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  • The Tudor Mystery Trials Box Set: The Tudor Heresy, A Queen's Spy and A Queen's Traitor - Medieval Historical Fiction

  • By: Sam Burnell
  • Narrated by: Alex Lancer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

As Tudor, England erupts following the death of Edward VI, can one young spy protect his queen? International best-selling author Sam Burnell takes us deep into the treacherous world of powerful monarchs, intrigue, murder, and treason with this magnificent new epic, A Queen’s Spy. In 1553, England is torn apart by religious conflict. Power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and brotherly love. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as expected

  • By Ms. Louise H. Harvey on 09-29-18

Hoping and waiting for the next installment!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I LOVE historical dramas and Sam Burnell did a great job on this series! I adore the Poldark series and was looking for something to take its place as I have read the whole series. I wasn’t sure about this set of books but I am now a fan and am looking for the next installment. It’s refreshing to explore the developing relationship and love between two estranged brothers. This is not a pseudo romance novel but a great adventure in the time between Queen Mary and her sister Elizabeth I. Buy the box set. Cuz once you read The Queen’s Spy, you’re going to want to read the Queen’s Traitor so just buy the box set.

  • The Heart of the Conqueror

  • The Chronicles of Matilda, Lady of Flanders, Book 1
  • By: G. Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Marnye Young
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

At the side of the most famous warlord of history, Matilda worked, not as a quiet, modest wife, but as a leader...as a ruler just as ruthless as her husband. Under her soft mask of beauty and modesty there lay the heart of a woman powered by ambition. A woman who was strong, courageous, and devious.... Through the eyes of one of the most extraordinary women of history unfold the events leading to the invasion of England and the battle that would decide its fate....  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By sandra k thompson on 12-05-18

Romance novel/Penthouse forum w/ historical drama

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I love, LOVE, historical dramas. Poldark, Wolf Hall, etc. I’m half way through this book and i’m really starting to get annoyed. I get it. Matilda was BEAUTIFUL. She craved POWER. Got it. I bet there’s been at least 1 1/2 hours of the same narration over and over again. Matilda KNOWS she beautiful. Matilda likes rough sex with her husband. Over and over again. Matilda does not have an insecure bone in her body. She manipulates William through sex which is no surprise. I understand that in those times, the ruling elite were self important and arrogant. They believed they were superior to the little people because God “favored” them through birth. The story is getting monotonous. The sex scenes are becoming more and more as it seems the author is not creative enough to find a different storyline. I will finish the novel. If my opinion changes I’ll edit this review. But I’m becoming more disappointed with this novel as it progresses. It’s more romance novel and penthouse forum than historical drama.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghost of Marlow House

  • Haunting Danielle Series, Book 1
  • By: Bobbi Holmes, Anna J. McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608

When Danielle Boatman inherits Marlow House, she dreams of turning it into a seaside bed and breakfast. Since she's never visited the property, Danielle's not sure what awaits her in Oregon. She certainly doesn't expect to find one of the house's previous owners still in residence. After all, the man has been dead for almost 90 years - shouldn't he have moved on by now? Charming Walt Marlow convinces Danielle the only way he can move on is if she solves the mystery of his death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Beatrice on 03-18-17

Waiting for the next Book!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Nice little surprise, this book. Well worth your time if you're considering purchasing this book. I enjoyed it immensely. Romy's voice takes some getting used to but the novel is well worth your time. I would LOVE to see Acorn or other media source bring this book to video.

  • White Shell Woman

  • A Shaman Mystery
  • By: James D. Doss
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The two sandstone monoliths towering over the southern Colorado landscape are wrapped in ancient mystery. To the local tribes, they are the Twin War Gods, sons of the moon goddess, White Shell Woman. Legends tell of strange happenings in their shadows, of lost treasure and Anasazi blood sacrifice. But it is a much more recent history that troubles former Ute policeman-turned-rancher Charlie Moon, specifically the fresh corpse of a young Native American woman unearthed at an archaeological dig.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Might've been a good story, but...

  • By Mshagan on 07-07-15

This is a great anthropology mystery series!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

The Charlie Moon Series by Jame D Doss are WONDERFUL. You'll never get Daisy Perika out of your head! The novels are about the UTE nation, their heritage and murder mysteries. I have read the books years ago and wanted to re-enjoy the series while out running or driving, etc.
I will say I had to warm up to Romy. She does not pronounce many Spanish words correctly but if you can get past that, you'll enjoy the audibles.
I would REALLY love it if they did more of the series. I miss Daisy and her side-kick Marie. Charlie's sleuthing out murders, his unfortunate love life and relationships.

  • The Canterville Ghost [Classic Tales Edition]

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428

The ghost that haunts Canterville Chase has built a marvelous career of midnight haunting. But when an American family moves in, they simply have no respect for permanent bloodstains, nightmarish chains, or ancient legends. They even throw pillows at him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oscar Wilde's Humor Deserves to be Lingered Over

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-22-17

LOVED IT!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

This is a story that is just so quaint for Halloween! I want to buy it in paperback so I can give it to my kids so they can read it to their kids in preparation for Halloween,

  • Burial Rites

  • A Novel
  • By: Hannah Kent
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229

A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hauntingly beautiful and tragic tale

  • By Bonny on 01-14-15

Historical Drama

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

First, the book moves slowly. Agnes' story is d r a g g e d out. I get that the author is weaving the story and developing how the other characters, initially hostile to the condemned because of what they've "heard", ultimately become attached to Agnes during her ordeal. It did keep my attention most of the time. Am not sure if the author is trying to provide a commentary about captial punishment and what those so accused have to endure. Any innocent person, which you figure out about Agnes very early on, who is accused of a crime, and in this case, murder, and is sentenced to death, is an atrocity. So we go through the story with Agnes, an innocent, wrongly accused and preparing to die. But the argument still remains: should captial punishment be completely abolished? I think Kent is trying to tell us that Iceland abolished capital punishment a couple of hundred years ago, so why is still in effect in other places? Of course, no one will write about a book about a criminal on death row who perpetrated unspeakable atrocities against, say, children. Which many of us would agree that captial punishment in that case, is justifiable.
I wonder if she is also driving home the point about the tragedies women have endured merely because of their gender. The fact that women were once nothing more than chattle reminds us the "good old days" were not often "good" for women. I do think that if you are someone who has dealt with depression and are suseptible to it, this book may not be for you.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Shaman's Bones

  • A Shaman Mystery
  • By: James D. Doss
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

A women of the Tohono O'otam tribe has been savagely - and ritually - murdered in Wyoming, outside the jurisdictions of Granite Creek, Colorado, Police Chief Scott Parris and Ute tribal policeman Charlie Moon. But a brutal, unprovoked assault by the suspected killer on one of Parris's detectives - and the dark, unsettling visions of Charlie's shaman aunt, Daisy Perika - are pulling two dedicated lawmen and an aging Native American mystic into the hunt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting story, characters, great narration

  • By Jennifer on 04-27-14

Charlie Moon Books are great!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I was excited about seeing this series on Audible. I've read the books and was thrilled to revisit them on Audible. At first, Romy Nordinger really grated on my nerves. She does not pronounce the native words like yucca (EWE-cah vs. YUCK-KAH) correctly and the folksy western drawl Daisy speaks in makes me giggle but getting past that, she does a pretty good job. She does make it easy to keep up with who is speaking. I would like more please.

  • The Woman in White

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
  • Length: 25 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,818

One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping novel, excellent production

  • By David on 01-18-11

A GREAT Book and narrator!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I was so pleasantly surprised by this novel. It's not a period romance/mystery novel like Shirly or Tenant of Wildfell Hall. It does have a background love theme in which the boy gets the girl in the end but it's primarily a mystery and crime novel with some very interesting characters. It also highlights the role of women in the mid 1800s and how they were nothing more than chattel. I was very sad when it ended. I recommend this novel highly. The narrators are excellent! I will be looking for more novels by them both.

  • Shirley

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 25 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 168

Set in the industrialising England of the Napoleonic wars, a period of bad harvests, Luddite riots, and economic unrest, Shirley is the story of two contrasting heroines and the men they love. One is the shy Caroline Helstone, trapped in the oppressive atmosphere of a Yorkshire rectory, whose life represents the plight of single women in the 19th century. The other is the vivacious Shirley Keeldar, who inherits a local estate and whose wealth liberates her from convention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "As Romantic As Monday Morning"

  • By Joseph R on 09-15-09

I stopped listening.

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Any additional comments?

I started listening to another book. Really can't explain if it was the story or the narrator or what. I had to rewind a lot to figure out what was going on. My mind trailed off while listening. That tells me that there was something about this novel that just didn't hold my attention. I'm listening to Wuthering Heights and it's keeping my attention.

  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

  • By: Anne Brontë
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings, Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Fleeing a disastrous marriage, Helen Huntingdon retreats to the desolate mansion, Wildfell Hall, with her son, Arthur. There, she makes her living as a painter. Finding it difficult to avoid her neighbors, she is soon an object of speculation and gossip. Brontë portrays Helen's eloquent struggle for independence at a time when society defined a married woman as her husband's property.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Brontë!

  • By oseedee on 02-22-18

Not Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

In pursuit of educating myself of the classics, my latest endeavors has been the Bronte sisters. I love Jane Eyre. I loved Wuthering Heights: But this novel just didn’t do it for me. It was predictable. The mysterious woman and the man who falls in love with her and the process of revealing her mystery through misleading assumptions and secrets is the storyline. I understand well the Brontë sisters were innovators as female novelists of their times. I believe this novel reflects the scope of life and it’s limited attainable accomplishments for women of the time. But I conclude that this novel was the romance novel of the day and the reinforcement of morality of the period. I read it. Check.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful