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  • The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

  • A Novel
  • By: C. W. Gortner
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 571

In this brilliantly imagined novel, acclaimed author C. W. Gortner brings Catherine to life in her own voice, allowing us to enter the intimate world of a woman whose determination to protect her family’s throne and realm plunged her into a lethal struggle for power. From the fairy-tale chateaux of the Loire Valley to the battlefields of the wars of religion to the mob-filled streets of Paris, this is the extraordinary untold journey of one of the most maligned and misunderstood women ever to be queen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great author and fabulous narration

  • By MissSusie66 on 08-17-12

Something is not quite right here

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the characters were less wooden and I could care about them.

Has The Confessions of Catherine de Medici turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I still love the genre.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Catherine is such as fascinating character, she should have come to life here. I wish I could recommend it, but something is off with this book. I finished it, and it got a little bit interesting in the last couple of hours, but mostly the story felt hollow. I never felt like I knew Catherine or understood her motivations even though I listened to her voice throughout the book. Every character was wooden and I couldn't must up any emotion for them.

  • The Lady Elizabeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598

Best-selling author Alison Weir turns her masterly storytelling skills to the early life of young Elizabeth Tudor, who would grow up to become England's most intriguing and powerful queen. Sweeping in scope, The Lady Elizabeth is a fascinating portrayal of a woman far ahead of her time - whose dangerous and dramatic path to the throne shapes her future greatness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • hard to stop listening

  • By Karen Campbell on 12-06-08

Best portrayal of Elizabeth's early life.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

If you could sum up The Lady Elizabeth in three words, what would they be?

This book got me hooked from the first words, and I couldn't put it down. My one regret was that it only covers her life before becoming queen. So far, it is one of the best Tudor era historical fiction books I have found. This Weir at her best.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sisters of Treason

  • By: Elizabeth Fremantle
  • Narrated by: Teresa Gallagher, Georgina Sutton, Rachel Bavidge
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Early in Mary Tudor's turbulent reign, Lady Catherine and Lady Mary Grey are reeling after the brutal execution of their elder seventeen-year-old sister, Lady Jane Grey, and the succession is by no means stable. In Sisters of Treason, Elizabeth Freemantle brings these young women to life in a spellbinding Tudor tale of love and politics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly Enjoyed!

  • By Carmen C on 02-03-15

Super annoying narration and story is lacking

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

Would you try another book from Elizabeth Fremantle and/or the narrators?

Probably not. Nothing ever happens in this book. It is a waste of time.

Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Fremantle again?

Hmm.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her wispy watery voice just grated on my nerves. Stay away!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful