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  • Victoria's Daughters

  • By: Jerrold M. Packard
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

Vicky, Alice, Helena, and Beatrice were historically unique sisters, born to a sovereign who ruled over a quarter of the earth's people and who gave her name to an era: Queen Victoria. Two of these princesses would themselves produce children of immense consequence. All five would curiously come to share many of the social restrictions and familial machinations borne by 19th-century women of less-exulted class.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Narrator

  • By Kijana Mayfield on 03-28-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

I would listen to this book again with a different narrator. The reading really spoiled a fascinating history.

  • Matriarch

  • Queen Mary and the House of Windsor
  • By: Anne Edwards
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365

The life of Princess May of Teck is one of the great Cinderella stories in history. From a family of impoverished nobility, she was chosen by Queen Victoria as the bride for her eldest grandson, the scandalous Duke of Clarence, heir to the throne, who died mysteriously before their marriage. Despite this setback, she became queen, mother of two kings, grandmother of the current queen, and a lasting symbol of the majesty of the British throne.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, informative, and insightful

  • By Dr. Lance Moore on 06-08-17

Queen Mary of Teck- consort, mother, and grandmother

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

A wonderful history read by a terrific narrator. Great story for anyone interested in the British monarchy and this fascinating period in history.

  • Dishing the Dirt

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

When therapist Jill Davent moved to the village of Carsely, Agatha Raisin was not a fan. Not only was this therapist romancing Agatha's ex-husband, she dug up details of Agatha's not-too-glamorous origins. Jill also counsels a woman, Gwen Simple, that Agatha firmly believes assisted her son in some grisly murders, although there is no proof. Not one to keep her feelings to herself, Agatha tells anyone who will listen that Jill is a charlatan and better off dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The only thing missing is Penelope Keith

  • By Linda on 09-29-15

Dreadful Narration

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

Bring back Penelope Keith. Alison Larkin’s narration is just not a good match for Agatha Raisin. MCBeaton did her usual fine job with the story and her splendid characters, but the narration spoiled the work

  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,293

You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming book with an excellent narrator

  • By jc on 03-05-10

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 08-06-17

I had no idea what to expect with this book, and was so glad I tried it. The characters, setting, and story were all a delight. I look forward to more by Helen Simonson.

  • A Duty to the Dead

  • A Bess Crawford Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 530

The daughter of a distinguished soldier, Bess Crawford follows in his patriotic footsteps, volunteering to serve her country as a nurse during the Great War. In 1916 she promises Lieutenant Arthur Graham that she will carry his dying request to a brother. When Bess arrives at the Graham house in Kent, Jonathan Graham listens to his brother's last wishes with surprising indifference.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific period mystery

  • By Anne on 12-04-10

Dreadful dark story

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

Reviewed: 08-06-17

I had forgotten just how dark Charles Todd can be. This is a dreadful story of maternal cruelty with a few token crumbs for fans of historical fiction. No more Charles Todd for me.

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