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  • Castles

  • Their History and Evolution in Medieval Britain
  • By: Marc Morris
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Beginning with their introduction in the 11th century, and ending with their widespread abandonment in the 17th, Marc Morris explores many of the country's most famous castles, as well as some spectacular lesser-known examples. At times this is an epic tale, driven by characters like William the Conqueror, King John, and Edward I, full of sieges and conquest on an awesome scale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By B Rose on 06-21-18

Great book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-18

This is a terrific book and well narrated. I’ve listened twice and probably will again. It’s about so much more than castles. There’s a lot of history associated with the castles that I found very interesting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Charlemagne

  • By: Johannes Fried, Peter Lewis
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 30 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 95

When the legendary Frankish king and emperor Charlemagne died in 814 he left behind a dominion and a legacy unlike anything seen in Western Europe since the fall of Rome. Johannes Fried paints a compelling portrait of a devout ruler, a violent time, and a unified kingdom that deepens our understanding of the man often called the father of Europe.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I really wanted to enjoy this -

  • By Doris on 01-19-18

Listen to the reviews!

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-05-18

I read all the horrible reviews for this book and got it anyway. No matter how curious you are believe me it’s not worth it! Hopefully someone will write a great, concise book about Charlemagne!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Norman Conquest

  • The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England
  • By: Marc Morris
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

An upstart French duke who sets out to conquer the most powerful and unified kingdom in Christendom. An invasion force on a scale not seen since the days of the Romans. One of the bloodiest and most decisive battles ever fought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Balanced, Entertaining, and Informative History

  • By Jefferson on 06-01-14

Why ruin a good book with horrible narration?

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-18

It’s really too bad this book has one of the worst narrators on Audible! This is a great book if you can get past narration. I’ve tried and just can’t. Does anyone actually interview these narrators or just throw them in recording studio? Does the author know how his book has been ruined? Too bad really too bad.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Resurrection of the Romanovs

  • Anastasia, Anna Anderson, and the World's Greatest Royal Mystery
  • By: Greg King, Penny Wilson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The Resurrection of the Romanovs draws on a wealth of new information from previously unpublished materials and unexplored sources to probe the most enduring Romanov mystery of all: the fate of the Tsar's youngest daughter, Anastasia, whose remains were not buried with those of her family, and her identification with Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed to be the missing Grand Duchess.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Soap opera on caffeine!

  • By B Rose on 05-03-18

Soap opera on caffeine!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

I really wanted a book like this to explain the end of Romanovs. This definitely is not it! This is more like a soap opera. The narrator sounds like he’s had way too much caffeine! Maybe he’s such a distraction it’s hard to focus. There are much better books on the subject!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Private Lives of the Tudors

  • Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty
  • By: Tracy Borman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

England's Tudor monarchs - Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I - are perhaps the most celebrated and fascinating of all royal families in history. Their love affairs, their political triumphs, and their overturning of the religious order are the subject of countless works of popular scholarship. But for all we know about Henry's quest for male heirs or Elizabeth's purported virginity, the lives of the Tudor monarchs away from the public eye remain largely beyond our grasp, mostly not chronicled by previous historians.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Narration Is Awful

  • By Appollo 500 on 10-27-18

Nothing new here!

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-18

If you have no knowledge of the Tudors this would be good. Otherwise forget it. There’s nothing new in this book that I haven’t heard before.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Prince

  • By: Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,077
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,060

From his perspective in Renaissance Italy, Machiavelli's aim in this classic work was to resolve conflict with the ruling prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli based his insights on the way people really are rather than an ideal of how they should be. This is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince, a king, or a president.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You have to know what you get with The Prince

  • By Cody Brown on 02-10-15

Love this book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-18

I’m on my third listen. I had to read this in college years ago but didn’t understand it. Now, being a history buff, it’s truly remarkable! I had no idea Machiavelli had so much influence on politics during his life until I became familiar with him in other historical books. I love that it gives a background of Machiavelli in the intro! The narration is great also!

  • The Medici

  • Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance
  • By: Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503

Against the background of an age that saw the rebirth of ancient and classical learning, Paul Strathern explores the intensely dramatic rise and fall of the Medici family in Florence as well as the Italian Renaissance, which they did so much to sponsor and encourage. Interwoven into the narrative are the lives of many of the great Renaissance artists with whom the Medici had dealings, including Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Donatello as well as scientists like Galileo and Pico della Mirandola.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Intriguing Lens on the Renaissance

  • By Matt Turner on 04-17-16

Great listen!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-18

I’m listening to this for the second time. There’s too much information for a one time listen. I wouldn’t recommend it to people who don’t have much knowledge of the Medici. I got this a while ago and returned it because I didn’t know anything about the history surrounding it. Once I had that I got it again. It’s a fantastic book about the beginning and the power of the Medici! It’s also superbly narrated!

  • The English and Their History

  • By: Robert Tombs
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 43 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

Robert Tombs' momentous The English and Their History is both a startlingly fresh and a uniquely inclusive account of the people who have a claim to be the oldest nation in the world. The English first came into existence as an idea, before they had a common ruler and before the country they lived in even had a name. They have lasted as a recognizable entity ever since, and their defining national institutions can be traced back to the earliest years of their history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lengthy but intriguing look at the English

  • By Timothy on 09-15-16

Skips around from century to century.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-18

This could be a great book if the author had taken each century at a time. Instead he jumps from one century to another and back again. Fortunately I have a base knowledge of England to understand the centuries, but it became too tedious to try and follow. This is not for the beginner of England’s history.

  • Matriarch

  • Queen Mary and the House of Windsor
  • By: Anne Edwards
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142

The life of Princess May of Teck is one of the great Cinderella stories in history. From a family of impoverished nobility, she was chosen by Queen Victoria as the bride for her eldest grandson, the scandalous Duke of Clarence, heir to the throne, who died mysteriously before their marriage. Despite this setback, she became queen, mother of two kings, grandmother of the current queen, and a lasting symbol of the majesty of the British throne.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, informative, and insightful

  • By Dr. Lance Moore on 06-08-17

Misleading title

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-18

This book has very little about Queen Mary. It’s more about history of England which I’ve already listened to many times. If you’re new to British History this would be good although there are better ones. If you skip the first eight hours you’ll hear about Mary otherwise don’t bother.

31 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • How the Scots Invented the Modern World

  • By: Arthur Herman
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Who formed the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism? The Scots. As historian and author Arthur Herman reveals, in the 18th and 19th centuries Scotland made crucial contributions to science, philosophy, literature, education, medicine, commerce, and politics - contributions that have formed and nurtured the modern West ever since. This book is not just about Scotland: it is an exciting account of the origins of the modern world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eagerly Awaited Audiobook

  • By Lulu on 09-01-16

First half is good.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-18

Most of this book is about economics not history. I enjoyed most of the first half although it’s a bit hard to follow at times. The rest of it isn’t worth the time if you’re looking for history.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful