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Liz

I am a serious business person who loves to escape into a book. I like books about another time and place. I am particularly fond of historical fiction and love a narrator with a proper british accent.

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  • Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit (A Novel of King Arthur)

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Gwenhwyfar moves in a world where gods walk among their pagan worshipers, where nebulous visions warn of future perils, and where there are two paths for a woman: the path of the Blessing or the rarer path of the Warrior. Gwenhwyfar chooses the latter, giving up the power that she is born into. Yet the daughter of a king is never truly free to follow her own calling.

    Paige says: "Good Book, Distracting Narrator"
    "A Different Take on a Familiar Tale"
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    I liked the story a lot, but it took me a long time to settle into. I really didn't like the narrator, and just couldn't get used to her accent. Moreover, I was confused by the story line. Once I stopped trying to fit it into the King Arthur story line that I knew, and just listened to the story, I liked it. I wish I had listened to the author's notes first. She explains where she got the idea for the story and it would have made a lot more sense with that information in advance.

    None-the-less, it is a good story and it is hard not to love this Gwenhwyfar.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • By Order of the President: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1105)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (692)

    Two armed men board a 727 that has been all but forgotten at an airfield in Angola. Hijacking the jet, they then slit the throat of the lone crew and fly to parts unknown. The consternation is immediate, as the CIA, FBI, and other agencies race to find out what happened, in the process elbowing one another in the sides a little too vigorously. Fed up, the president of the United States turns to an outside investigator to determine the truth.

    Wayne says: "Dick Hill is the right reader; interesting story"
    "Good Story"
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    I don't typically pick up books about military or modern political intrigue. I really enjoyed this one. Good character development and story line. Not predictable.

    I liked the narrator a lot. Good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Amazement

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1075)
    Performance
    (951)
    Story
    (967)

    Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

    Pamela says: "Just could NOT get past the ugliness"
    "Amy Tan does it again"
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    As with all Amy's books, it's as hard to keep reading as to put down. The life of Asian women in Amy's stories are so hard. The book is full of interesting twists and turns.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12813)
    Performance
    (5178)
    Story
    (5218)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "A Story I Love to Hate"
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    I read this book years ago and have always said it was one of my favorite books. Listening to it, I remember why. The description of the architecture is wonderful, and the idea of building your story around the architecture was so different than a typical approach to historical fiction, which typically begins with some central historical figure. Follett's approach helps you better understand the experience of the characters in their physical surroundings. I love that.

    I also love that he draws a whole new picture of the Knights in shining armor. As Follett depicts them, the men at arms are certainly not the gallant heroes we like to imagine, and William Hamley is the worst of the worst. He is a dreadful, horrible creature with absolutely no redeeming qualities except his blond curls, which you come to hate as much as him.

    Aliena, however is an amazing woman. What she endures and overcomes is dreadful. But you can't help but want to have her strength, brains and courage. The lengths she will go to for the men she loves is admirable, but then how can you not love Jack? He is not like the magical men that women often write, he is real and flawed and all the more perfect for it.

    Wonderful character development, wonderful story lines, amazing book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (155)

    After earning a graduate degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, Tracy Chevalier was immediately recognized for her literary talent. In Girl with a Pearl Earring, she recreates the 17th-century world of Johannes Vermeer.

    Elizabeth says: "A Masterpiece"
    "A Bit Disappointing"
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    It was a great idea, but the story was flat. It was hard to feel much for the main character as she didn't seem to feel much herself. It was really hard to understand anyone's motivation, as the characters were poorly developed. It barely held my attention and I wasn't sad when it was done.

    I also din't love the narration. It was flat, like the story. It often sounded like she was trudging through a story that she wasn't very interested in.. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't good either.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Between, Georgia

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (291)

    Nonny Frett understands the meanings of "rock" and "hard place" better than any woman ever born. She's got two mothers, "one deaf-blind and the other four baby steps from flat crazy". She's got two men: her husband, who's easing out the back door; and her best friend, who's laying siege to her heart in her front yard. She has a job that holds her in the city, and she's addicted to a little girl who's stuck deep in the country.

    Karen says: "Great listen!"
    "The Hatfields and McCoys with a Twist."
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    I really enjoyed this story and the narration. It is about simple people in a simple town, with not so simple issues. I loved that the author narrated. She did a great job. The characters really came alive as the author/narrator gives them voice. I am not sure why I selected this book, but I did, and I am glad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1006)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (559)

    The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

    Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "I Absolutely Loved this Story"
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    This was a lovely book, with enjoyable narration. I have to admit, the first chapter left me totally baffled, even after listening to it twice. As the story progressed, however I fell in love with the characters and their quirts, the garden and the house, and the story of the girls. All the little surprises are so much fun.

    It is certainly not a surprise ending, however. The Author tells a story that takes you naturally to the place it ends. I love that these young women, like most young American women, are struggling with their identity, with relationships and with their own self image. I love more that they come to terms with it.

    For anyone who ever felt like an outsider. This is a must read.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Henrietta Who?

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Catherine Aird
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Life for Henrietta Jenkins was a quiet, well-ordered affair - a home with her widowed mother and degree studies at university. But her life changed dramatically when, just before her 21st birthday, her mother’s body was found in a quiet road, apparently the victim of a hit-and-run driver. For not only did the simple case turn into a murder hunt, but the post mortem also revealed that Grace Jenkins had never had any children. In which case, who was Henrietta?

    HIII says: "Henrietta's humor"
    "A Detective Story with a Surprise Ending"
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    Since I didn't know I was listening to a detective story, it was a surprise all the way around. It was interesting to listen to, but I had a hard time understanding the narration at first. It got better as I grew accustomed to it.

    The story was interesting because you take a interesting journey with a very confused young woman and the author helps you experience it from both the detectives perspective and her perspective.

    The end was a surprise and while I was glad to know how it all wraps up, by the end, I didn't really care that much. But it was still fun to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (345)

    Deciding that true romantic heroes are a thing of the past, Eloise Kelly, an intelligent American who always manages to wear her Jimmy Choo suede boots on the day it rains, leaves Harvard's Widener Library bound for England to finish her dissertation on the dashing pair of spies the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. What she discovers is something the finest historians have missed: a secret history that begins with a letter dated 1803.

    Jeny says: "Thoroughly entertaining"
    "Mindless, but so much fun"
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    I love historical fiction, and while these are not the most sophisticated books I have ever read, they are a lot of fun. Often, historical fiction, particularly biographical historical fiction is tragic. There is nothing tragic about this, it is just pure fun. It combines historical fiction, detective novels and a modern day story about a frumpy American graduate student who finds herself in the middle of the London aristocracy.

    I have read the whole series and have just started listening to them. I am really enjoying it, and I can't wait to start the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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