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  • The Mistresses of Cliveden

  • Three Centuries of Scandal, Power, and Intrigue in an English Stately Home
  • By: Natalie Livingstone
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

Overlooking the Thames, the Cliveden mansion is flanked by two wings and surrounded by lavish gardens. Throughout its storied history, Cliveden has been a setting for misbehavior, intrigue, and passion - from its salacious, deadly beginnings in the 17th century to the 1960s Profumo affair, the sex scandal that toppled the British government. Now, in this immersive chronicle, the manor's current mistress, Natalie Livingstone, opens the doors to this prominent house and lets the walls do the talking.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • disappointed

  • By Galina M. on 11-14-16

interesting story, poorly written or poorly read.

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

interesting story, but poorly written or poorly read. not sure which made it boring and monotone. like highschool research paper.

  • When We Were Sisters

  • By: Emilie Richards
  • Narrated by: Karen White, Elijah Alexander, Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,523
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,399

As children in foster care, Cecilia and Robin vowed they would be the sisters they had never had. Cecelia, now a superstar singer-songwriter, is living life on the edge. Robin set aside her career as a successful photojournalist to create the loving family she always yearned for. But gazing through a wide-angle lens at both past and future, she sees that her marriage is disintegrating. Her attorney husband is rarely home. She and the children need Kris' love and attention, but does Kris need them?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible journey!

  • By Terri C. on 02-02-17

good book. terribly voiced.

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

good book. terribly voiced. all 3 narrators are recorded at different volumes and they read at different speeds. very annoying.

  • A Prisoner of Birth

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417

One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later, Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By Randall on 01-10-10

Boring beginning, picks up later.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

The book is boring for the first 2 parts, which is nearly half of the book, then the story picks up

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  • Sons of Fortune

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

In Hartford, Connecticut, in the late 1940's a set of twins is parted at birth - not by accident. During the 1950s and 1960s, the two brothers grow up apart, following similar paths that take them in different directions. At various times in their lives, both men are confronted with challenges and obstacles, tragedy and betrayal, loss and hardship, before they both decide to run for governor, unaware they are brothers...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Total Disappointment

  • By Margaret Campbell on 06-08-03

annoying music. wastes time

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

annoying overly loud music through out the book. wastes a lot of time. . .

  • White Gardenia

  • By: Belinda Alexandra
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

In the tradition of Paullina Simons comes an unforgettable story of a mother and daughter from a remarkable new writer. Beginning in a small village under Japanese occupation on the Chinese-Russian border in the final days of World War II, White Gardenia tells the story of a Russian mother and daughter separated by war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating novel

  • By Paddington on 08-30-11

horrible music accompaniment

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

music accompaniment completely out of place, unpleasant and disruptive. at the end you cannot hear the narrator because music is too loud.