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This novel is a no holds barred look at what happens if a leap occurs in humankind that causes the government to take an antagonistic, yet manipulative way of dealing with "Brilliants." It's a pretty fascist view and a totally believable one. The main character is a Brilliant who works for the government, believing that he is doing the right thing in taking down Brilliant "terrorists" Going deep undercover causes a schism in his beliefs and the resulting climax is powerful. I recommend it. And the narrator is pretty good.
It can be slightly dangerous to listen to Billy read this book, especially while driving which is when I usually listen to audiobooks.. But reading it yourself isn't near as entertaining, hilarious, poignant, thought provoking and sometimes, just provoking. Billy tells the story of his life and takes you on the journey with him. I'm here to tell you it is quite a ride.
You get an insider's look at life as a successful comedian, as an actor/director, and as a family man. He's unflinchingly honest about himself and the people he's met in his life.
At it's heart, Still Foolin Them is vintage Crystal and that is enough for me to listen. Never mind that I almost went up a telephone pole while listening. It was worth it!
I enjoy some Heinlein novels and this is one of them. I read it many times, but I never enjoyed it half so much as when I listened to it. My hat is off to Anthony Heald, who juggled a LOT of characters and made us love them all. For the time in which it was written, I'm eternally surprised that the subject matter didn't shock folks, as it's 85% about sex. Regardless, "I Will Fear No Evil" is a fanciful, intelligent tale and Anthony Heald is a narrating genius!
This is a story about three lesser known women in the Tudor saga, who have their lives affected by Henry VIII in way no one could expect. Anne of Cleeves, an intelligent woman brought to England to be Henry's queen. She enters a mine field where every step means her life. Katherine Howard, young and naive with a promiscuous past, She follows her heart rather than her head, with disastrous results. And Jane Rochford, who is haunted by ghosts from past queens and whose mind is slowly unraveling into madness. Well written and plotted with excellent narration. You can do better with a credit than to spend it on this.
I like a lot of what Gregory writes and I have really enjoyed the series, The Cousins War. The Red Queen answers many questions about Henry VII, his origins and his fight to take the crown of England. I found all of this very interesting and of course the narration is perfect.
Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry VII was single minded to the point of madness. Every move she made, every thought she had was to put her son on the thrown. What is hard to stomach is the hypocrisy in her belief that she was doing God's will and of course God's will always agreed with hers. She is so blind to everything but what she perceives as God's/her will, that she never sees her hypocrisy and her own sin. Her pride and her need to be recognized as "My Lady, the King's Mother" no matter who it hurts or what havoc it creates is truly breathtaking.
It makes her that rare main character that it is nearly impossible to like or sympathize with. It is a tribute to Phillipa Gregory that the story is still fascinating and very entertaining. Gregory does an immense amount of research and my own research agrees with much of hers. Many of the royal traditions in England today are a direct result of Margaret Beaufort's edicts in order to make her son's reign more legitimate than any other at that time. I highly recommend the book, but don't expect to love the main character.
This is a favorite Agatha Christie novel of mine. But the addition of the great actor David Suchet, who played Poirot for PBS Mystery and is in my opinion, performs that character better than anyone else, as narrator is a treat beyond words. The story is intricate, full of sly humor and has countless interesting characters. Mr. Suchet breathes life into all of them, making the story full of color and and mystery. You cannot beat this combination! Give it a try. There is no way you will lose by it!
The White Queen is a captivating account of a woman who decided her own fate and changed a nation's. Elizabeth Woodville was never supposed to be a queen. Her family did not support the new king, Edward Plantagenet, and her husband died fighting his army. She lost her lands as a result. She took her small sons and stood defiantly at the road to beg for her own back.. for her sons. He took one look at her and fell in love... or at least lust. She fell in love with him and the king married a commoner. Many in his court and in his country never forgave him for it.
This woman wasn't perfect and she made mistakes... great big ones. But she lived life large and as much as possible for women at that time, she was in charge. Phillipa Gregory adds notes of magic and witchcraft in the story, which were told at the time. I don't care much for that aspect of the story, but it takes nothing away from who this woman was and what she went through for herself and her family. She is a strong character who loves deeply and hates fiercely. It's a compelling tale and well narrated by Susan Lyons. It is very worth a credit to lose yourself in another time and place.
I had never heard of this book and got it because it sounded interesting and because of the high rating on it. I'm glad that I did. The Kitchen House was an excellent story told by two women, who were both enslaved by others and themselves. It captured a period of time that has been written about comprehensively, but adds the dimension of a white indentured child who is raised by a black family.on a plantation
The narration is fantastic and both narrators deserve kudos but what struck me so forcibly about this story was how senseless the color barrier was and continues to be. Color and who was born to who dictated whether you were a slave or not, but in this story, many of the children born were fathered by white men, yet treated as slaves. It's hard to understand how they differentiated between these children, but they did and it makes no sense. I was also struck by the strength of the women in this tale. They made mistakes, some of them immense, but they handled what they were dealt and survived. Great read!
I first experienced Brideshead Revisited as the original PBS production and thought I had fallen in love. I was wrong. I read the elegant and voluptuous prose of Evelyn Waugh and THEN I fell in love.
To hear those beautiful words and passages read by the most mesmerizing voice in the world adds about a mile of icing on an already delicious cake. Jeremy Irons, who created the character of Charles Ryder for the PBS version, narrates and gives every character the nuances and shadings they deserve, including a few I did not expect! His narration of Charles's father is sly and hilarious!
But most of all .. listen, listen, listen. To Iron's perfect narration of a perfectly written book. I know I am gushing and I don't care!
Being a admirer of Stephen King's writing pretty much from day one, I read this in it's first printing. I absolutely loved it and have re-read it many time over the years. I almost didn't get it on Audible for that reason and I would have been making a huge mistake.
Hearing a story read, even a beloved favorite can bring out all sorts of little things that you never realized you missed. Salem's Lot is one of those stories. Read very well by Ron McLarty, the story of a town infested by vampires and it's inability to understand what is happen to it, is enthralling and chilling. Modern rationality keeps the majority of the Lot's inhabitants from realizing that The Master is among them. Only a handful of people, an alcoholic priest, an author who can't let go of childhood nightmares, a young boy with a preternatural knowledge and intensity, and a high school teacher who suspends his belief. They stand opposite of Barlow, a centuries old vampire who intends to end them.
This is Stephen King discovering his gift and using it to keep you up all night. I highly recommend it. Whether you have read it or not, you will find a story that will fascinate and scare the pants off of you!
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