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  • Margaret Beaufort

  • Mother of the Tudor Dynasty
  • By: Elizabeth Norton
  • Narrated by: Debra Burton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Born in the midst of the Wars of the Roses, Margaret Beaufort became the greatest heiress of her time. She survived a turbulent life, marrying four times and enduring imprisonment before passing her claim to the crown of England to her son, Henry VII, the first of the Tudor monarchs.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awful Recording

  • By Jenna Boucher on 09-10-17

Facts are fascinating.

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

Facts are fascinating. quality med, slightly echoy?. reader a bit too fast. Allso includes back story to White Queen series on Starz. Really enjoyed it once I started to recognize characters. All the names and titles can be a bit overwhelming to a novice English history reader.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

  • By: Andrew Sean Greer
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 135

Greta Wells embarks on a radical psychiatric treatment to alleviate her suffocating depression. But the treatment has unexpected effects, and Greta finds herself transported to the lives she might have had if she'd been born in different eras. During the course of her treatment, Greta cycles between her own time and alternate lives in 1918, where she is a bohemian adulteress, and 1941, which transforms her into a devoted mother and wife. As her final treatment looms, questions arise: What will happen once each Greta learns how to remain in one of the other worlds?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Time Travel via Electroconvulsive Therapy

  • By Mel on 07-06-13

intriguing

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

intriguing story., but kind of hard to follow a couple of times. I also had to slow down tg e speed slightly, since I usually listen before I go to sleep.

  • Daughter of Empire

  • My Life as a Mountbatten
  • By: Pamela Hicks
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Few families can boast of not one but two saints among their ancestors, a great-aunt who was the last tsarina of Russia, a father who was Grace Kelly's pinup, and a grandmother who was not only a princess but could also argue the finer points of naval law. Pamela Mountbatten entered a remarkable family when she was born at the very end of the Roaring Twenties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Impressive Narrative of Aristocracy

  • By Robert W Bruso on 08-31-17

A peek into history.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

Lovely piece of history. From a personal point of view. Too much lord this and lady that. But, once she arrives in India it becomes much more interesting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cutting for Stone

  • A Novel
  • By: Abraham Verghese
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,292

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By A4153 on 05-10-09

Amazing Story

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

Reviewed: 10-08-13

Would you listen to Cutting for Stone again? Why?

Yes. Its full or vibrant, interesting characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved them all. they were all so well defined.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not necessarily my favorite, but the most memorable is the final scene between the son and father at the end of the book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Family, life between a rock and a hard place. LOL

Any additional comments?

This story shows that family can be many things. Biology, doesn't necessarily bring the love and affection we think it should, but it has it's own advantages.

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31,516
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26,710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,341

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fifty Shades of Bad Writing

  • By Susan on 05-04-12

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 10-08-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Bored housewives looking for their ideal of exciting romance.

Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes. I doubt I would try anything that is considered to be like this.

What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

It was OK. She did a good job.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I was disappointed that it turned out to be a standard romance novel with S & M thrown in to give it a twist.

Any additional comments?

I haven't even finished it. The main character thinks she's independent, but she's really just the standard romance heroine falling for a pretty face with money.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ultimate Gift

  • By: Jim Stovall
  • Narrated by: Tom Bosley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

Red Stevens has died, and the older members of his family receive their millions with greedy anticipation. But a different fate awaits young Jason, whom Stevens, his great-uncle, believes may be the last vestige of hope in the family. Jason does not become an instant millionaire. What Stevens does give Jason leads to The Ultimate Gift. Young and old will take this timeless tale to heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Delightful Story Well Told!

  • By Daniel Williams on 07-14-15

Loved this Book

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

Reviewed: 10-08-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Ultimate Gift to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but I liked it better than the movie.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the scene in the lawyer's office when the will was originally read for the whole family.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I loved all the lessons in this book. I'd like to get the print version to keep as a reminder.

  • Wish You Well

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Norma Lana, David Baldacci
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595

It is 1940 and a tragedy sends Lou and her little brother, Oz, along with their invalid mother, from New York City to the rugged mountains of Southwest Virginia to live with their great-grandmother. The story is told with both heartbreaking elegance and large doses of touching humor as the lives of Lou and Oz are changed forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not your usual Baldacci

  • By John on 06-07-07

Good story

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

Reviewed: 10-08-13

Where does Wish You Well rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Average

Any additional comments?

This was good story that I read for book club, but it was a little predictable. It was full of colorful characters and portrayed the time period well.

  • Playing With the Enemy

  • A Baseball Prodigy, a World at War, and a Field of Broken Dreams
  • By: Gary Moore
  • Narrated by: Toby Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

In 1940, at just 15 years old, small-town baseball star Gene Moore was signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers, who saw in him the potential to become one of the great catchers of all time. Before that could happen, though, WWII intervened. Gene's story, a surprising paean to the power and humanity of a game, is told here by his son, a first-time author who exhibits the confidence and pacing of a pro.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational Story

  • By Lynn on 10-08-13

Inspirational Story

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

Reviewed: 10-08-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Playing With the Enemy to be better than the print version?

I really liked the audio version, I haven't read the print version.

What other book might you compare Playing With the Enemy to and why?

There are so many stories of comebacks that this could be compared to, but not all of them were originally sacrificed for the good of others. This man was not only a great ball player, but a great man and a great leader.

What about Toby Moore’s performance did you like?

Toby did a great job of bringing these characters to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The main character really sacrificed a lot for others, I loved when his friend gave up his chance to give him a 2nd chance.

Any additional comments?

It's always good to remember that our lives can turn on a dime, and we should always appreciate what we have here and now.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Butler

  • A Witness to History
  • By: Wil Haygood
  • Narrated by: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 245

When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so embedded in the culture as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Forest Whitaker narrates the story of this remarkable man who, while serving tea and supervising buffets, was also a witness to history.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I was expecting

  • By Cris on 08-05-13

Great Story!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-13

What did you like best about The Butler? What did you like least?

I was pleasantly surprised that this is written from the perspective of the writer of the newspaper article about the Butler. So it is very different from the move. I really liked that. I didn't like the "history" of African Americans" at the end of the book. It seemed like it was just filler and unnecessary to the story. I would have preferred more history about butlers.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Eugene Allen is definitely the best character.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Eugene Allen, the Butler.

What else would you have wanted to know about Wil Haygood’s life?

I would have rather learned more about Will, than had a history lesson on African Americans in film, what did that have to do with a Butler in the White House?

Any additional comments?

The core story is GREAT. I also loved learning that the writer of the newspaper article kept in touch with his subject and really cared about him. It was heartwarming to learn that they developed such a close bond.

  • The Measure of a Man

  • A Spiritual Autobiography
  • By: Sidney Poitier
  • Narrated by: Sidney Poitier
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. Sidney Poitier here explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure: as a man, as a husband and a father, and as an actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • bravo!!!

  • By Gail Kelleher on 02-03-07

Mixed review

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

Reviewed: 10-08-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I liked the first part best when he was telling stories of his life. I didn't like the latter part so much when he was "lecturing" about morals, etc. I felt he adequately made his point with the stories of his life, the rest I felt was filler.

Would you be willing to try another book from Sidney Poitier? Why or why not?

Yes, I originally wanted to purchase the book about his learning to read.

What does Sidney Poitier bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He has an amazing voice and presence and it think books are always better served, when read by their authors.

Was The Measure of a Man worth the listening time?

Yes, Mostly.

Any additional comments?

Mr. Poitier lived an exceptional life, and I really enjoyed learning more about it.