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Jessica Jewett

Atlanta, GA
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  • Blood Magick

  • The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,918

Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family - along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MUCH better narration than the first two.

  • By Jeffrey D Toony on 02-06-15

Fantastic trilogy!

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

Reviewed: 05-16-15

This novel was the strongest and most exciting of the trilogy. The writing was tight and paced well. Characters were developed without taking away from the pace of the action too. I left the trilogy very satisfied with how it ended. Highly recommended trilogy if you like magic in everyday contemporary settings.

  • Shadow Spell

  • Book Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Alan Smyth
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,463
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,148

With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken. A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape - by a long-awaited kiss. Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Book is a good read but the narrator is HORRIBLE

  • By jenny on 03-27-14

Not quite great but still good.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

It wasn't quite up to par with the first book but middle novels in trilogies tend to sag a little bit. That's to be expected, I think. However, that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy this book. It was a wonderful read.

  • Dark Witch

  • The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,292
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,800

With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Turn the volume down!

  • By J. Gilbert on 10-30-13

Stunning!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

I liked this book a lot more than I expected. Witches doing normal things like getting drunk because of a boyfriend argument is something I don't really see in novels of this nature and I found it refreshing. Witches are normal people too. The narration was exceptional as well.

  • A Year in the South: 1865

  • The True Story of Four Ordinary People Who Lived Through the Most Tumultuous Twelve Months in History
  • By: Stephen V. Ash
  • Narrated by: Neal Ghant, Nicholas Techosky, Jeremy Arthur, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

A slave determined to gain freedom, a widow battling poverty and despair, a man of God grappling with spiritual and worldly troubles, and a former Confederate soldier seeking a new life. They lived in the South during 1865 - a year that saw war, disunion, and slavery give way to peace, reconstruction, and emancipation. Between January and December 1865, these four people witnessed, from very different vantage points, the death of the Old South and the birth of the New South. Civil War historian Stephen V. Ash reconstructs their daily lives, their fears and hopes, and their frustrations and triumphs in vivid detail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent audio book

  • By Rodney on 10-29-13

Living history.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-15

I always find history more alive when modern historians step aside and let people tell the stories of their own periods. This book was highly useful in my research as a historical fiction writer since it let me see the same period from such different angles.

  • We Two

  • Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals
  • By: Gillian Gill
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

It was the most influential marriage of the 19th century and one of history's most enduring love stories. Traditional biographies tell us that Queen Victoria inherited the throne as a naive teenager, when the British Empire was at the height of its power, and seemed doomed to find failure as a monarch and misery as a woman until she married her German cousin Albert and accepted him as her lord and master.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I found it extremely moving.

  • By Cheryl on 08-07-09

A bit dry.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-15

The writing was presented in a rather dry, history book kind of way and it didn't make me feel like these people were flesh and blood. However, setting the writing aside, I did learn a lot about the period and the people.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule

  • By: Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

In 1844, Missouri belle Julia Dent met dazzling horseman Lieutenant Ulysses S Grant. Four years passed before their parents permitted them to wed, and the groom's abolitionist family refused to attend the ceremony. Since childhood, Julia owned as a slave another Julia, known as Jule. Jule guarded her mistress' closely held twin secrets: She had perilously poor vision but was gifted with prophetic sight. So it was that Jule became Julia's eyes to the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stellar

  • By Connie on 06-10-15

Skips emotion for history.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-15

I generally enjoyed the book but I felt like the author skimmed too fast. I don't feel like I got deeply invested in the story at any one place because it jumps forward in time before the reader can invest. It was fiction but many areas of the narrative sounded like spitting back historical facts. While that's necessary with novels like this, it seemed like the history and fiction didn't blend as well as I would have liked.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Yellow Crocus

  • By: Laila Ibrahim
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,072
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,224

Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful southern historical fiction

  • By MissSusie66 on 02-27-15

Made me cry.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-15

This story made me cry by the end. I just wish the writing wasn't so awkward in places. The dialogue far exceeded the narrative language. Other than that, it was a fantastic novel.

  • Triangle

  • The Fire That Changed America
  • By: David Von Drehle
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

On March 25, 1911, as workers were getting ready to leave for the day, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York's Greenwich Village. Within minutes it spread to consume the building's upper three stories. Firemen who arrived at the scene were unable to rescue those trapped inside: their ladders simply weren't tall enough. People on the street watched in horror as desperate workers jumped to their deaths. It was the worst disaster in New York City history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but Loong

  • By JAS on 04-21-18

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-15

Amazing. Though it's a nonfiction book, it paints a picture with a narrative that feels like fiction to put the reader right there among the strikers and the fire victims. This story should be required for everyone studying women's history.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gilded Cages

  • The Trials of Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • By: Ellen Jones
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 30 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

Tumultuous. Passionate. Timeless. The marriage between Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry Plantagenet was like no other, born of power, politics, and an all-consuming, fiery love. Within two years of their wedding, Henry conquered England and together they ruled a vast kingdom. At first they worked to unify and repair their war-torn lands - before being torn apart by intrigue, adultery, and deadly revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Retelling

  • By Sarah on 09-06-13

Full of detail, lacks some good writing.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-15

Exquisitely researched and full of detail. My only qualm was the periodic bouts of awkward prose. Certain phrases were very very overused. Otherwise it was a wonderful book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fortune Hunter

  • A Novel
  • By: Daisy Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 404

Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as "Sisi", is the Princess Diana of 19th-century Europe. Famously beautiful, as captured in a portrait with diamond stars in her hair, she is unfulfilled in her marriage to the older Emperor Franz Joseph. Sisi has spent years evading the stifling formality of royal life on her private train or yacht or, whenever she can, on the back of a horse. Captain Bay Middleton is dashing, young, and the finest horseman in England. He is also impoverished, with no hope of buying the horse needed to win the Grand National....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • By Mary on 09-08-14

Good research sacrificed the narrative.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-15

The book was well-written and meticulously researched but I personally had trouble connecting to the characters. I found Bay Middleton to be unattractive and I was telling both Sisi and Charlotte to dump him. This is just a personal preference thing. The author didn't do anything wrong with the material she had about these real life people. I just found them to be distasteful.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful