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  • Ceridwen of Kilton

  • The Circle of Ceridwen Saga, Book 2
  • By: Octavia Randolph
  • Narrated by: Nano Nagle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

Ninth-century Saxon England crumbles under the onslaught of a relentless foe - the Danish Vikings. Ceridwen, a young woman with divided loyalties, watches as the peace and plenty she enjoys at the Saxon stronghold of Kilton gives way to wary watchfulness. Her dearest friend, Ælfwyn, sold in marriage to a Dane in a desperate bid for peace, travels to Kilton and recounts the events that befell the fortress of Four Stones in captured Lindisse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Crumbling of 9th-Century Saxon England!

  • By Kim Meseck on 01-19-17

Exceptional! Can't wait for book3

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

A fantastic follow up to an amazing first book. Hoping the next book will be released very soon!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Circle of Ceridwen

  • The Circle of Ceridwen Saga, Book 1
  • By: Octavia Randolph
  • Narrated by: Nano Nagle
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 566

It is the year 871, when England was Angle-Land. Of seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, five have fallen to the invading Vikings. No trait is more valued than loyalty, and no possession more precious than one's steel. Across this war-torn landscape travels 15-year-old Ceridwen, now thrust into the lives of the conquerors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I feel like I've waited FOREVER for this day!

  • By bluestategirl on 01-05-17

Can't wait for whole series!

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

This book surpassed my expectations! It is amazing, addictive, incredibly well written. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I'm eagerly awaiting the rest of the series, which will also be narrated by the very capable Nano Nagle.

Takes place in 9th century England during the Viking takeovers. The book is very well researched. The lead character finds herself torn between her loyalties to her family and kin and her new founded loyalties to the Vikings she has come to value.

I couldn't put it down and listened to it during every free moment for 3 days. This is only the first of a series of 6 books, I believe. Audible please hurry to release them all!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Time of Singing

  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

When Roger Bigod, heir to the powerful earldom of Norfolk, arrives at court in 1177 to settle a bitter inheritance dispute with his half-brothers, he encounters Ida de Tosney, young mistress to King Henry II.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance of an interesting story.

  • By Kimberly on 06-27-13

A disappointment

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

This book was surprisingly boring. The most exciting actions are passive, meaning it happens off page, so you read about what happens through messengers after the fact. I kept listening, expecting to get into the story anyway, but it never held my interest.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl in the Glass Tower

  • By: Elizabeth Fremantle
  • Narrated by: Emily Watson, Rachael Stirling
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Tudor England. The word treason is on everyone's lips. Arbella Stuart, niece to Mary, Queen of Scots, and presumed successor to Elizabeth I, has spent her youth behind the towering windows of Hardwick Hall. As presumed successor to the throne, her isolation should mean protection - but those close to the crown are never safe. Aemilia Lanyer, writer and poet, enjoys an independence denied to Arbella. Their paths should never cross. But when Arbella enlists Aemilia's help in a bid for freedom, she risks more than her own future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary historical fiction

  • By BVerité on 01-02-17

Extraordinary historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

Highly recommended to historical fiction fans. A beautiful and heartbreaking story. Fantastic narration! All of Fremantle's books are excellent. However, I think this is one of her best.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917

  • By: Robert I. Weiner, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert I. Weiner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

Few periods of history offer such captivating complexity as Europe in the long 19th century between 1789 and 1914. From the idealism of the French Revolution to the power of the Industrial Revolution to the chaos of World War I, this fascinating whirl of events, personalities, and forces formed the foundation for the modern world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More of a Good Course than a Great Course

  • By Flavius on 11-02-15

Incredible learning experience!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-16

Intense and complex material. Explained very well by a wonderful professor. Check out the downloadable course guide, it's very helpful! This course was entertaining and incredibly informative. Highly recommended for history buffs.

  • Words and Rules

  • The Ingredients of Language
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

First published in 2000, Words and Rules remains one of Pinker's most provocative and accessible books, illuminating the fascinating relationship between the brain, the mind, and how language makes us humans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing how much irregular verbs can teach.

  • By Tristan on 04-10-16

Ugh! This is a textbook!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-16

This is so not meant for general listening! I have a good grasp on languages and have listened to several linguistic audiobooks that I enjoyed. Imagine an English high school textbook in audiobook form and that's what you have here. This book might be good to read, but it's so not meant to be listened to!!! Could not listen to more than an hour's worth.

6 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Lion and the Rose

  • A Novel of the Borgias
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Leila Birch, Maria Elena Infantino, Ronan Vibert
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

From the national best-selling author of The Serpent and the Pearl comes the continuing saga of the ruthless family that holds all of Rome in its grasp, and the three outsiders thrust into their twisted web of blood and deceit.…

As the cherished concubine of the Borgia Pope Alexander VI, Giulia Farnese has Rome at her feet. But after narrowly escaping a sinister captor, she realizes that the danger she faces is far from over - and now, it threatens from within. The Holy City of Rome is still under Alexander's thrall, but enemies of the Borgias are starting to circle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Lady Can Wright

  • By G. M. on 01-16-14

Utterly Absurd Ending!!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

What a disappointment! I can't believe I sat through both these books (Serpent and the Pearl, and Lion and the Rose), only to reach a completely ridiculous and unbelievable conclusion! What a waste of 35 hours! In fact, the ending is so absurd and inane that I thought it was just a dream sequence, and that the character would wake up to reality. I don't want to give any spoilers so I won't give more detail, except to say that the 'happily ever after' is unreasonably absurd.
The books were interesting and held my attention till the end, but then the author made a wreckless decision with the characters that defies belief. Also the narrator who reads for Giuilia is terrible. She's hard to understand and reads in a flat boring voice without proper attention to sentence structure. I was able to overcome the flat narration, I got used to it after a while. But the ending is not easy to overlook. I can't stress how bizarre the last hour and a half is. This forced happy ending completely ruined this series for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • At the King's Pleasure

  • Secrets of the Tudor Court #4
  • By: Kate Emerson
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Beautiful Lady Anne Stafford, lady-in-waiting to Queen Catherine of Aragon, is torn between her love for her husband, George, Lord Hastings...and the king’s boon companion, the attentive Sir William Compton. But when King Henry VIII, amorous as always, joins the men clustering around her, Anne realizes she has become perilously enmeshed in the intrigues of the court. Will she be forced to decide between the two men she desires - and the one she doesn’t?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book. Easy listen.

  • By BVerité on 01-30-16

Good book. Easy listen.

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

Reviewed: 01-30-16

Well written entertaining novel about the life of Anne Stafford who is believed to be an early mistress of Henry VIII. She was sister to the highest duke in the realm, Duke of Buckingham. This story will be most interesting to those who don't know the details of the Duke. But it is still an entertaining story for those who do.
Excellent narrator makes this an enjoyable easy-listen.

  • Queen's Gambit

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Fremantle
  • Narrated by: Georgina Sutton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

Widowed for the second time at age 31, Katherine Parr falls deeply for the dashing courtier Thomas Seymour and hopes at last to marry for love. However, obliged to return to court, she attracts the attentions of the ailing, egotistical, and dangerously powerful Henry VIII, who dispatches his love rival, Seymour, to the Continent. No one is in a position to refuse a royal proposal, so haunted by the fates of his previous wives - two executions, two annulments, one death in childbirth - Katherine must wed Henry and become his sixth queen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • more history less passion

  • By Cyndi Brownell on 08-30-15

Remarkably well written! A wonderful surprise!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-15

Both the writing and the narration are beautifully rendered. Elizabeth Freemantle is truly talented, and this is a masterpiece of historical fiction. Her work surpasses Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory. I wouldn't even put her in the same category. The characters jump off the page. The story so moving and engaging.
A must read for historical fiction fans!

I'm pretty well versed in things Tudor. I have a minor addiction. I have listened to all the histories and major Tudor historical fiction authors that I could find. This was a new author to me, and I was pleasantly surprised at the author's incredible talent of weaving compelling characters into a fascinating story that is new and absorbing, despite the fact that I know the historical facts already. I'm thrilled by this find!

This is the story of Kate Parr. The last queen of Henry VIII. A widow 2x over, she has fallen in love with a nobleman, just when the king's eye has fallen on her. When Henry decides to marry her, she has no choice. For the lately dubious honor of being Queen of England, Kate Parr is forced to marry a fat, old, stinking tyrant who has killed multiple wives and many of his closest friends without a second thought. After the premature death of 4 queens, Kate Parr must tread lightly to keep her own head. This is the story of how Katherine Parr survived the bloodlust of the tyrant King to be the one queen who survived...

Kate Parr is a multi-faceted character, intelligent, brave and compassionate. Her story is dramatic and compelling. Freemantle has written a marvelous novel, which also tells the interesting stories of the characters around Parr. This book reminds me of what novels should be.

*I just bought her other 2 books and can't wait to listen to more of this author.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Queen

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen, Jenny Sterlin, Ron Keith
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 759
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 758

New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents a new and unique view of one of history's most intriguing, romantic, and maddening heroines. Biographers often neglect the captive years of Mary Queen of Scots, who trusted Queen Elizabeth's promise of sanctuary when she fled from rebels in Scotland and then found herself imprisoned as the "guest" of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing to Write Home About

  • By Theodore on 06-11-13

Shockingly bad all-around!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-15

What a shocking tale of misinformation! I enjoyed all the books in this series, though the the Virgin's Lover was not her best. But this one is downright awful. Gregory doesn't like Elizabeth Tudor and has gone to great lengths to change her readers good impressions. To that end, I assume she left out the real story of Mary Stewart. To make her a victim of Elizabeth.

I'm so annoyed at the misinformation, or rather lack of information, on which the story begins. Specifically the murderous actions of the Scots Queen BEFORE she ran to England. Evidence is pretty clear that Mary was complicit with her lover in killing her husband. It's shocking to see Philippa Gregory change history so dramatically. Mary Stewart was no innocent. But that isn't the worst part.

The worst part is the 3 characters chosen to tell the tale. They are uninteresting nobodies and the Scots Queen. The story is dead from the beginning. Where is the tension? Why not have Cecil or Elizabeth's POV? Boring! Plus the narration is AWFUL! Truly terrible!

Bad narrators for boring characters plus a story based on historical misinformation yields the worst all-around audiobook of all Philippa Gregory's work!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful