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  • Wideacre

  • Wideacre, Book 1
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 26 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 156

Philippa Gregory's first story in the best-selling Wideacre trilogy. A compelling tale of passion and intrigue set in the 18th century. From the author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The Virgin's Lover. Wideacre Hall, set in the heart of the English countryside, is the ancestral home that Beatrice Lacey loves. But as a woman of the 18th century, she has no right of inheritance. Corrupted by a world that mistreats women, she sets out to corrupt others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing

  • By Ruth on 11-11-17

Stick to history, Philippa.

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

Reviewed: 09-23-17

There is nothing redeeming about this book. It is the depraved story of a woman with no sole. Actually, Phillipa Gregory has been my favorite author for years. I love her historical fiction. I will not finish this trilogy and will request my credit be returned. I can't believe I waisted so many hours on this story.

  • Elizabeth of York

  • The Forgotten Tudor Queen
  • By: Amy Licence
  • Narrated by: Debra Burton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 10

As Tudors go, Elizabeth of York is relatively unknown. Yet she was the mother of the dynasty, with her children becoming King of England (Henry VIII), Queens of Scotland (Margaret) and France (Mary Rose) and her direct descendants included three Tudor monarchs, two executed queens, and ultimately, the Stuart royal family.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to listen to

  • By A User on 04-02-18

No story to be found in this book.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-17

“Elizabeth York, The Forgotten Tudor Queen” had no story. It was a list of facts only. So dry! Too much time was spent on what fabric and food was purchased and how much it cost and how much was paid to unimportant people. Those facts were manipulated to “document” that Henry VII loved and respected Elizabeth of York. I found it a difficult stretch to believe. I would NOT recommend this book to anyone for any reason. This was the 5th book I have read about Elizabeth of York. Wish I had not wasted my credit. I really can't understand the previous reviews.

  • Truly Madly Guilty

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,995
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,959

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don't say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite enough

  • By David Shear on 07-29-16

Very dissappointing.

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

Reviewed: 08-04-16

I usually like Moriarty's books. This one left me cold. Her usually humor in the midst of chaos was missing. Maybe because of the themes, infertility and an accident with a child. While the theme of a strained childhood friendship could have been very engaging, Moriarty missed the mark this time.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Taming of the Queen

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,646

Kateryn Parr, a 30-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives - King Henry VIII - commands her to marry him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • You'd better like repetition

  • By A customer on 09-17-15

My Favorite Author

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

Reviewed: 09-05-15

This may be one of Phillipa Gregory's best books. I've read them all and found this one to be engrossing. Catherine Parr is usually just viewed as the last wife of Henry VIII. Her claim to fame has primarily been that she cared for Henry just before he died. Nothing could be further from the truth. Reading a Phillipa Gregory book always makes me research the character. Love that about her books. Love her notes at the end of the book. Gregory is simply the BEST historical fiction writer! In addition, Bianca Amato is an excellent narrator.

  • Bittersweet

  • A Novel
  • By: Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 266

On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century. Before she knows it, she has everything she’s ever wanted: friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth, and, most of all, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs. But as Mabel becomes an insider, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Slow to connect with the story and characters.

  • By Sherry Vital on 05-22-14

Loved Bittersweet

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

Reviewed: 04-17-15

Compelling book. Enjoyed it beginning to end. Interesting characters that are well developed. This will be a recommendation for my book club.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pines

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,707
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,718

Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well done story

  • By Linda B on 08-28-12

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 12-24-14

This was not my typical book. Could not stop listening. Finished the entire series in 3 days.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Heart in the Right Place

  • A Memoir
  • By: Carolyn Jourdan
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Carolyn Jourdan spent many years as a congressional lawyer in Washington, D.C. Then she was called home to fill in for her mother as receptionist at her father's rural Tennessee doctor's office - assured it would only be for a few days.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book

  • By Barna on 09-23-08

Offensive

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-14

I found “Heart In The Right Place” offensive. Even though Carolyn Jourdan does learn that the people from her hometown are good people with fulfilling lives, she does so in a condescending way. The book takes place over the course of a year. I doubt very seriously if so many “stranger than fiction” situations would have been seen by one doctor in the course of a single year. What father/doctor, in his right mind, would take his preteen daughter to witness him end life support for a patient? What high powered Washington lawyer could have so poorly misread the situation in which her mother had a heart attack and expect her to be back at work in 2 days? Truly would not want Ms. Jourdan to represent me in any legal situation. I know many people who live in very rural settings that have lived wonderful lives without having any semblance of these situations happen to them. Memoirs are supposed to factual. Sorry Ms. Jourdan, I just don’t think your father saw all these cases in just one year.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Heist

  • A Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,788
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,801

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!!

  • By Amanda on 09-17-13

A different Evanovich

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

Reviewed: 03-16-14

Love Stephanie Plum but really like the new characters too. Kate and Nicholas are an unlikely pair but no more unusual than Stephanie and Ranger. Great escapism fiction!
Love Scott Brick. He does a wonderful job with any narration.

  • Bluegrass State of Mind

  • Bluegrass, Book 1
  • By: Kathleen Brooks
  • Narrated by: Eric Dove
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 982
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 879
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 880

McKenna Mason, a New York City attorney with a love of all things Prada, is on the run from a group of powerful, dangerous men. McKenna turns to a teenage crush, Will Ashton, for help in starting a new life in beautiful horse country. She finds that Will is now a handsome, successful race horse farm owner. As the old flame is ignited, complications are aplenty in the form of a nasty ex-wife, an ex-boyfriend intent on killing her, and a feisty race horse who refuses to race without a kiss. Can Will and McKenna cross the finish line together, and more importantly, alive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG FANTASTIC book

  • By Ginny LaMere on 06-10-13

Annoying

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

Reviewed: 03-05-14

I purchased this book because of the reviews. Wish I had not. All the characters are either stereotypical or stupid, some are both. McKenna is hiding from powerful people in New York but agrees to go to the Kentucky Derby with Will, whose horse picked to win. Not exactly in hiding.

Brooks portrays Kentuckians as idiots who have no class except for Will who is a retired from a NFL career and running a multimillion dollar horse farm that breeds Kentucky Derby winners. And there’s the man who thinks he couldn’t possibly father a child because he has been circumcised. Really? Then there’s Paige, an insta-best-friend who loves all of Kenna’s designer clothes that are described in painful detail.

I did kind of like Mo, a middle-eastern Sheik who just so happens to become instantaneous friends with Kenna.

The dialog includes every artificial idiom ever attributed to southerners.

Save your credit!

  • Cell

  • By: Robin Cook
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,012

George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc. George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Done

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-12-16

Need a Sequel

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

Reviewed: 02-08-14

Good story. I have heard that an implant similar to this is already in the works for diabetics. Kinda scary. Interesting references to Obamacare. Love the way Robin Cook takes a current topic and writes a novel about it. I really do need to know what happens to George. When will "Cell 2" be released? Also, love George Guidall's narration.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful