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  • Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles

  • By: Margaret George
  • Narrated by: Donada Peters
  • Length: 42 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

An exhaustively researched novel weaves both historical fact and plausible fiction in bringing the story of Mary Queen of Scots to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, well read

  • By Robin on 12-01-09

Wonderful Perspective

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-18

I appreciated the author's fair perspective of Mary, not as the plotting Jezebel nor the naive child, as many books portray her.

  • Bill Bryson Collector's Edition

  • Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, and I'm a Stranger Here Myself
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301

In the first of three essays included in this audiobook, Bill Bryson decides to move his wife and kids back to his homeland, the United States, after nearly two decades in Britain. But not before taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. The result is a hilarious social commentary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good I hated for it to end

  • By J. Dominy on 08-08-12

Left wanting

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-18

It started off slow, and with a few bits of humour, I was hopeful it would pick up pace. Unfortunately, the author/ narrator just drones on with tiresome complaints.

  • An Orkney Murder

  • By: Alanna Knight
  • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Rose McQuinn makes a long anticipated journey to her childhood home on Orkney, but does not find the peace and relaxation she anticipates. An archaeological team stumbles across a body, causing great excitement: could it be the preserved corpse of a 13th-century princess? When the body is identified as the corpse of a local woman, brutally murdered and then thrown into the bog, the calm pleasure of Rose's holiday is shattered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly written

  • By Protogere on 02-06-18

Superbly written

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

I love the way the author wove the beautiful details of Orkney into her take. Not typically one for mysteries, it was enjoyable and kept me guessing until the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rebels of Ireland

  • The Dublin Saga
  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
  • Length: 29 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

Edward Rutherfurd's stirring account of Irish history, the Dublin Saga, concludes in this magisterial work of historical fiction. Beginning where the first volume, The Princes of Ireland, left off, The Rebels of Ireland takes us into a world transformed by the English practice of "plantation", which represented the final step in the centuries-long British conquest of Ireland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Wonderful Story

  • By David on 02-17-07

Surprisingly Addictive

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

I'd not expected to find myself as drawn into this story as I was. My knowledge of this history is not very thorough and I was hesitant, thinking I wouldn't grasp the story line. But the author is so detailed without it reading like a history book. It is narrated so well.

  • The Templars

  • The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors
  • By: Dan Jones
  • Narrated by: Dan Jones
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997

In 1307, as they struggled to secure their last strongholds in the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Templars fell afoul of the vindictive and impulsive king of France. On Friday, October 13, hundreds of brothers were arrested en masse, imprisoned, tortured, and disbanded amid accusations of lurid sexual misconduct and heresy. They were tried by the Vatican in secret proceedings. But were they heretics or victims of a ruthlessly repressive state?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected

  • By Protogere on 10-30-17

Unexpected

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

I don't really know what I expected; I've only had a fleeting interest in the Templars before but having read all of Mr. Jones' prior published works, I was very interested in this new piece.
That being said, I felt the book really went in depth to the story of the creation, existence and fall of the Templars and that he took considerable effort to dismiss the Hollywood version of the facts that most of us know about the organization. I really enjoyed how he shared lesser known details and the backstories of how events came to be, but there came a point in the final few chapters that these details began to almost bog down the story. It was as though he had to share a sub-story and all of its workings to get to the point of a fact he was trying to explain as he detailed the fall of the organization. I found I had to go back and re-listen to the narrative between the Pope and the new "Vatican" of France a few times to follow where he was leading me.
Mr. Jones is very articulate, his pronunciation was clear and made for an easy listen.
My only complaint, if you can call it that, was that at several points you get to a period in the story where a specific event has occurred, such as the death of a notable individual, and yet the next chapter they are alive "again" because they are part of the backstory for an event he is explaining. This made it a little difficult to follow along and probably would have been easier to do if I were reading as opposed to listening.
Otherwise, if you've any interest in knowing about the Templars beyond the Holy Grail and Dan Brown or Hollywood, this is well worth the listen (or read).

61 of 62 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Tudor

  • Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, Book 13
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985

Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king's half sister, Mary Tudor, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her throne, and locked Jane in the Tower of London. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block, where Jane transformed her father's greedy power grab into tragic martyrdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Tudor Book Yet by Phillippa Gregory

  • By L'abeille_alors on 09-23-17

Format is Odd, But Good Read

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

I am not a fan of the narrator, which is part of the lower star review. And, like the previous release from Ms. Gregory, she writes about the lives of three women and weaves them together and I'm not liking the format of that - it's difficult to follow along.
The above aside, I did appreciate learning more about this family because I never knew anything about the sisters beyond the fact they existed and played small roles in the Tudor story. Learning that they were much more than perfunctory characters in the Tudor era has made me interested to read more about them, which is what I typically find myself doing after reading books by Ms. Gregory.

  • The Captive Queen of Scots

  • By: Jean Plaidy
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Scotland has been torn apart by civil war, and the young and passionate Catholic Mary Queen of Scots is in the hands of her enemies. Under duress, Mary abdicates in favour of her son, James VI, and flees to England for safety, boldly seeking refuge with her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. But Elizabeth has never trusted the ambitious Catholic queen and has Mary imprisoned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And Her Soul Yearned to be Free

  • By Moragne on 08-02-10

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mary, which really surprised me. I found my love for the UK and its history through reading about Elizabeth I as a child and I have always looked at Mary as the evil one, the usurper to be. Jean's characterization of her made me feel sympathy and brought me to see her through new eyes.

What about Jilly Bond’s performance did you like?

I rather enjoyed her ability to work with various accents and give an identity to each character so smoothly without it seeming like she was acting, it was very fluid.

Any additional comments?

The character and constant friend, Mary Satan (?) is she real or fictional? The narrator's pronunciation kept throwing me because I couldn't fathom someone in that period being named Satan, much less referred to as such and I couldn't find anything on her in researching.
I did appreciate the author's summation at the end, even down to the details of the pet.

  • Katherine

  • A Novel
  • By: Anya Seton
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896

Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the classic romance Katherine features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets - Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II - who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king's son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful the 2nd time around, forty years later!

  • By Patricia S. on 06-01-11

An Unheard Story

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

Would you listen to Katherine again? Why?

I found the narrator difficult to follow at times as she "acted" the text out and it was difficult to understand her thoroughly. Nonetheless, the story was beautiful, I'd never heard of this novel and other than a blip on the radar in history, I didn't even know who Katherine was.

  • 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 557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506

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
  • Thoroughly Entertaining

  • By muffie5450 on 05-18-15

Indepth

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

What did you love best about A Great and Terrible King?

I learned more about Edward than I ever had known before. Typically, in researching him, the focus is on his efforts in Wales and Scotland, without much of a glance to the rest of his reign. This book took the time to establish the history of how he was raised to help better understand how he became who he did.

Any additional comments?

The narrator was ideal, his voice was crisp and clear, he didn't waste time trying to add unnecessary inflections and dramatics to "act out" scenes, but rather just read it in a captivating manner and let the text do the work.

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,559
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,244

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I never give anything 5 stars but in this case...

  • By Marlana Crews on 07-12-17

Deeper Than I Expected

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

What did you like best about this story?

I expected just humourous insights to be honest and was so very surprised to hear the sheer honesty that Kevin let loose. So much of the book was really motivational and inspirational to hear, to the point that laughter and jokes weren't the focus like I'd actually expected.

What does Kevin Hart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I believe so, he siderails and "did I write that" type of asides that obviously wouldn't have been in the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, if I could have, I would have.

Any additional comments?

If you can get beyond the language and subject matters that are not always PC, I cannot say enough about how you will enjoy this book and how it will open your eyes to parallels and approaches you can make in your own life when facing certain struggles.