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Shannon Deichler

houston, tx
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  • The Color of Lightning

  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

A soaring work of the imagination based on oral histories of the post - Civil War years in North Texas, Paulette Jiles's The Color of Lightning is at once an intimate look into the hearts and hopes of tragically flawed human beings and a courageous reexamination of a dark American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.

  • By Marlice Peabody on 02-20-17

Truth and Fiction

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I found The Color of Lightening to be less-tight as a narrative than Jiles' "News of the World", but the interweaving of real events, real people, with fictional imaginings was perhaps more interesting. I was born in Young County and know many of the places in the story. I've also read about many of the captives mentioned in the story, sometimes in passing, sometimes in depth. It's a fascinating point in Texas history, between worlds, and the author captures the confusion of the times, the identity crisis of several ethnic groups and people in the middle of a changing world. Her descriptions of nature are some of the best. In that sense, the title of the book is a prelude to the way her voice evokes the land. I would read it again. I've recommended it to several history buffs. It's also just a darn good read.

  • Bring Up the Bodies

  • A Novel
  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,126

Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection in story and the telling

  • By Ry Young on 09-18-12

Marvelous

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

Wow what a story. Hilary Mantell is a marvel. The audible performance is fantastic. But do read wolf hall first.