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Mark A. Desjardins

Stonington, CT United States
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  • Agincourt

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Charles Keating
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,501

Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What is WITH that music?

  • By Lois on 08-26-15

Mr Cornwell, I hope you're reading this!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-19

I've been listening to audiodrama for 55 years! This is one of the most enjoyable experiences I've EVER had. I've read a number of Bernard Cornwell's books, but this is one of the best......despite the fact that any fan of Shakespeare already knows the tale. Henry V, Harfleur, English archers, mud and blood and diarrhea.....Olivier, Brannagh and Tom Hiddleston have all helped tell their versions.. But Cornwell has come up with an engaging storyline, wonderful characters and his own immersive prose and just makes me wanting it to never end.
I love the additional dramatic music.....and Mr Keating's (RIP) narration is simply masterful!

PURCHASE THIS TITLE! You won't be disappointed!

  • A Mind of Her Own

  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,502
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,479

Paris, 1893. Twenty-five-year-old Marie Sklodowska is studying science at the Sorbonne - one of the only universities in the world that has begun to admit women. A thousand miles from her native Poland, with no money and the odds stacked against any woman daring to pursue a career in such a rigorous field, Marie throws herself into her studies. She's certain that to succeed in a man's world, she will have to go it alone. Her meticulous plans get thrown slightly off-course when Marie attracts the attention of an accomplished young physicist, himself on the precipice of greatness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Based on a true story

  • By Kingsley on 03-01-19

Fitting tribute for international women’s day

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

A wonderful insight into the early musings of an amazing woman of science. I would highly recommend this story.

  • The Richest Man Who Ever Lived

  • The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger
  • By: Greg Steinmetz
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Jacob Fugger lived in Germany at the turn of the 16th century, the grandson of a peasant. By the time he died, his fortune amounted to nearly 2 percent of European GDP. Not even John D. Rockefeller had that kind of wealth. Most people become rich by spotting opportunities, pioneering new technologies, or besting opponents in negotiations. Fugger did all that, but he had an extra quality that allowed him to rise even higher: nerve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Professor style narration

  • By Scott Ferguson on 10-02-16

WONDERFUL

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

Most people wouldn’t believe how many important events of the 16th century in Europe and elsewhere for that matter would never have happened or at least not in quite the same way without Jacob Fugger! This is truly a great read and his story a great surprise!

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,211
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,671

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Experience

  • By Stephen R. Grant on 11-05-18

Delightful !!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

Absolutely enchanting and poignant drama ....candy for the years!
The best audible original that I’ve heard yet!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper

  • A Radio Dramatization
  • By: Mark Twain, M J Elliott
  • Narrated by: Jerry Robbins, Anastas Varinos, Isaac Bean, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

In this faithful adaptation of Mark Twain's immortal classic, two boys, one a pauper and the other a prince, discover that they share an incredible likeness and accidentally find their roles in life reversed. The young prince must now contend with London's criminals, vagabonds and lunatics, while the pauper finds that he has a country to run, and internal plots to thwart. Can the real prince reclaim his right before an imposter is crowned in his place? And will his look-alike give up his regal position and return to a life of poverty?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prince & the Pauper

  • By Maria Prieto on 01-27-13

Wonderful CRT production!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Exciting and well produced audio drama! Highly recommend for adults and families alike. I love the inclusion of Mark Twain as narrator. This title certainly lives up to the high quality product we’ve grown used to from the Colonial Radio Thaeter!!!!

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Dramatized)

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: The St. Charles Players
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

The St. Charles Players present a unique telling of Jules Verne's classic underwater adventure, in a new multi-cast dramatization performed in exciting Radio Theatre style.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adventures with CAPTAIN Nemo!

  • By Mark A. Desjardins on 01-09-19

Adventures with CAPTAIN Nemo!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Great production!! Faithful narrative with action and sound effects.....a real treat for adults and kids alike

  • Brand Luther

  • How an Unheralded Young Minister Turned His Small German Town into a Center of Publishing, Made Himself the Most Famous Man in Europe - and Started the Protestant Reformation
  • By: Andrew Pettegree
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

When an obscure monk named Martin Luther tacked his theses on the door of the Wittenberg church in 1517, protesting corrupt practices, he was virtually unknown. Within months his ideas spread across Germany then all of Europe; within years their author was not just famous but infamous, responsible for catalyzing the violent wave of religious reform that would come to be known as the Protestant Reformation and engulfing Europe in decades of bloody war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informed, Impacting

  • By Bill Martin on 01-14-16
  • Brand Luther
  • How an Unheralded Young Minister Turned His Small German Town into a Center of Publishing, Made Himself the Most Famous Man in Europe - and Started the Protestant Reformation
  • By: Andrew Pettegree
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

Great book concerning Martin Luther and the importance of the rise of printing in Germany. Reminiscent of today’s rise of the Internet! But as others have said why leave out the last chapter?

  • Agent 13 and The Invisible Empire Part 2

  • By: Flint Dille, David Marconi, Deniz Cordell
  • Narrated by: Tom Berry, J.T. Turner, Jerry Robbins, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

As a child, he was abducted from his home by an organization known only as The Brotherhood. His past was taken from him. His name, erased. The Brotherhood trained him in the arts of power and deception, and he seemed destined to become one of their finest operatives. Then he learned the truth. The Brotherhood planned not to guide mankind along the paths of enlightenment but instead to remake the world in their own image. So he fled and swore to stop them by any means necessary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pulp Era Magic!

  • By Mark A. Desjardins on 08-12-18

Pulp Era Magic!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

Colonial Theater does it again with bringing to life this great character created in the 1980's but hearkening back to the era of Captain Midnight, Terry and the Pirates, The Shadow and all of their cohorts as they battle against nefarious enemies of the 1930's. Please produce the other titles in the series CRT!

Love it!

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,627
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,578

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets without the old texts

  • By William Taylor on 05-10-18

A MUST for Vikings fans

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

Neil Gaiman is a wonderful story teller, and these stories DO NOT disappoint! I think they could have been better "linked" but the final Ragnarok chapter is terrific! Snorri Sturlesson would be proud! Get this!!

  • War of the Elementals

  • By: Scott Alan Woodard, Scott Davis
  • Narrated by: The Colonial Radio Players
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

In 1915 France, the Great War rages and a new breed of hero takes to the skies. Part bull-terrier, part daredevil, the aces of the Royal Flying Corps' 5th Squadron are Britain's elite. It was an era of counter-intelligence, dogfights, and drinking songs. But that was before the world changed. That was before the Elementals! When a routine mission goes awry, the 5th Squadron finds itself trapped in an unreal world called The Source. Here, giant bat-like creatures dominate the world keeping the Universe, and all of its parallel realities, in a precarious balance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun adaptation of graphic novel

  • By Mark A. Desjardins on 03-21-18

Fun adaptation of graphic novel

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

If you could sum up War of the Elementals in three words, what would they be?

Fun adaptation; get the accompanying comics from Comixology

What was one of the most memorable moments of War of the Elementals?

first encounter with the Elementals

What does The Colonial Radio Players bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great voice acting and fun effects

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

THE GREAT WAR in another dimension!

Any additional comments?

at times there could have and should have been narration as the story was tough to follow