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  • The Vatican Princess

  • A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia
  • By: C. W. Gortner
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813

Glamorous and predatory, the Borgias fascinated and terrorized 15th-century Renaissance Italy, and Lucrezia Borgia, beloved daughter of the pope, was at the center of the dynasty's ambitions. Slandered as a heartless seductress who lured men to their doom, was she in fact the villainess of legend, or was she trapped in a familial web, forced to choose between loyalty and survival?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story

  • By Patricia on 05-11-16

Fifty Shades of Grey set in the 15th century

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

Reviewed: 04-23-17

More can I say? This novel is reminiscent of the soap operas of old. It could've been entitled, Days of our Lives. Not much historical information ---primarily this is a trashy dimestore novel.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Jasper

  • The Tudor Trilogy, Volume 2
  • By: Tony Riches
  • Narrated by: James Young
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

England, 1461: The young King Edward of York has taken the country by force from King Henry VI of Lancaster. Sir Jasper Tudor, Earl of Pembroke, flees the massacre of his Welsh army at the Battle of Mortimer's Cross and plans a rebellion to return his half-brother King Henry to the throne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No end of days

  • By JM on 02-07-17

No end of days

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

I enjoyed this book immensely but was very disappointed when the book ended prior to Jasper's death I would have liked to have heard what happened to Jasper after king Henry took the throne

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Tudor Princess

  • The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

From New York Times best-selling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir comes the first biography of Mary Douglas, the beautiful, cunning niece of Henry VIII of England who used her sharp intelligence and covert power to influence the succession after the death of Elizabeth I.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting piece of history; but, Dull & Tedious.

  • By Kelly on 03-08-16

Annoying narration - ruined the story for me

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

no - the narration was so terrible, I couldn't get past it to the content.

Would you be willing to try another book from Alison Weir? Why or why not?

yes, but not if it's narrated by Maggie Mash

What didn’t you like about Maggie Mash’s performance?

She dropped into drawn out and dramatic endings to sentences. Her voice inflections seems unnatural and inappropriate -

Do you think The Lost Tudor Princess needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I don't know, I returned the book and didn't finish it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Virgin's Lover

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 915

In the autumn of 1558, church bells across England ring out the joyous news that Elizabeth I is the new queen. One woman hears the tidings with utter dread. Amy Dudley, wife of Sir Robert, knows that the bells she hears will summon her husband once more to power, intrigue, and a passionate love affair. Philippa Gregory paints a picture of a country on the brink of greatness, a young woman grasping at her power, a young man whose ambition is greater than his means, and the wife who cannot forgive them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Take on Elizabeth

  • By Theodore on 09-08-12

the story was not as robust as the previous.

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

Reviewed: 12-17-15

This was not her best work. The story seemed to drag on in places. The narration was well done.

  • Cress

  • The Lunar Chronicles
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,916

In this third audiobook in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she's just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Electrifying Continuation

  • By kathleen on 02-09-14

engaging - although predictable

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

Reviewed: 07-03-15

great read (listen). fairy tale story line with a modern twist. I recommend this book