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  • The Fortune Hunter

  • A Novel
  • By: Daisy Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 386

Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as "Sisi", is the Princess Diana of 19th-century Europe. Famously beautiful, as captured in a portrait with diamond stars in her hair, she is unfulfilled in her marriage to the older Emperor Franz Joseph. Sisi has spent years evading the stifling formality of royal life on her private train or yacht or, whenever she can, on the back of a horse. Captain Bay Middleton is dashing, young, and the finest horseman in England. He is also impoverished, with no hope of buying the horse needed to win the Grand National....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to this one

  • By Mary on 09-08-14

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I was excited to find a novel that focused on Empress Sisi. However, the book did not have one character that was likable - except perhaps the American who we were not really supposed to like. The story was, sorry to say, fairly shallow. I need to find another novel quickly that includes Empress Sisi and/ or Queen Victoria so I can rid myself of this feeling of dislike for the both of them that this novel has left me with. Was not expecting this from Ms. Goodwin.

  • The House of Special Purpose

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Part love story, part historical epic, part tragedy, The House of Special Purpose illuminates an empire at the end of its reign. Living in England with his beloved wife, Zoya, Georgy prepares to make one final journey back to the Russia he once knew and loved, the Russia that both destroyed and defined him. As Georgy remembers days gone by, we are transported to Saint Petersburg, to the Winter Palace of the tzar, in the early twentieth century - a time of change, threat, and bloody revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I have read in years!

  • By Claudia Valeria Rion on 02-27-16

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

If only it were true...
This was a beautiful and heartbreaking tale.
I was completely enthralled.

  • Threads of Silk

  • By: Amanda Roberts
  • Narrated by: Leanne Yau
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Born in the middle of nowhere, Yaqian, a little embroidery girl from Hunan Province, finds her way to the imperial court, a place of intrigue, desire, and treachery. From the bed of an Emperor, the heart of a Prince, and the right side of an Empress, Yaqian weaves her way through the most turbulent decades of China's history and witnesses the fall of the Qing Dynasty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely wonderful story !

  • By Margaret on 09-14-17

Good story...disappointing narration

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

This was a good depiction of this particular era in China’s history using a creative point of view as the embroider. Although the narrator was very good, I was disappointed in her very English accent. One of the things I enjoy the most about Audible books is hearing appropriate cultural accents in the narration.

  • Whisper of the Moon Moth

  • By: Lindsay Jayne Ashford
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

For nineteen-year-old Estelle Thompson, going to the cinema is more than a way to pass the time...it's a way out. In 1931 in Calcutta, Anglo-Indian girls like Estelle are considered half-breeds, shunned by both English and Indian society. Her only escape is through the silver screen, where she can forget the world around her. When Estelle catches the eye of a dashing American heir with connections to a major motion-picture studio, he also captures her heart. Soon, Estelle has a one-way ticket to London and a recommendation for a screen test.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting enough...

  • By KayTee on 01-04-18

Interesting enough...

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

The book was interesting in that it provided context to a fairly unknown, but not forgotten actress.
However, I found it sad to realize that these actresses - whom I had previously chose to view through the rose colored glasses of the roles they played - were as morally bankrupt as much of Hollywood is today. What happens to people when they become “famous”?
It was difficult to listen to when I wanted to make Merle a heroine, but found it impossible due to her morally challenged behavior.
Truth does not make a poor read...I was simply saddened.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,821
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,940

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read

  • By Sabrina Anderson on 11-01-16

Agenda loud and clear

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

OK I get it...all Caucasians are racist and ignorant and all Blacks are kind , wise and treated poorly. This book is clearly a vehicle for the author to promote her (leftist) agenda. But I am sick to death of being lectured on my white privilege when the accusers know nothing about me or where I came from (THAT sounds kind of prejudiced to me). The author and the other SJW's have no idea they are making things worse with their race baiting. I did complete the book, but only because I have a rule to finish any book I start. But I am angry that my money went to support this dangerous rhetoric. At least I can be sure I will NEVER spend money on anything this author produces in the future - small but real consolation. As for the writing, I found the characters one dimensional and the dialogue trite and sophomoric. And as a RN, I am confident no nurse would hesitate to begin and continue life saving measures for a human even under the bizarre circumstances this nurse found herself in. It is also ridiculous that a warrant be served in the middle of the night on an individual who was not a flight risk. And...appearing in court in a nightgown? Really...
The ending was completely predictable . I feel the author rushed trough this book, abandoning her usual level of skill, so it could be published in time to hop on the current white shaming bandwagon.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys being lectured and belittled. Finally, I did not start out a Trump supporter Jodi, but you and your fellow SJW's are placing me firmly in his camp.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

  • By: Kelli Estes
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,045

Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core - and force her to make an impossible choice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very intriguing

  • By Claudine on 12-04-15

Should have been better

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

I very much enjoy historical fiction. I do not enjoy powder puff romance stories. This was a bit of both. It did seem to start out quite promising, and for the most part I felt it did fairly well when dealing in the past. The coincidental connections to past and present were quite unbelievable, but a little of that is ok. The conversations between present day characters seemed very superficial on the verge of annoying. And, I actually felt anger at the concept of holding a family responsible for atrocities committed by an ancestor several generations in the past.
The narrator I think, is better suited to one of the powder puff romances mentioned earlier. This book is well suited for an easy listen that does not require much mental involvement.

  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, Alexandra Allwine, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,434

The thrilling new novel from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been abandoned and adopted by an American couple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ***EXCELLENT*** Six stars if I could !!

  • By ROBIN on 04-10-17

Wonderful Tale

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

I throughly enjoyed this book!
It was easy to become invested in the main character - she came alive in the narrative! It was wonderful to hear about the sub cultures in China, and surprised that their unusual customs extended so far into the 20th century. And, I had no idea that tea was almost like currency for these cultures! Beautiful writing and narration! I was in tears at the conclusion - not only because of the emotional ending, but because the novel was at an end. I would absolutely recommend this book.

  • The Bronze Horseman

  • By: Paullina Simons
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 30 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627

The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler's armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please give us the other two books in the series!!

  • By Rebecca on 04-23-16

Relieved when it ended

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

The story in the first half of this book was fairly good. I can not say that any of the characters were likable-most were actually annoying. But I was able to chalk that up to their difficult life circumstances. The narration made things tougher to get through - the females sounded like cartoon characters and Alexander sounded like a Scotsman ... seriously? An American posing as a Russian that sounds like a Scotsman? THEN, a little over halfway through the book, it seemed we switched authors. Dialogue became silly and the sex scenes were so frequent and unromantic it became maddening (not in a good way). I was actually becoming angry for wasting my time listening to this foolishness and decided to abandon the book. But...as I do not like to give up on a book no matter how little enjoyment I am receiving from it, I resumed listening after a couple of days. The ending was not quite as bad, although there was a disgusting scene where Alexander, lying on what could have been his death bed , has Tatiana shove her bear breast in his face - ENOUGH ALREADY!!!
I was very disappointed in this book, actually hated the unnecessary and unpleasant sex scenes which took up probably a third of the narrative, and disliked the characters. I can't recall ever being so relieved at the conclusion of a book.
Sadly, I could not recommend this book nor will I read other books by this author.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Sister of Mine

  • A Novel
  • By: Sabra Waldfogel
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,870

When two Union soldiers stumble onto a plantation in northern Georgia on a warm May day in 1864, the last thing they expect is to see the Union flag flying high - or to be greeted by a group of freed slaves and their Jewish mistress. Little do they know that this place has an unusual history. Twelve years prior, Adelaide Mannheim - daughter of Mordecai, the only Jewish planter in the county - was given her own maid, a young slave named Rachel. The two became friends, and soon they discovered a secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read

  • By M. Ryder on 06-20-16

I am blushing...

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

If I could tolerate it, I would like to go back and count how many times a character "blushed" in this story. The tale was predictable...not to say it was unenjoyable, but predictable. Seemed to drag on in some areas unnecessarily. Would I recommend it? Yes, with reservations. The writing could have been more polished. The narration was slightly irritating.

  • The Accidental Empress

  • By: Allison Pataki
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 397

The year is 1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe's most powerful ruling family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich, and ready to marry.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • learn your pronounciation

  • By Susan on 03-18-15

Fan of historical fiction...

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

As a fan of history and historical fiction, this novel of Sisi was quite satisfying. I am fascinated by the life of Sisi and as much as I can tell this narrative held pretty true to historical fact. The narrator, however, I feel would be better suited to a more contemporary novel. I felt this book needed a more quiet and dignified narration, and at times I became quite annoyed with the performance for that reason.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful