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Mary Elizabeth Reynolds

author of Lowcountry Legend's series

SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 54 reviews
  • 74 ratings
  • 642 titles in library
  • 108 purchased in 2014
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  • Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Barbara Mertz
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    Esteemed Egyptologist Barbara Mertz updates her widely praised social history of the people of ancient Egypt, which was originally published in 1968. Combining impeccable scholarship with a delightfully personal style, the author reconstructs the life of the Egyptians from birth to death, and beyond death, too.

    Elizabeth says: "Brilliant"
    "Best History Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Red Land, Black Land to be better than the print version?

    Maybe, but the prose is brilliant and humorous, but the reader does an excellent job of expressing as it was meant


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Land, Black Land?

    Every bit of it is interesting and funny, very tongue and cheek


    Which character – as performed by Lorna Raver – was your favorite?

    The author


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

    The ancients were just like we are


    Any additional comments?

    As a historian, I've been through countless histories and this is the most enjoyable one I have ever read/listened to, historians take themselves far too seriously. Read the companion book to this one, then take on this prolific authors works filled with the sam,e kind of humor, Barbara Michaels and Elizabeth Peters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Eric H. Cline
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (237)

    In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh’s army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians.

    Emily says: "But it was all going so well....."
    "Wanted to enjoy but..."
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    I couldn't get focused or interested in this book at all, perhaps it was because the narrator was so bad or I had different expectations. I couldn't even finish listening and that rarely happens to me.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Life and Times of Chaucer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Gardner
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (7)
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    (6)
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    In this exquisite biography, John Gardner brings to life Geoffrey Chaucer, illuminating his writings and their inspiration like never before. Through exhaustive research and expert storytelling, Gardner takes readers through Chaucer’s varied career - from writing The Canterbury Tales to performing diplomatic work at the Parliament - and creates a fully realized portrait of an author whose work would remake the English language forever. Written with passion and insight, this a must-listen for those interested in Chaucer and the medieval time period.

    Kathi says: "Good book, but quoted passages are in Old English"
    "Bio of the Chaucer tales"
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    I enjoy a biography of an author that doesn't take all observations about the writer from their work but their life and times, that is what this one does rather than decipher a personality from prose. You won't regret this one.....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shakespeare's Kings: The Great Plays and the History of England in the Middle Ages: 1337-1485

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated By John Curran
    Overall
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    (6)
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    William Shakespeare may have been the greatest playwright in the English language, but how does he measure up as a historian? In this brilliant comparison between the events and characters in Shakespeare's history plays and the actual events that inspired them, acclaimed historian John Julius Norwich examines the nine works that together amount to an epic masterpiece on England's most fascinating period.

    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds says: "shakeseare's delusions better"
    "shakeseare's delusions better"
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    The British bard had a lot of good reasons for the mistakes in the history plays. One was that he lived and worked in Tudor times--I don't understand how any so called historian could make the claims of this book in this day and time. There is no need to enumerate them all here, one should suffice--the statement goes something like this, "at the advent of the Tudor dynasty, England had its first century of peace an prosperity." What about Henry the Eighth? Bloody Mary? Oh dear, and the worst thing is this book says it will set the record straight---wow, I'd rather listen to the play.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • English Society in the Eighteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Roy Porter
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
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    In this boldly drawn portrait of 18th-century England, Roy Porter defines a nation from its princes to its paupers, from its metropolis to its smallest hamlet. The topics covered run the gamut, covering diet, housing, prisons, rural festivals, bordellos, plays, paintings, and work and wages.

    Amazon Customer says: "A ton of information"
    "Worth multiple listens"
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    This is the third time that I have listened to this social history of the 18th century. I like it just as much now, as the first. It is very much like the time traveler books by Ian Mortimer without the kitsch. For students and lovers of history alike.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss and Spell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (244)

    When a freak accident leaves Katie Chandler with magical powers, it seems like a wish come true for the former magical immune. But it also means she's vulnerable to magic, just when the dangerous Elf Lord is cooking up another scheme in his bid for power. Anyone who gets in his way disappears--including Katie and her wizard boyfriend, Owen Palmer. Now Katie's under a spell that obscures her true identity, living a life right out of a romantic comedy movie in a Hollywood set version of New York.

    Bonnie says: "Back on track for a wonderful romp!!!!!!!!!"
    "All around Magical Series"
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    This was a wonderful series with the best saved for the last. I will miss Owen and Katie and Granny and Merlin. I wouldn't mind seeing them again...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Quest for the Wicked: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
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    Now that the Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc. team has defeated the nefarious Spellworks, the only "competition" in town, Katie Chandler doesn't have much to do as director of marketing, and she's starting to question her role at MSI. Her boyfriend Owen Palmer, on the other hand, is in hog heaven, translating an ancient and powerful magical manuscript. But then he finds that the cryptic text describing the location of an enchanted gem known as the Eye of the Moon has radically changed. This deadly stone gives its holder enhanced power over others and a craving for more power.

    lilcreative says: "Love This Series"
    "A real magical quest!"
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    I do believe that this is the best one yet. The plot is more developed and there are many new interesting characters while some old funny ones are revived. Don't miss this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Much Ado About Magic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (327)

    Katie Chandler is back in New York and just in time to help Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc. with the latest crisis. A magical crime wave is sweeping the city and wizarding whiz Owen Palmer thinks the chaos-causing spells look awfully familiar - like something his arch-rival Phelan Idris would create. When Idris' rogue firm Spellworks starts selling amulets to protect against these spells, Owen's suspicions are confirmed. While Owen and the other wizards scramble to unravel the wicked spells, it's Katie's job as the new director of marketing for MSI to fight the battle of public perception.

    Bonnie says: "Addictive series"
    "Granny is great!"
    Overall
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    It's not much of a spoiler to say Granny didn't stay behind in Texas, and she is even more delightful in this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Hex with Texas: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (371)

    Everything's bigger in Texas - including romance, magic, and danger! Katie Chandler has fled fast-paced Manhattan and returned home to a simpler life, working at her family's feed-and-seed store in Cobb, Texas. In a painfully selfless gesture, Katie had left the sexy wizard Owen Palmer to battle his demons in the magical realm–after all, Katie just seemed to attract evil, which only made Owen's job a lot harder.

    Bonnie says: "Let's meet Granny & the rest of the family"
    "Getting Better"
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    She kept me guessing this time, definitely getting better at plotting. This time I also found myself laughing out loud. I lover Katie's mother!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Children of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Guy
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Nothing drove Henry VIII, England's wealthiest and most powerful king, more than producing a legitimate male heir and perpetuating his dynasty. To that end he married six wives, became the subject of the most notorious divorce case of the sixteenth century, and broke with the Pope, all in an age of international competition and warfare, social unrest and growing religious intolerance and discord.

    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds says: "Short version of same old story"
    "Short version of same old story"
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    I kept wondering during this what was the point of putting out something so very short with very little new in it. It also has the same name as Weir's book, which is an epic. That does not make it better, but this one does not distinguish itself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Anne Boleyn Collection: The Real Truth About the Tudors

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Claire Ridgway
    • Narrated By Claire Ridgway
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    The Anne Boleyn Collection" brings together the most popular articles from top Tudor website The Anne Boleyn Files. Articles which have provoked discussion and debate. Articles that people have found fascinating.

    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds says: "wonderful, better than most"
    "wonderful, better than most"
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    I am familiar with the Anne Boleyn Files online and some of this author's work. Honestly, I trust the accuracy of what is written there, than most books, noted historian or not. The reasons for that are multiple, but basically information is far more vetted there than anywhere else, and they have more to prove. The BLOGS are enjoyable, I wished for more actually, my only complaint was there was a little redundancy. I was hesitant about the audio because I was uncertain how the author would do--she did better than MOST. You won't regret this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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