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  • La reina descalza [The Barefoot Queen]

  • By: Ildefonso Falcones
  • Narrated by: Victòria Pagès
  • Length: 28 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

Enero de 1748. Una mujer negra deambula por las calles de Sevilla. Ha abandonado a su hijo y ha huido de un pasado esclavo en Cuba. Caridad ya no tiene un amo, pero tampoco un lugar donde cobijarse. Entonces conoce a Milagros Carmona, una joven gitana de Triana por cuyas venas corre la sangre de la rebeldía.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Aburridísima.

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-28-18

the barefoot Queen

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

Perfect story and story telling of the author. Little was known to me about the traditions and ways in which the gypsy community lived in the 18th century. As always Falcones is extremely apt in combining the narrative of his story with the historical broader facts. Recommended for all those who love history with fiction.

  • Los herederos de la tierra [The Heirs of the Earth]

  • By: Ildefonso Falcones
  • Narrated by: Raúl Llorens
  • Length: 33 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

La muy esperada continuación del gran fenómeno editorial La catedral del mar de Ildefonso Falcones. Hace diez años, millones de lectores se rindieron ante Arnau Estanyol, el bastaix que ayudó a construir la iglesia de Santa María, la catedral del mar. Ahora, la historia continúa con esta impresionante recreación de la Barcelona medieval, una espléndida y emocionante novela de lealtad, venganza, amor y sueños por cumplir. .

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • drama and entertainment

  • By Derk on 09-21-17

drama and entertainment

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

typical falcones. follow up story of the cathedral of the sea except that the main character line changes which gives it extra flavour. good description of history and historic Barcelona.

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  • La mano de Fátima [The Hand of Fatima]

  • By: Ildefonso Falcones
  • Narrated by: Sergio Zamora
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

En la opulenta Córdoba de la segunda mitad del siglo XVI, un joven morisco, desgarrado entre dos culturas y dos amores, inicia una ardiente lucha por la tolerancia religiosa y los derechos de su pueblo.En 1568, en los valles y montes de las Alpujarras, ha estallado el grito de la rebelión: hartos de injusticias, expolio y humillaciones, los moriscos se enfrentan a los cristianos e inician una desigual pugna que sólo puede terminar con su derrota y dispersión por todo el reino de Castilla.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entretenido

  • By Anbelo on 07-26-16

review fatima

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

Again the writer succeds in making the past come alive. Much like the 'cathedral at the sea' he manages to describe the surroundings and politics of the time while combining the narrative to his characters. Although he admits to have dramatized the main character with perhaps too many of the historic events, the story keeps it pace and never becomes predictable or surreal. In all an excellent choice for those who like to submerge in the past and enjoy some strong story telling.

  • Last Act in Palmyra

  • Falco, Book 6
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

I was just a freelance hero doing his best in a hard world.' The spirit of adventure calls Falco on a new spying mission for the Emperor Vespasian to the untamed East. He's picking up extra fees from his old friend Thalia the snake dancer as he searches for Sophrona, her lost water organist. With the Chief Spy Anacrites paying his fare, Falco knows anything can go wrong. A dangerous brush with the Brother, the sinister ruler of Nabataean Petra, sends Falco and his girlfriend Helena on a fast camel-ride to Syria.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • weak plot and story

  • By Derk on 06-08-17

weak plot and story

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

I was a big fan of the BBC didius falco stories. The one downside to the BBC version was always the fast pace with which the story was told and unfolded. For this reason I chose this full audio version. Unfortunately I have to conclude that this audio book really disappointed. The narrator was unconvincing (missed the different BBC voices) and the story was tediously slow. Unneeded chapters and poor plots. Also the ending was quite predictable. Perhaps it was just this one book from the series but the former fresh and cocky Marcus was replaced by a lovestruck blundering gentleman. Little bit like the new Bond movie remake. In all I would not recommend the book.

  • Company of Liars

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A teller of tales

  • By Richard on 03-29-09

refreshing tale

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

The narrator skillfully imitates the different characters. The art to make the surroundings of medieval life and the fear of pestulence come alive is amazing. Also the different characters are well built up. I especially loved the ending. In all very much worth the money

  • Deadly Inheritance

  • Sir Geoffrey Mappestone, Book 6
  • By: Simon Beaufort
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

When Sir Geoffrey’s unpopular brother, Henry, is murdered, he unwillingly inherits Goodrich Castle in the Welsh Marches. Immediately, his sister pushes him towards a marriage that will provide an heir and stability for the family. But when Geoffrey survives attempts on his own life, he wonders whether they are linked to Henry’s death, to his potential brides, or even to the rumoured murder of the Duchess of Normandy, as a Welsh revolt against the English looms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Derk on 05-01-17

review

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Craftly constructed tale. The writer really knows how to bring wedding entrails into life. If you like setting and intrique it is a really good book. the plot is a bit thick in the end but still enjoyable

  • A Plague on Both Your Houses

  • The First Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Matthew Bartholomew, unorthodox but effective physician to Michaelhouse college in medieval Cambridge, is as worried as anyone about the pestilence that is ravaging Europe and seems to be approaching England. But he is distracted by the sudden and inexplicable death of the Master of Michaelhouse - a death the University authorities do not want investigated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • By Derk on 04-26-17

review

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

Nice introduction to Bartholomew series. good story but at the end a bit too much plotting for my liking

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