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  • The Plantagenets

  • The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England
  • By: Dan Jones
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,783
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611

The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire that stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this epic history, Dan Jones vividly resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world. We meet the captivating Eleanor of Aquitaine, twice queen and the most famous woman in Christendom; her son, Richard the Lionheart, who fought Saladin in the Third Crusade; and King John, a tyrant who was forced to sign Magna Carta, which formed the basis of our own Bill of Rights.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narrative History

  • By Troy on 08-07-13

interesting and Enlivened

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-16

enjoyed the well balanced treatment of the good and the bad kings - story seemed to come alive at some points

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Warriors of the Storm

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,694

A fragile peace reigns in Wessex, Mercia, and East Anglia. King Alfred's son, Edward, and formidable daughter, Aethelflaed, rule the kingdoms. But all around, the restless Northmen, eyeing the rich lands and wealthy churches, are mounting raids. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the kingdoms' greatest warrior, controls Northern Mercia from the strongly fortified city of Chester.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cornwell gets still better!

  • By NW on 01-19-16

Worth the wait

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-16

another excellent Bernard Cornwell with both historical depth and human interest. Loved the description of battles, if a bit graphic,

  • The Aviators

  • Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight
  • By: Winston Groom
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469

Gifted storyteller Winston Groom, the best-selling author of Forrest Gump, has written the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes who defined aviation during the great age of flight: Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle. These cleverly interwoven tales of their heart-stopping adventures take us from the feats of World War I through the heroism of World War II and beyond, including daring military raids and survival at sea, and will appeal to fans of Unbroken, The Greatest Generation, and Flyboys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listening experience!

  • By tjcrewsbooks on 11-12-13

Great Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-15

Great story that fills in a lot history the books have ignored. I enjoyed it immensely. Lots of human interest information that helps make it highly readable.

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  • Whitethorn

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 24 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

From the author of The Power of One comes a new novel about Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people fanatically opposed to the English. The world is also on the brink of war, and South Africa elects to fight for the Allied cause against Germany. Six-year-old Tom Fitzsaxby finds himself in The Boys Farm, an orphanage in a remote town in the high mountains, where the Afrikaners side fiercely with Hitler's Germany.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recycled 'Power of One'

  • By Melinda on 08-19-13

Wonderful to learn about South Africa

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, for those who can handle the violence and brutality that go with living in an orphanage as the "outcast"

What was one of the most memorable moments of Whitethorn?

When Tom sold the 3 Steinways

What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

Excellent ability to take on the characteristics of the various dialects -- Afrikaner, Indian, British English, Cape Colored

If you could take any character from Whitethorn out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Tom's mentors, the Sgt, the Dr., and Miss ___________

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  • Calico Joe

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Erik Singer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 989

Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short but worth at least 2 credits

  • By Marjean on 04-21-12

Grisham at his best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-12

If you could sum up Calico Joe in three words, what would they be?

John Grisham has always done a superb job at defining the personalities and uniqueness of his characters and in this book his characters are so real it's hard to bear in mind that the story is fiction. Joe is talented but tragic!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Calico Joe - he seems so real and in view of the story's circumstances, his life seems so tragic..... even though he's not real!

What does Erik Singer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Does a great job of distinguishing among the characters with his voice and emphasis -- makes their personalities more unique

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction -- ending was sad but still humorous -- kind of justice after all.