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  • The Templars

  • The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors
  • By: Dan Jones
  • Narrated by: Dan Jones
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883

In 1307, as they struggled to secure their last strongholds in the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Templars fell afoul of the vindictive and impulsive king of France. On Friday, October 13, hundreds of brothers were arrested en masse, imprisoned, tortured, and disbanded amid accusations of lurid sexual misconduct and heresy. They were tried by the Vatican in secret proceedings. But were they heretics or victims of a ruthlessly repressive state?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected

  • By Protogere on 10-30-17

A MILITARY HISTORY OF THE TEMPLARS THAT CAN BE DRY

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

The author has done a remarkable job of researching the Templars and for military buffs, this is your book. However, I was also interested in what drew men to the Templars, their beliefs in conjunction with Christianity, their daily lives and an elaboration of the culture. I felt that the whole emphasis was on the soldiering of the Templars and their endless battles. So, it all depends on what your desired emphasis is on in the study of the Knights Templars. For me, I had to "soldier on" to finish the book.

  • Rage Becomes Her

  • The Power of Women's Anger
  • By: Soraya Chemaly
  • Narrated by: Soraya Chemaly
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 95

Women are angry, and it isn’t hard to figure out why. We are underpaid and overworked. Too sensitive or not sensitive enough. Too dowdy or too made-up. Too big or too thin. Sluts or prudes. We are harassed, told we are asking for it, and asked if it would kill us to smile. Yes, yes it would. Contrary to the rhetoric of popular “self-help” and an entire lifetime of being told otherwise, our rage is one of the most important resources we have, our sharpest tool against both personal and political oppression. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy Raging Hell

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-17-18

A MUST READ FOR MEN AND WOMEN! END INEQUALITY!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

An excellent study and presentation on female anger and rage and the source of all this emotion. Until one understands the vast suppression and abuse of women through history you cannot understand their rage. Almost all of the suppression of women is so socially, culturally, and religiously ingrained that few even recognize the extent of female inequality. I am going to purchase this book for my sons, daughters-in-laws and others. It's a life changer in understanding our culture's attitude towards women and the great inequality. Such important information!
#Subjugation "Inequality #Women's Studies #Anger #Contemporary issues #Feminism #tagsgiving, #sweepstakes

  • Labyrinth

  • By: Kate Mosse
  • Narrated by: Donada Peters
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 246

July 2005. In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery: two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth; between the skeletons, a stone ring, and a small leather bag.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Listening Experience

  • By Sara on 08-02-14

POOR NARRATION AND REPETITIVE STORYLINE

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I liked Kate Moss's book, Sepulchre, but this book is a similar type of story line and not as inventive. This is a book better read with a map and notepaper beside you rather than audible. This is because so many names are French, the locations are French and unless you have a background in the French language and geography it can be confusing. New characters with new names are constantly being introduced in two different time periods which makes the audio listening more difficult. If I listened to the book again it would be with a note pad beside me and stopping to write down each character and determine geographic locations. Maybe this book was recorded years ago with fewer available readers, but this older English woman was not a good choice for this historical novel. Why not a French reader? Why not a female in age closer to the main character of the book? I found the narration flat.
#Historical Fiction on Cathars, #Dramatic, #Tragic, "Medieval France, #Female Protagonist #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • A Dangerous Fortune

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,388

In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable Fun

  • By Rebecarol on 05-24-08

PREDICTABLE STORYLINE: VILLAINS REIGN

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

While I enjoy Ken Follet's books for the historical story line, he is always predictable about having the bad guys holding the power and justice does not happen until the very end. He needs to switch that constant theme up with another approach. This particular book was not as good as some of his others.

  • The Charming Quirks of Others

  • An Isabel Dalhousie Novel, Book 7
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

Beloved author Alexander McCall Smith’s seventh Isabel Dalhousie tale finds the ethical philosopher doing background checks on several candidates for the same job. In the process, Isabel learns quite a bit about herself, as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-18-10

Not the best of the Isabel Dalhousie series.

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

I have enjoyed most of the Isabel Dalhousie series but this one lags. Isabel is getting tiresome and what the narrator considers her goodness and charity is often a lack of “boundaries” and good decision making. Her continued tip toeing around her immature and petty niece is a good example of allowing poor behavior to dictate the relationship. The narrator for this book sounds much too old for the forty something Isabel.

  • Call the Midwife

  • A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
  • By: Jennifer Worth
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,306

At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I've listened to this year

  • By Richard on 06-12-13

Better than the PBS series

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

While I adore the PBS series “Call the Midwives”, the book is even better with details none of us could ever imagine. The description of prostitution in England was depicted in the most straightforward manner and opened my eyes to previously unknown depths of depravity perpetuated by men and the trade. I gained so much knowledge about women, midwifery and the dedication of these outstanding providers of gynecological care for poor women.

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,843
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,264

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
  • A Comedy-Tragedy of Gods Giants Dwarfs & Monsters

  • By Jefferson on 02-24-17

NORSE MYTHOLOGY AT ITS BEST IN THIS NARRATION!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Learning about the mythology of different parts of the world helps develop an understanding of the selected culture and the commonalities among the myths, tales, and creation stories world over. The narration was totally charming and enhanced the story.

  • Code Name Verity

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,052

Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do Not Read Any (other) Reviews of this Book!

  • By HDJ on 12-15-12

BRAVO TO THE WOMEN WHO HELPED, AND FLEW IN WWII

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

This was a topic about which little is written. To hear of women air pilots in WWII is timely in this age of coming equality for women. I salute the writer for her very interesting story.

  • Make Trouble

  • Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead - My Life Story
  • By: Cecile Richards
  • Narrated by: Cecile Richards
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 400

From Cecile Richards - the president of Planned Parenthood, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women's March on Washington, and "the heroine of the resistance" (Vogue) - comes a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women's rights and social justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST READ FOR EVERY WOMAN!!!!!

  • By Judith M. McLean on 05-02-18

A MUST READ FOR EVERY WOMAN!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

The fascinating life of Cecile Richards and her advocacy is a something I hope every woman will read. Cecile is unpretentious without political posturing or self aggrandizement. She speaks in a straight forward manner of honesty, truthfulness, and determination. What would we have done without her as the Director of Planned Parenthood when the "white men on the Hill" wanted to decimate the funding for Planned Parenthood? She is a true feminist leader for this third wave of the Women's Movement and the demand for the rights of equality for all women. I am recommending it to all my female friends and those women who are brave enough to run for office. Oh, and let's get the men reading it too!

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  • Hunting Prince Dracula

  • By: Kerri Maniscalco
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper's true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine...and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By dhouses on 10-23-17

A Feminist Slant on an Old Tale

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

This book started out as an intriguing bent on yet yet another Dracula tale, but soon became improbable and even tedious.