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  • 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 3,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,771

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

Excellent!

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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: 12-06-18

this was an excellent book and a very interesting perspective. I enjoyed it thoroughly. This is my favorite of Phillipa's books thus far. this book was provided free of charge in exchange for a fair review of the book. Thank You.

  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,618
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,590

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

Very Interesting, Enjoyable and a Great Listen!

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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: 12-05-18

I waited a while after completing the listen, to cogitate on it... I felt like I had hit the jackpot seeing something about Twain in the Originals list... It was immensely enjoyable.. and Over All, I thought this was a great way to bring Twain to the average Individual... He was an amazing Man who went through many changes, and growths in his lifetime. Twain is particularly special to Me, as I live in Elmira, NY and visit his Grave several times a week. He is buried a stone's throw from My Home, in Woodlawn Cemetery. There are Many Abolitionists buried there, within a short distance of Him. I often drive my Pony through this Gorgeous old Cemetery full to Ancient trees and amazing old original Monuments and Headstones, and imagine when Twain came to visit his Family who passed before him... Twain was a complex Man.. A Ground Breaker, far ahead of his time... I agree with much of what the Narrator says... enjoyed the whole Dinner conversation... It gives a great sense of what pleasures and Memories Twain drew, purely from the foods he enjoyed.. But I was a little miffed by the inference that Twain could not quite make the jump to freeing Jim, the Slave, in the Book... As well as one of the Diner's who slipped in a comment that Twain was not a committed Abolitionist, and married Olivia Langdon for the riches of her Family... I have visited his Sister in Law, Susan Crane's Quarry Farm many times.. Ridden my horse through the woods near the Farm. And his Study on the Elmira College Campus, where there is also an enormous Library exhibit dedicated to him on the second floor of the College Library. Read much of the local lore in the old Newspapers, about his story telling at Klapproth's Saloon, and his mesmerized Saloon Patrons who would waste away the Afternoon listening to Twain while they downed a few suds... Of course, There is so much more to Twain than is addressed in this ... He WAS a committed Abolitionist.. He had a very Good Friend, Thomas K Beecher, a Congregationalist Preacher and devoted Abolitionist… (Sister to Harriet Beecher Stowe, Author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin", and Henry Ward Beecher, another Preacher known World Wide for his support of the Abolition Movement.) Twain and T. K. Beecher talked endlessly about the ways they could address the problems of Slavery... And with Twain's Youth, He lived within it, and possessed great knowledge of the topic firsthand. The Langdon's and Beecher's benefited from Twain early southern experiences. Twain donated a Beautiful Dome to Beecher's Church, (Park Church) as a legacy... to his Dedication to Beecher and to the Movement. My Childhood Friend owns and lives in the T. K. Beecher Estate on Watercure Hill.. Many of the Homes, here in Elmira, still have the hidden rooms where the escaping Slaves were hidden. (Elmira was the last stop on the Underground Railroad... before making it over the Border to Canada) Twain actively participated in this... However, He was careful not to fully throw in, when writing about this... It might endanger the endeavors of his Abolitionist Family and Friend's, here in Elmira. And, it might effect the loss of the very platform He could use so successfully for the movement. Twain was able to use his pedestal to enlighten and develop thought provoking political statements... Much of what He said had dual meanings.. And sometimes he left You to ponder exactly what He meant. His amazing tongue and cheek humor captured the interests of so Many, that He was a Great asset to the local Abolitionists here.. Twain based his chachter, "Jim", on a local Black Man here in Elmira who saved his Wife and Daughter from a possible death. Their carriage was careening down the Watercure Hill, (Extremely Steep half mile) and Livy could not recover the horse's control... The Man jumped out in front of the carriage, grabbed the horses bridle and managed to stop the horse without incident... Twain was so thankful that He gave this Man a home, job and a pension for the remainder of his life. If One judge's Twain purely by the use of the dreaded "N word" (His works were written with the times vernacular)… then You lose so much of what He was actually saying. Missing the real meaning and what he achieved through his works.. Sorry to go on for so long, but Twain is like Family to Me... Long Story short... This was a super listen... Kudos to those who investigated, wrote, produced and cooked the Meal! :-)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,288

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Part history lesson, part audio documentary.

  • By brian on 11-01-18

amazing!!!!

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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: 11-20-18

I loved this! What a great way to understand the Victorian Thought Processes! Every Chapter was Interesting! Major Kudos to the Author, Narrater and the Actors!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Law and Justice: Justice Series - Book 2

  • By: Donald L. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Scott Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Bullets rip the air, snapping past Clay Barlow’s head as, riding Blue, he charges a band of robbers surrounding the Austin stagecoach. Clay lets loose with a load of buckshot from his 12-gauge Roper Repeating Shotgun. With his third blast, the robbers turn tail and race off into the Texas hill country, leaving one of their own dying in the hot Texas dust. At 18, Clay has been invited to join the Texas Rangers. Now, he rides to Austin to either put on the Rangers’ badge or fight for the law in Texas courts, fulfilling his parents' wish that he become an attorney.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Rousing Tale

  • By Jean on 11-24-18

Fun and Rugged

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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: 11-17-18

Very enjoyable... Takes You back in time... when right was right... and wrong was wrong. I think we have more to look forward to from this Author. The Narration was great and the differentions of character were excellent... This was. altogether, a job well done! This book was provided free of charge in exchange for a fair review of the book.... Thank You!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Roping His Heart

  • Destined for Love: Mansions
  • By: Jaclyn Hardy
  • Narrated by: Sara K. Sheckells
  • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

The old mansion down the road from Rachel's ranch has always been her escape. No one has lived there for years, and she dreams of owning it herself someday. So when she finds a handsome city guy walking around inside who claims to own the home, her world turns upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow

  • By Maly C on 12-07-18

A Classic Romance

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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: 11-13-18

Fun and enjoyable with a modern western twist. I liked it. Thanks for a nice happy story. <3. This book was provided free of charge in exchange for a fair review of the book... Thank You!

  • King's Envoy

  • Artesans of Albia, Volume 1
  • By: Cas Peace
  • Narrated by: Rebecca McKernan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

In Albia, the fourth realm, the precious Artesan gift is dying. Although born to the craft, Taran is struggling to achieve his potential. Against his friends' advice, he embarks on a foolhardy plan to acquire the teaching he craves. Alone, he crosses into Andaryon, the fifth realm, but instead of finding a mentor, he stumbles upon a treacherous plot.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing world building.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-29-18

Very Enjoyable!

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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: 11-13-18

This was a well thought out story. I enjoyed it.. and I look forward to more of the Author's work. This book was provided free of charge in exchange for a fair review of the book.... Thank You!

  • Six Armies in Tennessee

  • The Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns
  • By: Steven E. Woodworth
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

When Vicksburg fell to Union forces under General Grant in July 1863, the balance turned against the Confederacy in the trans-Appalachian theater. The Federal success along the river opened the way for advances into central and eastern Tennessee, which culminated in the bloody battle of Chickamauga and then a struggle for Chattanooga. Chickamauga is usually counted as a Confederate victory, albeit a costly one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good overview of an important point in history

  • By cosmitron on 09-28-18

Great insight into the Tennessee Campaign

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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: 10-09-18

This was very interesting because it shed light on the mindset of all parties during each Segment of the Campaign... From the top all the way down to Foot Soldiers... Since this was such an arduous and costly War... That insight is imperative to understanding the outcome. I suggest listening to this with a good Civil War Map of the region... as it helps to understand and distinguish the visual that brings the skirmishes alive. I bought a coffee table book that was reproductions of every skirmish of the Civil War... It was highly useful for this... As always, this Narrator does a great job.. This book was provided free of charge in exchange for a fair review of the book... Thank You!

  • Raven's Sight: A Victorian Paranormal Mystery

  • Raven's Shadows Series, Book 1
  • By: R. L. Weeks
  • Narrated by: Jodie Hollie-Anne
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Raven looks out over the small town of Cogsworth and imagines a life beyond her grandmother's mansion. But Raven holds a dark secret that prevents her from leaving. Now an orphan, Raven must do her best to hide her gifts of sight if she's to survive the cruel Victorian society. However, when a ghost of a child comes to her for help, Raven finds herself in the gas-lit streets of London, on the trail of a female serial killer. As she tries to solve the string of murders, she realizes that the murders are almost identical to those from a case left unsolved years before she was born. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well written and creative

  • By Claire on 08-08-18

Entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

The story was a spooky fun tale qutg some cryptic twists to it. I thought I had it figured out a couple times but then boom... another twist! I enjoyed it a lot. Good work on the Narrator, as well. This book was provided free of charge in exchange for a fair review of the book... Thank You!

  • The Time Machine and The Island of Doctor Moreau, Unabridged

  • H.G. Wells' Classic Collection
  • By: H.G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Presented is a two-volume collection of Wells' most celebrated classics of science-fiction and horror: The Time Machine and The Island of Doctor Moreau. This audio-enhanced version - with sound effects and musical soundtrack - combines Wells' groundbreaking exploration of time travel with his "youthful blasphemy" tale of animal and human hybrids. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listens, both

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-12-18

True Classics. <3

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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: 10-02-18

H. G. Wells was a super Author.. His thought processes were way ahead of his time
These 2 stories are no exception... Very well narrated... and extremely entertaining. This book was provided free of charge in exchange for a fair review of the book... Thank You!

  • Willow Woods Academy for Witches. Book 1

  • By: R. L. Weeks, Skylar Mckinzie
  • Narrated by: Katie Wright
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Kat and Angie have just enrolled at Willow Woods Academy for Witches against their parent's wishes. However, when an ancient book falls into their laps, their worlds are turned upside down. 10 years ago, a rivalry between the covens of Willow Woods Academy and Morwood's School cost many their lives and cast a dark shadow over the academy. Now, Morwood's has opened again for the first time since the incident, and mysterious happenings are occurring - and they all seem to be surrounding Kat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By brenda l. moreno on 01-03-18

Fun and Entertaining

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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: 09-27-18

This was an enjoyable book. The Characters are interesting and well developed. The storyline kept you listening. I can't wait to see where the characters go in the next story! The Narrator did a good job and her voice is clear with excellent pronunciation. This book was provided free of charge in exchange for a fair review of the book... Thank You!