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Vita Nostra audiobook cover art

Pointless, albeit fun, romp

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

Reviewed: 07-29-19

I enjoyed every moment of this book. Except the end. It was building to something the entire time, and I was so excited to find out what that would be. Then it just ended with some Bible verses. Maybe there’s a sequel that will explain this horribly abrupt ending. Or maybe I’m just too dumb to understand the meaning. I’ll admit I was lost several times throughout, but overall I was invested in Sasha and felt as though I was growing right alongside her. Then I was dropped off a cliff. I HATE books that end so abruptly.

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Whiney, depressing, dull

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

Reviewed: 05-13-19

This story had no story arc whatsoever. There was no climax, no tension build-up. It started depressing and it just got more depressing. It wallows in its own pointlessness. I picked it up because I enjoy reading stories about strong women who beat the odds and rise above their circumstances to achieve greatness of one kind or another. This book isn’t like that at all. There are paragraphs upon paragraphs of whining, lamenting, brooding, sulking. Life stinks. Life isn’t fair. Life dealt me a bad hand. And that’s it. No silver lining. No climb out of the pit. Just a study of the pit itself. Over and over and over again the heroine analyzes and whines about the same things. I don’t even like the main character. She’s pitiful, yes, but I don’t see a lot of redeeming qualities beyond her blind devotion to her gangster brother. She’s a crappy mom. A slut. A drunk. And we see how she became this way, but it doesn’t make the read anymore enjoyable. If you like depressing novels, this one’s for you. But I personally do not.

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Gorgeous Old South Drama

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

The narrator of this book is one of the most talented I’ve ever heard. She brought the story to life with spot-on accents and impeccable timing. The story was very surprising, not predictable like so many plots. I loved the complexity of each of the characters. The love aspect was not contrived and followed very naturally from the plot. Overall fantastic listen. Very enjoyable.

Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles audiobook cover art

Well worth the time

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I’ve wanted to read this for so long. I read Margaret George’s Cleopatra many years ago and I bought this physical book right after. But I never had time to read the huge novel and it collected dust on my bookshelf. Searching for great novels to listen to on Audible recently, I came across it again. I’ve always been intrigued by the real story of Mary. I gave it a listen and was immediately hooked. I was astounded by just how many poor decisions she made in her life! So many times I wanted to reach through the book and throttle her!! But, of course, I know how her story ends. In the end I expected to be sad when she met her ultimate fate, but instead I was feeling as though she really got what she deserved. Great novel, though. Well worth the wait!

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The overcoming power of love

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This book was fantastic. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time worrying for the poor Swinfens. I enjoyed hearing about both the husband’s and the wife’s difficult journeys. They were both compelling characters and I enjoyed both points of view equally.

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