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  • Instruments of Darkness

  • A Novel
  • By: Imogen Robertson
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

In the year 1780, Harriet Westerman, the willful mistress of a country manor in Sussex, finds a dead man on her grounds with a ring bearing the crest of Thornleigh Hall in his pocket. Not one to be bound by convention or to shy away from adventure, she recruits a reclusive local anatomist named Gabriel Crowther to help her find the murderer, and historical suspense's newest investigative duo is born.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not The Best, But Not Too Bad...

  • By Martha on 01-13-13

I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Having taught AP European History for years, i was equipped to appreciate Robertson's cleverly crafted, subtle humor-- delightful. Hadn't expected to laugh so often while listening to Robertson's colorful accounts of murders, dissections and autopsies. The plot line was well designed, and carefully sequenced. I loved how she wove the story through descriptions of actual historical events. I was impressed by her knowledge of British history, interlacing her characters's stories with several of England's significant and intriguing political/cultural occurrences and developments of the time.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

There were several twists and digressions in the plot that kept us listening to it after we had parked our car, and turned the key to accessory so we could come to the conclusion of a chapter after we had arrived at our destination.

Have you listened to any of Wanda McCaddon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was our first. Brilliant performance. We loved her intonations, accents and humor.

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

Often I have been disappointed when an author wastes the power of the events drawing to a conclusion. Robertson wove every strand of the plot to deliver a fast paced conclusion to each and all of the various strands of the plot-- drawing this book to a conclusion while laying the groundwork for the sequeal.

  • Waterloo

  • The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Bernard Cornwell, Dugald Bruce Lockhart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,931

From the New York Times best-selling author comes the definitive history of one of the greatest battles ever fought - a riveting nonfiction chronicle published to commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of Napoleon's last stand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a close run thing!

  • By carl801 on 05-13-15

highest recommendation from a history teacher.

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

Where does Waterloo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As I have read or listened to almost all of Bernard Cornwell's books, I have been a great fan of his ability to make history come to life through fiction.

What did you like best about this story?

This was was an excellent portrayal of the full scope of the battle. I have read all of Cornwell's Sharpe series. I taught advanced placement European History for the last 13 years of my career and I always recommended them to other AP Euro teachers at conferences. I particularly valued Sharpe's Trafalgar and Sharpe's Waterloo, and took a full lesson explaining the brilliance of Nelson and Wellington at the two most significant battles of the Napoleonic era. Yet, alas, as good as Cornwell was at placing Sharpe at everyone of Wellington's battles in India and Europe, he couldn't contrive getting Sharpe to all three of the Waterloo campaign battles. In this book, I found the same powerful narrative in non-fiction, as Cornwell gave me a better understanding of the battles of Quatre Bras, Wavre and Ligny, which unfortunately Richard Sharpe missed.As a side point at a weak attempt at humor, my only complaint of this book was Cornwell's failure to give Sharpe credit for using his rifle to shoot Slender Billy as he depicted in Sharpe's Waterloo. .

  • A Match for Marcus Cynster

  • The Cynster Novels, Book 23
  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Restless and impatient, Marcus Cynster waits for fate to come calling. He knows his destiny lies in the lands surrounding his family home, but what will his future be and with whom will he share it? Of one fact he feels certain: his fated bride will not be Niniver Carrick. His elusive neighbor attracts him mightily, yet he feels compelled to protect her - even from himself. Fate, he's sure, would never be so kind as to decree that Niniver should be his. The best he can do for them both is to avoid her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, another Cynsters Series 5 + star rating.

  • By 1955 on 05-26-15

Later Cynster novels not on equal level as earlier stories.

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

Reviewed: 07-11-15

For those individuals familiar with the plots and character development in the earlier Cynster novels, you might find yourself feeling a little let down.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful