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  • Gilded Cages: The Trials of Eleanor of Aquitaine

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ellen Jones
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Tumultuous. Passionate. Timeless. The marriage between Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry Plantagenet was like no other, born of power, politics, and an all-consuming, fiery love. Within two years of their wedding, Henry conquered England and together they ruled a vast kingdom. At first they worked to unify and repair their war-torn lands - before being torn apart by intrigue, adultery, and deadly revenge.

    Dianne says: "Strong woman, who's story should be better known"
    "Wonderfully done and written."
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    Would you listen to Gilded Cages again? Why?

    Yes I love it. I have it on my MP3 player and listen to it as work. I am a lampwork bead maker and design them for pens


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the whole thing from front to back and all the in between


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You thought you knew the true story - Now you can go between the lines and still want more


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Virgin Queen's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ella March Chase
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    A fascinating glimpse into the life of Lady Elinor de Lacey, the illegitimate daughter of Queen Elizabeth I, that will appeal to fans of Tudor era historical fiction. Secreted away from the woman who gave birth to her, Elinor de Lacey is raised in blissful ignorance in the English countryside by a beloved and forward-thinking father, and a loving but remote mother. After her father's death, Elinor defies her mother's wishes and accepts an invitation to become a lady-in-waiting to Elizabeth I in London.

    Anthony says: "Not great, not even close!"
    "It was better when I read it myself"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I read the book a few years ago and remembered it because I enjoyed the whole plot and twists and turns. Somehow they weren't there.


    What could Ella March Chase have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It must have been in the reading of the book. The narrator could have changed up the voices and emotions a bit.


    Do you think The Virgin Queen's Daughter needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It will need some very strong characters and a lot of twists.


    Any additional comments?

    I am going to listen to it again and give it another chance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sandra Byrd
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Christy Award finalist Sandra Byrd has drawn favorable comparisons to New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory for her Ladies in Waiting novels. The second installment in the series transports listeners to King Henry VIII’s court for a tale of intrigue featuring Henry’s last wife, Kateryn Parr.

    A User says: "It is a bit hard to get into and I still got lost."
    "It is a bit hard to get into and I still got lost."
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    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I am still trying to get to it, I find myself having to go back and relisten to it


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Not enough personalty of the characters


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen's Bastard: A Novel of Elizabeth I and Arthur Dudley

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robin Maxwell
    • Narrated By Angele Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Historians have long whispered that Elizabeth "the Virgin Queen's" passionate, lifelong affair with Robin Dudley, Earl of Leicester, may have led to the birth of a son, Arthur Dudley. In this exquisite sequel to The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn, Robin Maxwell fashions a stunning fictional account of the child switched at birth by a lady-in-waiting who foresaw the deleterious political consequences of a royal bastard.

    A User says: "Story? what Story?"
    "Story? what Story?"
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    Story
    What would have made The Queen's Bastard better?

    hard to follow and even harder to listen to. Very mono toned


    What was most disappointing about Robin Maxwell’s story?

    No real plot to try to follow


    What didn’t you like about Angele Masters’s performance?

    No excitement


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment in the whole thing. sounded like a good book in the write up and desciption
    i am a lover of this time period of fiction and non-fiction, there aren't enough books about the live and times of the people


    Any additional comments?

    money back please

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nancy Goldstone
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    Set against the backdrop of the turbulent 13th century, a time of chivalry and crusades, poetry, knights, and monarchs, comes the story of the four beautiful daughters of the count of Provence, whose brilliant marriages made them the queens of France, England, Germany, and Sicily.

    Patricia says: "Entertaining!"
    "A quarter of the time for each person."
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    What did you love best about Four Queens?

    I loved the stories but I kept getting confused with the story lines. I felt like I kept jumping around. I would have liked more story with out the details.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine Swynford

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Judith Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is renowned around the world for her chronicles of Britain's royal families. Here she turns her focus to the enigmatic former mistress of John of Gaunt, Katherine Swynford, who would go on to marry her lover and become Queen of England. Through Weir's captivating prose, listeners are treated to a rousing profile of a dynamic historical figure.

    Alexis says: "Too much detail, not enough person"
    "Too much details and not enough of Katherine."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It was too detailed by all most covering every moment and not enough of the feelings of everyone.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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