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  • Conclave

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 485

The pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, 118 cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next 72 hours, one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book, spoilt by its ending.

  • By Patrick Fitzpatrick on 12-06-16

Fascinating. It reads like a spy thriller. Don’t miss it.

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

I loved this book. It keeps you hooked from beginning to end. It is all about intrigue, betrayal and backbiting within the Catholic Church. It depicts Vatican Politics as full of intrigue as Washington’s. And of course, not everybody is a villain. The few “good” characters are highly likable. There is a very interesting twist at the end.

The narrator is superb. His narration is as close as perfect as a narration can be...the book is almost worth a listen so that a listener can learn everything a narration can be.

You will not regret listening to this even if you don’t know much about the Roman Catholic Church. And if you do it will be just a tad more delicious.

  • Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret

  • By: Craig Brown
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Princess Margaret aroused passion and indignation in equal measures. To her friends, she was witty and regal. To her enemies, she was rude and demanding. In her 1950s heyday, she was seen as one of the most glamorous and desirable women in the world. By the time of her death in 2002, she had come to personify disappointment. One friend said he had never known an unhappier woman. The tale of Princess Margaret is Cinderella in reverse: hope dashed, happiness mislaid, life mishandled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kind of A Glorious Waste of Time

  • By Carole T. on 08-10-18

High Camp Alert

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

I had a good laugh with this book. In my reading it was very tongue in cheek and it needs to be taken that way, or else you will start thinking about Her Royal Highness as a monster. As far as I know she was never ostracized because of her behavior and her company was highly sought by the jet set so people most have taken her at times atrociously rude behavior with a grain of salt. Either that or a certain group in society is willing to be humiliated to be close to royalty and if that is the case they deserved what they got from her.
I had fun reading this book. I am very interested in English royalty....I find them very entertaining. This is a fast read and it is written as vignettes narrating some of Margaret’s most outrageous treatment of others. You can easily read between the lines that HRH was a very unhappy individual but she was also incredibly beautiful, glamorous and rich so....another tale of the problems of the privilege.
I recommend the book. It is entertaining, at times funny and...yes...informative. If you enjoy The Crown, you will enjoy this.

  • The Girl on the Balcony

  • By: Olivia Hussey, Alexander Martin, Franco Zeffirelli - foreword
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

In this candid memoir, Olivia Hussey tells her story - from being an "It Girl" in swinging '60s London and her enduring friendship with Romeo & Juliet costar Leonard Whiting, through three tumultuous marriages - including one with Dean Martin's son, Dino - motherhood, stage-four breast cancer, debilitating agoraphobia, bankruptcy, and ultimately, a journey of self-discovery in India that led her on a path to fulfillment. Featuring a foreword by her star-making director Franco Zeffirelli, Olivia Hussey's memoir shines with her luminous spirit and perseverance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book worth reading

  • By Gary on 08-11-18

Candid and entertaining...light fare

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

In this biography Olivia is candid, realistic and entertaining at the same time. She knows she became famous because she was at the right place at the right time and had the age and face Zafirelli was looking for to play his Juliet (his is my favorite version of Romeo and Juliet in film...the movie is visually stunning). Ms. Hussey managed her own career and seems to have had little or no supervision from the age of 15 on, so it is amazing that she survived the age of sex, drugs and rock & roll so well. She knows that she could have done much better in the movies if she had put more energy into developing her career but her priorities were elsewhere. Her “gossip” is mostly about herself. She is very restrained and tasteful when talking about others.
The narration was very good...the narrator has OlIvias’s slightly raspy voice so it is almost as though she was narrating. Interesting note: She is still friendly with the then gorgeous young man who played Romeo.
I recommend this book for those such as me...who loved the movie when it came out. Ms. Hussey is as likable in print as she was earnest as young Juliet.

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  • Anne Boleyn

  • The Final 24 hours
  • By: Marcella Mayfair
  • Narrated by: Linda Armstrong
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

This is the story of the dramatic final 24 hours of the life of Anne Boleyn. The story is told in a compelling minute by minute countdown which ends with her final walk to the scaffold, and her beheading by the hangman of Calais' sword. The book describes the actions and thoughts of some the leading players during those final 24 hours including Thomas Cranmer, Chapuys, Jane Seymour, Lady Mary, Sir William Kingston, Thomas Wyatt and, of course, the three principle players.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A small jewel

  • By Pita on 08-25-18

A small jewel

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Very well written and narrated, historically accurate for the most part. Most of us who have an interest in the Tudors know this story ( although perhaps not in as much detail as it is provided here - and when I say this story I refer to how Anne Boleyn died). Here we are provided with the points of view of the other characters that participated in her execution). This is a surprisingly good read. I recommend it.

  • The Romanov Empress

  • By: C. W. Gortner
  • Narrated by: Katharine McEwan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 137

Narrated by the mother of Russia’s last tsar, this vivid, historically authentic novel brings to life the courageous story of Maria Feodorovna, one of Imperial Russia’s most compelling women, who witnessed the splendor and tragic downfall of the Romanovs as she fought to save her dynasty in its final years. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of C.W. Gortner Best!!

  • By Mark Regiec on 07-13-18

Romanov Empress brought to life by Gortner

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

This is one of the best offerings by C.W. Gortner and some of the best historical fiction I have read in a long time. The characters are well developed (in particular Feodorovna). The book is well researched and entertaining. We get a picture of the Tzarina Alexandar that is somewhat different than the usual but utterly believable. Perhaps Feodorovna’s son Nicholas could have been a little more fleshed out. But one most remember that this is his mother’s story and not his. The narrator did an adequate job. This is a long book but it is utterly readable/audible. Enjoy.

  • It's OK That You're Not OK

  • Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand
  • By: Megan Devine
  • Narrated by: Megan Devine
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Megan Devine offers a profound new approach to both the experience of grief and the way we help others who have endured tragedy. Having experienced grief from both sides - as both a therapist and as a woman who witnessed the accidental drowning of her beloved partner - Megan writes with deep insight about the unspoken truths of loss, love, and healing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transfigurative treatise on grief

  • By Robert B. Davis on 10-20-17

Essential work on grieving and surviving

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

I recommend this book for those who grieve as well as their loved ones. It deals with the realities of grieving rather than denying the pain of loss. By empowering those who grieve to go through the process the author also empowers healing.

The content benefits greatly by being read by the author. Again, this is an excellent work which I have found most helpful in dealing with the recent loss of a loved one.

  • Catherine De Medici

  • By: Leonie Frieda
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

Leonie Frieda has returned to original sources and re-read the thousands of letters left by Catherine de Medici. There has not been a biography in English of Catherine for many years, and she believes that the time has come to show her as one of the most influential women in 16th-century Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding performance of an excellent book

  • By Zaubermond on 05-24-11

Excellent book on a Medici Mother, Queen, Survivor

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

If you could sum up Catherine De Medici in three words, what would they be?

This book was a surprise to me. The author has synthesized all the meticulous research she has obviously done and then presented us with a Catherine who is complex, pragmatic, and strong, but above all, believable. Catherine has remained remote and muted through my other reading about her. I have not been able to understand how she seemed to be so apparently subservient at some times in her life and so controlling at other. After reading this book I feel that I have a good sense of how her character could have developed gradually so that she behaved differently at different times in her life, given her experiences since girlhood and through a marriage that was anything if not peculiar (there were definitely three people in it).

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I really enjoyed this book. I would not change it. This is good history and the detail is necessary. In order to understand Catherine we need to also get an idea of the complexity of the French Court where she lived and developed; we also need to have a basic understanding of her religious belives and the religious issues going on in France at the time. She managed to "reign" for her 3 sons who occupied the throne of France in quick succession during times that were nothing if not tumultuous. She also had to survived their poor health and deaths not only as a regent but also as a mother.

What about Anna Massey’s performance did you like?

I firmly believe that when a narration is good, it does not get in the way of the material and this was the case here.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Medici, Mother, Queen and SURVIVOR.

Any additional comments?

This is the only book about Catherine the Medici that left me with a feeling of knowing something about this very complex woman who was, above all, a consummate survivor. I think I have made a sort of "peace" with her...I still dot not necessarily like her but at least I can understand her and somewhat grudgingly admire her.

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  • The Accidental Empress

  • By: Allison Pataki
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 389

The year is 1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe's most powerful ruling family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich, and ready to marry.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • learn your pronounciation

  • By Susan on 03-18-15

Not the best type of historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This type of historical fiction is not for me. The story was unnecessarily romanticized (this seems to happen frequently to anything about Elizabeth of Austria)...her life was not at all romantic; her marriage was not necessarily loveless but it was not a happy one, her mother in law ran the roost and she developed what would be considered anorexia today in order to cope, her male child died a horrible death and she was murdered!). There was too much dialogue, too much unnecessary detail and too many obviously fictional scenes. Somehow I did not get a good sense of the period and was never able to fully immerse myself in the story.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I have no objections to the narrator or her narration.

Could you see The Accidental Empress being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I think a decent script could be derived from this overly long novel...scripting it may manage to remove some of what I consider obvious fluff; this could turn it into a fairly entertaining chick flick for some cable channel. I would watch it!

Any additional comments?

I read a review written by an Audible listener I follow and I should have paid attention to it and not gone for this book. I was just craving my historical fiction fix, which this did not necessarily satisfy... it almost had the feel of teen fiction to me. Readers who are into historical romances may like it better than I did...I like my historical fiction lighter in the "romance" aspect.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Forgotten Room

  • A Novel
  • By: Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,714
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,717

New York Times best seller Lincoln Child returns with a riveting new thriller featuring the charismatic and quirky Professor Jeremy Logan, renowned investigator of the strange and the inexplicable, as he uncovers a long-lost secret experiment only rumored to have existed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Felt like some Chrichton style was channeled in.

  • By Josh P on 05-16-15

Overwhelmingly detailed

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

Reviewed: 06-29-15

What would have made The Forgotten Room better?

Certainly less irrelevant detail. The author overwhelms the reader with information that is related to the "mystery" but that does not add to the mood or further the plot. The central event becomes diluted in the detail so that the resolution is totally anticlimactic.

What could Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The author evidently did excellent research. He needed to select the material that would help him create suspense....he needed to let the reader figure out certain things by herself.

What three words best describe Johnathan McClain’s voice?

in this particular recording, the narrator does not manage to make a difference.

Any additional comments?

This book is the detailed, almost clinical narration of events that are not that interesting to start with. I did not see the point to it. I wanted this to be a mystery...but it was not. I cannot recommend it.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Rival Queens

  • Catherine de' Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal That Ignited a Kingdom
  • By: Nancy Goldstone
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474

Catherine de' Medici was a ruthless pragmatist and powerbroker who dominated the throne for 30 years. Her youngest daughter, Marguerite, the glamorous "Queen Margot," was a passionate free spirit, the only adversary whom her mother could neither intimidate nor control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not a dull bio!

  • By Nella on 07-04-15

Good history lesson

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

Reviewed: 06-28-15

What did you like best about The Rival Queens? What did you like least?

The book was obviously meticulously researched. The characters are more interesting than if they were fictional. The events are fascinating...marriages, affairs, wars and religious upheavals, even a massacre. Unfortunately the author does not manage to conjure the same excitement with the Medici and the Valois that Alison Weir and Hilary Mantel do with the Tudors

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The age during which this story takes place, the period of history itself, is extremely interesting. The two central characters are simply enthralling; it is a shame that Catherine de Medici does not quite come to life in this book. Queen Margot fairs a little better.

What aspect of Suzanne Toren’s performance would you have changed?

Somehow I found her tone pompous. She did not add anything to the characters. I did not particularly like her reding.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I would definitely go see any movie about Margaret de Valois and Catherine De Medici; everything necessary for a great script is in this book...if the script writer could only add the spark

10 of 12 people found this review helpful