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Mary Elizabeth Reynolds

SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States
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  • Time Traveler Chronicles

  • By: Robert Werden
  • Narrated by: Kevin Clay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 134

Evelyn Carter, a young, struggling video news stringer, is recruited to join an elite government-run time travel agency. She and her team travel through time with the public goal of collecting artifacts lost to time and capturing historical events on video for the world to see. Along the way, she learns of a secret in history so terrifying that it must be kept hidden from the public at all costs. Lost history, top secret agendas, and a frightening future are just the beginning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Time travel

  • By med c on 02-04-17

I Could Not Finish It

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

If I had not come back to this page to check and see if this was a juvenile selection, you would not be reading this. Alas, this book was not classified as such, so it lacks even that redemption. I love time travel, and until this book never found one that I did not like. I won't waste any more time on this book by going over the ridiculous plot. Yes, when you read science fiction, credulity should go on standby, BUT most authors attempt to mate reality and their world until you can also believe in their world for a bit. However, this author didn't manage to convince me that the earth is hollow. Yes, hollow with an entire civilization living in it. This isn't a fairytale, it's supposed to be real science fiction, but it's really just inane, like a bad sitcom. Don't waste money or credits.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wars of the Roses

  • Stormbird
  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

In 1437, the Lancaster king Henry VI ascends the throne of England after years of semi-peaceful regency. Named "The Lamb," Henry is famed more for his gentle and pious nature than his father's famous battlefield exploits; already, his dependence on his closest men has stirred whispers of weakness at court. A secret truce negotiated with France to trade British territories for a royal bride - Margaret of Anjou - sparks revolts across English territory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Aleta M. Nichols on 10-05-15

100% Fiction and 0% Real History

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

I think most people read historical fiction because they want to be entertained and they want to learn about a time period or a place. At least this is what I want. Thus historical fiction writers have a duty to present things accurately as they can, or they should just call it fiction. This is just fiction. Sure the author got the timeline right, mostly, but not a thing else. Rather than reveal the causations of events he invents a fifteenth-century MacGyver to create them the way the author thinks they should happen. This is a complicated period that should only be taken on by someone who is an expert in Medieval England, This guy is an English professor, which means the book is written well, but it resembles the Game of Thrones more than it does the real War of the Roses.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Edward III

  • The Perfect King
  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 19 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Holding power for over 50 years starting in 1327, Edward III was one of England's most influential kings and one who shaped the course of English history. Revered as one of the country's most illustrious leaders for centuries, he was also a usurper and a warmonger who ordered his uncle beheaded. A brutal man, to be sure, but also a brilliant one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic biography

  • By matt on 07-30-16

Disappointing, and a little odd

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

I like Ian Mortimer, his books are interesting and humorous. This one, not so much. This is odd considering the subject. No matter what you think of Edward the Third, he certainly wasn't boring, maybe because there was little new here and the writing lacked the humor and irony I associate with Mortimer's writing. The bizarre thing is his pet theory that Edward the Second wasn't murdered in Berkely Castle. This isn't a new theory, but this fact plays way too much a part of this story. He doesn't even tell you why he feels so strongly about that other than to lead you to a paper he published in an academic journal. I read the paper, I am unconvinced. Thinking that Edward the Second would have had the good sense to actually escape armed guard and wander around Europe for twenty years as a penniless monk is ludicrous. He did not have good sense, common sense, or any at all or he would not have lost the throne. However, that has little to do with Edward the Third, which is the point I was trying to make about this book, the theory plays way too much a part in this book.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The English and Their History

  • By: Robert Tombs
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 43 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

Robert Tombs' momentous The English and Their History is both a startlingly fresh and a uniquely inclusive account of the people who have a claim to be the oldest nation in the world. The English first came into existence as an idea, before they had a common ruler and before the country they lived in even had a name. They have lasted as a recognizable entity ever since, and their defining national institutions can be traced back to the earliest years of their history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lengthy but intriguing look at the English

  • By Timothy on 09-15-16

Should be called, The English and their politics

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

As an anglophile, I gobble up British history, unless it's political history. Whig and Tory must be printed 50 times in every chapter. This is a huge book, just note that 20 AD Thru 1680 is a mere quarter of the book while the rest is only through the last world war. To me, that it makes it profoundly unbalanced, and to me, boring.

26 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of Egypt

  • The Civilization That Shaped the World
  • By: Joann Fletcher
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

The story of the world's greatest civilization - spanning thousands of years - is full of epic stories, spectacular places, and an evolving society rich in inventors, heroes, villains, and pioneers. The story of the world's greatest civilization spans 4,000 years of history that has shaped the world. It is full of spectacular cities and epic stories of a constantly evolving society peopled with inventors, heroes and heroines, villains, artisans, and pioneers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Egyptian history is fascinating, this book is not.

  • By Mary Elizabeth Reynolds on 08-24-16

Egyptian history is fascinating, this book is not.

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

At first, I thought it was the narrator, but no, it's the writing. The story is told in a confusing manner and the prose is so lackluster it could be a high school textbook. I have some small knowledge of Egyptian history, but if I didn't I wouldn't have been able to follow it at all. Anyone interested in Egyptian History try Barbara Mertz, Red Land, Black Land or Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt or one of the great courses.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Vanishing

  • By: Wendy Webb
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 623
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 627

Recently widowed and rendered penniless by her Ponzi-scheming husband, Julia Bishop is eager to start anew. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer, she finds herself accepting the mysterious yet unique position: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired...and who the world believes is dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Convoluted

  • By LaurelOlivia on 04-11-14

Old school gothic

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

Reviewed: 02-07-16

Really enjoyed this, reminds me of mary Stewart without the Victorian nanny. And this narrator is always wonderful.

  • Cat Daddy

  • What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean
  • By: Jackson Galaxy, Joel Derfner
  • Narrated by: Jackson Galaxy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832

In this book, Galaxy tells the poignant story of his 13-year relationship with a petite gray-and-white short-haired cat named Benny, and gives singular advice for living with, caring for, and loving the feline in your home. When Benny arrived in his life, Galaxy was a down-and-out rock musician with not too much more going on than a part-time job at an animal shelter and a drug problem. Benny's previous owner brought the cat to the shelter in a cardboard box to give him up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Stars!!!

  • By Dawn on 12-04-12

Talented with Words and Cats

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

Reviewed: 06-10-15

I found this to be a beautifully written and read book about how an animal or animals can save a human, body and soul. You will laugh and you will cry, but I found it moving beyond measure. He writes about the struggles of a creative person living outside of society and self-medicating to feel ok about not fitting in...if you cannot identify that, you might not enjoy it as much, but at the end, I could not believe how he wrote about the end of the cat's life. I could not have done it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Greatest Knight

  • The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones
  • By: Thomas Asbridge
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

In The Greatest Knight, renowned historian Thomas Asbridge draws upon the thirteenth-century biography and an array of other contemporary evidence to present a compelling account of William Marshal's life and times. Asbridge charts the unparalleled rise to prominence of a man bound to a code of honor yet driven by unquenchable ambition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Biography of a Legend

  • By Troy on 04-02-15

Rare biography of a true knight

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

the rarity of a volume about an average man who broke the rules of the Middle Ages to become a figure of myth and greatness. Thus the focus is on some people and incidents that do not get much attention. Such as the details between Henry the second and his battles with his sons rather than the killing of Thomas Becket. Worth the time.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Great and Terrible King

  • Edward I and the Forging of Britain
  • By: Marc Morris
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

Edward I is familiar to millions as "Longshanks", conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace (in Braveheart). Yet this story forms only the final chapter of the king's action-packed life. Earlier, Edward had defeated and killed the famous Simon de Montfort, traveled to the Holy Land, and conquered Wales. He raised the greatest armies of the Middle Ages and summoned the largest parliaments. Notoriously, he expelled all the Jews from his kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly Entertaining

  • By muffie5450 on 05-18-15

Fascinating book

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

This is about the grandson of Bad King John, it is a detailed history without a lot of battle history or law but social history of the late 13th century. Unlike most biographers, the writer does not make the man into a hero that he clearly was not. It's a glimpse into a far distant time that is entirely relevant today.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Life

  • All Souls, Book 3
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,884

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Trilogy!

  • By Cheri on 12-13-15

Irritating and frustrating trilogy

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

This trilogy should have been one good book instead of three rather self indulgent, wandering, and amateurish long books. It is just good or bad enough to keep you listening in the hopes the clues will come to life. They do not. The secondary characters are better than the main, and the romance seems to be based on nothing. The woman is weak, the man cruel, and not in a sexy bodice ripper way either or vampiric. It could have been good and that's the worst of it.

16 of 22 people found this review helpful