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Kristen

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  • Jane Boleyn: The Infamous Lady Rochford

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Julia Fox
    • Narrated By Julia Barrie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (8)

    Jane Rochford was the sister-in-law to Anne Boleyn and Lady of the Bedchamber to Catherine Howard, whom she followed to the scaffold in 1542. Hers is a life of extraordinary drama as a witness to and participant in the greatest events of Henry's reign. Her supposed part in both Anne Boleyn's and Catherine Howard's downfall has led to her being reviled through the centuries.

    Jennifer says: "Shines new light on Jane"
    "Bad biography"
    Overall

    This is the worse excuse for a biography I've ever read. Three-quarters of it is the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, rehashed yet again, with embarrassing comments like "Jane probably knew about this" or "Jane may have felt this about that". Jane Boleyn plays as merely a background character in her own biography! The INFAMOUS Lady Rochford, indeed. Infamous for what? Being a bit player in the drama of Henry VIII's serial marriages? If you're going to write someone's biography, some FACTS would be nice. As is, this is naught but a series of "may have's" and "probably's".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Harriet Reisen
    • Narrated By Harriet Reisen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Louisa May Alcott portrays a writer as worthy of interest in her own right as her most famous character, Jo March, and addresses all aspects of Alcott's life: the effect of her father's self-indulgent utopian schemes; her family's chronic economic difficulties and frequent uprootings; her experience as a nurse in the Civil War; and the loss of her health and frequent recourse to opiates in search of relief from migraines, insomnia, and symptomatic pain.

    Heimo says: "interesting life, strange reader"
    "Interesting subject, poor narration"
    Overall

    Sometimes authors should not be permitted to read their own material. The book was interesting and well written. But Reisen, while a good biographer, is a terrible reader - stilted, unemotional, dry....rather like a child trying to read Shakespeare. This would have been a lot more interesting if the reader had been a professional.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nancy Goldstone
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Nancy Goldstone portrays the riveting history of a beautiful queen, a shocking murder, a papal trial, and a reign as triumphant as any in the Middle Ages.

    Kelly says: "One of my favorite writers and narrators"
    "Slightly interesting"
    Overall

    The subject matter is slightly interesting, but certainly not engrossing. The narration is the most annoying part - the different voices used to portray the different people is unnecessary and quite inane. The book seems to spend more time on the political turmoil of 14th century Italy and Europe (did ANYONE rule peacefully in that century?) than about Joanna herself.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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