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Donn C. Fullenweider

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  • Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1138)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (981)

    Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.

    Darwin8u says: "Mantel Pulls the History out of the History"
    "How can history be so much fun to read?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bring Up the Bodies to be better than the print version?

    Mantel with her wonderful dialogue and scenes touches the emotions in this story but Vances voice makes us feel the emotion each character is feeling that we could only assume in reading rather then listening. The voice and emotion that he gives each character makes the story come alive. It was perfect for me


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cromwell


    What about Simon Vance???s performance did you like?

    It was great.


    If you could take any character from Bring Up the Bodies out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I doubt there's any one in this story I would be comfortable with having dinner.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read several historys of this period and have takien courses in English history. No doubt the many movies of the period have influenced me but Hilary Mantel's treatment of the dialogue and understanding of the characters helps explain much that was not clear but I belive is a true version of what occurred. The plots, the betrayals and the skill of Cromwell, as a master of carrying out the wishes of his king which he treats as the only measure of morality, is written in such a way for me as if the writer was there at the time.Cant wait for the next installment of this fascinating description of this period of history even though we all know the outcome.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Starboard Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Amber Dermont
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    Jason Prosper grew up in the elite world of Manhattan penthouses, Maine summer estates, old-boy prep schools, and exclusive sailing clubs. A smart, athletic teenager, Jason maintains a healthy, humorous disdain for the trappings of affluence, preferring to spend afternoons sailing with Cal, his best friend and boarding-school roommate. When Cal commits suicide during their junior year at Kensington Prep, Jason is devastated by the loss and transfers to Bellingham Academy.

    Amazon Customer says: "Just enough wind to keep it sailing"
    "Could not finish it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Starboard Sea?

    My disdain for the life style and attitude of these preppies,although I love sailing, caused me to not finish this book and I stopped half way through. I can't blame the author but some of the dialog is childish maybe she did such a good job it turned me off.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Amber Dermont again?

    I doubt it.


    What didn???t you like about Alexander Cendese???s performance?

    The effeminate voice of most of the male sub characters and a masculine voice of some of the females.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Darwin8u says: "A deep river of American writing"
    "A wonderful book with one of my favorite readers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about My Antonia?

    The subtle relationship between Jim and Antonia.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Antonia?

    The Nebraska winter with primitive shelters in pioneer times


    What about George Guidall???s performance did you like?

    He continues to be one of my favorites. His distinct voice for each character and dialect never leaves you in doubt who is speaking. He reads as if this is his story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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