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  • Catherine the Great

  • Portrait of a Woman
  • By: Robert K. Massie
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved everyone minute!

  • By Elizabeth on 02-05-12

Great story terrible narrator.

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

Reviewed: 08-19-12

What did you like best about Catherine the Great? What did you like least?

This is an amazing story but I couldn't bring myself to finish it. The narrator had a very heavy American accent, who failed to bring me into the world of this Russan Queen. Deakins reading was boring, and inappropriate for this wonderful tale. Totally spoilt my experience.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Deakins?

A female voice as it's about a female Queen. Joanne Lumley would have been perfect.

Was Catherine the Great worth the listening time?

No.

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Nancy Wake

  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538

In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Who The "BLEEP" is Nancy Wake??

  • By Simone on 09-04-12

What A Life.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-12

Would you listen to Nancy Wake again? Why?

Nancy Wake was an amazing woman - a spy in WWII. There was so much detail in this book - historically, emotionally. I really felt there with her - such a strong and very brave woman - a inspiration to us all. Makes you feel grateful for the life you do have.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Killing Frost

  • By: R. D. Wingfield
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

The discovery of two teenage girls' bodies and a video of a snuff movie showing the death of one of the victims leaves Detective Inspector Jack Frost in a race against time before the killer can strike again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a favorite

  • By Loreen on 09-26-08

Great British Read

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

Reviewed: 01-18-12

If you could sum up A Killing Frost in three words, what would they be?

It was amusing, serious with some terrific quotes that I will try to remember when needed. If you like British detective stories this one will be for you. Very easy to listen to - well I just love Stephen Thorne voice - and he's so great with the characters.

Have you listened to any of Stephen Thorne???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes - thinks he is just an amazing reading.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I quote from Frost to his boss.

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569

A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly whimsical

  • By Marius on 08-30-05

A short history of nearly everything.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-11

Bryson is awesome - so much information you have to listen many times to absorb its content. He writes in such an easy and enjoyable way - great if your interested in history and like it delivered to you in an entertaining manner. Highly recommended.

  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

  • By: Winifred Watson
  • Narrated by: Frances McDormand
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 910

Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • such a cute story

  • By bebe on 04-17-10

Miss Pettigrew lives for a day

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-11

At first I didn't think I would like this novel. But no - its was great and I really enjoyed it so much I listened twice. Great plot - very believable and feel good story line.

  • The Witness

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,229

Kendall Deaton pulls herself and her baby out of a wrecked car, and a mixture of courage and fear gets her to the top of a ravine, where she flags down help. But she doesn't dare reveal her true identity to the authorities. Instead, she plans her immediate escape. Her perilous flight begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Witness

  • By Wilhelmina on 03-18-10

The Witness

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-11

This was a totally gripping novel. I couldn't stop listening. It had me so wrapped up in the story line it was the first thing I started to listen to as I woke up. Great twist at the end. Highly recommended.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Charade

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 841

A medical miracle gave TV personality Cat Delaney more than a new heart. It gave her a second chance at life. After leaving Hollywood to host a San Antonio TV show spotlighting children with special needs, Cat fights to gain respect as a newscaster. She meets Alex Pierce, an ex-cop turned crime writer, who regards her as a woman, not as a heart patient. When fatal “accidents” begin killing the other heart recipients, Alex may – or may not – be her most important ally.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps you guessing to the very end.

  • By Roxanne on 12-29-10

Charade

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-11

I found this a disappointing novel, it was very repetitive and nothing like as good as Witness. The whole story line could have been much better in its plot.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Shopaholic and Sister

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Shopaholic Becky receives some incredible news. She has a long-lost sister. Finally, a real sister! They'll have so much in common. They can go shopping together...choose shoes together...have manicures together. Then they meet. And Becky gets the shock of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shopaholic and sister

  • By Peonyrose on 01-12-11

Shopaholic and sister

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-11

Fab book, so funny. If you love shopping and all things girly this is the book for you. Emily Grey is a wonderful reader. AAA+++

  • The Messenger of Athens

  • By: Anne Zouroudi
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

When the battered body of a young woman is discovered on a remote Greek island, the local police are quick to dismiss her death as an accident. Then a stranger arrives, uninvited, from Athens, announcing his intention to investigate further. His methods are unorthodox, and he brings his own mystery into the web of dark secrets and lies. Who has sent him, on whose authority is he acting. And how does he know of dramas played out decades ago?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile and compelling, but tragic

  • By Hilary on 12-15-11

The messenger of Athens

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-10

Great detective novel on a Greek island. Become involved in the life of the small island and their culture. Exciting and with interesting character development. Zouroudi is easy to listen to and a most enjoyable audio book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful