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  • Imagining Diana

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Clehane
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

As the world awaits news of Princess Diana's fate following the paparazzi-fueled crash, Diana awakens from a coma to discover that she has survived the wreckage, but with her famous face - the most photographed in the world - forever changed. Based on actual events, what ensues is an elegant and riveting account of Diana's storied past and imagined future as an icon, lover, and mother of a future king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Booksmart on 09-07-17

Diana’s Alternative History

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

Reviewed: 03-27-19

This is the alternate ending most people wanted for the iconic Princess of Wales, but it is only a pipe dream on a glorious scale, One cannot rearrange history except in fiction. Yet Diane Clehane has outdone all post-Diana authors in elevating the dead Princess on a higher plane. It is a better novel than Blood Royal, in which the fictional Di shoots Charles and kills him, and leaves none of the bitter aftertaste of the incredible plot of the equally excellent Untold Story by Monica Ali.

  • Queen Anne

  • The Politics of Passion
  • By: Anne Somerset
  • Narrated by: Hannah Curtis
  • Length: 28 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Queen Anne ascended the thrones of England, Scotland, and Ireland in 1702. By the end of her comparatively short 12-year reign, Britain had emerged as a great power. But while the queen's military was performing dazzling exploits on the continent, her own attention rested on a more intimate conflict: the female friendship on which her happiness had for decades depended and which became, for her, a source of utter torment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spoilt by a poorly edited, inadequate narration

  • By Lesley on 04-01-17

The Forgotten Monarch

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Queen Anne was one of Britain’s most formidable rulers. She reigned as the last of the Stuart monarchs until her death in 1714 brought her Hanoverian cousin George I over from Germany to sit on the English throne. Nicknamed Brandy Nan, she was nearly six feet tall (the height of her predecessor Elizabeth I) and was so obese she had to be carried in a sedan chair, yet her leadership skills enabled her to make crucial decisions that would ensure (as it did during Elizabeth’s time) that Britain would remain a major world power. Anne also suffered setbacks in her personal life that would have destroyed anyone with a much weaker character: none of her children survived, and her closest friend the power-hungry Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, became her most redoubtable enemy. Faced with an array of indomitable challenges and few people she could trust other than Sarah’s poor cousin Abigail Masham, whose loyalty never wavered, Anne rose above the petty squabbles at court to leave a legacy that strengthened the foundations of the Empire but have largely been overlooked by most historians. A truly inspiring biography with compelling narration by the wonderful Hannah Curtis. Highly recommended.

  • Brothers

  • The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years
  • By: David Talbot
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 20 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

For decades, books about John or Robert Kennedy have woven either a shimmering tale of Camelot gallantry or a tawdry story of runaway ambition and reckless personal behavior. But the real story of the Kennedys in the 1960s has long been submerged - until now. In Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, David Talbot sheds a dramatic new light on the tumultuous inner life of the Kennedy presidency and its stunning aftermath. Talbot has written a gripping political history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very interesting and well written.

  • By sarah on 11-26-17

The Defenitive JFK Assasination Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-17

The ultimate inside story of the events leading up to the JFK assassination and its aftermath. Reveals that RFK believed that there was indeed a conspiracy to murder his brother. David Talbot interviewed many people who had never come forward before to expose that Bobby planned to reopen the investigation once he himself became President but was murdered before he could do so. A mind-boggling indictment of the government, media, and the establishment in the latter stage of the twentieth century.

  • 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 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 403

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
  • Listen to this one

  • By Mary on 09-08-14

A Tragic Royal Romance

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

This is an incredibly readable historical novel.Clare Corbett is a wonderful narrator, but Daisy Goodwin has a fascinating story to tell. It is a fictional account of a forbidden romance between a British rogue and a real-life tragic European royal whose own life mirrored that of the modern Diana Spencer. In fact the book's cover is a silhouette of the Empress Elizabeth of Austria shown in the foreground in elegant riding garb, while in the background is Althorp Hall, the ancestral home of the Spencers, a favorite haunt of the horse-mad Empress.

Princess Elizabeth of the Bavarian House of Wittelsbach was only sixteen-years-old when she wed her twenty-four year-old cousin the Emperor Franz Josef of Austria/Hungary in 1854. "Sisi" as she was nicknamed, immediately became the most adored royal in Europe, whose fame was second only to her much more distant cousin Queen Victoria. She was considered controversial and ahead of her time, just as was Diana, Princess of Wales in the late twentieth century. In fact, Sisi was the Diana of her day. Both were beautiful, charasmatic, restless, reckless, bored with court life, and married to much older, traditional men, each of whom had courted the older sister: in Prince Charles's case Lady Sarah Spencer, and in Franz's case the unappealing Princess Helene, whom he promptly ditched for Sisi. Both Diana and the Empress loved children, each had the common touch, and both women were obsessed with their appearance, having to contend with voracious photographers motivated primarily by greed. Both also suffered from anorexia/bulimia, and had to deal with unhappy marriages. Neither would ever find contentment or happiness. And like Diana, Sisi suffered a horrible death; although in the case of the Empress, she was actually stabbed to death by a lunatic who hated the noble establishment which ruled Europe in the late nineteenth century.

This novel is actually about a genuine Englishman named Bay Middleton, a dashing cad about society who was the most celebrated jockey of his day, but whose hubris allowed him to take liberties with the beautiful Empress, thereby scandalizing the upper-crust world in which she moved. It is almost an eery precursor of the ill-fated romance between Diana and James Hewitt. Daisy Goodwin is an excellent writer who has perfectly captured the Victorian era during which Sisi thrived as one of its most beloved superstars and one of its greatest horsewomen.

  • Shattered

  • Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign
  • By: Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,944
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,940

It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the tragic story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary's campaign - the candidate herself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, But Slanted

  • By JereMiami on 05-04-17

Best Story of 2016

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-17

This is an incredible insider's account of the most notorious campaign in American political history. Hillary was hands-down the most qualified candidate to run for the Presidency since Nixon in 1960, and like him, she lost the electoral college to an opponent who was richer, as well as an unbridled womanizer. The significant differences between Jack Kennedy and Donald Trump are, of course, that while JFK had class, genuine charisma, great charm, superb speaking skills, and respect for his fellow human beings, Trump took the low road, blew the dog whistle, and turned the race for the White House into a national nightmare. Mrs. Clinton should have won this last election. She was by far the better speaker, had a professional grasp of the issues facing Americans in both foreign and domestic policies, held a more unifying convention, and won all three debates. She also managed to overcome a more viable, far less corrupt rival in the primary process who might have won in a landslide against Trump. This book explains why and how she lost, is a must-read for political junkies, and is perhaps the best work on the Clintons since Sally Bedell Smith's For the Love of Politics.

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  • The Passion of Tiger Woods

  • An Anthropologist Reports on Golf, Race, and Celebrity Scandal
  • By: Orin Starn
  • Narrated by: Michael McConnohie
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Perhaps the best golfer ever, Tiger Woods rocketed to the top of a once whites-only sport. Endorsements made him a global brand and the world’s richest athlete. The child of a multiracial marriage, Woods and his blond, blue-eyed wife, Elin Nordegren, seemed to represent a new postracial America. Then, in late 2009, Woods became embroiled in a sex scandal that made headlines worldwide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tigergate

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-13-17

Tigergate

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

An interesting analysis of the Tiger Woods sex scandal and the media hype that fed the beast. An anthropological study of our culture's obsession with fame and misfortune. Superb narration by McConnohie.

  • RFK Jr.

  • Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and the Dark Side of the Dream
  • By: Jerry Oppenheimer
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., inherited his assassinated father's piercing blue eyes and Brahmin style, earning a reputation as the nation's foremost environmental activist and lawyer - the "toxic avenger" - battling corporate polluters. But in this, the most revelatory portrait ever of a Kennedy, Oppenheimer places Bobby Jr., leader of the third generation of America's royal family, under a journalistic microscope.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Really terrible book

  • By Rosemary on 09-28-15

Another Oppenheimer Eye-Opener

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-17

Many people believe that only the top tier Kennedys are fascinating: JFK, Jackie, John, Jr., etc., but the author, who wrote a shocking 1993 bio of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s mother Ethel, obviously picked up where he left off and decided to profile the most charismatic, talented, and intellectually gifted of the famous widow's eleven children. Oppenheimer paints a proverbial warts-and-all portrait of the second son of the brood, noting Bob's positive attributes, but detailing much more of the negative ones, mainly his arrogance, which nearly all of the Kennedys seem to possess to a certain degree. Like most of the clan, Robert Junior has a fast reputation and an extremely strong sense of entitlement. He would make a better politician than his brother Joe, but there would be a tremendous price to pay for seeking high office.

  • My Thoughts Be Bloody

  • The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth
  • By: Nora Titone, Doris Kearns Goodwin (introduction and notes)
  • Narrated by: John B. Lloyd
  • Length: 19 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

My Thoughts Be Bloody, a sweeping family saga, revives an extraordinary figure whose name has been missing, until now, from the story of President Lincoln's death. Edwin Booth, John Wilkes's older brother by four years, was in his day the biggest star of the American stage. Without an account of Edwin Booth, author Nora Titone argues, the real story of Lincoln's assassin has never been told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Tad Davis on 11-30-10

My Thoughts Be Spellbound

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

The author has written the definitive work and by far the most readable of the Booth assassination sagas in print. The narration is crisp and superb, making this much more of a guilty pleasure than even American Brutus, The Lincoln Conspiracy, or Manhunt. My heart bleeds for not only the Lincoln family, but the Booths themselves, particularly Edwin Booth, who must have borne the greatest shame and burden of any individual involved. It is an even greater crime that his younger brother eclipsed him in death and is still thought of as the more talented of the two. If more widely read, this book would dispel that myth and give Edwin his due place in history as the greatest American actor of the late Nineteenth Century. John Wilkes Booth be damned.

  • The Red Rooster

  • By: Michael Wallace
  • Narrated by: Rosemary Benson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

Of all the desperate women in German-occupied Paris, Gabriela Reyes is the least likely to scratch out her survival as a whore for a Gestapo agent. After fascists murdered her mother and brother and tortured her father in an insane asylum, she hates the Germans as much as she fears them. But when she discovers the man responsible for destroying her family, she decides to become his mistress to try to free her father and avenge her family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, excellent writing, superb narration!

  • By Jill on 04-24-14

Highly Recommended

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

A thoroughly engrossing, absolutely original idea for a novel of the Second World War. Imaginative plot and fascinating characters. I wish that I had written this. Congratulations Mr. Wallace.

  • Prince Charles

  • The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life
  • By: Sally Bedell Smith
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor, Sally Bedell Smith
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 261

From the New York Times best-selling author of Elizabeth the Queen comes the first major biography of Prince Charles in more than 20 years - perfect for fans of The Crown. Sally Bedell Smith returns once again to the British royal family to give us a new look at Prince Charles, the oldest heir to the throne in more than 300 years.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Diana dissed at every chance

  • By RY on 09-12-17

An instant classic

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

Audible does it again. This same narrator also narrated the author's biography of Elizabeth the Queen in 2012 as well as Tina Brown's The Diana Chronicles in 2007. She does an equally excellent job on Sally Bedell Smith's superb biography of H.R.H. Prince Charles. I've waited nearly a year for this and it was more than worth it. Wonderful audio commentary.

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