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Judith

Clear Lake, WI, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Lady of the Rivers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (694)

    Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream. Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy.

    Bonnie-Ann says: "Philippa back on track"
    "Entertaining read"
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    Jacetta has an interesting story, and it is told well. Wish I had read it before i read The White Queen. Doubt it has much historical accuracy, but I liked the characters, the pace, and the magic. Couldn't stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sword Song: The Battle for London: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 4

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (120)

    The year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish kingdom to the north and the Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the south. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, warrior by instinct, Viking by nature, has finally settled down. He has land, a wife, and two children, and a duty given to him by King Alfred to hold the frontier on the Thames. But then trouble stirs.

    Kent says: "Wait for the Unabridged version"
    "Don't abridge!"
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    First, i want to say that i love this series and this writer...that said i ask why, with all the drivel available in historical fiction, why do you only offer abridged versions of so many books by a truly great writer? This book was barely started and it was over. I've read several of Bernard Cornwall's titles, and I know they can't be abridged without losing important pieces of the backstory. Now I'm going to have to go buy the hard copy so I can fill in what I missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingmaker's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (608)

    In The Kingmaker's Daughter, number one New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents the riveting story of Anne Neville, her sister Isabel, and their ever-changing fortunes. The Kingmaker's Daughter is the gripping and ultimately tragic story of the daughters of the man known as the "Kingmaker", the most powerful magnate in England through the Cousins' Wars. In the absence of a son and heir, he uses the two girls as pawns in his political games.

    Heather says: "Marvelous Story Maker"
    "Just keeps going, and going, and going..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, not unless they had more listening time than discrimination. Whether it is remotely accurate I cannot say. There is just not enough interesting material for a book this long. Take out the redundancy and you may have a short story. I disliked the characters, all of them. I have really enjoyed a few of Ms. Gregory's titles, some in the cousins war series, some not. Based on this most recent read I hesitate to continue with the series.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Bernard Cornwall, just sayin


    What three words best describe Bianca Amato’s performance?

    I like her voice, she reads honestly.


    Could you see The Kingmaker's Daughter being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Im sure it will be a part of whatever series is planned, maybe one episode.


    Any additional comments?

    You can get all this historic info from a basic textbook, just use your imagination to fill in with a little emotional angst, check the family trees to see who lives and who dies, and move on to Henry VII.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Believing the Lie: An Inspector Lynley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (353)

    Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.

    Joanne says: "Not Elizabeth George's best..."
    "Wish I had believed"
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    What disappointed you about Believing the Lie?

    This was not even close to the work I have come to expect from Elizabeth George. First, it's a crime novel with no crime committed. The author has focused throughout solely on the personal dramas at work in the lives of the investigators, Lynley and Havers. The most foolish and immature of characters, Lynely's friend, whose name I have utterly blocked from my mind, has hijacked the story with her own personal agenda, contrary to any realistic legal limits on privacy. What the author was thinking I do not know. I wish I had believed the bad reviews I read prior to wasting a credit on it.


    Has Believing the Lie turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Other books in this series, certainly


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She is always good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of the North: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Tom Sellwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (220)

    The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.

    Thomas says: "Excellent historical fiction"
    "Confused and disappointed."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    As much as I want to hear the story, the delivery is frustrating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the first two books in the series, but they had a different narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He keeps trying to give the Danish characters their own unique voices, and uses some fakey Minnesota accent. I can't take the story as a serious novel. It sounds like some sort of spoof. I wish people who are supposed to read these books would just do that...read! When I read to myself I dont give out phoney accents in my mind, so when I pay somebody to read to me that's what I expect.


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah. Make this series available in unabridged form. I notice the difference. Have Jamie Glover provide the narration. He did well with the first two abridged versions.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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