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  • Blackwater: The Complete Saga

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 30 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,792

Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919. On the surface, Elinor is gracious, charming, anxious to belong in Perdido, and eager to marry Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido's first family. But her beautiful exterior hides a shocking secret. Beneath the waters of the Perdido River, she turns into something terrifying, a creature whispered about in stories that have chilled the residents of Perdido for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 6 Star Worthy Epic!

  • By jksullycats on 10-29-17

Great book of chapter development

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

It took about six hours of listening before I was hooked, so stick with it. This is a story of the Deep South beginning in 1919. It follows a family, their servants and in laws. It won’t be rushed in the relationships between the relations. The most important power to come into the family is an outsider She is different than the others in many ways, including the supernatural. Once you get to know the characters it is hard to put this book down.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Lost Things

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,694

High in his attic bedroom, 12-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is alone, with only the books on his shelf for company.But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: "Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For Those Who Enjoy Playing with Fairytales

  • By alison on 01-06-13

Stick with this book, its worth it

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

This book took me a while to get interested in. It is a book which follows some of the old Fairy tales, Mom dies, boy is left with father and step mother. What this book really does is to take many of the old tales and give us a look at the stories from an adult perspective. Are step mothers really bad, or just trying to create a home from a busted enviroment?

The hero gets stuck in a land of fairy tales. With a different take on some of our most memorable characters, knights, woodsmen, seven dwarfs, etc. an exciring adventure

Overall, I loved this book. There are some great themes from fairly tales and teachings which will help us appreciate the adventure of life

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fools and Mortals

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

In the heart of Elizabethan England, Richard Shakespeare dreams of a glittering career in one of the London playhouses, a world dominated by his older brother, William. But he is a penniless actor, making ends meet through a combination of a beautiful face, petty theft, and a silver tongue. As William's star rises, Richard's onetime gratitude is souring, and he is sorely tempted to abandon family loyalty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TRULY astounding narration!

  • By Clayton on 01-14-18

Not a typical Bernard Cornwall novel

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

Bernard Cornwall is one of the finest historical novelist of our day. I have every one of his novels. This is not a novel like the others. It is a story of William Shakespeare acting company and the main character is Williams younger brother, Richard. Richard is forced to play women in his brothers plays and longs to play male leads. At this time Shakespeare is writing Romeo and Juliet and is about to perform A Midsummer Nights Dream for a wealthy patron. Without copywriter laws, plays can be stolen and performed with the loss for the playwrite. Mr. Cornwell is a great writer when it comes to historical accuracy and characters dialogue.
I am a large Shakespeare fan but did not like this novel . Not much happens, the characters become predictable, and there is way too much discussion and lines from a Midsummer Nights Dream. I’m sorry to say I can not recommend this novel. Though, if you have not read all Mr. Cornwell’s other novels those are outstanding.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest

  • By: Jennifer Paxton, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Paxton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256

These 36 lectures tell the remarkable story of a tumultuous thousand-year period in the history of England. Dominated by war, conquest, and the struggle to balance the stability brought by royal power with the rights of the governed, it was a period that put into place the foundation of much of the world we know today. As you journey through this largely chronological narrative you'll see key themes emerge, including the assimilation of successive waves of invaders, the tense relationship between kings and the nobility, and the constant battles over money and taxation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm sad it's over!

  • By Claudia Murray on 04-24-14

Dr. Paxton hits it out of the park

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

I have scores of teaching company lectures, all are very good. This one is awesome. If you have any interest in how England evolved into the country we see who comes to control the world, this history is foundational. You track with each sovereign, their strength and weakness, the various invasions of people groups, and the fight of the nobles to have a say in the running of the country.
Dr. Paxton is so enthusiastic and interesting I found myself smiling while I listened to her. I believe all who are interested in England would benefit from this lecture series. Dr. Paxton covers kings, queens, nobles and mythical characters like King Arthur and pulls all these concepts into understandable facts.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Boy

  • The True Story of Captain Hook
  • By: Christina Henry
  • Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,500
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,386

On an island lives a boy called Peter and his band of merry lost boys, young forever. That is unless they get sick or killed by pirates or eaten by crocodiles or unless - inexplicably - they grow old. For some of them do grow old, and nobody knows why. One of these boys is called Jamie, and he was the first boy that Peter ever brought to the island. Jamie's lived there for longer than he can remember, and it's not all fun and games.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! A super retelling of Peter Pan.

  • By Mare Freeborn on 07-30-17

A different perspective of Peter Pan

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

I really liked this book. An interesting telling of the old tale of Peter Pan but from an adult view. Boys who are told it will be an adventure to fight grown men who are pirates, and the natural results of such a transaction. Peter Pan is the character we know from fiction, a boy who never wants to grow up, wants to play all the time and is easily bored by the mundane, much like Tom Sawyer. In this telling we see a different point of view, who will helps Younger boys who can’t keep up, who will protects boys from the natural bullying smaller boys would get.

When I finished this book I knew I liked it. Now after a week it is still staying with me. A book very much worth your time.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Yesterday's Gone: Season 2

  • By: Sean Platt, David Wright
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Brian Holsopple, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228

A group finds itself taking refuge at The Sanctuary, a religious compound with an enigmatic leader called The Prophet. A serial killer finds himself leading an unlikely group of survivors. A young man searches to prove himself to his group, and avoid being bullied ever again. A young child is called to perform another miracle at great personal cost. Every decision. Every action. Every dream. Every alliance. Every secret. Every betrayal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Please sort out the narration!

  • By RAANAN on 08-26-14

A great concept for end of the world

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

I love apocalyptic novels. This one is unique as it is a world with a few survivors, monsters like zombies, though not zombies, and the idea that the survivors world is still out there, but must be found. It follows a few characters. Each character has a different reader. Some are better than others. By the last 1/4 of the book I felt it was more of the same. Though I do like the story premise a lot, I didn’t like the execution.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 1066: The Year That Changed Everything

  • By: Jennifer Paxton, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Paxton
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036

With this exciting and historically rich six-lecture course, experience for yourself the drama of this dynamic year in medieval history, centered on the landmark Norman Conquest. Taking you from the shores of Scandinavia and France to the battlefields of the English countryside, these lectures will plunge you into a world of fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, politically charged marriages, tense succession crises, epic military invasions, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History brought to life

  • By Joshua on 07-10-13

A great quick adventure into English history

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

Dr Paxton is such a good speaker that the listener will understand the complexity of middle age Europe. We see the claims of a number of characters for the English throne. The last of the Viking claims, the French claim and the English nobility all claimed to be rightful King of England. The results sets the foundation of who the English would be (Europeans and not Scandinavians). We also are allowed to see a bit of who William the Conqueror was.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Boy on the Bridge

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,588

Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy. The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world. To where the monsters lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Bridge Worth Crossing

  • By John on 05-23-17

Such a great writer and interesting book

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

M.R.Carey has an unique writing style that keeps the reader interested and involved from the opening chapter. I do like zombie books, but this is not the typical gun down the hordes as they attempt to eat all in site. This is about how human nature is a larger threat to success than the epidemic. A prequel to,”the girl with all the gifts” the reader follows the scientific team and its army guard in an attempt to get answers to how to solve the disease. When a civil was breaking out at the safe zone, the reader sees the team being used as a pawn of the fascist leadership. It is easy for the reader to put themselves within the story to ask, what would I do?

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Empire

  • How Britain Made the Modern World
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

Once vast swathes of the globe were coloured imperial red, and Britannia ruled not just the waves but the prairies of America, the plains of Asia, the jungles of Africa and the deserts of Arabia. Just how did a small, rainy island in the North Atlantic achieve all this? And why did the empire on which the sun literally never set finally decline and fall? Niall Ferguson's acclaimed Empire brilliantly unfolds the imperial story in all its splendours and its miseries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a great listen - What a History Lesson

  • By Dorothy on 11-04-17

How Britain gained and lost the Empire

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

This is a very easy book to listen to and understand. It takes the reader from the beginning of the Empire (when the goal was to steal what they could from Spain), to the founding of colonies (and the ability of Britain to change its policies after losing America) to owning 1/4 of the land mass on the globe. The author points out that overall Britain wanted to do do the moral thing for its people.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Flashman and the Cobra

  • Adventures of Thomas Flashman
  • By: Robert Brightwell
  • Narrated by: Henry Clore Harrison
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Thomas shares many of the family traits, particularly the ability to find himself reluctantly at the sharp end of many major events of his age. Flashman, gives an illuminating account with a unique perspective. It details feats of incredible courage, (not his, obviously), reckless folly, and sheer good luck that were to change the future of India and the career of a general who would later win a war in Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Echoes of George MacDonald Fraser

  • By Dallas Denny on 10-31-17

Not the original but maybe better

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

I had read all the original Flashman books and do love them. I wasn’t sure that the adventures of his uncle would be as good. This book may be better. Like the original, Flashman meets all the known characters and adventures from history. But, this one isn’t quite as cowardly and base. If you like history, humor and a fast paced yarn this may be the book for you.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful