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  • The Boleyn Inheritance

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Dagmara Dominczyk, Ruthie Henshall
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (62)

    The Boleyn Inheritance is a novel drawn tight as a lute string about a court ruled by the gallows and three women whose positions brought them wealth, admiration, and power - as well as deceit, betrayal, and terror. Once again, Philippa Gregory has brought a vanished world to life: the whisper of a silk skirt on a stone stair, the yellow glow of candlelight illuminating a hastily written note, the murmurs of the crowd gathering on Tower Green below the newly built scaffold.

    Teddy says: "Simply Awed...."
    "Very entertaining!"
    Overall

    Loved all the characters which were beautifully narrated and quite entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Live Long, Finish Strong: The Divine Secret to Living Healthy, Happy, and Healed

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Gloria Copeland
    • Narrated By Kate McIntyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (9)

    In Live Long, Finish Strong, Gloria Copeland presents a scripturally sound program to help readers claim the Bible promise of a long and blessed life...and a glorious death by "divine appointment". Gloria believes the Bible teaches that God desires for every Christian to live healthily beyond 100.

    Sandra says: "I Just Love Optimists."
    "Gave me strength."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you learn from Live Long, Finish Strong that you would use in your daily life?

    This audible book helped me during a temporary health crisis in my life. I was receiving 5 hour transfusions for 6 months. During those 5 hours, I would play and replay this audio book and would hear God's word and promises of healing, health and wholeness. It gave me hope and strength and aided in my full recovery.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dear John

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (730)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (239)

    An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life - until he meets Savannah, the girl of his dreams. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who has captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist.

    Kathy says: "As always my favorite"
    "a feel good story"
    Overall

    I am more of a historical fiction reader and decided to get this book just because I liked The Notebook. I was not disappointed at all.

    Narrator did an excellent job with even portraying the female parts.

    In addition to a great story, there were lots of good lessons to be learned such as being more understanding and knowing when to let go, doing the right thing and making the right choices in life. I particularly liked the information on Asperger.

    In comparison to our fast paced tech driven era, I especially like the simple lifestyles of the characters in this book. I just might start getting more Nicholas Sparks books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Company of the Courtesan

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    Escaping the sack of Rome in 1527, with their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed, the courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf companion, Bucino, head for Venice, the shimmering city born out of water to become a miracle of east-west trade: rich and rancid, pious and profitable, beautiful and squalid.

    Moragne says: "A Good Coimpanion for a Weekend"
    "would make a good movie"
    Overall

    This book reminds me of a milder version of World without End (Ken Folett). I enjoyed learning about the lifestyle of a courtesan and their importance in the culture. Sarah Dunant paints a clear description with her words. I can visualize the colors and smell the scents/odors she writes in her book making the profession of being a courtesan one of interest and glamour.

    The character of Bucino is amusing but too dreamy and dramatic for me especially towards the last couple of chapters.

    I liked the narrator but again towards the last couple of chapters it was getting too dramatic.

    Overall it was a good story worthy of turning into a movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Noble Fugitive

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By T. Davis, Isabella Bunn
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Although betrothed to a wealthy Venetian, 17-year-old Serafina falls for her art tutor, Luca. When this infatuation is discovered, she becomes a prisoner in her own home. But as her family sails to America in 1832, she jumps ship in Portsmouth, England. While working as a chambermaid, Serafina meets sea captain John Falconer, a man on a dangerous mission. As their lives intertwine, can genuine faith and selfless love shield them from the menace of evil forces?

    koni says: "Excellent"
    "forgiveness and hope"
    Overall

    I have not read the other books. The story is okay but I feel that there should have been more character building. Maybe I have to read the other books to find out more details? I personally like this book for its strong message regarding forgiveness and hope.

    The narration was really slow in the beginning with pauses longer than usual. I can actually hear the uncertainty of the narrator's voice as if she is losing her place while reading. In addition, she could have done a better job by preparing and researching how to properly pronounce certain words like Guadalupe (gwah-dah-LOO-pay) not Guadaloop! However, it did get better after more than 20 chapters or was I just getting used to it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6675)
    Performance
    (2221)
    Story
    (2253)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "I never expected the twist"
    Overall

    I never expected the twist and thought that was good, though after that it was downhill from there just like Da Vinci Code with the dramatics of the Camerlengo.

    With regards to the audio, every line the reader read was as if he was the voice of movie trailers. It sounded at times overly exaggerated. Around chapters 41-43 (somewhere around there) it was painful to determine which of the 5 characters he was acting out- was it Victoria? Camerlengo? Langdon? Hashashin? Olivetti? How frustrating! However, it did get better when he was plainly narrating and not acting out the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Beverly Lewis
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Leah Ebersol rejoices in her coming baptism and marriage. Her joy is clouded, though, when she learns of a secret sin that her older sister, Sadie, has committed. If Sadie does not confess and repent, Leah must tell the church elders, or risk sacrificing her own conscience and reputation. The Betrayal is a CBA best seller from an award-winning inspirational author.

    Susan says: "a non stop listen"
    "not for me"
    Overall

    This story was excruciating and I don't know why I finished it. I was hoping that it would get better. In fairness, I did get a glimpse of Amish life and learned of customs/ traditions. The language was true to Amish speech, but you will find it boring if you are accustomed to modern life and lingo. Read this book to learn about Amish life, but if you are trying to find a juicy betrayal story, you must look else where.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (2872)
    Performance
    (1919)
    Story
    (1919)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "had potential"
    Overall

    After listening to Forgotten Garden and loving it, I decided to try Shifting Fog or also titled The House at Riverton. This story had so much potential but sadly was really slow. As slow as the 90+ y/o woman in it. Funny but I actually felt like I was 90+ years old with the way the story trailed off.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Duet

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kimberley Freeman
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (248)

    From the London pop scene, to the opera stages of Europe; from a tiny Greek island, to a stifling manor house full of secrets and deceptions; from the sun-drenched Queensland coast, to the silent outback; Angela and Ellie are two women both looking for something. One in search of her identity and her memory; the other in search of the love that she had and lost; theirs is a duet whose last note will not be sung until the heart-stopping climax, when a shadow from the past returns to claim them both.

    A User says: "Gosh that was a great story!"
    "great story"
    Overall

    Actual story was great. However, narrator was good too but multiple character accents were overlapping at times. I bought this audiobook because I read from the other reviews that it was like Forgotten Garden (which I loved). I was not disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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