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  • How to Be a Tudor

  • A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life
  • By: Ruth Goodman
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

On the heels of her triumphant How to Be a Victorian, Ruth Goodman travels even further back in English history to the era closest to her heart, the dramatic period from the crowning of Henry VII to the death of Elizabeth I. Drawing on her own adventures living in re-created Tudor conditions, Goodman serves as our intrepid guide to 16th-century living. Proceeding from daybreak to bedtime, this charming, illustrative work celebrates the ordinary lives of those who labored through the era.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really wanted to like this

  • By F. Pryor on 09-10-18

Wonderfully detailed

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I've read other stuff about how people lived in the 16th century, but I learned a lot from this book that I hadn't encountered before, because the author goes into so much detail about exactly how things were made. (What beds were made of; how Tudors bake bread; how Tudors brew ale; how Tudor tailors made clothing, and so on). I also appreciate her use of historical records of the time to back up her theories (e.g., that the English were more embarrassed about children born out of wedlock than the Welsh, because the wills of Welsh men more often mentioned such children).

Not crazy about the narrator — she reads in a monotone and sometimes emphasizes the wrong words in a sentence, which was jarring.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,646

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

I couldn't put it down (no major spoilers)

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

I hate books about zombies. But this is one of the best books I've read in a while. Main reason is that the author does a great job of making almost all the characters both monstrous and sympathetic. The story is replete with both despair and hope (like Pandora's Box, which is referenced a few times in the story.

The author did his research on most of the science stuff.

The narrator has just the right voice for this work and maintains the suspense and emotional intensity, but subtly, without overdoing it. Same for her character voices.

  • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

  • By: Patrick N. Allitt, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Patrick N. Allitt
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257

What were the forces that thrust the British Empire to its extraordinary position of greatness and then just as powerfully drove it into decline? And why is nearly every nation on earth, in one way or another, the consequence of the British Empire?In these 36 lectures, Professor Allitt leads you through four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment-four profound centuries that literally remade the world and bequeathed the complex global legacy that continues to shape your everyday life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learn About Great Britain from a Great Briton!!!

  • By Mike on 04-26-14

Easy to listen to, lots of anecdotes

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

The lectures are easy to listen to, with lots of anecdotes. They cover a lot of material, but the content is not particularly chronological and somewhat repetitious.

Allitt is a brisk, fast speaker. Sometimes I found his voice a bit annoying.

Allitt presents the history from the point of view of what I would call Economist Magazine–type conservatism (i.e., the notion that democracy and capitalism are better than other kinds of governments and economic strategies). Overall he seems to argue that although British imperialism did a lot of damage in the world, the damage is outweighed by the degree to which these ideas were seeded everywhere it went.

I'm giving the course 4 stars because that's the rating I give to something I mostly enjoyed but wouldn't want to listen to again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Sunless Countries

  • Book Four of Virga
  • By: Karl Schroeder
  • Narrated by: Joyce Irvine, David Thorn
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

In an ocean of weightless air where sunlight has never been seen, only the running lights of the city of Pacquaea glitter in the dark. One woman, Leal Hieronyma Maspeth, history tutor and dreamer, lives and dreams of love among the gaslit streets and cafes. And somewhere in the abyss of wind and twisted cloud through which Pacquaea eternally falls, a great voice has begun speaking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Schroeder, Irvine & Thorn deliver, with 1 glitch

  • By Stef on 05-05-16

Schroeder, Irvine & Thorn deliver, with 1 glitch

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

Reviewed: 05-05-16

Schroeder is a hard science fiction writer who builts fascinating worlds AND populates them with interesting characters. Joyce Irvine, who also narrates the other books in this series, has a unique voice that I absolutely love. David Thorn is also a very competent narrator.

I did find it annoying that Irvine and Thorn often switch off narration in the middle of a scene. Whenever they switched at a point that wasn't a chapter break, it distracted me for a couple of minutes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Last Unicorn

  • By: Peter S. Beagle
  • Narrated by: Peter S. Beagle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929

A unicorn, a haphazard wizard, and a spunky scullery woman journey to the dreaded kingdom of Haggaard, an evil ruler who, with the help of a bull-shaped demon, imprisons all the unicorns of the world. This is one of the great fantasy novels of the 20th century. Since its publication in 1968 it has never been out of print, with six million-plus copies sold around the world, and it has been translated into more than 20 languages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite movie on the page

  • By Lucy on 04-05-14

You couldn't ask for a better fairy tale.

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

Reviewed: 12-03-14

This isn't so much a novel as a novel-length work of spiritual poetry. Hm, that might turn off some people. I don't mean it's inaccessible; quite the opposite. The language is often stunningly beautiful. There are lots of wonderful references to other literature for people who happen to have read the other literature, but they don't distract from the story.

Narrated by the author. His narration is capable. It is flat, with little attempt at dramatization. It's probably good he didn't try to do more than he is capable of, and it's charming in its way, maybe like listening to your favorite uncle read. I think that a voice actor could do a better job at making some of the scenes come alive, though.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Morrigan's Cross

  • Circle Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263

Standing on the cliffs of 12th-century Ireland following the disappearance of his twin, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith is visited by the goddess Morrigan and is charged with the ultimate of tasks: saving his and all future worlds. His enemy, the beautiful but deadly vampire queen Lilith, has had over 2,000 years of experience in cruelly killing and changing humans into one of her own - including Hoyt's brother, Cian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Have worn my iPod all day!

  • By Sharon on 01-30-11

Lamentable

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

Reviewed: 10-05-14

I got about 3/4 of the way through this. I liked the characters and the overall storyline, so I wanted to keep going. But I gave up for a couple of reasons.

For my taste there was not enough action and too much of the characters lamenting their losses, and squabbling, and then lamenting their squabbling. Also "plot advancement by means of character stupidity" featured too heavily.

I didn't like the narrator's fake Irish accent with Heavy. Use of. Dramatic. Pauses. Also, he used the same whiny voice for women that George Guidall uses, which sounds like the voice of a middle-aged person and thus seemed wrong for the 20-something witch protagonist.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Dangerous Mourning

  • A William Monk Novel #2
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592

When the beautiful daughter of Sir Basil Moidore is stabbed to death in her bed, Inspector Monk and Nurse Latterly uncover a tale of shame and scandal that threatens to destroy a powerful London dynasty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Dangerous Mourning

  • By gwennieg on 10-08-09

Solid on many levels

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

Reviewed: 05-18-13

Really good in so many ways. Well written; language and dialogue ring true; the main characters are very well developed and the myriad of secondary characters far more carefully developed than in many books. Strongly feminist and class-conscious (in fact the only objection I have to it is that the protagonists' views and behavior are a little unrealistically modern on those subjects...but that's fine if you know what to expect). Although the series is named William Monk, the female protagonist, Hester Latterly, does most of the detecting in this book. Davina Porter does a great job narrating.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Halfway to the Grave

  • Night Huntress, Book 1
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,689

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Total Guilty Pleasure!

  • By Wendy on 04-19-12

I like Bones's accent. Also, good story.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-12

This is a fun paranormal romance series. I like the characters a lot. They're a little stereotyped in this book (but in ways that work for me) but they are better fleshed out in later books.

I'm writing this review to add a dissenting voice to the complaints about Gilbert's voice for Bones. I actually find his voice very sexy and it's one of the main reasons I bought book 2 of the series after finishing book 1.

For calibration purposes, I've lived in the US all my life and don't know enough about non-American accents to be jarred by bad ones. Bones's accent sounds semi-English and semi-Australian to me, which fits with his background.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Present at the Creation

  • The Story of CERN and the Large Hadron Collider
  • By: Amir D. Aczel
  • Narrated by: Byron Wagner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

The Large Hadron Collider is the biggest, and by far the most powerful, machine ever built. A project of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, its audacious purpose is to re-create, in a 16.5-mile-long circular tunnel under the French-Swiss countryside, the immensely hot and dense conditions that existed some 13.7 billion years ago within the first trillionth of a second after the fiery birth of our universe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, at times goes too fast to follow

  • By Stef on 01-16-12

Fascinating, at times goes too fast to follow

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

Reviewed: 01-16-12

This information in this book includes an overview of modern physics, the history of CERN and the Large Hadron Collider, and specifics of some of the physics problems being studied at CERN. It reads like a compilation of essays written for different publications, so there is some repetition. Some essays are harder to follow and more information-dense than others. All of them are well written.

I'm a lay person, and this is the first book I've read on some of the concepts of modern physics. I learned a lot. But the narrator, Byron Wagner, read too fast for me to follow the more technical chapters.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Death by Black Hole

  • And Other Cosmic Quandaries
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,268

Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for an introduction to space and astronomy

  • By Charles on 10-01-08

Enjoyable material and narration, repetitious

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-10

Collection of essays from Tyson's column in Natural History magazine, about physics, astronomy, and the history of science. There's a lot of repetition among the essays. The essays vary in the level of knowledge needed to follow them, but most are fairly basic. Toward the end of the book Tyson wanders off into commentary about religion, culture, and politics. I was quite amused by his ranting about the scientific inaccuracies of movies, but I found his comments on religion vs. science sadly simplistic, even though I share many of his opinions on the subject.

I would have given this book three stars for the material alone, but I added a star because Dion Graham's narration added tremendously to my enjoyment of the material. It's really impressive to hear a science book being narrated with a wide range of emotion. I know a number of reviewers didn't like the narration, but learning about science is exciting for me, and I like it when the narration complements that.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful