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  • Anna of Kleve, the Princess in the Portrait

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 18 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Newly widowed and the father of an infant son, Henry VIII realizes he must marry again to ensure the royal succession. Forty-six, overweight, and suffering from gout, Henry is soundly rejected by some of Europe's most eligible princesses. Anna of Kleve, from a small German duchy, is 24 and has a secret she is desperate to keep hidden. Henry requests her portrait from his court painter, who portrays her from the most flattering perspective. Henry is entranced by the lovely image, only to be bitterly surprised when Anna arrives in England and he sees her in the flesh. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not stop listening...

  • By Iris M. Broun on 06-12-19

Great Storyline

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

Reviewed: 05-30-19

Anna of Kleeve's has a history that you would not expect. I really like this fictional version of her story.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Wonder

  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Kate Lock
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,192

In Emma Donoghue's latest masterpiece, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle - a girl said to have survived without food for months - soon finds herself fighting to save the child's life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Could not get past the narration

  • By Annie M. on 10-19-16

Worth a Credit !

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

Reviewed: 05-25-19

I love historical novels and I love medical mysteries. This book blends both genres beautifully. One of her best books.

  • The Retreat

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,808
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,806

Two years ago, Julia lost her family in a tragic accident. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter, Lily, in the river near their rural home. But the little girl’s body was never found - and Julia believes Lily is somehow still alive. Alone and broke, Julia opens her house as a writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a horror novelist, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of eerie events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sum is greater than its parts.

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-06-18

entertaining

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

Ending was kinda silly but it was a great book kept me busy and wanting to know what happens next.

  • The Loyal Wife

  • By: Natalie Barelli
  • Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

Tamra never dreamed she would marry someone like Mike Mitchell: handsome, rich, a wonderful husband...until she finds out that Mike is having an affair. But Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and Mike Mitchell should have remembered that before he made a fool of her. Because Tamra knows something about Mike. Something he did. Something evil. And she was prepared to carry the secret to her grave. Not anymore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ending blew my mind!

  • By Mystical Lady on 12-13-18

Listened to it twice.

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

I really enjoyed the clever writting style and they mystery of this book. The powerful women characters and the revenge is worth a credit.

  • The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor

  • Elizabeth I, Thomas Seymour, and the Making of a Virgin Queen
  • By: Elizabeth Norton
  • Narrated by: Sarah Nichols
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

England, late 1547. King Henry VIII is dead. His 14-year-old daughter Elizabeth is living with the king's widow, Catherine Parr, and her new husband, Thomas Seymour. Seymour is the brother of Henry VIII's third wife, the late Jane Seymour, who was the mother to the now-ailing boy king. Ambitious and dangerous, Seymour begins an overt flirtation with Elizabeth that ends with Catherine sending her away. When Catherine dies a year later and Seymour is arrested for treason soon after, a scandal explodes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nice listen.... but

  • By Jessi Hollis on 12-08-16

Straight Up History

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

I really thought this was a refreshing take on the story of Elizabeth Tudor. It was more talk and factual sounding than fictional but it still keep my interest.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 438 Days

  • An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea
  • By: Jonathan Franklin
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,920

438 Days is the miraculous account of the man who survived alone and adrift at sea longer than anyone in recorded history - as told to journalist Jonathan Franklin in dozens of exclusive interviews.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'M ALIVE..

  • By Big jim Picotto on 12-04-15

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

Wow! Wow! Wow! Amazing survival true story. I am so glad I listened to this book. A true regular guy surviving in extraordinary circumstances.

  • The Memoirs of Mary, Queen of Scots

  • By: Carolly Erickson
  • Narrated by: Rebekah Germain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Born Queen of Scotland, married as a young girl to the invalid young King of France, Mary took the reins of the unruly kingdom of Scotland as a young widow and fought to keep her throne. A second marriage to her handsome but dissolute cousin Lord Darnley ended in murder and scandal, while a third marriage to the dashing, commanding Lord Bothwell, the love of her life, gave her joy but widened the scandal and surrounded her with enduring ill repute.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fiction being the key word

  • By Bonnie-Ann B on 09-25-09

Enjoyable History Read

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

Fictional but based from real events made this book super enjoyable. History junkies will like it.

  • Henry

  • Book Three of the Tudor Trilogy
  • By: Tony Riches
  • Narrated by: James Young
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Bosworth 1485: After victory against King Richard III, Henry Tudor becomes King of England. Rebels and pretenders plot to seize his throne. The barons resent his plans to curb their power and he wonders who he can trust. He hopes to unite Lancaster and York through marriage to the beautiful Elizabeth of York. With help from his mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, he learns to keep a fragile peace. He chooses a Spanish Princess, Catherine of Aragon, as a wife for his son Prince Arthur.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly enjoyed this trilogy

  • By M. Ward on 09-25-17

Appealing and Thought Provoking

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

A fictional take on Henry VII that is new and interesting. I really enjoyed this book because it gives a new perspective and personality to Henry VII and reminds me we will never truly know how he really behaved and lived his life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Love Most Dangerous

  • By: Martin Lake
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

As a Maid of Honor at the Court of King Henry VIII, beautiful Alice Petherton receives her share of admirers. But when the powerful, philandering Sir Richard Rich attempts to seduce her, she knows she cannot thwart his advances for long. She turns to the most powerful man in England for protection: the King himself. As beautiful as she is intelligent, Alice easily captures the King's interest. He takes her to bed on the day of his son Edward's birth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Historical Fiction

  • By Holly Mo on 04-09-15

Interesting Perspective

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

The perspective of this book is written from a rich court woman who gets thrown into many powerless situations during the 16th century. I am pretty sure a man wrote this book because I honestly don't think some of the things that happen to Alice would have happened if she had been created by a woman. I do believe this is the most sexist review I have ever wrote. Anyhow it is a good story with an interesting narrator making it worth a credit, especially if you like historical novels.

  • The King's Witch

  • A Novel
  • By: Tracy Borman
  • Narrated by: Esther Wane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

In March of 1603, as she helps to nurse the dying Queen Elizabeth of England, Frances Gorges dreams of her parents’ country estate, where she has learned to use flowers and herbs to become a much-loved healer. She is happy to stay at home when King James of Scotland succeeds to the throne. His court may be shockingly decadent, but his intolerant Puritanism sees witchcraft in many of the old customs - punishable by death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’ve read hundreds of historical fiction books....

  • By K&T on 08-03-18

King James needed a scapegoat.

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

I thought this book was great and wish its sequels were avalaiable in America. So until then I am bumbed. Curiously waiting for the sequel it was a great book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful