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E. Kysela

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  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,048

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

  • By susan on 06-11-14

Great story for fans of Greek mythology.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-18

Madeline Miller is a great story teller. If you read Circe this book will be exhilarating from the point of view of Achilles's friend and lover Patroclus. This is not a story of hero worship but love, loyalty and pride. Each person is fully fledged out and their motives and their weaknesses are realistic---a great antidote to comic book stories.

  • Under Every Leaf

  • How Britain Played the Great Game from Afghanistan to Africa
  • By: William Beaver
  • Narrated by: Peter Owen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

This is the story of the shadowy Intelligence Division of the British War Office and its unsung role in the formation of the Victorian Empire and imperial policy-making from Asia to Africa. With its focus on the heady days between the Crimean War and the establishment of the MI departments in the early years of the twentieth century, Under Every Leaf tells how Britain was well served by an extensive and sophisticated secret intelligence service which few even knew existed – then or now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great History for Buffs

  • By E. Kysela on 07-27-18

Great History for Buffs

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-27-18

History buffs will love this book and it is in high detail of British secret service in the 19th cenury.

  • The Children's Hour

  • By: Douglas Clegg
  • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 67
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    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61

In this gripping supernatural thriller of horror and suspense, something is terribly wrong with the children of Colony, West Virginia. Innocent though they seem, these kids come out at night - to hunt. When Joe returns with his wife and two young children to the peaceful mountain town of Colony, West Virginia, he doesn’t expect to find the girl who disappeared when he was a boy. But she remembers Joe and her other friends who left her behind in a deep well within a mysterious barn. Now, she's out for blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome home, Joe. We’ve been waiting...

  • By Bill on 09-21-16

very interesting novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-16

Easy to follow plot in spite of having too many characters to keep track of. The author makes the drama feel fully personal.