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D. M. Mansfield

Mercer Island, WA
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  • The Abbot's Tale

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

In the year 937, the new king of England, a grandson of Alfred the Great, readies himself to go to war in the north. His dream of a united kingdom of all England will stand or fall on one field - on the passage of a single day. At his side is the priest Dunstan of Glastonbury, full of ambition and wit (perhaps enough to damn his soul). His talents will take him from the villages of Wessex to the royal court, to the hills of Rome - from exile to exaltation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • High quality fascinating story/performance

  • By MLB Pirate on 05-07-18

Oh what a tanged web was weaved ...

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

The Dark Ages come to light with a story of power, politics and revenge. This story kept me entranced to the feisty, deceitful actions of ... yes, the Abbot. We are conditioned to think of a holy man as, well peaceful, kind and forgiving; but, realizing to obtain and keep the power one must wield the weight of the devil on their sword. While some that was written seemed to be far fetched at times, IMO didn't matter as it deepened the need for well planned revenge. Old enemies abound, plotting and scheming are the heart of this story all well narrated.

  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,013

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

  • By susan on 06-11-14

Romance style not for me

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

When I think of Achilles, I think of warfare and history, not romance of this type. Sure, it is a possibility this story could be feasible, but definitely not what I was seeking when selecting this title.

  • Sleep Meditation Bundle for Women

  • Guided Self Hypnosis Scripts for Stress Relief, Relieving Anxiety and Depression - with Mindfulness Techniques to Stop Panic Attacks and Overcome Emotional Trauma
  • By: Joel Thompson
  • Narrated by: Adam Greco, Dalton Reuter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Discover the keys to unleashing your true inner power by harnessing the abilities of your subconscious mind. You have enormous potential inside you, truly infinite universal potential. These self-hypnotherapy sessions can guide and help you. Discover your true, beautiful self. Unlock the keys to inner peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sounds well ok, yes, but... It works!

  • By D. M. Mansfield on 03-31-19

Sounds well ok, yes, but... It works!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

With the success I've had in listening to this meditation, it "seems" to have reached beyond my conscious thoughts as I feel different, I'm having different dreams, I am more assured, less well ... having to please others to feel accepted. Yes, this is my unique person with unique idiosyncrasies.... All I can say is I feel much better. Not to say I was in a very bad state; but, habitual direction which did not serve me well seems to be much less than before. The spoken voice was a bit corny and I had to get through a few laughs as to why am I listening to this, why am I paying attention to someone who sounds like they have a cold; but, I did and feel great.. Just saying ...

  • The Bundy Murders: A Comprehensive History

  • By: Kevin M. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871

Theodore Bundy was one of the more infamous, and flamboyant, American serial killers on record, and his story is a complex mix of psychopathology, criminal investigation, and the U.S. legal system. This in-depth examination of Bundy's life and his killing spree that totaled dozens of victims is drawn from legal transcripts, correspondence and interviews with detectives and prosecutors. Using these sources, new information on several murders is unveiled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A REAL Monster

  • By Gayle on 10-20-14

Murder, rage, obsession - the boy next door

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

The Story: Well structured, I could follow the timeline of what and when and with who. IMO well written. Touches briefly on the why and how the ego developed into a selfish monster who was hungry for the kindness and pureness of his victims, something he would never have. The Performance: Believable, trustworthy voice, matter of fact and kept the pace. Felt like I was listening to Grandpa, ex-sheriff, ex-marine, no additional frills 'cause this is how it went down. Excellent. The Overall: Shocking true story of how a selfish, EVIL person operates. Stay vigilant, watch your back.

  • The Godfather

  • By: Mario Puzo
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,155
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,684
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,686

More than forty years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation''s mighty. Mario Puzo, a master storyteller, introduces us to unforgettable characters, and the elements of this world explode to life in this violent and impassioned chronicle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!

  • By Dana on 10-04-13

An Audible listen I couldn't refuse!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

The movie is one my favorites, the perfect cast of actors helps envision the spoken words narrated by Joe Mantegna who is also PERFECT. Joe tells the story so you are compelled to listen to the well written words. A smashing good story, get this audible book .... today!

  • Once Upon a River

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,576
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459

A body always tells a story - but this child’s was a blank page. Rita reached for the lantern. She trained its light on the child’s face. "Who are you?" she murmured, but the face said as little as the rest of her. It was impossible to tell whether, in life, these blunt and unfinished features had borne the imprint of prettiness, timid watchfulness, or sly mischief. If there had once been curiosity or placidity or impatience here, life had not had time to etch it into permanence. Only a very short time ago, the body and soul of this little girl had still been securely attached.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed thoroughly... one minor glitch

  • By Jen817 on 12-27-18

Once upon a long long time and then some

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

I had to give up three quarters of the way through, the story just when on and on about not much. Of course, if you like a slow story and a meandering of bit parts that add to the ambiance the author is portraying, then this might work for you as this approach does have value for some ... just not for me.

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  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,753

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham at his best (again)

  • By Brock on 10-23-13

Fractured Lives - Emotional Debts

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Fractured Lives - Emotional Debts can carry on for generations, with each one trying to sooth the hunger of revenge or unfulfilled redemption. This is a story with many interesting pockets of truth, justice and of course lies, left me guessing to the end; but, then again I didn't try too hard as I enjoyed the journey and the unraveling of the multitude of characters. This book didn't seem like a 20 hour listen, it flowed so well I could pick this up a few days later right where I left off. Sometimes I find myself backtracking a chapter or so, but not so with this one. At times the southern drawl was a bit too heavy but overall a great listen.

  • The Nazi Officer's Wife

  • How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust
  • By: Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207

Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman, so she went underground.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought Provoking

  • By Ella on 10-29-06

Engaging without explicit horrific detail

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Stronger than fiction, the will to survive, the courage to change and adapt... Amazing! While I am interested in WW2 stories, sometimes the horrific details are too much for me to hear, and it will go unfinished. However, this was different .. it was a heart pounding what happens next, what choice would be made, how did she maneuver in such difficult situations. Edith you stayed alive and was willing to tell your story and with the book you live on.

  • The Far Pavilions

  • By: M. M. Kaye
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 48 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945

When The Far Pavilions was first published 19 years ago, it moved the critic Edmund Fuller to write this: "Were Miss Kaye to produce no other book, The Far Pavilions might stand as a lasting accomplishment in a single work comparable to Margaret Mitchell's achievement in Gond With the Wind." From its beginning in the foothills of the towering Himalayas, M. M. Kaye's masterwork is a vast, rich, and vibrant tapestry of love and war that ranks with the greatest panoramic sagas of modern fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heroism, adventure, sadistic cruelty, and love.

  • By Velan on 02-19-13

Like a true friend, listen until they are done ...

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

For the full story needs to be heard, known and understood. As each life matters, so does a story worth hearing and The Far Pavilions does not disappoint. Yes, it meanders at times ... as does life; yet, always, something was brewing and it was worth wanting and fighting for. A different time, place, rules and reasons well seasoned with desire, love, betrayal, scheming, despair and reward.

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,395

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

Smattering of detail shuffled together ...

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

I had to buy this audible when it came out, I recall the Golden State Killer rampage that continued for decades, so needing to know more, why, how, compelled me to listen; however, at times it was almost unbearable. There was no particular order of what crime happened when, I mean dates were stated for a particular crime and was then referenced in later chapters, too much back and forth for me personally. I acknowledge there were so many, so I can easily see how this happened. The author has my respect and compassion for her steadfastness to pursue the evil... I give you hurrahs in heaven... thank you for caring.

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