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Kathleen E. Baron

Stanhope, NJ United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Queen Margot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    The last years of King Charles IX's reign in France were dominated by religious wars between Catholics and Protestants. Queen Margot begins in 1572 with the marriage of Marguerite de Valois to Henri de Navarre. Marguerite is King Charles' sister and the daughter of Henri II and Catherine de Medici, all firm Catholics. Henri de Navarre is a Protestant who later will become the beloved King Henri IV. Several important political events have led up to this marriage including the mysterious murder of Henri de Navarre's mother, cleverly plotted by Catherine de Medici. The wedding brings noblemen from all over the world to Paris resulting in the notorious Saint Bartholomew Massacre, where thousands of Protestants are killed. In this inventive and compelling novel, Dumas brings an extraordinary period of history vividly to life with much excitement and romance. The lively prose and wonderfully constructed plot tell of court intrigues and forbidden love, of beautiful queens, duchesses, and noblemen, suspense, conspiracies, betrayals, assassinations, superstitions, poisonings, and sumptuous feasts. With well-known historical figures as main characters in a dangerous and breathtaking game for power, Queen Margot tells of conspiracies, clandestine trysts, and daring escapes. There is the infamous Catherine de Medici, deliciously evil, constantly plotting and poisoning; Le Mole, a dashing and irresistable young Protestant who becomes Marguerite's lover; the noble Coconnos who provides a great source of comic relief; and at the center of all this intrigue are the good-hearted Marguerite and Henri who are perfect political allies with complicated and fascinating love lives.

    Faith says: "An engrossing read..."
    "Queen Margot (Unabridged)"
    Overall

    This wasn't the best book for me. It's written in "old fashioned" style, so while I find the subject fascinating, I couldn't get past the verbose prose. Someone who likes reading period books in period style would like this book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stone of Tears: Sword of Truth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2709)
    Performance
    (1506)
    Story
    (1530)

    The veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.

    Bo Laughlin says: "Great Book - Almost ruined by the narrator"
    "Good Story, Weird Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Bond?

    Any of the other narrators of the series.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my second time listening to the Sword of Truth series. The cadence and inflection for this book is just weird, especially for Zedd's voice -- kind of sing-songy. Other characters are not as bad, but I can't wait to get through this one so I can move on to the next one in the series with a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #1: Origins

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By L. J. Smith, Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (75)

    Set during the Civil War, against a backdrop of grand estates, unimaginable riches, and deadly secrets, three teenagers in Mystic Falls, Virginia, enter a torrid love triangle that will span eternity. Brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore are inseparable, until they meet Katherine, a stunning, mysterious woman who turns their world upside down. Siblings turned rivals, the Salvatores compete for Katherine's affection....

    Heather says: "Based on TV show not the book"
    "Wish I had read the reviews"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #1: Origins? What did you like least?

    I wish I had known that this was based on the TV series. I love the TV series, don't get me wrong, but that's not what I was looking for. I was looking for more books by L.J. Smith in the Vampire Diaries series. I kinda feel deceived by Audible for listing them as L.J. Smith.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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