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Mary Elizabeth Reynolds

author of Lowcountry Legend's series

SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 60 reviews
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  • 41 purchased in 2015
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  • A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Bucholz
    Overall
    (149)
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    (133)
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    During the 229-year period from 1485 to 1714, England transformed itself from a minor feudal state into what has been called "the first modern society" and emerged as the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world.Those years hold a huge and captivating story. The English survived repeated epidemics and famines, one failed invasion and two successful ones, two civil wars, a series of violent religious reformations and counter-reformations, and confrontations with two of the most powerful monarchs on earth.

    E. Stein says: "Old-fashioned and inaccurate"
    "Good but some inaccuracies"
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    This is basically good for someone unfamiliar with the period, but its mainly a rehashing of Victorian history which has plenty of holes and myths. I found it a little crazy that he insinuated Henry's inability to have a child was a result of venereal disease. That has no basis in fact, the man was such a freak about getting ill that getting the pox was just not something he can be blamed for. There are many little things in there that made me wonder when the last time he had done any reading on his subject.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Thomas Asbridge
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    (26)
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    In The Greatest Knight, renowned historian Thomas Asbridge draws upon the thirteenth-century biography and an array of other contemporary evidence to present a compelling account of William Marshal's life and times. Asbridge charts the unparalleled rise to prominence of a man bound to a code of honor yet driven by unquenchable ambition.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Biography of a Legend"
    "Rare biography of a true knight"
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    the rarity of a volume about an average man who broke the rules of the Middle Ages to become a figure of myth and greatness. Thus the focus is on some people and incidents that do not get much attention. Such as the details between Henry the second and his battles with his sons rather than the killing of Thomas Becket. Worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Marc Morris
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
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    (14)
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    Edward I is familiar to millions as "Longshanks", conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace (in Braveheart). Yet this story forms only the final chapter of the king's action-packed life. Earlier, Edward had defeated and killed the famous Simon de Montfort, traveled to the Holy Land, and conquered Wales. He raised the greatest armies of the Middle Ages and summoned the largest parliaments. Notoriously, he expelled all the Jews from his kingdom.

    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds says: "Fascinating book"
    "Fascinating book"
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    This is about the grandson of Bad King John, it is a detailed history without a lot of battle history or law but social history of the late 13th century. Unlike most biographers, the writer does not make the man into a hero that he clearly was not. It's a glimpse into a far distant time that is entirely relevant today.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    dmey says: "Story: Eh....; Narrator: NOT a fan!"
    "Irritating and frustrating trilogy"
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    This trilogy should have been one good book instead of three rather self indulgent, wandering, and amateurish long books. It is just good or bad enough to keep you listening in the hopes the clues will come to life. They do not. The secondary characters are better than the main, and the romance seems to be based on nothing. The woman is weak, the man cruel, and not in a sexy bodice ripper way either or vampiric. It could have been good and that's the worst of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Emily Croy Barker
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (593)
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    (547)
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    Emily Croy Barker’s riveting debut novel is a must-read for fans of Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic follows grad student Nora Fischer as she stumbles through a portal into a magical world. Having been transformed from drab to beautiful, Nora finds herself surrounded by glamorous friends. Life seems perfect. But then things take a terrible turn, and Nora must learn magic from a reclusive ally if she is to have any hope of survival...

    Amazon Customer says: "In most ways, this is just the kind of book I seek"
    "Great book, bad title"
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    I do not have much to compare this book to, and I like that. It's not all magical, nor romance, nor fighting, but plenty of fairies and believable characters who do reasonable things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Footsteps in Time: A Time Travel Fantasy: The After Cilmeri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sarah Woodbury
    • Narrated By Laurel Schroeder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
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    (32)
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    In December of 1282, English soldiers ambushed and murdered Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the Prince of Wales. His death marked the end of Wales as an independent nation and the beginning of over seven hundred years under the English boot. <Footsteps in Time is the story of what might have happened had Llywelyn lived. And what happens to the two teenagers who save him.

    moseylissa says: "Welsh adds authenticity"
    "Needs Work"
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    These books, perhaps they get better, I do hope so, but they simply are not worth the time or the effort. I think MAYBE when i was in third grade they would have enthralled me, but I am not sure.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Time: A Time Travel Romance: After Cilmeri, Book 0.5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Sarah Woodbury
    • Narrated By Laurel Schroeder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (63)
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    A medieval man with an uncertain destiny, Llywelyn, the Prince of Wales, faces treachery and deceit at the hands of friends and foes alike.... A modern woman with a troubled past, Meg's life is in tatters when she slips through time and into medieval Wales.... Only by working together can Meg and Llywelyn navigate the shifting allegiances that threaten the very existence of Wales - and create their own history that defies the laws of time.

    moseylissa says: "A Welsh-fluent reader makes the difference"
    "I don't get it...."
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    I have read numerous reviews on these books and they are all so good it makes me wonder if something is up. Yes, I get the juvenile bit, but such books need not be inane or shallow. The frustrating thing about this work was the basics for a wonderful story was there, and it just never ever got close to what it could be. I don't understand why i found this author ranked with the Gabaldon's and so on...there is no comparison. And the reading was like a Kindergarten teachers.

    0 of 2 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
    (571)
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    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.

    Jacobus says: "The next "Best Popular Book on Archaeology" award?"
    "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.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Life and Times of Chaucer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Gardner
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
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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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    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.

    Jessica says: "The program demands an optional headline"
    "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 9 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
    (133)
    Performance
    (56)
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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