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  • Isabella: The She-Wolf of France

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat

    Here is the first full-length biography of a much maligned but astonishingly colourful Queen of England. In Newgate Street, in the city of London, stand the meagre ruins of Christ Church. On the same site once stood a royal mausoleum set to rival Westminster Abbey in the 14th century. Among the many crowned heads buried there was Isabella of France, Edward II's queen - one of the most notorious femme fatales in history. But how did she acquire her evil reputation? And is it justified?

    Wallen says: "Excellent"
    "Good History"

    This is a rare academic book that sounds less like a textbook and more like an interesting story. There are a few tedious moments of minute household account details, but overall this was interesting and entertaining, even if Ms. Weir has other ideas about what happened to Edward II. ;) Its definitely a worthwhile read for history fans.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Missed opportunity: brilliant story,wrong narrator"
    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    The story is everything the hype makes it out to be. I'm 33, and my husband is 36, and we both couldn't get through this fast enough. Given that, this was the perfect opportunity to produce amazing audio books out of excellent source material. Unfortunately, Carolyn McCormack falls flat for me - her voice is too old for Katniss, the emotions seem overdone, her child's voice is almost cartoony, which doesn't work in this dark setting, and Peeta sounds like he's sullen and oafish, which is totally wrong. The one thing I think she does fine with is Haymitch. Her narration changes the feel of the story, which was frustrating for me, given how much I loved the book. Yes, I'll probably listen to it again because sometimes you just need something you love in order to get back on the treadmill, and the story is incredible. But I so wish they'd picked a narrator who could do it justice. Its disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Renowned for her highly acclaimed and bestselling British histories, Alison Weir has in recent years made a major impact on the fiction scene with her novels about Queen Elizabeth and Lady Jane Grey. In this latest offering, she imagines the world of Eleanor of Aquitaine, the beautiful twelfth-century woman who was queen of France until she abandoned her royal husband for the younger man who would become king of England.

    E. Willaims says: "Why the Negativity?"
    "Such a Disappointment for Weir (and Eleanor) Fans"

    Like other reviewers, I thought this was like reading a trashy romance at times. It was all sex all the time. Eleanor and Henry's story is so much more than that - did we miss the part where they rule most of Christendom? I'm a big fan of Weir as a historian, and her two other novels were great, so I was very disappointed here. I think the narration was lacking too - you can't have a woman doing a "deep" voice and it be adequate for Henry Fitz Empress. But a man's voice wouldn't have worked for Eleanor telling her own story either. This really should have been a two-voice recording. I hope someone records Sharon Kay Penman's Henry and Eleanor trilogy, it does them more justice. GREAT books.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nicole Krauss
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Barbara Caruso, Julia Gibson, and others

    Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices.

    KLBrookline says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written."
    "Leo rocks"

    The man who read for Leo Gursky has to be one of my favorite narrators ever. He sounds like an old friend telling you about his day - he is a GREAT reader. I wasn't a huge fan of the story overall, but this guy was definitely worth listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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