Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream. Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy.
I loved this book. The story was great. the narration was wonderful, and I turned it on whenever I had a free moment at home, in the car, at lunch, where ever. The characters were engaging. Jacquetta was very likeable. I can't wait to start The White Queen.
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They ruled England before the Tudors, and now internationally best-selling author Philippa Gregory brings the Plantagenets to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.
I was so impressed with The Lady of the Rivers that I couldn't wait to read this book. I was less impressed but still enjoyed it. I move on to The Red Queen with trepidation.
Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her house is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny before her. Her ambitions are disappointed when her sainted cousin Henry VI fails to recognize her as a kindred spirit, and she is even more dismayed when he sinks into madness.
I loved The Lady of the Rivers and couldn't wait to move on to the next book, The White Queen. I liked it less than The Lady of the Rivers but it was still okay. Now, in The Red Queen, it is the same story from a different viewpoint. I'm tired. I want new characters and a new story line. I've decided to move on to Diana Gabaldon and see how that goes. I will miss Bianca Amato's narration. She is fabulous!
Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.
What an terribly sad but hysterical story, made all the better as it was read by the author. I highly recommend it for everyone but especially Irish Catholics.
In Sarum, Edward Rutherfurd weaves a compelling saga of five English families whose fates become intertwined over the course of centuries. While each family has its own distinct characteristics, the successive generations reflect the changing character of Britain. We become drawn not only into the fortunes of the individual family members, but also the larger destinies of each family line.
I found this to be too fragmented. I realize the main four families were throughout the book but there was not enough continuity to keep me interested. The frequent changing of names was also difficult to follow in audio format. It was okay but after having just finished two of Ken Follett’s trilogy series, this paled in comparison.
In 1558 the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England.
I enjoyed the other two Kingsbridge novels more, though this was certainly a good book as well. It took me several attempts of the first few chapters to get into it but, in all fairness, I read the first 100 pages of Fall of Giants at least 5 times before I was hooked. Both trilogy series were well worth my time and I’m now a huge fan of Ken Follett.
In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.
As with the Century Trilogy and The Pillars of the Earth, I found this book to be incredible. John Lee does a wonderful job as the narrator and the story and characters kept me enthralled through every chapter. There were certainly similarities in the story lines - boy meets girl, they fall in love, the church keeps them apart, etc. but I still found the characters and circumstances to be different enough to keep me interested. I highly recommend this book.
The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.
Having just finished reading Ken Follett's Century Trilogy, in hard copy, I was thrilled to get this series on Audible. From the get go I found it difficult to put down. The characters are engaging and relatable. I found myself literally cheering out loud at some sections and yelling at others. Being a huge fan of church architecture, the underlying story of the book, was a favorite from the start. I enjoyed it thoroughly and couldn't wait to start the next book in the series.