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Trondheim, Norway

  • 3 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 44 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Josephine

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By S. Patricia Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Josephine's life story was as turbulent as the age, an era of revolution and social upheaval, of the guillotine and of frenzied hedonism. With telling psychological depth and compelling literary grace, Carolly Erickson brings the complex, charming, ever resilient Josephine to life in this memorable portrait, one that carries the reader from the sensual richness of her childhood in the tropics to her final lonely days at Malmaison.

    Barbara says: "Biased, but a good read."
    "Agreeable starting point"

    There are probably both better and more inferior books, than this one, about Josephine, or the revolutionary and napoleonic era in general. But as a introduction to a historic person, which I realized I had no knowledge about when I bought the book, it worked marvelous. Sometimes the author seems to be taking some liberties. She also seems to be be fimly in Josephine's camp at all time. But I didn't find this intruding upon an enjoyable and flowing narrative concerning the woman who appears to have wielded more real social power before her marriage to Napoleon, than she did in it or as empress. It certainly commenced a greater interest in the era for my part.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Michael and Natasha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Rosemary Crawford, Donald Crawford
    • Narrated By Nadia May

    He was Grand Duke Michael, handsome brother of Tsar Nicholas II. She was the beautiful twice-divorced daughter of a Moscow lawyer. Their scandalous love affair and their runaway marriage to Vienna in 1912, trailed by the Tsar's secret police, caused uproar in Russia and was the talk of all Europe.

    Filmguy says: "More than a Love Story"
    "Historic presentation at its best"

    Very enjoyable! The author seems to have done good research for the book. There is an undeniable exciting backdrop, namely the russian royal family and the decades leading up to the russian revolution. Commendable and pleasing narration from the author. And of course a window into almost every girls secret dream, a passionate and romantic love story that defies society. Almost like a good love novel but with the additional aspect of being true history. A truely compelling look into the lesser known persons in the periphery around the last russian tsar. Historic presentation at its best in my view.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jacob Burckhardt
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this landmark study of Italy from the 14th through the early 16th centuries, Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt chronicles the rise of Florence and Venice as powerful city-states, the breakup of the medieval worldview that came with the rediscovery of Greek and Roman culture, and the new emphasis on the role of the individual. All these, Burckhardt explains, went hand in hand with the explorations of science and the more naturalistic depiction of the world in art and literature.

    Henry says: "A Learned Book from 150 Years Ago"
    "Like a questionnaire"

    I regret purchasing this book. I gave it up after listening for close to 3 hours because I feel that it reads like a questionnaire. A long list of names and accompanaying each: Was he gruesome? Yes, no. Did he try to grab wealth wherever possible? Yes, no. Did he have a wife renowned for her beauty and devotion to the local church? Yes, no. Did he murder someone? Yes, no. Was he murdered? But no presentation, and no future promise of one, on what these facts may possibly relate to use about the renaissance in Italy. Extremely boring in my opinion.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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