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  • The Lady in the Tower

  • The Fall of Anne Boleyn
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Judith Boyd
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir tells the spellbinding tale of the last days of Henry VIII’s second wife. Accused of adultery, incest, and treason, Anne Boleyn is locked in the Tower of London on May 2, 1536. Despite maintaining her innocence, she’s quickly condemned to death. Soon, one sword stroke sends her into eternity. But as her remains rot in the sun—unblessed by coffin, marker, or funeral—few know the truth behind her swift demise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Narration

  • By Ana Mardoll on 11-03-12

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

Excellent unbiased historical book. I have enjoyed Weir’s books both fiction and nonfiction and this is no exception. She is very thorough in uncovering the truth about Anne Boleyn and gives evidence to the facts when possible. Anyone interested in the Tudor period will enjoy this book as well as any historian of that age.

  • The Marriage Game

  • A Novel of Queen Elizabeth I
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Only 25 and newly crowned, Elizabeth vows to rule the country as both queen and king. But her counselors continually press her to form an advantageous marriage and produce an heir. Though none of the suitors have yet worked their way to her throne, the dashing - though married - Lord Robert lays claim to Elizabeth's heart.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's lisp is maddening

  • By Elizabeth on 09-07-16

Great story!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

It was a great story, I had trouble putting it down. The narrator though, has a lisp and that took a while to get used to. I wouldn’t say that for her, narrating books is exactly her strength.
However, this book is still worth the credit! Weir has a knack for storytelling and the story was fantastic!

  • Elizabeth of York

  • A Tudor Queen and Her World
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 22 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 297

Many are familiar with the story of the much-married King Henry VIII of England and the celebrated reign of his daughter, Elizabeth I. But it is often forgotten that the life of the first Tudor queen, Elizabeth of York, Henry's mother and Elizabeth's grandmother, spanned one of England' s most dramatic and perilous periods. Now New York Times best-selling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir presents the first modern biography of this extraordinary woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NARRATOR SHOULD HAVE STUCK TO OWN VOICE !!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-08-15

Very good historical book

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Those truly interested in Elizabeth of York will find this book full of refreshing facts as well as descriptive settings of the period. I had no problem listening to the narrator and found it helpful in knowing what was actually written down by historians of the period. Very good book and I feel like I know Elizabeth better than before the book. My heart has grown, through this book, to love this amazing Queen.

  • Victoria

  • A Novel
  • By: Daisy Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Anna Wilson-Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804

Early one morning, less than a month after her 18th birthday, Alexandrina Victoria is roused from bed with the news that her uncle William IV has died, and she is now queen of England. The men who run the country have doubts about whether this sheltered young woman, who stands less than five feet tall, can rule the greatest nation in the world. Surely she must rely on her mother and her venal advisor, Sir John Conroy, or her uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, who are all too eager to relieve her of the burdens of power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read!!

  • By Tommy on 02-06-18

Wonderful Listen

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

This was really exceptional! The narrator was perfect and the story was compelling. My only downside is that I wanted more! Well worth a listen!

  • The Christmas Doll

  • By: Elvira Woodruff
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunn
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Long ago in London Town, at a time when the muffin man's cries began the day and the lamplighter ushered in the night, two young orphans lived together in the bleak, cold shelter of a public workhouse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming Story

  • By W on 03-06-05

A beautiful story

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

This is a heartwarming and beautiful tale for children and the children’s hearts of all adults!

  • The Phantom Coach

  • A Connoisseur's Collection of the Best Victorian Ghost Stories
  • By: Michael Sims
  • Narrated by: Matthew Waterson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Ghost stories date back centuries, but those written in the Victorian era have a unique atmosphere and dark beauty. Michael Sims, whose previous Victorian collections Dracula’s Guest (vampires) and The Dead Witness (detectives) have been widely praised, has gathered twelve of the best stories about humanity’s oldest supernatural obsession. The Phantom Coach includes tales by a surprising and often legendary cast, including Charles Dickens, Margaret Oliphant, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, and Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as lost gems by forgotten masters such as Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and W. F. Harvey. Amelia B. Edwards’s chilling story gives the collection its title, while Ambrose Bierce ("The Moonlit Road"), Elizabeth Gaskell ("The Old Nurse’s Story"), and W. W. Jacobs ("The Monkey’s Paw") will turn you white as a sheet. With a skillful introduction to the genre and notes on each story by Sims, The Phantom Coach is a spectacular collection of ghostly Victorian thrills.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration and Great Selection of Stories

  • By Robert on 05-03-15

Scary yes!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-16

These stories had me jumping or turning round! They were all very good and enjoyed my time with them throughly! I have my favorites of course but all are worth a listen if this genre suits you.
I especially enjoyed the brief bio of each author at the beginning of their story as I was not familiar with all of them.
The narrator was wonderful, full of emotion and handled each character as it's own person.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,435

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Excellent performance!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-16

Lived Quinto's performance! First time I've listened to this author but will be anxiously awaiting next release! I think the ending was somewhat abrupt but overall the story was very good.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Widow

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Hannah Curtis, Nicholas Guy Smith, full cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,822
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,817

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on when more bad things began to happen... But that woman's husband died last week. And Jean doesn't have to be her anymore. There's a lot Jean hasn't said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing but very good.

  • By CR on 02-18-16

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

It was a bit slow at first. The words seemed to be rushing by me, not quite capturing my attention so I went back and began again from the beginning. I realized, when I glanced down and saw I had 4 hours remaining, that I was holding my breath and impatiently waiting to know...I had to know what happened the day Bella went missing! Throughout these last few hours I relished every word, listening intently as if I were straining to overhear a secret. Looking back, I realize that was exactly what I was doing! When the book ended I was breathless!
If you find you cannot get a grip at the beginning, slow down, listen to it in a place and time without distractions. Eventually I came to hang on every spoken word. I think you'll find yourself there too. For days now, I kept thinking, what happened, where is she? Who? Why? I promise you that all your questions too, will be answered in good time, at the proper time. Much like real life, people come round to their reality slowly and sometimes we find we need others to help us get there and more importantly, be there for us when it comes crashing down upon our small, ordinary lives.
I throughly enjoy this book and as soon as I finish up writing this review, I'm going to search to see if the author has written any more novels. If so, I want to start listening right now!

  • The Fate of Mercy Alban

  • By: Wendy Webb
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

Grace Alban has spent 20 years away from her childhood home, the stately Alban House on the shores of Lake Superior - for reasons she would rather forget. But when her mother’s unexpected death brings Grace and her teenage daughter home, she finds more than just her own personal demons haunting the halls and passageways of Alban House.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Say it isn't over...

  • By Julieann on 10-06-16

Say it isn't over...

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

I was so hungry to hear the last bits and pieces of the tale! My hunger was satisfied! But now, I find myself struggling because I do not want to leave the company of these characters! Oh how I wish I could remain among them at the house, taking breakfast with them, chatting with Jane and developing friendship with all of them!
This is the third book I've listened to by this brilliant author and although I've enjoyed all of the, this may very well be my favorite! She is an amazing author, yes but some who write have a true gift for telling a story and I count her among the best! You can have anyone write a book, creating a story with a setting and characters to create the action, have a climax and an end. There is just so much depth here, detail, not so much feeling as it is pure emotion with that you experience with them! I could almost smell the coffee & hearty breakfasts, taste the wine, feel the warmth of the fire as I curled up next to Amity and her Mother. I want to go to this house and live out the rest of my days there!
Great story! So worth giving it a listen!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Tale of Halcyon Crane

  • By: Wendy Webb
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 381

Ghosts don't exist in our world of today. Life is too pragmatic, too consuming, too busy for past lives to linger on longer than their allotted time, or so Halcyon had believed, until she received a letter from a lawyer claiming that her mother, whom she had thought long dead, had actually been living in another part of the country since Halcyon's early childhood. She had only recently passed away, leaving Halcyon heir to an unexpected fortune and an estate on an isolated island in the middle of the Great Lakes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Atmosphere plus

  • By S on 09-09-12

Wonderful book!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

This is my first time listening to this author and narrator. This book was fantastic! I just wanted to keep listening and listening! The characters have depth and the story left me hungry for more! I found myself not wanting to turn off Audible for night before going to sleep. Then I would lie in bed thinking about the ghostly goings on in the storyline and not be able to fall asleep without being fearful of ghosts myself!
The book was beautifully written and I felt like I was just another person living on the island, not so much watching it unfold as experiencing it firsthand for myself. I have her other books in my wishlist and can't wait to listen to the next one!
The narrator did a wonderful job conveying the feelings of all the characters, especially the main one, Halcyon. She did however, pose questions in an odd tone. They were expressed more as a statement rather than a question but maybe that's just something unique to the narrator herself.
All in all, I loved the book! Thank for a terrific listen!