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benoibe

New Orleans, LA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Virgin's Lover

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (799)
    Story
    (801)

    In the autumn of 1558, church bells across England ring out the joyous news that Elizabeth I is the new queen. One woman hears the tidings with utter dread. Amy Dudley, wife of Sir Robert, knows that the bells she hears will summon her husband once more to power, intrigue, and a passionate love affair. Philippa Gregory paints a picture of a country on the brink of greatness, a young woman grasping at her power, a young man whose ambition is greater than his means, and the wife who cannot forgive them.

    Theodore says: "Interesting Take on Elizabeth"
    "Could have been so much better! Depressing!"
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    I think Gregory must have rushed this book, because the real life story of Elizabeth and Robert Dudley was so fascinating that it shouldn't be hard to write about.

    In past books, it was easy to see that Philippa Gregory had a biased opinion of certain characters... It didn't bother me when it didn't detract from the story. In "The Other Boleyn Girl", Gregory is obviously no fan of Anne Boleyn, portraying her as a one dimensional super bitch.

    Well in this story, Gregory has a bias toward Elizabeth, and her portrayal of the Queen is negative and highly inaccurate. It did bother me this time. Her version of the beloved rake Robert Dudley was also unsympathetic and just dull. His wife Amy was the obvious "victim", and I did feel bad for her, but her character just didnt move me.

    Also, the story was not very interesting. Nothing really happens. Although, It was angsty and had a couple passionate scenes in the beginning... I was hopeful for the first half of the book, but the second half was a disappointment. The name of the book gave me high expectations, as I love the enduring relationship btw the Queen and Sir Robert Dudley. But Gregory told only a tiny part of the story, and upon finishing the book, I just felt really depressed!!!

    *********************
    For a fantastic and much more accurate view of Elizabeth's younger years, check out Alison Weir's "The Lady Elizabeth". It is exceptional historical fiction.

    A recommendation for Philippa Gregory fans: "The Boleyn Inheritance" IS A MUST BUY!!!! It is an extraordinary audiobook, and the narration is perfect, of the highest quality, by all the favorite narrators. (Bianca Amato, Davian Porter, etc)

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Ceridwen of Kilton: The Circle of Ceridwen Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Octavia Randolph
    • Narrated By Nano Nagle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (249)

    Ninth-century Saxon England crumbles under the onslaught of a relentless foe - the Danish Vikings. Ceridwen, a young woman with divided loyalties, watches as the peace and plenty she enjoys at the Saxon stronghold of Kilton gives way to wary watchfulness. Her dearest friend, Ælfwyn, sold in marriage to a Dane in a desperate bid for peace, travels to Kilton and recounts the events that befell the fortress of Four Stones in captured Lindisse.

    Dennise says: "A perfect continuation..."
    "Exceptional! Can't wait for book3"
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    A fantastic follow up to an amazing first book. Hoping the next book will be released very soon!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle of Ceridwen: The Circle of Ceridwen Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Octavia Randolph
    • Narrated By Nano Nagle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (441)

    It is the year 871, when England was Angle-Land. Of seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, five have fallen to the invading Vikings. No trait is more valued than loyalty, and no possession more precious than one's steel. Across this war-torn landscape travels 15-year-old Ceridwen, now thrust into the lives of the conquerors.

    bluestategirl says: "I feel like I've waited FOREVER for this day!"
    "Can't wait for whole series!"
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    This book surpassed my expectations! It is amazing, addictive, incredibly well written. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I'm eagerly awaiting the rest of the series, which will also be narrated by the very capable Nano Nagle.

    Takes place in 9th century England during the Viking takeovers. The book is very well researched. The lead character finds herself torn between her loyalties to her family and kin and her new founded loyalties to the Vikings she has come to value.

    I couldn't put it down and listened to it during every free moment for 3 days. This is only the first of a series of 6 books, I believe. Audible please hurry to release them all!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Time of Singing

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Chadwick
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    When Roger Bigod, heir to the powerful earldom of Norfolk, arrives at court in 1177 to settle a bitter inheritance dispute with his half-brothers, he encounters Ida de Tosney, young mistress to King Henry II.

    Kimberly says: "Great performance of an interesting story."
    "A disappointment"
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    This book was surprisingly boring. The most exciting actions are passive, meaning it happens off page, so you read about what happens through messengers after the fact. I kept listening, expecting to get into the story anyway, but it never held my interest.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl in the Glass Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Fremantle
    • Narrated By Emily Watson, Rachael Stirling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    Tudor England. The word treason is on everyone's lips. Arbella Stuart, niece to Mary, Queen of Scots, and presumed successor to Elizabeth I, has spent her youth behind the towering windows of Hardwick Hall. As presumed successor to the throne, her isolation should mean protection - but those close to the crown are never safe. Aemilia Lanyer, writer and poet, enjoys an independence denied to Arbella. Their paths should never cross. But when Arbella enlists Aemilia's help in a bid for freedom, she risks more than her own future.

    benoibe says: "Extraordinary historical fiction"
    "Extraordinary historical fiction"
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    Highly recommended to historical fiction fans. A beautiful and heartbreaking story. Fantastic narration! All of Fremantle's books are excellent. However, I think this is one of her best.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert I. Weiner
    • Narrated By Professor Robert I. Weiner Ph.D. Rutgers University
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (273)

    Few periods of history offer such captivating complexity as Europe in the long 19th century between 1789 and 1914. From the idealism of the French Revolution to the power of the Industrial Revolution to the chaos of World War I, this fascinating whirl of events, personalities, and forces formed the foundation for the modern world.

    Flavius says: "More of a Good Course than a Great Course"
    "Incredible learning experience!"
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    Intense and complex material. Explained very well by a wonderful professor. Check out the downloadable course guide, it's very helpful! This course was entertaining and incredibly informative. Highly recommended for history buffs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (91)

    First published in 2000, Words and Rules remains one of Pinker's most provocative and accessible books, illuminating the fascinating relationship between the brain, the mind, and how language makes us humans.

    Tristan says: "Amazing how much irregular verbs can teach."
    "Ugh! This is a textbook!"
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    This is so not meant for general listening! I have a good grasp on languages and have listened to several linguistic audiobooks that I enjoyed. Imagine an English high school textbook in audiobook form and that's what you have here. This book might be good to read, but it's so not meant to be listened to!!! Could not listen to more than an hour's worth.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion and the Rose: A Novel of the Borgias

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Kate Quinn
    • Narrated By Leila Birch, Maria Elena Infantino, Ronan Vibert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (153)

    From the national best-selling author of The Serpent and the Pearl comes the continuing saga of the ruthless family that holds all of Rome in its grasp, and the three outsiders thrust into their twisted web of blood and deceit.…

    As the cherished concubine of the Borgia Pope Alexander VI, Giulia Farnese has Rome at her feet. But after narrowly escaping a sinister captor, she realizes that the danger she faces is far from over - and now, it threatens from within. The Holy City of Rome is still under Alexander's thrall, but enemies of the Borgias are starting to circle.

    G. M. says: "This Lady Can Wright"
    "Utterly Absurd Ending!!!!"
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    What a disappointment! I can't believe I sat through both these books (Serpent and the Pearl, and Lion and the Rose), only to reach a completely ridiculous and unbelievable conclusion! What a waste of 35 hours! In fact, the ending is so absurd and inane that I thought it was just a dream sequence, and that the character would wake up to reality. I don't want to give any spoilers so I won't give more detail, except to say that the 'happily ever after' is unreasonably absurd.
    The books were interesting and held my attention till the end, but then the author made a wreckless decision with the characters that defies belief. Also the narrator who reads for Giuilia is terrible. She's hard to understand and reads in a flat boring voice without proper attention to sentence structure. I was able to overcome the flat narration, I got used to it after a while. But the ending is not easy to overlook. I can't stress how bizarre the last hour and a half is. This forced happy ending completely ruined this series for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • At the King's Pleasure: Secrets of the Tudor Court #4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kate Emerson
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Beautiful Lady Anne Stafford, lady-in-waiting to Queen Catherine of Aragon, is torn between her love for her husband, George, Lord Hastings...and the king’s boon companion, the attentive Sir William Compton. But when King Henry VIII, amorous as always, joins the men clustering around her, Anne realizes she has become perilously enmeshed in the intrigues of the court. Will she be forced to decide between the two men she desires - and the one she doesn’t?

    benoibe says: "Good book. Easy listen."
    "Good book. Easy listen."
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    Well written entertaining novel about the life of Anne Stafford who is believed to be an early mistress of Henry VIII. She was sister to the highest duke in the realm, Duke of Buckingham. This story will be most interesting to those who don't know the details of the Duke. But it is still an entertaining story for those who do.
    Excellent narrator makes this an enjoyable easy-listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen's Gambit: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Fremantle
    • Narrated By Georgina Sutton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (191)

    Widowed for the second time at age 31, Katherine Parr falls deeply for the dashing courtier Thomas Seymour and hopes at last to marry for love. However, obliged to return to court, she attracts the attentions of the ailing, egotistical, and dangerously powerful Henry VIII, who dispatches his love rival, Seymour, to the Continent. No one is in a position to refuse a royal proposal, so haunted by the fates of his previous wives - two executions, two annulments, one death in childbirth - Katherine must wed Henry and become his sixth queen.

    Cyndi Brownell says: "more history less passion"
    "Remarkably well written! A wonderful surprise!"
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    Both the writing and the narration are beautifully rendered. Elizabeth Freemantle is truly talented, and this is a masterpiece of historical fiction. Her work surpasses Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory. I wouldn't even put her in the same category. The characters jump off the page. The story so moving and engaging.
    A must read for historical fiction fans!

    I'm pretty well versed in things Tudor. I have a minor addiction. I have listened to all the histories and major Tudor historical fiction authors that I could find. This was a new author to me, and I was pleasantly surprised at the author's incredible talent of weaving compelling characters into a fascinating story that is new and absorbing, despite the fact that I know the historical facts already. I'm thrilled by this find!

    This is the story of Kate Parr. The last queen of Henry VIII. A widow 2x over, she has fallen in love with a nobleman, just when the king's eye has fallen on her. When Henry decides to marry her, she has no choice. For the lately dubious honor of being Queen of England, Kate Parr is forced to marry a fat, old, stinking tyrant who has killed multiple wives and many of his closest friends without a second thought. After the premature death of 4 queens, Kate Parr must tread lightly to keep her own head. This is the story of how Katherine Parr survived the bloodlust of the tyrant King to be the one queen who survived...

    Kate Parr is a multi-faceted character, intelligent, brave and compassionate. Her story is dramatic and compelling. Freemantle has written a marvelous novel, which also tells the interesting stories of the characters around Parr. This book reminds me of what novels should be.

    *I just bought her other 2 books and can't wait to listen to more of this author.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen, Jenny Sterlin, Ron Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (807)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (715)

    New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents a new and unique view of one of history's most intriguing, romantic, and maddening heroines. Biographers often neglect the captive years of Mary Queen of Scots, who trusted Queen Elizabeth's promise of sanctuary when she fled from rebels in Scotland and then found herself imprisoned as the "guest" of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick.

    Theodore says: "Nothing to Write Home About"
    "Shockingly bad all-around!"
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    What a shocking tale of misinformation! I enjoyed all the books in this series, though the the Virgin's Lover was not her best. But this one is downright awful. Gregory doesn't like Elizabeth Tudor and has gone to great lengths to change her readers good impressions. To that end, I assume she left out the real story of Mary Stewart. To make her a victim of Elizabeth.

    I'm so annoyed at the misinformation, or rather lack of information, on which the story begins. Specifically the murderous actions of the Scots Queen BEFORE she ran to England. Evidence is pretty clear that Mary was complicit with her lover in killing her husband. It's shocking to see Philippa Gregory change history so dramatically. Mary Stewart was no innocent. But that isn't the worst part.

    The worst part is the 3 characters chosen to tell the tale. They are uninteresting nobodies and the Scots Queen. The story is dead from the beginning. Where is the tension? Why not have Cecil or Elizabeth's POV? Boring! Plus the narration is AWFUL! Truly terrible!

    Bad narrators for boring characters plus a story based on historical misinformation yields the worst all-around audiobook of all Philippa Gregory's work!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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