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  • The Most Powerful Women in the Middle Ages

  • Queens, Saints, and Viking Slayers, From Empress Theodora to Elizabeth of Tudor
  • By: Melissa Rank, Michael Rank
  • Narrated by: Anne Day-Jones
  • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29

The idea of a powerful woman in the Middle Ages seems like an oxymoron. Females in this time are imagined to be damsels in distress, trapped in a high tower, and waiting for knights to rescue them, all while wearing traffic-cones for a hat. After rescue, their lives improved little. Their career choices were to be either docile queens, housewives, or be burned at the stake for witchcraft. But what if this image of medieval women is a complete fiction? It turns out that it is. Powerful female rulers fill the Middle Ages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable light history

  • By EmilyK on 09-04-18

Good to a point.

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

Not a bad summary of these lives. There are times when things are simplified to the point of portraying incorrect facts. It also missed out a lot of other women from the same period just as, and in some cases, more impressive than the women portrayed. Not bad but missed its potential.

  • Foundation

  • The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors: The History of England, Book 1
  • By: Peter Ackroyd
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577

In Foundation the chronicler of London and of its river, the Thames, takes us from the primeval forests of England's prehistory to the death of the first Tudor king, Henry VII, in 1509. He guides us from the building of Stonehenge to the founding of the two great glories of medieval England: common law and the cathedrals. He shows us glimpses of the country's most distant past - a Neolithic stirrup found in a grave, a Roman fort, a Saxon tomb, a medieval manor house.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Most Annoying Narrator EVER

  • By JudieBee on 12-25-15

Very good but...

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

A great book on the early history of England. I found it too detailed in the descriptions of things like the housing, forests, etc, instead of the actual events. Great for some with the interest just not for me. However, it still does a good job covering the events. I did find I had to speed up the audio as the narrator spoke in almost a droning voice.

  • Thomas Cromwell

  • The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
  • By: Tracy Borman
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

Thomas Cromwell has long been reviled as a Machiavellian schemer who stopped at nothing in his quest for power. As Henry VIII's right-hand man, Cromwell was the architect of the English Reformation, secured Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon and plotted the downfall of Anne Boleyn, and upon his arrest, was accused of trying to usurp the King himself. But here Tracy Borman reveals a different side of one of the most notorious figures in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Behind the Scenes" of Wolf Hall!

  • By JMP on 11-23-16

Very good

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

Very good investigation into the life of Thomas Cromwell. Some unrelated information is not entirely accurate. However, this inaccuracy does not take away from the fantastic narrative put together by the author. Very interesting to get an honest and reasonably unbiased very of Cromwell. Narrator was good but mispronounced some words, especially names.

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  • Four Princes

  • Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions that Forged Modern Europe
  • By: John Julius Norwich
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

John Julius Norwich - whom the Wall Street Journal called "the very model of a popular historian" - has crafted a big, bold tapestry of the early 16th century, when Europe and the Middle East were overshadowed by a quartet of legendary rulers, all born within a 10-year period. Against the vibrant background of the Renaissance, these four men laid the foundations for modern Europe and the Middle East, as they collectively impacted the culture, religion, and politics of their respective domains.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For the most part, very informative.

  • By Paula on 02-05-18

Really great

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

Fantastic story! Fascinating period of history and to have the interconnections of the major players of this era is fabulous. Norwich asway does a fabulous job. Had a few moment when the pronunciation by the author annoyed me but easily overlooked.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Robert the Bruce and the Wars of Scottish Independence

  • The History of the Famous King of Scots' Rise to Power
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Though it's often forgotten today, Robert the Bruce was a bit shiftier, if only out of necessity. Robert the Bruce has become a figure of Scottish national legend, renowned as the man who threw off the shackles of English oppression. Prior to 1306, this Anglo-Scottish nobleman did little to cover himself in glory or to earn a reputation as a hero of the national cause. A member of one of Scotland's leading noble families, Bruce inherited his grandfather's claim to the right to be king of the Scots.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Detail, Robotic Delivery

  • By Garion on 08-16-18

Not quite on topic.

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

Reviewed: 05-27-17

Seemed more of a history of Wallace and Edward I than of Robert the Bruce. I can understand people need context but it still felt like the book didn't say enough about the topic it was supposed to cover. Still a good book though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful