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  • Beauty's Punishment

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Samantha Prescott, Corbin Steele
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 407

This sequel to The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, the first of Anne Rice's elegantly written volumes of erotica, continues her explicit, teasing exploration of the psychology of human desire. Now Beauty, having indulged in a secret and forbidden infatuation with the rebellious slave Prince Tristan, is sent away from the Satyricon-like world of the Castle. Sold at auction, she will soon experience the tantalizing punishments of "the village", as her education in love, cruelty, dominance, submission, and tenderness is turned over to the brazenly handsome Captain of the Guard.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs better narrators!!!!!

  • By Common Sense on 09-16-14

Hard to listen to

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

Reviewed: 05-05-19

Samantha Prescott strains too hard to sound sensual. As if she is trying to sell you something not worth the price. Almost suffocating. Couldn't listen to it all.

  • Funeral Games

  • A Novel of Alexander the Great
  • By: Mary Renault
  • Narrated by: Roger May
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Alexander the Great died at the age of thirty-three, leaving behind an empire that stretched from Greece and Egypt to India.After Alexander's death in 323 B.C. his only direct heirs were two unborn sons and a simpleton half-brother. Every long-simmering faction exploded into the vacuum of power. Wives, distant relatives and generals all vied for the loyalty of the increasingly undisciplined Macedonian army. Most failed and were killed in the attempt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Postmortem of an Empire and the Dream that United

  • By James on 02-26-15

Last of an epic trilogy

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

So difficult to stop. This is the last in an epic series. Drama and intrigue from the beginning. Very well done.

  • Sarum

  • The Novel of England
  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 45 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,160

In Sarum, Edward Rutherfurd weaves a compelling saga of five English families whose fates become intertwined over the course of centuries. While each family has its own distinct characteristics, the successive generations reflect the changing character of Britain. We become drawn not only into the fortunes of the individual family members, but also the larger destinies of each family line.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One big fat sweet historical epic

  • By David on 11-28-13

Fun

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

A long soap opera. Centuries long. But engaging and pepperd with historical landmarks. fourteen fifteen

  • Borne

  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 899

In Borne, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined city half destroyed by drought and conflict. The city is dangerous, littered with discarded experiments from the Company - a biotech firm now derelict - and punished by the unpredictable predations of a giant bear. Rachel ekes out an existence in the shelter of a run-down sanctuary she shares with her partner, Wick, who deals his own homegrown psychoactive biotech.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bizarre and Bracing!

  • By Books, Vertigo and Tea on 02-08-18

Colorful

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

Reviewed: 07-22-17

The word smithing is a bit oblique. Had a hard time grasping the product of the descriptives. The story was engaging. Your left alone to discover another realms physics and question if
what is pictured in your head is the intent.