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William

Landenberg, PA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2073)
    Performance
    (1325)
    Story
    (1333)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Well crafted historical fiction"
    Overall

    Sometimes hard to tell the fact from the fiction. This was a well done story based on a very complicated time. It is a complex story but mostly easy to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4950)
    Performance
    (1827)
    Story
    (1840)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "A new favorite"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book when I listened to it the first time, as it is well written somewhat in the style of old favorites from Austen, Dickens, and the Brontes. Excellent pacing and real, complex characters allowed the intrigue to develop and continue to suck me in. Then when I had a second listen for a new bookclub, the richness of the story and the writing revealed itself even further. I've listened to it 4 times now and find something new every listen.

    For those who love 19th century english literature, this novel is destined to be a new treasure. For those who simply enjoy a great mystery, a well written book, or a good story, this novel is a worthy investment of time and money.

    0 of 0 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
    (5239)
    Performance
    (3006)
    Story
    (3048)

    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"
    "Captivating"
    Overall

    This well written novel weaves together multiple time periods, life stories, and "mysteries" with well developed characters, plausible twists and turns, and great intrigue. I didn't want this story to end; I hated to part with the characters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Hamilton

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1161)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (404)

    Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

    Robert says: "Captivating & Fluid Bio Unique American immigrant"
    "Really tough to get through"
    Overall

    I wanted to like this book. I expected to like it based on the overwhelming reader praise for it. But it simply went to forever telling the most miniscule aspects of his life ... even when parts of the story were admittedly pure speculation. I still haven't been able to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13126)
    Performance
    (5470)
    Story
    (5516)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Excellent story"
    Overall

    Very well done historical fiction. Well developed characters and interwoven plots made for a great listen. Made me think about life during the period and the constancy of mankind. Some parts of the story are very harsh, as was life furing the period.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sing Them Home

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephanie Kallos
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    Everyone knows the story of Aneira Hope Jones, the woman swallowed up by a tornado, and of the painful legacy bestowed upon her children. Larken, Gaelan, and Bonnie have grown into adulthood enshrouded in myth and unresolved grief, longing for closure and for release from their identities as motherless children. Both knowingly and unknowingly, the Jones siblings have condemned themselves to the task of interpreting and paying homage to their mother's life; thus, they have never claimed their own.

    Linda says: "Fabulous writing!"
    "Pleasant listen"
    Overall

    An interesting story with nice character development, some believable twists, good narration. A good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Ordinary Time

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Presenting an aspect of American history that has never been fully told, Doris Kearns Goodwin describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become, only five years later, the preeminent economic and military power in the world. Using diaries, interviews, and White House records, Goodwin paints an intimate, detailed portrait not only of the presidency during wartime but also of Franklin and Eleanor themselves.

    Kathryn Kienholz says: "Good enough that I wish it were unabridged."
    "Inspiring"
    Overall

    Well written with a good balance of coverage of the personalities, events, and atmosphere of the times. Very interesting to recognize just how much changed in a decade - a factor of the times but also of some very savvy and talented leadership. It will be interesting to see what parallels ultimately are drawn to our current era. Will our generation rise to the challenge?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27501)
    Performance
    (14103)
    Story
    (14152)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Best book I've read (sic) in a long time"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the development of the characters, the timeperiod backdrop, and the story. Some wonderfully surprising twists kept it very interesting. I loved all of the characters, even the hateful ones. I would love to see a sequel about how some of the lives continued to evolve.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Twins

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tessa De Loo
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Originally published in the Netherlands in 1993, De Loo's first novel to be translated into English explores the enmity that existed between Germans and the rest of Europe after World War II. This moving tale addresses notions of guilt and responsibility in a sensitive, thought-provoking manner, without exonerating or condemning.

    William says: "Disturbing but it makes you think"
    "Disturbing but it makes you think"
    Overall

    Not an easy listen, because it's a tough story. Well written, though, with good and believeable character development.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Foreign Body

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    A series of unexplained deaths in foreign hospitals sends an idealistic UCLA medical student on a desperate search for answers in this chilling tale from the master of the medical thriller.

    Sharon says: "Excellent book!"
    "Is there an option for a ZERO rating?"
    Overall

    The concept was interesting but very poorly executed. The details in some cases were absurd - even by fictional standards! The narration was horrid. The mimicry of female voice was pathetic. Do NOT waste your money (or credits) on this selection!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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