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  • South Riding

  • By: Winifred Holtby
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 19 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

In this rich and memorable evocation of the fictional South Riding of Yorkshire are the lives, loves and sorrows of the central characters. There is Sarah Burton, fiery young headmistress; Robert Carne of Maythorpe Hall, a councillor tormented by his own disastrous marriage; Jo Astell, a socialist fighting poverty and his own illness; and Mrs Beddows, the first woman Alderman of the district (like Winifred's own mother).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Revisiting

  • By Ilana on 11-04-12

Superb!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

Stumbled on to this book while browsing Audible, and all I can say is “Wow!” Ms Holtby’s excellent
writing combined with Ms Boyd’s beautiful narration makes for a wonderful combination. A gem of a story, written in the 30’s and deserving a place amongst the classics! Winifred Holtby was an impressive women in her own rights- writer, journalist, poet, activist and sadly died way too young. So happy to have found this writer and this narrator!

  • Maid in Waiting

  • The Forsyte Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: John Galsworthy
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Maid in Waiting is the beginning novel in the last trilogy of John Galsworthy's Forsyte Chronicles. In this 7th installment, the story continues of the lives and times, loves and losses, fortunes and deaths of the fictional but entirely representative family of propertied Victorians, the Forsytes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good, but....

  • By Kdmd on 02-14-19

good, but....

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

Wonderful writing and narration, though the use of
the n-word became very tiring- knowing that in the time of the writing of the book this was the way many white people spoke doesn’t make it any more disheartening to a person of color, it’s just the sad state of the history of nations and racism.

  • Swan Song

  • By: John Galsworthy
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

The "man of property", Soames Forsyte, has mellowed with the passing of the years until, in his old age, he is a patient and benign figure, guarding with especial tenderness the welfare of his daughter, Fleur. But all his watchfulness and devotion are powerless to avert tragedy when Fleur revives her old love affair with Jon Forsyte on Jon's return to England with his American wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Kdmd on 02-13-19

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

Perfection! Listen to all, in order and at the end you will have been taken on both a large and small journey, one that you won’t forget!

  • The Tudor Crown

  • By: Joanna Hickson
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass, Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

She’ll betray her King to crown her son. When Edward of York takes back the English crown, the Wars of the Roses scatter the Lancastrian nobility, and young Henry Tudor, with a strong claim to the throne, is forced into exile. Recently widowed and vulnerable, his mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, forges an uncomfortable alliance with Edward’s Queen, Elizabeth Woodville. Swearing an oath of allegiance to York, Margaret agrees to marry the King’s shrewdest courtier, Lord Stanley. But can she tread the precarious line between duty to her husband, loyalty to her son, and her obligation to God and the King?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent book by Ms. Hickson

  • By C. Abbott on 09-26-18

Great fun

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Enjoyed a different approach to the story, having individuals give their point of view. Kept me engaged and interested. A great ride and well written. While I enjoyed the different narrators, I do wish the French accents didn’t sound so silly at times, other than that, great job all around!

  • The White Monkey

  • The Forsyte Chronicles, Book 4
  • By: John Galsworthy
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

The White Monkey is the fourth of the nine novels in The Forsyte Chronicles and marks the opening of the second trilogy in the series, called A Modern Comedy. In this new chapter, Fleur and Michael Mont begin to question their marriage when their good friend, author Wilfred Desert, can no longer contain his passion for Fleur. Fleur finds herself torn between her love for Michael and passion for Wilfred.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Younger Set--Not Quite as Interesting

  • By Cariola on 03-29-13

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Love the whole series! Great writing and narration! A sweeping family saga. A true classic.

  • Behind the Throne

  • A Domestic History of the British Royal Household
  • By: Adrian Tinniswood
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

In Behind the Throne, historian Adrian Tinniswood uncovers the reality of five centuries of life at the English court, taking the listener on a remarkable journey from one Queen Elizabeth to another and exploring life as it was lived by clerks and courtiers and clowns and crowned heads: the power struggles and petty rivalries, the tension between duty and desire, the practicalities of cooking dinner for thousands and of ensuring the king always won when he played a game of tennis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Worthwhile

  • By G. Cole on 12-13-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

If you are interested in the day to day realities of the Monarchy, this is a fascinating book! Adrain Tinniswood moves through the history of the ruling Kings and Queens personal and domestic challenges, giving us a peek into the complex issues of keeping a royal household moving as “smoothly “ as possible! Steven Crossley, as always, does an excellent turn in his narration!

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  • Mad Enchantment

  • Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies
  • By: Ross King
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

We have all seen, whether live, in photographs or on postcards, some of Claude Monet's legendary water lily paintings. They are in museums all over the world and are among the most beloved works of art of the past century. Yet, ironically, these soothing images were created amid terrible personal turmoil and sadness.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book. Awful awful narration.

  • By Stephanie Croquez on 06-23-17

Very Interesting

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

Enjoyed Mad Enchantment, though I do think another narrator with better French pronunciation would have been better for the book. Learned a great deal about Monet, his work and life.

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  • Mary Boleyn

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

Mary Boleyn was the mistress of two kings, Francois I of France and Henry VIII of England, and sister to Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife. In this astonishing and riveting biography, Alison Weir’s extensive research gives a new and detailed portrayal, in which she recounts that, contrary to popular belief, Mary was entirely undeserving of her posthumous notoriety as a great whore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a BIOGRAPHY, not a novel.

  • By Carey on 03-22-12

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

If I wanted to hear a history filled with speculation, padding and ultimately no real new information then I would have continued listening. Generally I enjoy Alison Weir’s books but this one plays like the notes for a book she was thinking about writing! I think if only the truly known facts about Mary Boleyn were put into a book, it would turn out to be about forty pages long!! After and hour of listening to what they don’t know, could surmise and “actually that fact I just said really it’s something we are sure about” repeated over and over, I thought why did you even write this book? And get me out of here!

  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,579
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,564

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anti climactic

  • By tally shopper on 10-21-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

I love TF and have enjoyed all her books. I bought this one with much excited anticipation, only to have to stop at chapter 10. I just found the whole experience frustrating and disappointing! Self centred guy whines on and on about himself and cluelessly irritates his friends and family and at some point I realised I couldn’t care enough to go on!
The story needed to move forward, especially when you have such a crappy main character! Yes, building the character storylines is important, but when the characters are a bunch that really don’t have compelling attributes going and their interactions range from squabbling to unfunny to insipid love talk, it’s best to get to the mystery before you lose your audience!
And, I’m sorry, Paul Nugent failed on the girlfriend’s voice! By the time I had to put the breaks on, I was yelling at the author and the narrator! I’m returning this and I hope TF returns with her usual excellent story telling

  • Letting Go

  • The Pathway of Surrender
  • By: David R. Hawkins MD. PHD.
  • Narrated by: Peter Lownds PhD
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,734

Letting Go describes a simple and effective means by which to let go of the obstacles to enlightenment and become free of negativity. During the many decades of the author's clinical psychiatric practice, the primary aim was to seek the most effective ways to relieve human suffering in all of its many forms. The inner mechanism of surrender was found to be of great practical benefit and is described in this book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read it, practice it... and change your life

  • By ScottishLass on 07-22-15

What?

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

While I did find some interesting info in this book, I had to stop when the author equated success and wealth with “higher” ( good ) vibrations!! There are so many examples of “low” vibration people having success and wealth in our society, just as everyone in jail does not end up there because of their low thoughts or beliefs! Did Nelson Mandela’s low vibrations put him in jail? While I do think letting go is a valid personal growth technique, when we start heading into the “success/ failure, higher/lower” vibration labelling of this process and the slippery slope of “higher vibrating” people having their way in this world, the author losses my continued listening.