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  • The Only Woman in the Room

  • By: Marie Benedict
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich's plans while at her husband's side, understanding more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brilliant Woman Ahead of Her Time

  • By Lisa H on 01-18-19

What a woman!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

Really enjoyed this book. Can’t wait to read the other books by this author. Had no idea about Hedy Lamarr. The only thing I would have liked is if the author would have added a chapter or two about her escape to France and then her later life but I guess that is something I can research on my own.

  • Mary Queen of Scots

  • The True Life of Mary Stuart
  • By: John Guy
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 25 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

In the first full-scale biography of Mary Stuart in more than 30 years, John Guy creates an intimate and absorbing portrait of one of history's most famous women, depicting her world and her place in the sweep of history with stunning immediacy. Bringing together all surviving documents and uncovering a trove of new sources for the first time, Guy dispels the popular image of Mary Queen of Scots as a romantic leading lady - achieving her ends through feminine wiles - and establishes her as the intellectual and political equal of Elizabeth I.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narration - don’t purchase

  • By ballymerrigan on 12-27-18

Another Side of the Story

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

I have read many a book about Mary and thought I knew her story but i was wrong. The research done for this book is tremendous. Very well written and captivating because you want to know what else John Guy turned up. I would have loved to have been a part of the research team.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Daughters of the Winter Queen

  • Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots
  • By: Nancy Goldstone
  • Narrated by: Laura Kirman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

Young Elizabeth Stuart was thrust into a life of wealth and splendor when her godmother, Queen Elizabeth I, died and her father, James I, ascended to the illustrious throne of England. At 16 she was married to a dashing German count far below her rank, with the understanding that James would help her husband achieve the crown of Bohemia. Her father's terrible betrayal of this promise would ruin "the Winter Queen", as Elizabeth would forever be known, imperil the lives of those she loved, and launch a war that would last for 30 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misnamed but Wonderful

  • By Anonymous User on 05-16-18

Lots of Research Went On

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

It was amazing all the actual letters that were quoted in this book. Sometimes it was a little daunting while listening to it. I would have loved to see a family genealogy - maybe the book has this - because it was hard to keep up who was who at times. I am a Mary Queen of Scots fan so loved to learn more about her legacy.

  • Scottish History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Scotland

  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: David Patton
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

 

This captivating history audiobook takes you on a remarkable journey from the earliest extensive historical record of Scotland through the long struggle toward nationhood, all the way to postwar Scotland.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By William C. Sain on 12-18-18

Scotland Cliff Notes

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Great short history on a fascinating country! Loved that it was up to date on the current political situation. Would have liked to hear more about the Jacobite era - not much mention.

  • Auschwitz Lullaby

  • By: Mario Escobar
  • Narrated by: Hayley Cresswell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

On an otherwise ordinary morning in 1943, Helene Hannemann is preparing her five children for the day when the German police arrive at her home. Helene's worst fears come true when the police, under strict orders from the SS, demand that her children and husband, all of Romani heritage, be taken into custody. Though Helene is German and safe from the forces invading her home, she refuses to leave her family - sealing her fate in a way she never could have imagined. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wrong Narrator

  • By Beatrice Lee on 11-04-18

Heroism At It’s best

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

It is my privilege to add this brave woman and her children to the list of those that tried to make it better for others in such a horrible place as Auschwitz. I was disappointed in liberties that were taken with the historical record but it was a good read. And important in the history of the camp.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • A Novel
  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,985
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,750
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,736

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (German for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism - but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A hopeful perspective on a harrowing time

  • By melyssa57 (A Page Before Bedtime dot com) on 10-10-18

The True Auschwitz

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

This book was fabulous. Another wonderfully written historical fiction book about an awful place and awful time. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to know more about this place.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Librarian of Auschwitz

  • By: Antonio Iturbe, Lilit Thwaites - translator, Dita Kraus - prologue
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so, Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Librarian of Auschwitz

  • By Anne Swan on 05-31-18

A Must Read

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

For anyone who wants to know and understand more of the horrors that the Jewish and others dealt with during the Holocaust and how they were able to survive and live on, this is a must read. Standing in a place like Auschwitz, one can simply not grasp the entire reality of what went on - this book, unfortunately, made the place come alive and you understood better and it infuriates you even more on how people can treat people so terribly. For us readers, it helps us explain how books can save a soul. I will recommend this to anyone asking for a great, life changing book!

  • The Women in the Castle

  • By: Jessica Shattuck
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,764
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,763

Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined - an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times notable book The Hazards of Good Breeding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skating On The Thin Ice Of Life

  • By Sara on 04-29-17

To Read Is To Begin To Understand

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

I have just now began to read the historical fiction surrounding World War II. Being a history major, I always have asked how could the German people go along with Hitler. This book was a start on how - I cried, I laughed, I hated along with the characters. I wanted the book to go on. Thank you Jessica Shattuck for such an insightful book.