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Carrie Taylor

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  • The King's Assassin

  • By: Angus Donald
  • Narrated by: Mike Rogers
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

AD 1215: The year of Magna Carta - and Robin Hood's greatest battle. The yoke of tyranny King John is scheming to reclaim his ancestral lands in Europe, raising the money for new armies by bleeding dry peasants and nobles alike, not least the Earl of Locksley - the former outlaw Robin Hood - and his loyal man Sir Alan Dale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good one!

  • By Carrie Taylor on 07-16-15

Another good one!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

Sir Alan Dale is the medieval version of Conrwell's 'Richard Sharpe'. Great characters, great adventures, and great history. This series has become one of my favorites!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Price of Blood

  • Emma of Normandy, Book 2
  • By: Patricia Bracewell
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

Unwillingly thrust into marriage to England's King Æthelred, Emma has given the king a son and heir, but theirs has never been a happy marriage. In The Price of Blood, Bracewell returns to 1006 when a beleaguered Æthelred, still haunted by his brother's ghost, governs with an iron fist and a royal policy that embraces murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, bad narration

  • By Kathy Fiscus on 04-05-15

Interesting history!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-15

Emma of Normandy is little known but is the link that provided William the bastard turned conquerer a claim to England. This is a fascinating story of England 50 years prior to its Norman conquest.

  • The Lions of Al-Rassan

  • By: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686

The ruling Asharites of Al-Rassan have come from the desert sands, but over centuries, seduced by the sensuous pleasures of their new land, their stern piety has eroded. The Asharite empire has splintered into decadent city-states led by warring petty kings. King Almalik of Cartada is on the ascendancy, aided always by his friend and advisor, the notorious Ammar ibn Khairan - poet, diplomat, soldier - until a summer afternoon of savage brutality changes their relationship forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of drama

  • By Kat Hooper on 10-12-12

A Great Listen!

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

Reviewed: 05-15-15

Great story that was told well. Al Rasan will transport you to 11th and 12th century Andulusia. Very well done!

  • Outlaw

  • By: Angus Donald
  • Narrated by: Graham Padden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

When he's caught stealing, young Alan Dale is forced to leave his family and go to live with a notorious band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest. Their leader is the infamous Robin Hood. A tough, bloodthirsty warrior, Robin is more feared than any man in the county. And he becomes a mentor for Alan; with his fellow outlaws, Robin teaches Alan how to fight - and how to win.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As Fine a "Fictional Saga" as Lonesome Dove!

  • By Mel on 01-13-18

A darker but realistic twist on a classic story

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

Reviewed: 02-22-14

Donald's story is an authentic view of the time-period and the characters that could have been the genesis of the Robyn Hood legend. He captures the larger historical background of 12th century England and vividly constructs events in Sherwood Forest that make this book a gripping and thoroughly enjoyable listen. Worth the credit...and the next book in this series is now on my wish list!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lionheart

  • By: Sharon Kay Penman
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 27 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 359

From New York Times best-selling novelist Sharon Kay Penman comes the stunning story of a great medieval warrior-king, the accomplished and controversial son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine: Richard the Lionheart. A powerful tale of intrigue, war, and diplomacy, Lionheart plays out against the roiling conflicts of love and loyalty, passion and treachery, all set against the rich textures of the Holy Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally Sharon Penman on Audio!

  • By jerelyn on 01-10-12

Interesting history and a great listen!

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

Reviewed: 10-31-13

Gripping story that really illuminates the fascinating politics and personalities of mid-evil Europe leading up to and through the third crusade. Highly recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • And the Mountains Echoed

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,332
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,837
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,827

Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Does the End Justify the Means

  • By FanB14 on 05-24-13

Nice story but not what I expected.

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

Reviewed: 06-18-13

Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

Yes. This book was more about family relationships, choices, and commitment than a 'page turning' historical fiction novel. The story itself is nicely woven together and, as good writers do, puts meaningful words to describe complex feelings and behaviors that provided perspective for me personally.

  • Ironfire

  • A Novel of the Knights of Malta and the Last Battle of the Crusades
  • By: David Ball
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 31 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

Best-selling author David Ball has won widespread critical and popular acclaim for his sweeping novels, including Empires of Sand. With Ironfire Ball delivers a stirring historical epic of the Crusades. In the 16th century, only the Knights of Malta stand against the Ottoman Empire of Suleiman the Magnificent and his 40,000 brutal warriors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece !!!!

  • By Berserk on 02-29-12

Really enjoyable listen!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-13

If you could sum up Ironfire in three words, what would they be?

Great story, characters, and descriptions of the age. I haven't enjoyed a book this much since I finished Ken Follet's 'Pillars' saga. David Ball is now on my short list of favorite historical fiction writers. I highly recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Island of Vice

  • Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean up Sin-Loving New York
  • By: Richard Zacks
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

In the 1890s, New York City was America’s financial, manufacturing, and entertainment capital, and also its preferred destination for sin, teeming with forty thousand prostitutes, glittery casinos, and all-night dives. Police cap­tains took hefty bribes to see nothing while reformers writhed in frustration. With cameos by Stephen Crane, Mark Twain, and a horde of very angry cops, Island of Vice is an unforgettable snap­shot of turn-of-the-century New York in all its seedy glory and a brilliant miniature of one of America’s most colorful presidents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and informative

  • By Carrie Taylor on 04-22-12

Interesting and informative

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

Reviewed: 04-22-12

What did you love best about Island of Vice?

Provided a very good understanding of turn of the century (19th to 20th) NY and national politics, morals, and how Theodore Roosevelt tried to put NYC on a better path against overwhelming odds.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Island of Vice?

Anecdotes captured from letters, journals, etc. detailing Roosevelt's hands on approach to changing the cutlure in the NYPD.

Any additional comments?

Excellent book that is very readable/listenable. I have read several TR books and thoroughly enjoyed the detailed material focusing on TR's time as a Police Commissioner and the insight it provided into big city machine politics. While this book is entertaining, it is not a historical fiction nor is it intended to read like a novel. Bottom line, this book kept me entertained during 15hrs of commute and exercise time and I was smarter at the end; it was worth my credit and I have recommended to others.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • To Try Men's Souls

  • A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom
  • By: Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: William Dufris, Callista Gingrich, Eric Conger
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen have turned their sharp eye for detail on the Revolutionary War. Their story follows three men with three very different roles to play in history: General George Washington, Thomas Paine, and Jonathan Van Dorn, a private in Washington's army. The action focuses on one of the most iconic events in American history: Washington crossing the Delaware.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By Sylvia on 05-26-11

Great book!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-09

Historically accurate with great dialogue, this was a very moving book about the men who sacrificed for America's independence. It also did a brilliant job of capturing the collective mood of the country and illustrates how fairweather a populace can be based on which side is perceived to be currently winning.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gaspipe

  • Confessions of a Mafia Boss
  • By: Philip Carlo
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso, the boss of New York's Lucchese crime family, was a Mafia superstar, responsible for more than 50 murders. Currently serving 13 life sentences at a federal prison in Colorado, Casso has given journalist and New York Times best-selling author Philip Carlo the most intimate, personal look into the world of La Cosa Nostra ever seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By J. M. Batista on 06-05-12

A good read with a grain of salt...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-09

Entertaining and informative. Author writes the book more like an auto-biography vs that of an objective biography. However, it still provides interesting story lines about organized crime syndicates, mob life, and the government's treatment of the subject after his capture. Personally, I could not bring myself to empathize with Casso's reported 'unfair' treatment at the hands of the government given his life of crime. Ultimately, Casso's chickens come home to roost in a way you do not wish upon anyone. The book was worth the credit!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful