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  • Wallis in Love

  • The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy
  • By: Andrew Morton
  • Narrated by: Molly Parker Myers
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Everyone has heard of Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom Edward VIII so infamously abdicated his throne and birthright. But although her life has constantly been the subject of much fascination, gossip, and speculation, her whole story has yet to be told. Now historical biographer Andrew Morton uses diary entries, letters, and other never-before-seen records to offer a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson in all her vibrancy and brazenness.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This one is being returned

  • By Rita T on 02-15-18

Interesting!

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

I learned a lot about the woman behind the most famous abdication of all time, a lot of it disheartening. #VoicesFromTheGrave #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,778

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Once over lightly with a nasty tone

  • By Helen Feddema on 08-20-17

The Most Delightful Book about Death You'll Read

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

What made the experience of listening to Get Well Soon the most enjoyable?

Gabra Zackman is an engaging and hilarious narrator, and her storytelling feels very true to the stylistic intentions of Jennifer Wright. Namely, that even with great plagues can sometimes come unexpected humor.

What did you like best about this story?

Other than the fantastic narration, what I liked best was the author's complete lack of complacency about how plagues have invariably struck at regular intervals throughout human history, and that while some of our forebearers' assumptions about them seem ridiculous to us, that our own future encounters with them will likely make us look similarly foolish to our descendants.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved learning about the dancing plague. I had never even heard of it and found it fascinating.

Any additional comments?

I plan to listen to this book at least every other year- it's quite informative and interesting!