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Jenny

PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By edited by Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    The former King of England, Edward II was murdered in Berkeley Castle, near Gloucester, England. In 1326, Edward's wife, Isabella of France, led an invasion against her husband. The following year, Edward was made to renounce the throne in favor of his son Edward. This was the first time that a king of England had been dethroned since Ethelred in 1013.

    Ian says: "Excellent introduction of British History"
    "just what I wanted"
    Overall

    A very concise review of all of the monarchy in England. As thorough as it can be for its short length--if you want a review of all the English monarchy, this is it! I have been reading a lot of biographies and wanted to get the overall strand of monarchs straight, and this was perfect for that. I found it helpful that the book was broke up the reigns by direct family line (so the section changed when someone died without a son/daughter).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Berendt
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (542)

    Genteel society ladies who compare notes on their husbands' suicides. A hilariously foul-mouthed black drag queen. A voodoo priestess who works her roots in the graveyard at midnight. A prominent antiques dealer who hangs a Nazi flag from his window to disrupt the shooting of a movie. And a redneck gigolo whose conquests describe him as a "walking streak of sex".

    Joey says: "A little slow, but entertaining"
    "great book, great narrator!"
    Overall

    I have been a member of Audible for over a year, and this is the best narration I have come across yet. He makes it so much more vivid, and I really appreciate that his southern accents are GOOD. They don't sound fake, which I think can be a problem. It helps, of course, that the book is really great and has very vivid characters, but I think the narration makes those characters really come to life. Especially Chablis! Oh I love her.
    I also liked the little snippet of interview with the author at the end.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1489)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (716)

    In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

    Darwin8u says: "A NEAR Perfect Novel."
    "missing jacob..."
    Overall

    I found myself utterly absorbed in this book. i felt it moved slowly for the first 1/3, but it was still absorbing--like lying by a stream. Then all of a sudden it sped up, then slowed down again, which was unexpected but by this point I loved the characters and was glad to hear more action from them. I love Orito and wish I could be friends with her.
    There are definitely parts that are...for lack of a better word...gross (explicit medical descriptions) but I didn't find them so frequent as to distract from the story. I thought the narrators did a great job, and the voices they used really helped me keep characters straight.
    And now it's been a few days since I finished the story...and I miss Jacob!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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