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carol

louisiana | Member Since 2008

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  • The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Kristin Kimball
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (273)

    Single, 30-something, and working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to 500 acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him.

    Roberta says: "That's what organic farming is all about"
    "fun and easy to listen to"
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    lots of fun to listen to if you are a country life person. if you can't appreciate bad weather, hard work, good dirt, crazy animals, and total exhaustion at the end of the day, forget this book. if any of that is appealing, then this is a great book for you. living on a small farm, i empathized and sympathized and laughed and cried.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Early Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (115)

    One of the classic volumes of autobiography, My Early Life is a lively and colourful account of a young man's quest for action, adventure and danger. Churchill's schooldays are undistinguished, but he is admitted to Sandhurst and embarks on a career as a soldier and a war correspondent, seeing action in Cuba, in India, in the Sudan - where he took part in the battle of Omdurman, of which he gives us a stirring account - and finally in South Africa.

    Janet H. Maddox says: "What an amazing life!"
    "Never realized how entertaining churchill was!"
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    Totally captivating. The performance was spot on. Like listening to churchill read his own writings. Hoping others are this much fun-& who ever thought he would be fun to listen to?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Crown: Eleanor of Aquitaine Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Chadwick
    • Narrated By Katie Scarfe
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    It is the winter of 1154 and Eleanor, Queen of England, is biding her time. While her husband King Henry II battles for land across the channel, Eleanor fulfils her duty as acting ruler and bearer of royal children. But she wants to be more than this - if only Henry would let her. Instead, Henry belittles and excludes her, falling for a young mistress and leaving Eleanor side-lined and angry. And as her sons become young men, frustrated at Henry's hoarding of power, Eleanor is forced into a rebellion of devastating consequences.

    Lance Moore says: "Beautifully written and narrated"
    "Wonderful storyline. Narrator perfect."
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    Another great Eleanor story. Chadwick tells a wonderful tale with history and dialogue mixed to entertain and educate. More!! More!!

    0 of 0 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
    (2274)
    Performance
    (1499)
    Story
    (1508)

    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.

    Bronwyn Soell says: "One of the finest audiobooks I have heard"
    "History fictionalized at its best"
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    So enjoyable i have relistened several times. Anticipating tv version soon to be shown. Not sure why titled wolf hall as that is in next book. Hope there are more to come in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarlet Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Chadwick
    • Narrated By Christopher Scott
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    The prowess and loyalty of the great knight William Marshal have been rewarded by the hand in marriage of Isabelle de Clare. William has weathered the difficult years of King Richard's absence on crusade and is currently serving him on campaign in Normandy. But the stability William and Isabelle have enjoyed comes crashing down as Richard dies and his brother John becomes king. Rebellion stirs throughout the Angevin domains, and William and Isabelle distance themselves in Ireland.

    A. J. McConachie says: "Wonderful/Fantastic Listen"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
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    Characters become beloved friends & are mourned when they die. Anticipating next in series. Can't get enough of these stories. Lovely presentation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Summer Queen: Eleanor of Aquitaine Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Chadwick
    • Narrated By Katie Scarfe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    Eleanor of Aquitaine's story deserves to be legendary. She is an icon who has fascinated readers for over 800 years. But the real Eleanor remains elusive - until now. Based on the most up-to-date research, award-winning novelist Elizabeth Chadwick brings Eleanor's magnificent story to life, as never before, unveiling the real Eleanor. Young, golden-haired and blue-eyed Eleanor has everything to look forward to as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine.

    Sara says: "The Romance Runs Strong in This One"
    "A different view of Eleanor of Aquitaine"
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    Enjoyed immensely. Good story & performance. Beautiful voice. Looking forward to next in series-Winter Crown. Will read more from Chadwick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Amy Alkon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (378)

    We live in a world that's very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us through this this miasma of modern manners, syndicated columnist Amy Alkon - The Advice Goddess - gives us a new set of manners for our 21st-century lives.

    G. House Sr. says: "Hilarious and a Direct Hit - Must Listen"
    "Fun listen"
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    Lots of chuckles. Hit on current 2014-15 social issues. Not a miss manners guide! good advice. Did not especially like reader's voice or intonation. She droned & timing was off. Glad i listened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of Tarzan

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (55)

    Tarzan had renounced his right to the woman he loved, and civilization held no pleasure for him. After a brief and harrowing period among men, he turned back to the African jungle where he had grown to manhood. It was there he first heard of Opar, the city of gold, left over from fabled Atlantis. It was a city of hideous men - and of beautiful, savage women, over whom reigned La, high priestess of the Flaming God. Its altars were stained with the blood of many sacrifices. Unheeding of the dangers, Tarzan led a band of savage warriors toward the ancient crypts and the more ancient evil of Opar.

    Nelson says: "Amazing Book"
    "Pedantic. Repetitive action line."
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    Read this series as a child. This book slow & too predictive & had threads that were too unbelievable-as if Tarzan wasn't unbelievable enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End: Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (261)

    When 22-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the poorest section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End is the last book in Worth's memoir trilogy, which the Times Literary Supplement described as "powerful stories with sweet charm and controlled outrage" in the face of dire circumstances.

    Jan says: "Hated to see it end..."
    "Wonderful story beautifully told."
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    So nice to have call the midwife wrapped up. Great characters who truly were an inspiration & salvation to so many.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Curse: Cousins' War, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (358)

    Regarded as yet another threat to the volatile King Henry VII's claim to the throne, Margaret Pole, cousin to Elizabeth of York (known as the White Princess) and daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, is married off to a steady and kind Lancaster supporter - Sir Richard Pole. For his loyalty, Sir Richard is entrusted with the governorship of Wales, but Margaret's contented daily life is changed forever with the arrival of Arthur, the young Prince of Wales, and his beautiful bride, Katherine of Aragon.

    Linda Lou says: "A DISAPPOINTING ENDING TO AN GOOD SERIES"
    "So enjoyable. More!"
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    Storyline & storytelling wonderful. More please!
    It is as if i am there except for the smells. Hate to finish her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady of the Rivers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (903)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (784)

    Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream. Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy.

    Bonnie-Ann says: "Philippa back on track"
    "Love this series"
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    The cousins' war series is wonderful. Have listened to it many times & always note something I must have missed before. Characters develop & change & grow. Hope she writes more series like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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