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  • Mary Boleyn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Maggie Mash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mary Boleyn was the mistress of two kings, Francois I of France and Henry VIII of England, and sister to Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife. In this astonishing and riveting biography, Alison Weir’s extensive research gives a new and detailed portrayal, in which she recounts that, contrary to popular belief, Mary was entirely undeserving of her posthumous notoriety as a great whore.

    Carey says: "This is a BIOGRAPHY, not a novel."
    "Maggie Mash makes a mash of voicing males"
    Where does Mary Boleyn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Enjoyed the history; reader interfered with enjoyment

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary Boleyn

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This is the second time I've listened to a book with Maggie Mash as reader. When she switches voices for a quote from some historical male, she only obscures the words. Sounds like an old crone, instead of a different character. Her regular reading voice is very pleasant and easy to listen to. I would be pleased if she developed a different male voice, or better "quote" voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter the Great: His Life and World

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson

    This superbly told story brings to life one of the most remarkable rulers––and men––in all of history and conveys the drama of his life and world. The Russia of Peter's birth was very different from the Russia his energy, genius, and ruthlessness shaped. Crowned co-Tsar as a child of ten, after witnessing bloody uprisings in the streets of Moscow, he would grow up propelled by an unquenchable curiosity, everywhere looking, asking, tinkering, and learning, fired by Western ideas.

    Susan says: "detailed history"
    "If you can get past the narrator..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Peter the Great to be better than the print version?

    Robert K. Massie has a rich but direct style of writing, making the audio version easy to follow. The audio version is certainly better for the advantage of hands-free enjoyment of this wonderful book. It's a joy to put in my ear buds and go on a walk, a run on the treadmill, do the dishes, rake leaves, etc., all while being happily entertained with a fascinating and thorough history of the life and times of Peter the Great. There are times when I'd like to take a look at the names of people and places in print, just to see how they're spelled. The narrator frequently drops his voice so that words or phrases become inaudible.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, Peter himself. Intelligent, inquisitive, and quirky -- a perfect hero for the 21st century!

    Would you be willing to try another one of Frederick Davidson’s performances?

    Absolutely not! He reads as though the material is a dirty rag he can't wait to dispose of.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Russian Ruler Who Raised the Iron Curtain 250 Years Before it Fell!

    Any additional comments?

    Robert K. Massie is a wonderful writer. I'd read anything he writes. He never bogs the reader down with his own ego, i.e., trying to impress with inventive use of words. He has an uncomplicated, declarative style that moves right along with wonderful description and easy-to-follow factual detail. He loves his subject matter, and you feel his affection for what he writes. An excellent historian! An excellent writer!

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