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The Determined Heart Audiobook

The Determined Heart: The Tale of Mary Shelley and Her Frankenstein

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Publisher's Summary

The Determined Heart reveals the life of Mary Shelley in a story of love and obsession, betrayal and redemption.

The daughter of political philosopher William Godwin and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley had an unconventional childhood populated with the most talented and eccentric personalities of the time. After losing her mother at an early age, she finds herself in constant conflict with a resentful stepmother and a jealous stepsister. When she meets the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, she falls deeply in love, and they elope with disastrous consequences. Soon she finds herself destitute and embroiled in a torturous love triangle as Percy takes Mary's stepsister as a lover. Over the next several years, Mary struggles to write while she and Percy face ostracism, constant debt, and the heartbreaking deaths of three children. Ultimately, she achieves great acclaim for Frankenstein, but at what cost?

©2015 Antoinette May (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    Chrissie Brussels, Belgium 12-05-15
    Chrissie Brussels, Belgium 12-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Worst narration I ever heard"

    Impossible to concentrate on the words given that the narration is so bad. Don't think of listening to this book, even if you find the topic interesting.!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mlfarr 05-18-16
    mlfarr 05-18-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing"

    Wish I could leave a better review but was quite disappointed in this book. It seems to be filled with nothing but a story line of free love and affairs. Couldn't finish it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia K. Kozlowski 04-17-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Do not waste your time"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Poorly written this book appears to be more fantasy rather then well researched fact. It was horrible.


    Has The Determined Heart turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love books of historical charters but this just missed the mark.


    What didn’t you like about Susan Duerden’s performance?

    Not much, it was puffy and pampas. I have heard this reader before and she was much better.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara G. Hardin 08-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "surprisingly entertaining"

    I was sorry when this one was finished. fascinating story took the reader into the period and lives of household names in unexpected ways. did not want it to end.

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    Kristi 02-01-16
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    "Swept up in this beautiful story."

    This was so well written. The story was was moving and I felt like I was swept away every time I picked it up. The love scenes were very sexy but not uncomfortable. Well done! The only comment that is not totally positive is that the narrator had a "sing-song" quality to her cadence at the end of a phrase. I didn't notice until the last quarter of the book and I did listen twice so overall not a big deal. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a great story of love and loss, ambition with great perseverance!

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    "defeated after 10 minutes"
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    Couldn't manage more than 10 minutes of the narration/ 'performance'. Sounded like a non-stop satirical trailer for bad action movie


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  • Fiona
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    "An intriguing woman"

    Loved the story. Although the narrator's voice initially grated, it became easier to listen to as became more used to it.

    Mary Shelley's life story pulled at the heart, frustration arose as often she was taken for granted and allowed it, but against everything became her own person.

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