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  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: Hugo Vickers
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

The life of the Duchess of Windsor came to an end in Paris on 24 April 1986. She was almost 90. Many people assumed that she had died years before, since she disappeared from public view for over a decade. Sebastian Faulks wrote in the Sunday Telegraph, ‘She is seen as no more than the star of an old romantic film that most French have forgotten. ’But the world did take note, describing her death as the final curtain on one of the greatest love stories of the twentieth century. Embers of the feud between the British Royal Family and the Windsors in exile were fanned once more....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Reap What You Sow

  • By Chris on 05-17-12

Nothing New.

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

Very hard to get through. I found myself using it like Sominex, because it was so dry it put me to sleep. No secrets here...like I said: nothing new. Obviously written by a fan of the Windsors who viewed them as these huge victims rather than the captain's of their fates.

  • Rosemary

  • The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
  • By: Kate Clifford Larson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,527

Joe and Rose Kennedy's strikingly beautiful daughter, Rosemary, attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the queen of England, and traveled the world with her high-spirited sisters. And yet Rosemary was intellectually disabled - a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Illuminating and moving.

  • By Gotta Tellya on 05-30-16

What "hidden?" I knew all this information!

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

It was a struggle to finish, I was so annoyed with the story and the people in it and the writer who was promoting to show a "hidden" history of this Kennedy daughter. PAH! Not even close! Look it up on Wikapedia, and save time!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Persuasion

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,465

Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Juliet Stevenson is Simply Amazing

  • By Em on 04-15-12

Jane Austen Is "The Bomb!"

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

It has only taken me a lifetime to discover Ms. Austen and her pen, after trudging through dozens of horrid, time-consuming love stories that ALWAYS leave me wanting. How did I know that I should have been looking back to the 19th century for the satisfaction of REAL romance?

  • The Lost Tudor Princess

  • The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

From New York Times best-selling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir comes the first biography of Mary Douglas, the beautiful, cunning niece of Henry VIII of England who used her sharp intelligence and covert power to influence the succession after the death of Elizabeth I.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting piece of history; but, Dull & Tedious.

  • By Kelly on 03-08-16

She Should Stay Lost

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

I have always loved historical novel and Allison Weir, in particular. I bought this audible book a year ago but have been too busy to listen,but now, I am doing a lot of handiwork where television does't work for me, but audible books are perfect for passing time while I work, so I'm back into the program agzin after a hiatus. Like I said, I have always enjoyed Ms. Weir's books, but this one could have been knocked off in a short story, at best. There just isn't much there. Yes, the woman was a significant historical figure to whom many things happened. However, Ms. Weir seemed to figure that the volumes of letters she wroteto many other historical characters would somehow bring her to life. Not. It made her a boring, whining paper doll that I just got irritated with. The book was a waste of my time. I would ask for arefund ifso much time had not elapsed since I purchased it.

  • A Great and Terrible King

  • Edward I and the Forging of Britain
  • By: Marc Morris
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519

Edward I is familiar to millions as "Longshanks", conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace (in Braveheart). Yet this story forms only the final chapter of the king's action-packed life. Earlier, Edward had defeated and killed the famous Simon de Montfort, traveled to the Holy Land, and conquered Wales. He raised the greatest armies of the Middle Ages and summoned the largest parliaments. Notoriously, he expelled all the Jews from his kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator and Book are Both Very Good

  • By horoscopy on 04-20-15

Thoroughly Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 05-18-15

I enjoyed this story of "Longshanks" life. While he was certaintly 'Hammer of the Scots' as he was purported to be--that man didn't give up on those guys, did he? But he was so much more. He also tamed the wild and wooly area now known as Wales and his son was the first Prince of Wales, a hereditary title which is passed on to the older son of the king from that time until now. He was a Crusader, albeit not a very successful one. He was the familiar with Pope Boniface, King Phillip IV, and many other leaders of his time. He had a frightful temper, yet he could be kind and generous. His people both loved him and at the same time didn't trust him not to do them a dirty turn. That was Edward I, an enigma, for certain!

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Isabella

  • The She-Wolf of France
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

Here is the first full-length biography of a much maligned but astonishingly colourful Queen of England. In Newgate Street, in the city of London, stand the meagre ruins of Christ Church. On the same site once stood a royal mausoleum set to rival Westminster Abbey in the 14th century. Among the many crowned heads buried there was Isabella of France, Edward II's queen - one of the most notorious femme fatales in history. But how did she acquire her evil reputation? And is it justified?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Wallen on 12-29-08

An Interesting History Lesson

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

Reviewed: 05-09-15

I began this book with the expectation that it would be somewhat dry but chose it anyway because this was an area of history in England heretofore unknown by me and I was ready for the education. While Isobella's story is certainly not one to keep the reader on the edge of one's seat, it is filled with a wealth of historical detail that historyphiles like me go "ga-ga" over. What appeared texious for some of the other readers was like literary cotten candy for me. Load me down with shat people wear, and eat, and fight about, and I'm happy. What I didn't care for in the book was I often lost track of where I was in the Queen's life because of all the attention to date details. Just simply saying 'Isobella was 23 when this occurred' would have been so much easier on me than getting all these dates, then having to do the mathmatical atheletics to figure out where I was in her lifetime. But that was my own preference, someone else might not think another thing about it. Overall, I enjoyed the book. Isobella has definately gotten a bad rap over the centuries for what she did and didn't do. Score another one for the misogynistic historians in our midst!

  • The Royal We

  • By: Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,488

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. And when Bex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I deserve a medal for getting to the endless end.

  • By Anne on 09-30-17

A Cuddley Cinderella Story

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

Reviewed: 04-29-15

This book is a harmless bit of fluff that does not tax one's brain to any great extent while listening to it over the course of a day or two. It's perfect escapist fiction on those days when one is nursing a headache, down with a wicked cold, or like me, ordered to bed because of an allergy attack that had my ebtire face swollen and both eyes just tiny slots. I needed something light and fun and this book was it. It was sbout twin sisters, the more common one, ends up at Oxford, and lo and behold snasng herself a prince, which causes the competitive juices of the pretty twin to run riot and soon, both are abroad in merry England chasing royalty. A comedy of errors ensues and the main character, Rebecca, and her her prince are apart and together numerous times, thanks to her fumbling, gorgeous twin, Lacey, who is out for herself. The twins are on the outs almost as much as with their men. Suffice to say it all work out in the end. This is not a book for a very mature reader. One will not get huge insights into the human psyche regarding love and life from it. It is as light as a feather and simply an okay book to pass the day with.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • 17 Carnations

  • The Royals, the Nazis and the Biggest Cover-Up in History
  • By: Andrew Morton
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 207

Andrew Morton tells the story of the feckless Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor; his American wife, Wallis Simpson; the bizarre wartime Nazi plot to make him a puppet king after the invasion of Britain; and the attempted cover-up by Churchill, General Eisenhower, and King George VI of the duke's relations with Hitler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dangerous fools

  • By Vivien Tarkirk-Smith on 03-23-15

Not What I Expected

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

Reviewed: 04-22-15

It appeared there was "much ado about nothing" and I sat listening for the big burst of information and it was really a lot of nothing. I was disappointed that there was nothing said about the Duke and Duchess after this crisis passed...Just that they died and are together in the family cemetery. Wholly unsatisfying part of history of which I am interested: not sure if it was just lack of real facts, the storytelling, or what.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful