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Julie

Wife, Mother, Daughter, Believer.

LA VERGNE, TENNESSEE, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Marie Antoinette: The Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    France's iconic queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous "Let them eat cake", was alternately revered and reviled during her lifetime. For centuries since, she has been the object of debate, speculation, and the fascination so often accorded illustrious figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted child was thrust onto the royal stage and commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in European history.

    Karen says: "Very Detailed"
    "I loved this book"
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    Donada Peters did an incredible job narrating this book! I listened to it through a second time. I'm so intrigued with M.A. and I think Fraser did an amazing job portraying her class and beauty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15482)
    Performance
    (14012)
    Story
    (14107)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Great! I hope the movie does this book justice!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely! I thought the book was well written. The story was easy to follow and very entertaining. Emma Galvin's voice fits the character of Tris so well... and I believe that she also sounds a little like Shailene Woodley, who will be playing Tris in the movie version - which is really the whole reason I read this book. It did not disappoint and now I'm looking forward to the film even more.


    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    It has a feel of the Hunger Games due to the separation of child and parent as such a young age. Tris was forced to become an adult early sort of like Kaniss.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Great Job! She made the story even more realistic!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really. But I loved it enough that I would read it again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film 'The Conjuring'

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gerald Brittle
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (388)

    If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades, Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Don't miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.

    eric says: "WARNING!: THIS IS BASED ON REAL CASES,TERRIFYING!"
    "Good & Informative on the workings of Demonology"
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    I was hoping for a little more scare, but there were definitely times it got a little hair raising! I found it very informative on the whole demonology scale. So if you're looking for a scary book, in my opinion this isn't something you get a whole lot of scare from.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Imagine that, on the night before she is to die under the blade of the guillotine, Marie Antoinette leaves behind in her prison cell a diary telling the story of her life, from her privileged childhood as Austrian Archduchess to her years as glamorous mistress of Versailles to the heartbreak of imprisonment and humiliation during the French Revolution.

    C. Hoffman says: "A Bit of License"
    "I wanted to love this book..."
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    but I could not get into it. After reading/listening to Antonia Fraiser's book on the life of Marie Antoinette, I thought I would get a kick out of a fictional take on her life as queen, but found it too far from the truth for my liking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (263)

    This acclaimed best seller from popular historian Alison Weir is a fascinating look at the Tudor family dynasty and its most infamous ruler. The Six Wives of Henry VIII brings to life England’s oft-married monarch and the six wildly different but equally fascinating women who married him. Gripping from the first sentence to the last and loaded with fascinating details, Weir’s rich history is a perfect blend of scholarship and entertainment.

    Pam says: "Deep background for "The Tudors""
    "Thoroughly Enjoyable Read/Listen"
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    Would you listen to The Six Wives of Henry VIII again? Why?

    Yes, I have listened to it twice. I'm utterly fascinated with Tudor history.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anne Boleyn is probably the character that I was most drawn too. I find her incredibly misguided and misunderstood.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, on par with his other works.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love European history and drama, you will love this story. No one did it big in such a way as the Tudors and Weir does a great job illustrating that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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