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  • Enemies of the Heart

  • By: Rebecca Dean
  • Narrated by: Helen Longworth
  • Length: 20 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

A sweeping international epic, perfect for all fans of Penny Vincenzi and Barbara Taylor BradfordJune 1909, in a large Berlin mansion, cousins Zelda and Vicky are about to meet brothers Berthold and Josef for the first time – an evening that will alter the course of their lives forever…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An epic without an end...

  • By Tracy on 11-26-10

some really irritating pronounciations

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

Note for the narrator: Yorkshire is divided into Ridings. Little Riding in the book doesn't exist... but one would assume it was riding not ridding. It sounded so very silly Little Ridding?????? A double consonant makes the vowel soft e.g. rid. A single consonant makes the vowel say its name e.g. eye R eye ding.
Apart from this irritation, I quite enjoyed the book... harmless fluff with characters I cared about.

  • Fortune's Children

  • The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt
  • By: Arthur T. Vanderbilt II
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

Written by descendant Arthur T. Vanderbilt II, Fortune's Children traces the dramatic and amazingly colorful history of this great American family, from the rise of industrialist and philanthropist Cornelius Vanderbilt to the fall of his progeny - wild spendthrifts whose profligacy bankrupted a vast inheritance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Rise and Fall of the Gilded Age

  • By Hilary on 10-22-14

Please Narrators do a bit of research!

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

This was a very so-so text and narrated to match - mediocre. I do WISH that narrators would research pronunciation before recording. For this narrator's future use:
Blenheim Palace = Blenm Marlborough = Marlbra.
The point of getting such pronunciations right is that MISpronunciation jolts you out of the story and into a world of irritation. You miss bits of the story whilst mentally correcting and wishing for improved narration.

  • The Mistresses of Cliveden

  • Three Centuries of Scandal, Power, and Intrigue in an English Stately Home
  • By: Natalie Livingstone
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Overlooking the Thames, the Cliveden mansion is flanked by two wings and surrounded by lavish gardens. Throughout its storied history, Cliveden has been a setting for misbehavior, intrigue, and passion - from its salacious, deadly beginnings in the 17th century to the 1960s Profumo affair, the sex scandal that toppled the British government. Now, in this immersive chronicle, the manor's current mistress, Natalie Livingstone, opens the doors to this prominent house and lets the walls do the talking.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • disappointed

  • By Galina M. on 11-14-16

spoiled by narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

The narrator gave an irritating, monotone performance. Some extraordinary pronunciations of quite ordinary words in common use. Has she lived under a stone that she has not picked up how words are said?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Young and Damned and Fair

  • The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII
  • By: Mr. Gareth Russell
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Written with an exciting combination of narrative flair and historical authority, this interpretation of the tragic life of Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, breaks new ground in our understanding of the very young woman who became queen at a time of unprecedented social and political tension and whose terrible errors in judgment quickly led her to the executioner's block.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnifent scholarly work

  • By Linda Erlich on 08-08-17

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

I have not read any of Mr Russell's work before and was oh so pleased to have found this author. Such well researched and informative work and presented in a manner that didn't send me to sleep. Jenny Funnell's performance was alive, but she did have some 'interesting' pronunciation moments. These, however, did not detract from the overall pleasure of listening. DO TRY ! worth the credits.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Anne Boleyn

  • A King's Obsession
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 19 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

It is the spring of 1527. Henry VIII has come to Hever Castle in Kent to pay court to Anne Boleyn. He is desperate to have her. For this mirror of female perfection he will set aside his queen and all Cardinal Wolsey's plans for a dynastic French marriage. Anne Boleyn is not so sure. She loathes Wolsey for breaking her betrothal to the Earl of Northumberland's son, Harry Percy, whom she had loved. She does not welcome the king's advances; she knows that she can never give him her heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good read

  • By S. Davis on 08-04-17

Not the Best of Ms Weir's works

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

Not the best of Ms Weir's works, but not a total disaster either. The facts were there and they were presented in an interesting manner, but oh dear oh dear Ms Weir can't do believable dialogue. To impose contemporary suburban housewife dialogue on a Tudor girl just did not work! I much prefer Ms Weir's non fiction. It is interesting, informative and above all unpretentious.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Elizabeth

  • The Forgotten Years
  • By: John Guy
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Elizabeth was crowned at 25 after a tempestuous childhood as a bastard and an outcast, but it was only when she reached 50 and all hopes of a royal marriage were dashed that she began to wield real power in her own right. For 25 years she had struggled to assert her authority over advisers who pressed her to marry and settle the succession; now, she was determined not only to reign but also to rule.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • worth the credit

  • By Lesley on 04-19-17

worth the credit

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

I seldom write positive reviews, but here one is. A well researched, well organised, factual history read beautifully. Nothing jarred. Nothing irritated. I am really glad to have purchased this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Queen Anne

  • The Politics of Passion
  • By: Anne Somerset
  • Narrated by: Hannah Curtis
  • Length: 28 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Queen Anne ascended the thrones of England, Scotland, and Ireland in 1702. By the end of her comparatively short 12-year reign, Britain had emerged as a great power. But while the queen's military was performing dazzling exploits on the continent, her own attention rested on a more intimate conflict: the female friendship on which her happiness had for decades depended and which became, for her, a source of utter torment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spoilt by a poorly edited, inadequate narration

  • By Lesley on 04-01-17

Spoilt by a poorly edited, inadequate narration

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

The information was well researched and interestingly laid down. The narrator, however, realllly reallllllly let it down. She needs to work on breath control because at times, she established a pattern of 3 words (delivered with a downward inflection implying a full stop) 4 words (full stop) thus leaving sentences hanging.

I realise that a person who mispronounces words is a victim of a language-poor environment. They only know of words by reading, not by hearing. I don't wish to demean such readers, but this particular narrator must have been living under a rock not to know how to pronounce such common words as papal (pronounced by Anne Somerset as (p)apple) or papist (pronounced by Ms Somerset as pap ist ) or Ovid as (oh)vid. There were too many of these to list here... so SHAME on the EDITOR who gave himself a mention at the end.

Part of the storyteller's art is NOT to jolt the reader out of the spell of the world they are creating. Poor breathing causing strangely delivered sentences and mispronunciations do just that. I kept being reminded that I was listening. Mind you. I had quite. A few laughs. But I don't think. This was. The intention of. The Writer.

If the information wasn't so well written I would have returned this book. Persevere if you can. There are stretches where the narrator does relax and read in an adequate manner.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Tudors

  • The History of England From Henry VIII to Elizabeth I: History of England, Book 2
  • By: Peter Ackroyd
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Peter Ackroyd, one of Britain's most acclaimed writers, brings the age of the Tudors to vivid life in this monumental audiobook in his History of England series, charting the course of English history from Henry VIII's cataclysmic break with Rome to the epic rule of Elizabeth I.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't give up on the narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-07-16

Narrator ?? hmmmmmm !

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

If you can persevere with the narrator you can get used to it and be offended by the narration less and less frequently until eventually you won't notice it. Extraordinary intonation but wonderfully clear diction. Information very interesting and well written.

I'm an insomniac and I'm glad I bought this book because I use it as a sleep aid...the narration inflections are a predictable pattern.

  • Murder in Thrall

  • By: Anne Cleeland
  • Narrated by: Marcella Riordan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 547

First-year detective Kathleen Doyle is a plucky Irish redhead of humble origins and modest means. Chief Inspector Michael Acton is her antithesis: a British lord turned cop. He's tall, handsome, and enigmatic - to a fault. He also has a knack for solving London's most high-profile crimes. Acton selects Doyle out of the newbie squad to partner with him on a series of investigations because she always knows when someone is lying - a trait that comes in handy when interviewing suspects and witnesses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great new entry into British mysteries

  • By Tracey on 08-05-13

written by a yearning 14 year old

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

Reviewed: 01-28-17

Hills and Doon meets Maigret. Old fashioned police procedures told in a breathless, kittenish, naive voice. It had the yearnings of a 14 year old's dreams. I only made it to chapter 10 before my ears ran away screaming from my head. The narrator did her best with a very silly piece of work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 2
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,011

In the delightful Cotswold village of Carsely, the air is heady with romance. Agatha Raisin is convinced that the new vet has taken a shine to her. But before she can get anywhere, handsome Dr. Paul Bladen is accidentally killed while attending to Lord Pendlebury’s horse. So was it really an accident? All the evidence points that way, but the circumstances are decidedly suspicious....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book, Disappointing Narrator

  • By Cozy Reader on 03-12-14

Dated (no raisin) and Silly

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

Reviewed: 12-11-15

It belongs as a weekly serial in a 1950s woman's magazine.
The main character was unlikeable, the sub characters implausible and the plot was silly. To add to injury, the language was dated and the narrator sounds as if she is a 'worthy' lady who reads to Sunday school children. Thank goodness it was on sale and super cheap. Don't waste your money would be my advice.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful