. It also clarified many of the falsehoods that have been spread about him in the media, especially the ones during his last presidential campaign.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Night Women

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Marlon James
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (227)

    The story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the 18th century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they - and she - will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans.

    A User says: "read now to understand the past"
    "Gritty"
    Overall

    This book is harsh, not for the faint of heart. The details are worse than a horror novel but they are necessary and I'm sure have many historical truths in them.
    There are no happy endings here but there are stories of surviving in circumstances that are uncontrollable. I admire the strength, I follow the main character and wondered what would happen and would be shocked, amazed and saddened.
    Sad does not equate to bad. I would however suggest this for adults only (I'm not a parent so what do I know,)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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