LISTENER

Cat Morgan

  • 29
  • reviews
  • 35
  • helpful votes
  • 31
  • ratings
  • The Autobiography of Henry VIII

  • By: Margaret George
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 41 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391

Margaret George's novel brings into focus the larger-than-life King Henry VIII, monarch of prodigious appetites for wine, women, and song.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Retraction

  • By Paul Matthews on 10-04-07

Utterly Fantastic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-18

As usual, George has produced a thoroughly written, researched and highly enjoyable volume. I read this in my 20s, but this time was better, due to the remarkable performance of David Case; I swear the man is a modern day Richard Burton and he nailed H VIII. You can hear all the different stages of Henry's life through Case's voice; from the eager young king to the pained, embittered and disillusioned old man. It's ridiculous how many books I've devoured on the Tudors, and this one definitely remains one of the best. Very highly recommended!

  • The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,282

Everything we now know about the universe - from the behavior of quarks to the birth of galaxies - has come from people who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable. And with the advent of modern science, great minds have turned to testing and experimentation rather than mere thought as a way of grappling with some of the universe's most vexing dilemmas. So what is our latest picture of some of the most inexplicable features of the universe? What still remains to be uncovered and explored by today's scientists?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "The Universe is in us!"

  • By Kristi R. on 01-05-15

Very Thought Provoking

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a wonderful lecturer, and he presents extraordinarily interesting and difficult material in an understandable and entertaining manner- I highly recommend these lectures.

  • The Water Will Come

  • Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World
  • By: Jeff Goodell
  • Narrated by: Ian Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

What if Atlantis wasn't a myth but an early precursor to a new age of great flooding? Across the globe, scientists and civilians alike are noticing rapidly rising sea levels and higher and higher tides pushing more water directly into the places we live, from our most vibrant, historic cities to our last remaining traditional coastal villages. With each crack in the great ice sheets of the Arctic and Antarctica and each tick upward of Earth's thermometer, we are moving closer to the brink of broad disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Science doesn’t care about beliefs

  • By L on 01-02-18

Very interesting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-18

A lot of statistics and reasonable projections are given; when I say 'reasonable', I mean frightening to most people, because in my experience, most people b!ow off climate change caused by humans. Doesn't anyone read Scientific American or Science Daily any more? Anthropogenic climate change is happening in front of our eyes. But I don't believe that anyone will do anything about it, and as far as I can tell, it's already too late. The tipping has already been reached, and people aren't going to change. The author pretty much believes that, too. He makes a good case for it, so it's an honest book. The water WILL come, and when it does, all we can do is adapt and/or run. Good book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,717

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

Promised much, but left me feeling hollow & flat

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-18

There are many good things about this book, and I was excited about it, but it ended in a very disappointing manner, and I was very glad when it was finally over. It left many conflicts unresolved :(

  • The Last Tudor

  • Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, Book 13
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988

Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king's half sister, Mary Tudor, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her throne, and locked Jane in the Tower of London. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block, where Jane transformed her father's greedy power grab into tragic martyrdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Tudor Book Yet by Phillippa Gregory

  • By L'abeille_alors on 09-23-17

Great Listen! You will not be disappointed!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

This is another wonderfully written and performed book by P Gregory. It is the story of the Grey sisters, and how Q Mary & Q Elizabeth persecuted them for their connection to the throne. It gives a very compelling portrait of Elizabeth, as a highly jealous, vindictive and anxious queen. Gregory is a historian and has a PhD in literature, so I trust in her knowledge of actual events. She has a gift for the female perspective and this book shines through in that. And, as always, Ms. Amato as narrator has done a magnificent job. In the afterward, Ms. Gregory wrote that this is likely to be her last Tudor novel, but I really hope not, as I immensely enjoy her work so much.

  • Three Sisters, Three Queens

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 21 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,911

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author behind the upcoming Starz original series The White Princess, a gripping new Tudor story featuring King Henry VIII's sisters Mary and Margaret, along with Katherine of Aragon, vividly revealing the pivotal roles the three queens played in Henry VIII's kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By I like to shop on 10-05-16

Didn't want it to end! Utterly outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

This is an another outstanding work by P Gregory! She did a wonderful job and gave a beautiful portrayal of the little known elder sister of H VIII, Margaret, whose viewpoint is told throughout the story. I feel as though my understanding grew, as Ms. Gregory specializes in the rendering of medieval women's points of view; an advocate of those whose voices were almost always silenced by men. The narrator, Biana Amato, gave an absolutely engrossing performance and I will most definitely be looking for her in the future. Lovely book and work by very talented women!

  • Young and Damned and Fair

  • The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII
  • By: Mr. Gareth Russell
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Written with an exciting combination of narrative flair and historical authority, this interpretation of the tragic life of Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, breaks new ground in our understanding of the very young woman who became queen at a time of unprecedented social and political tension and whose terrible errors in judgment quickly led her to the executioner's block.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnifent scholarly work

  • By Linda Erlich on 08-08-17

Beautifully written and performed!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

This is a magnificent work about Catherine Howard, likely Henry VIII's most little known queen. The research is impeccable, the writing is mesmerizing and the subject is fascinating. If you wish to know more about the late Henrican court, this book is a great place to start. I very highly recommend it, as it was enjoyable, knowledgeable and entrancing.

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,166
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,370

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but...

  • By Josh on 07-14-18

I enjoyed the ideas!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

This book presented a lot of very interesting information; lots to mull over and think about with a a good, slow sipped cognac. I really enjoyed Harari's writing, and while he jumps from topic to topic, he interweaves them rather well. This is a book for a thinker who is considering the possible ramifications of epigenetics and biotechnology and how far a person is willing to go. I would recommend it.

  • Anne Boleyn

  • A King's Obsession
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 19 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

It is the spring of 1527. Henry VIII has come to Hever Castle in Kent to pay court to Anne Boleyn. He is desperate to have her. For this mirror of female perfection he will set aside his queen and all Cardinal Wolsey's plans for a dynastic French marriage. Anne Boleyn is not so sure. She loathes Wolsey for breaking her betrothal to the Earl of Northumberland's son, Harry Percy, whom she had loved. She does not welcome the king's advances; she knows that she can never give him her heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good read

  • By S. Davis on 08-04-17

What the . . . ? What has happened to Alison Weir?

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

I have long revered Weir, feasting on her books, but what is this? It's like Anne Boleyn for Golden Books. I half expected to hear H VIII to go jousting on unicorns and all the ladies to be wearing coronets of rainbows. This fairy tale garbage is beneath Weir. I finished it out of respect for her, but it was with gritted teeth. Has she just decided to abandon facts? She's a good historian, so I can't understand why she would write this. And the narrator's voice, I'm sure pleasurable in many circumstances, was smug, predictable, overly-articulated, cadenced and annoying, so I'll be avoiding her in the future. Another gritted teeth situation. This book was a major disappointment. Audible, you should REALLY try some Margaret Campbell Barnes and Lacey Baldwin Smith. Those two knew/know what they are doing. This is my last AW book.

And you know, I love and admire Anne Boleyn. She deserved much better than this!

  • Duke of Sin

  • By: Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys. A notorious rake and blackmailer, Montgomery has returned from exile intent on seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. But what he finds in his own bedroom may lay waste to all his plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sinfully Delicious

  • By 1CheekyLass on 06-06-16

Lots of fun!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-18

This book really kept me tied to the unique dialogue between the heroine and the anti-hero/anti-villian - the writer & narrator were wonderful! Try this if you want something different!