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  • The Tapestry

  • By: Paul Wigmore
  • Narrated by: Lawrence Burgess
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The day Gavin died was the best and worst day of his life so far. The worst because he lost his beloved in the fire that killed them both, but the best because he was set free from his mortal shell, by Saul. The mightiest demon to ever wander the wasteland of Hades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating story!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-06-19

A fascinating story!

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

“The Tapestry” is a dark, haunting, gritty and highly entertaining story. First of all, I should note here that I really liked the protagonist’s voice: it’s dark humor and sarcasm at its best, which made the story itself even better. The narrator Lawrence Burgess did a fabulous job in bringing him to life and the sound effects definitely made an already compelling story even more atmospheric and chilling. Also, what I enjoyed about this quite an unusual story of a lost soul looking for salvation, is that it dwells on eternal questions, like if love really can save you, should you forgive your enemies even if they wronged you in the worst way, and what’s most important – how do you free yourself from the chains of the past.
Gavin – the Freak as everyone calls him – is tortured and killed in his own house, and as his spirit leaves his body, an ancient power, demon Saul looking for the world domination decides to offer Gavin a deal: an almost unrestrained power to avenge himself in exchange…well, you probably know the deal. I won’t reveal the rest of the plot, but trust me, you'll enjoy every second of it! Highly recommended to all fans of the dark fiction.

  • The Guns of August

  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,521

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Mike From Mesa on 10-28-08

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 03-29-19

No wonder “The Guns of August” was selected as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time by the Modern Library - it’s a truly tremendous and magnificent historical work, in which the author, in finest details, recounts the first month of WWI. The narrator Wanda McCaddon did a fabulous job in bringing to life every major participant of the conflict, including Kaiser Wilhelm, Russian Emperor Nicholas II, King Albert, Prince Rupprecht, Generals von Kluck, Gallieni, Sukhomlinov, Joffre, Poincaré and many more.
Ms. Tuchman, a renowned historian, begins with the death of Edward VII which served as a sort of starting point from which the conflict slowly unraveled. Basing her research on as many official documents, telegrams, personal letters and records as was possible to find, she thoroughly investigates the plans and reasons of each side - Germany, Russia, England, and France - and presents them to the reader through the eyes of participants themselves. What I also found positively fascinating was not only the amount of research that went into this monumental work but the author’s ability to put me “right there,” in the middle of the battlefield or a conference room, in which the future fates of the cities and entire countries were decided. Every part is descriptive and vivid, every participant is easy to visualize and recognize, every new chapter is more charged with tension than the other. It certainly deserved its Pulitzer Prize - I can’t recommend it highly enough! Everyone interested in the history of the 20th century should read/listen to this.

  • The Lyon Affair

  • The Indigo Rebels, Book 2
  • By: Ellie Midwood
  • Narrated by: John B Leen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

A tentative partnership created to fight against the common enemy, where the secrets of their pasts lead to disaster, and a betrayal of one may become a death sentence for all. An unlikely hero...a cunning villain...one Resistance cell. One traitor in their midst. When the Gestapo are closing in, and there’s nowhere else to run, one will make a decision that could change everything. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling WWII thriller

  • By Ron on 03-21-19

A great French Resistance novel!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

Even though it's the second book in the series, you can easily listen to it as a stand-alone. I was happy to reconnect with the already familiar characters and thoroughly enjoyed the new ones, introduced by the author. The character development in book two was perhaps even better than in book one, especially when it comes to Giselle (my favorite character!). Sievers made a formidable antagonist and what I really loved was that he wasn't a typical, one-dimensional Nazi but more of an old police hound, who recognized and appreciated a courageous foe in the face of Giselle. I only wish there was more about Kamille and her husband, but I guess I'll have to wait for book 3 to find out how it all plays out.

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  • Genteel Secrets

  • By: S. R. Mallery
  • Narrated by: Talmadge Ragan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

What do a well-bred Southern Belle and a Northern working class Pinkerton detective have in common? Espionage . . . and romance. At the start of the US Civil War, while young men begin dying on American battlefields and slavery is headed toward its end, behind the scenes, female undercover work and Pinkerton intelligence are alive and well. But in the end, can the love between this novella's Romeo and Juliet couple survive, or will they be just another casualty of war? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genteel Secrets

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-27-19

Genteel Secrets

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

Being a longtime fan of S. R. Mallery’s writing, I’ve been delighted to get my hands on her new historical novel, knowing in advance that I’ll enjoy it, and I certainly did!
“Genteel Secrets” is not just a love story, even though the romance between the two main characters was one of the things that I enjoyed immensely in this novel, but it’s a meticulously researched historical fiction, which deals with the espionage, questioning of the moral right of one ethnic group owning another, polar views of life by the Confederate South and the progressive North and many more important issues.
I really enjoyed the setting of the novel, which reminded me of “Gone with the Wind” a lot; and just like in this well-known classic our main character, Hannah, is a spirited, fearless girl who is ready to fight for what she feels is right, despite the protests of her family members and general opinion of the southern society of that time. I absolutely loved how well-read she was and how much interest she showed in politics and current events, even though her outspokenness, both in words and deeds, was something that was frowned upon by society. And when she got involved with something much more dangerous than expressing unpopular views, I couldn’t stop listening because I just had to find out how hers and James’s, her beau’s, story would end. Loved the narrator's accent by the way! She really brought South and Hannah to life.
Highly recommended for all fans of historical fiction genre! Absolutely outstanding!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads

  • By: S. R. Mallery
  • Narrated by: Suzie Althens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

The 11 long short stories in Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads combine history, mystery, action, and/or romance, and range from drug trafficking using Guatemalan hand-woven wallets, to an Antebellum U. S. slave using codes in her quilts as a message system to freedom; from an ex-journalist and her Hopi Indian maid solving a cold case together involving Katchina spirits, to a couple hiding Christian passports in a comforter in Nazi Germany.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A little of everything

  • By Margaret on 12-23-17

Loved this set of short stories!

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

Another amazing work from the talented Sarah Mallery, and I can definitely say that I’m a fan now! The set of short stories, each one different, was brilliantly tied together by a common topic – sewing. Each tells a story of courage, defiance of circumstances, sacrifice, love, fighting against the system and many more, which make you sit and ponder after finishing a story. The hardships of a young Russian-Jewish immigrant trying to support her family working in the almost inhumane conditions in a sewing factory and almost dying in the horrible fire; a German family, risking their own lives in the perilous times of the Nazi regime to help their Jewish compatriots; a talented black slave, striving for freedom through her work; two young people coming from the opposite social niches and defying both society and their parents to be together, and many more similar and extremely important topics, which still resonate with today’s problems we’re facing now, definitely make it a must-read (must-listen?) for everyone. I once again applaud Ms. Mallery’s writing style, which both educates and entertains the reader, making us dive into the world of past and live through the eyes of the characters. A wonderful job was done by the narrator as well, who brought these fascinating stories to life. Highly recommended - a meticulously researched and compelling short story collection! Five stars!

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  • Tales to Count On

  • By: S.R. Mallery
  • Narrated by: Diane Lehman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Curl up and enter the eclectic world of S. R. Mallery, where sad meets bizarre and deception meets humor; where history meets revenge and magic meets gothic. Whether it’s 500 words or 5,000, these Tales to Count On, which include a battered women’s shelter, childhood memories, Venetian love, magic photographs, PTSD, sisters’ tricks, WWII spies, the French Revolution, evil vaudevillians, and celebrity woes, will remind you that in the end, nothing is ever what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great collection of stories!

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-25-19

A great collection of stories!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

What a great collection of short stories! What I liked most of all was that each and every one of them was so different, and all of them ended in a way that I would never expect! I love stories with meaning, and each of these stories certainly carries an important message for the reader, some telling about paradoxes and twists of fate, like in the story with a tenant, who didn’t want his old building renovated; some stories showing something that doesn’t seem what it is, like in the story with the twin sisters or a girl and her ex-boyfriend and why he acted the way he did.
I really appreciated how historical fiction was masterfully interwoven with the present time tales, which will certainly make this collection even more appealing to a wide audience of readers. The writing is sharp and clever, and the characters are complex and very well-developed, despite the fact that normally character development is very hard to show in a short story just because of its length, but Ms. Mallery met the task admirably. Also, special thanks to the narrator, Diane Lehman, for doing such a good job with bringing these stories to life - it was a real pleasure listening to her voice! And her dialogues were wonderfully presented as well! Beautiful work!

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  • The Dolan Girls

  • By: S. R. Mallery
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

The Dolan Girls by S. R. Mallery has it all. Set in Nebraska during the 1800s, whorehouse madams, ladies of the night, a schoolmarm, a Pinkerton detective, a Shakespeare-quoting old coot, brutal outlaws, and a horse-wrangler fill out the cast of characters. Added to the mix are colorful descriptions of an 1856 land rush, Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show, Annie Oakley, bank/train robberies, small town local politics, and, of course, romance. Two, in fact!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The old west comes alive 🌵

  • By 🌸DARA on 11-23-17

Fascinating historical fiction!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

“The Dolan Girls” is an enticing and gripping historical fiction set in the Wild West in the 1860s, which I simply couldn’t stop listening to. I love learning new things from the books I read or listen to, and this obviously thoroughly researched novel put me right in the middle of a typical little western town, where through the eyes of the characters I learned about their lives, traditions, and struggles of people of that time. The narrator (such a pleasant voice by the way!) did a wonderful job in bringing the Wild West world to life with her soft-spoken manner and authentic accent in just the right places.
I also very much appreciated how the story followed the path of three generations of the Dolan family, from settling in a new land and how it influenced their lives, to the horrific incident with the younger sister Cora that would reshape her views of life and trust forever, and to the young Ellie, Cora’s daughter, who, despite the dark secret of her origin, grew to be a highly intelligent, head-strong and independent woman.
The story is full of unexpected twists and turns, and even though I’m usually very good at predicting what would happen next, “The Dolan Girls” kept me guessing up to the very last page. A brilliant work, which I highly recommend to everyone!

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  • Lethal Cargo: Russian Historical Thriller

  • Nikolai Volkov Series, Book 3
  • By: Julia Gousseva
  • Narrated by: Wesley Nelson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Nikolai Volkov is a combat veteran of the Chechen war with a passion for finding truth and doing the right thing. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Nikolai embarked on a career of a bodyguard and soon became the best in the prestigious Centurion Personal Protection Agency in Moscow. He excels at protecting his clients and preventing crimes. But this time, his case is personal. His brother calls Nikolai with an urgent plea for help, and Nikolai heads to a small town in Crimea. The town is quiet and picturesque, but dark forces are at work behind the scenes. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the mystery and historical facts

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-28-18

A gripping historical thriller!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

“Lethal Cargo” is a riveting thriller set in Russia, and namely one of its Southern resort cities, Petrovsk. After getting a strange call from his younger brother whom he lost touch with a few years ago, the protagonist - Nikolai - leaves his native Moscow to investigate. He barely gets a chance to see his brother when a squad of federal agents appears at his house to arrest him for treason, and now Nikolai will have to go to great lengths to find out what secrets a peaceful, quiet Crimean town really hides. Strange roadblocks, suspicious behavior of certain people he meets, inexplicable accidents and finally a double murder - and Nikolai has no doubt that something big is happening here, conveniently hidden away from everyone’s eyes…
What I really enjoyed about this thriller was not only an imaginative, compelling plot but also an exotic setting which definitely made listening to it even more interesting. Little bits of Russian (or should I say, Soviet) history and cultural details added more authenticity and made me feel like I was fully immersed in the languid atmosphere of a quiet Southern town. Plus, the narrator did a fabulous job with his timely used Russian accent. What I also enjoyed was how not only the main protagonist himself was portrayed but also secondary characters, which were all complex and interesting in their own way, starting with Vera and finishing with Valentin and Anton; the latter won my affection right away with his confident and no-nonsense attitude, and I love it when a book makes me connect with characters this way, making me root for them even though they may not play a major part in the story.
This gritty, compelling thriller with its brooding atmosphere is a perfect choice for all fans of the genre, and I highly recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Motherland's Daughter, a Fatherland's Son

  • A WWII Novel
  • By: Ellie Midwood
  • Narrated by: Kylie Stewart, Eric Rolon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

On the border of this newly divided territory, a young Wehrmacht Unteroffizier, Werner, and a Soviet military interpreter, Kira, meet and fall in love against all odds. Both forced into the military against their will, they wish for one thing only - a peaceful life together. Everything is set for Kira to defect and marry Werner...but the German army invades the Soviet Union, and now the two lovers are forced to fight against each other on the opposite sides of the frontline. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a Soul-Gripping Book!

  • By Kindle Customer49 on 01-29-19

A moving and powerful story

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Historical (and namely WW2) fiction is my favorite genre and I’m so glad I came across this audiobook! Few books show the war from the Soviet/German side, and that’s what fascinated me in the first place - the original concept and point of view that it offered. When I realized that the story is told from alternating perspectives (Kira’s and Werner’s) I started enjoying it even more as it helped me related to both and understand the motives of each.
The conflict itself is described with marvelous precision and truly brings history to life through an unimaginable amount of research that must have gone into it. Two opposing ideologies, two armies fighting with the ferociousness of wild beasts, and two young people who find themselves as enemies despite their deep, unwavering love for each other. I could only hope for the good outcome and was dreading the end if I’m completely honest.
A truly powerful, beautifully written and meticulously researched story. Both narrators did a great job. I’ll be recommending this to my fellow history lovers.

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  • The Austrian: A War Criminal's Story

  • By: Ellie Midwood
  • Narrated by: Jonathan M. Matthews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

 What is going through the mind of a war criminal, tried by the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg? Regret for his atrocious actions? Frantic desire to defend himself to the end? Desperate longing to be forgiven by his former enemies or craving of human kindness, even though he knows that he doesn’t deserve any… And the strongest of all, the fear to never again see the one, who he risked everything for, the only woman that he still continues to live for.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Important Book

  • By Kindle Customer49 on 01-29-19

A fascinating historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

“The Austrian” is a fascinating fictional biography of Ernst Kaltenbrunner, the Chief of the RSHA and the highest ranking SS officer tried at Nuremberg. First thing I must say, it’s freakishly accurate, to the point where I recognized not only people (such as Höttl, Skorzeny, Heydrich, Himmler, and Dietrich) but certain quotes and events that indeed happened (Austrian Chancellor Dollfuss’ assassination is just one of such examples).
Second, I found the use of split-chronology, in which the action goes back and forth between Kaltenbrunner’s early life and his incarceration in Nuremberg, absolutely brilliant. In one chapter we encounter a young man (an absolutely ordinary young man, I must say) with hopes of traveling the world and marrying the girl he loves; in the following one we find him already as a war criminal who has millions of innocent victims’ lives on his conscience. The book is so powerful because it shows exactly how this happened, how a kind and gentle teenager grew into a murderer, with a power of sending hundreds to death with a single signature on yet another protective custody order.
The historical background of Austria after the Great War, the brewing moods of anti-Semitism and growing discontent of the population, nationalistic fraternities and conspiracies come alive in this novel, and I couldn’t help but applaud the author’s meticulous research. The narrator did a fabulous job and I couldn’t wait to get back to my AirPods to listen to his spellbinding voice. I recommend this audiobook highly to everyone who’s interested in WW2 history.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful