In the autumn of 1558, church bells across England ring out the joyous news that Elizabeth I is the new queen. One woman hears the tidings with utter dread. Amy Dudley, wife of Sir Robert, knows that the bells she hears will summon her husband once more to power, intrigue, and a passionate love affair. Philippa Gregory paints a picture of a country on the brink of greatness, a young woman grasping at her power, a young man whose ambition is greater than his means, and the wife who cannot forgive them.
Seriously, Davina Porter whistles on her S's and after a while it's like someone stabbing you in the eardrum. I listened to her narrate the Outlander series and don't remember this being a problem, but this recording is almost unbearable with headphones on. Otherwise I think she was ok, and the story was good... but not as good as the earlier books in this series.
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When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
I really don't get what all the hype is about. This is just a boring version of Twilight except that Edward is human and a perv with major issues, Bella is even more annoying and whiny than ever, and they have a lot of sex. I forced myself to finish the book in the hopes that it would get better, but it doesn't. Don't get me wrong, I loved Twilight as much as the next girl... But don't feed me a watered down version with a bunch of sex thrown in and call it lunch. Also, I think everyone is being really hard on the narration. It certainly isn't the best I've ever heard but it really wasn't as bad as most people are making it out to be.
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It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.
Wow, the new narrator John Lee is REALLY terrible. I can't even pay attention to the story because all I can do is wonder who the heck hired this guy? Think overly dramatic and pompous Shatner reading a cheesy romance novel. It's that bad. Two hours into the book and I just can't take it anymore.
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Throughout a single day in 1892, John Shawnessy recalls the great moments of his life - from the battles of the Civil War to the politics of the Gilded Age, from the love affairs of his youth in Indiana to his homecoming as schoolteacher, husband, and father.
The narrator did an amazing job with this incredibly boring piece of literature. I made it through about 12 hours and had to call it quits. The story jumps around too much and is overly repetitive. I could also do without the hours of waxing poetic on the philosophies of life.
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In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.
This stroy completely immerses you in it's world, and you'll love every minute of it. I almost have to stop myself from slipping into a southern accent now :)