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  • Lancaster and York

  • The Wars of the Roses
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 22 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Lancater and York is a riveting account of the Wars of the Roses, from beloved historian Alison Weir. The war between the houses of Lancaster and York was characterised by treachery, deceit, and bloody battles. Alison Weir's lucid and gripping account focuses on the human side of history. At the centre of the book stands Henry VI, the pious king whose mental instability led to political chaos, and his wife Margaret of Anjou, who took up her arms in her husband's cause and battled in a violent man's world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dense, fascinating history...questionable delivery

  • By kbreezy on 10-04-17

to be listened to more than once.

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Maggie Mash is a wonderful narrator. I always find something I missed in the original listen. Alison Weir always manages to write real history and include the juicy bits.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

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

good for a tudor nerd. lots of details.

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

love the narrator. British authors and British subject matter should be read by British voices.

  • The Private Lives of the Tudors

  • Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty
  • By: Tracy Borman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

The Tudor monarchs were constantly surrounded by an army of attendants, courtiers and ministers. Even in their most private moments, they were accompanied by a servant specifically appointed for the task. A groom of the stool would stand patiently by as Henry VIII performed his daily purges, and when Elizabeth I retired for the evening, one of her female servants would sleep at the end of her bed. These attendants knew the truth behind the glamorous exterior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good

  • By Suzan on 08-09-16

if you love details..

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

narrator was wonderful. writing a bit redundant in spots...but if you enjoy details about clothes and jewels and letters this book is for you.

  • The Romanovs

  • 1613-1918
  • By: Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Narrated by: Simon Beale
  • Length: 28 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680

This is the intimate story of 20 tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Simon Sebag Montefiore's gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence, and wild extravagance, with a global cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries, and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy and Pushkin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scholarly but gripping

  • By William on 06-16-16

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

Got a bit tedious in spots....but sticking with it was worth it an informative entertaining history about the Romanovs.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The King’s Bed

  • Sex and Power in the Court of Charles II
  • By: Don Jordan, Michael Walsh
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

From two veteran historians comes an intelligent and spirited history of Charles II's dissolute life and surprising legacy. To refer to the private life of Charles II is to abuse the adjective. His personal life was anything but private. His amorous liaisons were largely conducted in royal palaces surrounded by friends, courtiers, and literally hundreds of servants and soldiers. Gossip radiated throughout the kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a great listen! sex and king charles

  • By Logan R. on 05-01-16

a great listen! sex and king charles

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

Reviewed: 05-01-16

a wonderful narrator. I would listen again . kept me interested. great subject matter.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Did She Kill Him?

  • A Victorian Tale of Deception, Adultery & Arsenic
  • By: Kate Colquhoun
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

In the summer of 1889, young Southern belle Florence Maybrick stood trial for the alleged arsenic poisoning of her much older husband, Liverpool cotton merchant James Maybrick. The ‘Maybrick Mystery’ had all the makings of a sensation and cracked the varnish of Victorian respectability. Florence’s fate was fiercely debated on the front pages of the newspapers and in parlours and backyards across the country.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating true story

  • By 6catz on 02-17-15

interesting but....

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

Reviewed: 02-20-16

great subject matter...but so many details and social points beaten to death. so so. C-

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Elizabeth and Mary

  • Cousins, Rivals, Queens
  • By: Jane Dunn
  • Narrated by: Donada Peters
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

In a rich and riveting narrative, Jane Dunn reveals the extraordinary rivalry between the regal cousins. It is the story of two queens ruling on one island, each with a claim to the throne of England, each embodying dramatically opposing qualities of character, ideals of womanliness (and views of sexuality), and divinely ordained kingship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book

  • By Catharina on 05-09-04

loved the narrative. but...

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

Reviewed: 02-07-16

It was very plodding. hard to finish. jumped around. hard to finish. was so so.