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Marie

Friday Harbor, WA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Autobiography of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Margaret George
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (170)

    Margaret George's novel brings into focus the larger-than-life King Henry VIII, monarch of prodigious appetites for wine, women, and song.

    Amy M. Walts says: "Perfection!"
    "One Of The Best Books/ Listens Ever!"
    Overall

    My passion is Tudor history but for some reason I had not read this book until I listened to this audio book. WoW! That's all I can say. I was so sad when this ended. I was not sure what I thought of the narrator, David Case, at first but he has now become a favored voice. He's amazing with this book. Simply perfect. I could gush on and on - but you get the idea - I truly LOVED the book and the narrator and recommend it to anyone who loves Tudor history, history or historical fiction in general!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2039)
    Performance
    (1296)
    Story
    (1303)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "The Audio Book Made So Much More Sense To Me"
    Overall

    I was quite excited when this book was released because I was quite looking forward to a historical novel about Thomas Cromwell et al. I had found the "dead tree book" difficult to follow and found that I was constantly wondering (confirming) who was "speaking" at any given point. It was frustrating to me because the writing is so good - I wanted to like the book as much as I had anticipated I would. I got almost to the end of the book and gave up on it ever making sense!

    I wondered if I might enjoy the story ( and be able to follow it) more by listening to it and so I gave the audible version a try. It was SO much better for me than readin the book was!. Simon Slater is a very enjoyable & gifted narrator and, through his inventive voice inflections, it was much easier to keep track of who was 'speaking'. The whole story made so much more sense to me ! I'm glad that I gave the book a second try. Ms. Mantel is a truly amazing writer - and I can now look forward to her next offering.

    If you too had difficulty "getting into" this book then try the audible version - it really is worth it!

    I have to laugh because when I first joined Audible years ago I really didn't think that I would like audio books. I remember confirmaing that I could cancel if I decided I didn't enjoy the books. Tsk tsk - it's been quite a few years now and I have found that I love audio books. Live and Learn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9138)
    Performance
    (3361)
    Story
    (3439)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Certainly Not The DaVinci Code But Entertaining"
    Overall

    I was looking forward to reading/hearing this book & decided to take a chance & buy on the first day it became available here on Audible. I found the story line to be somewhat formulaic - in typical Dan Brown style. What I do love about Dan Brown books is the "real life, true story" details that he always includes; interesting information about the Capitol Building that I never knew about before & little tid bits about noetic science. There was a lot about this book that I found totally beyond the realm of feasibility (even in a super hero way) but I really didn't care. This is an entertaining novel that kept my interest, introduced me to some new factual information and was, generally speaking, a decent, if not totally enthralling,book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Boleyn: The True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Julia Fox
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    In a life of extraordinary drama, Jane Boleyn was catapulted from relative obscurity to the inner circle of King Henry VIII. As powerful men and women around her became victims of Henry's ruthless and absolute power - including her own husband and sister-in-law Queen Anne Boleyn - Jane's allegiance to the volatile monarchy was sustained and rewarded. But the price for her loyalty would eventually be her undoing and the ruination of her name

    Marie says: "Well Worth Listening To"
    "Well Worth Listening To"
    Overall

    I have been fascinated with Tudor England for most of my life. This book about Jane Boleyn was enlightening about a side of Tudor history - the cruel side - that generally is underplayed. Jane Boleyn was most likely not a model wife of George or sister-in-law to Anne, but it is also unlikely that she deserved to become as vilified as as history has shown her. I was completely fascinated with this book - and when it ended - I still was waiting for more. I think that the book, could possibly have gone further to trace what ramification Jane's death had to to the familial heirs - but all in all I can recommend this book without qualification

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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