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jojonow

Ojai, CA | Listener Since 2007

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  • Genghis: Birth of an Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (920)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (548)

    He was born Temujin, son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the steppe. Temujin's young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts: the betrayal of his father by a neighboring tribe, his family left to die on the harsh plain. But Temujin endured, and from then on, he was driven by a fury to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies from beyond the horizon.

    David says: "Move over Bernard Cornwell"
    "Riveting"
    Overall

    The author does an amazing job of potraying the gritty, brutal world that spawned Genghis. Focusing on the future conqueror's childhood and teen years, the book skillfully explores the events, influences and motivations that made Genghis who he was. Though often gruesome and bloody, the grisly details are not superfluous but part of the larger picture of the Mongol culture. Even for one who has read much about Genghis, this book was still enlightening and informative.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • True Memoirs of Little K

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Adrienne Sharp
    • Narrated By Rachel Botchan
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Now 99 years old and living in Paris, former prima ballerina of the Russian Imperial Ballet Mathilde Kschessinska sits down to write her memoirs. At the age of 17, Mathilde caught the eye of Nicholas II, and the two began a passionate affair. But once Nicholas became tsar and married, Mathilde was cast out of his life. Heartbroken, Mathilde began affairs with two of Nicholas’ cousins. Yet she never forgot where her heart truly lay.

    jojonow says: "Stupendous Romanov Historical"
    "Stupendous Romanov Historical"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I just finished this marvelous epic, and I have goosebumps. I've read many Romanov accounts both fictional and non-fictional, so is there really anything else to learn? Yes. Sharp tells the story through the lens of a prima ballerina merging the world of the stage with the stage of royal life. The main character, while at times petty and arrogant, demonstrates wit and resourcefulness that makes her ultimately a worthy heroine. The prose is approachable, vivid and occasionally brilliant but not pretentiously so, which is quite refreshing. The reader does a fine job, except I would have preferred an English or European accent. Somehow this exotic world isn't fully realized by American accents. Still, a five-star literary experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kate Williams
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Emma Hamilton was England's first superstar. She fought her way out of dire poverty to become a fashion icon, an Ambassador's wife, a confidante of both Marie Antoinette and the Queen of Naples, and the mistress of Lord Nelson, England's greatest military hero.

    Eunice says: "Glad I live now...not then!"
    "Riveting."
    Overall

    The rags to riches and back again story of Emma Hamilton, the "rock star" of her times, is not only epic, but also illustrative the plight of poor young women of the day. Without her legendary beauty, Emma wouldn't have stood a chance of digging her way out of poverty. In fact, readers learn early on that Emma's early education and opportunity, such as it was, came as a result of her mother's liaison with one of her "betters."
    Equally compelling is the look into the character of Lord Nelson,whose own meteoric rise and outsized ego were remarkable. All the characters are well drawn, the times vividly portrayed. A fabulous read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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