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  • The Far Pavilions

  • By: M. M. Kaye
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 48 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841

When The Far Pavilions was first published 19 years ago, it moved the critic Edmund Fuller to write this: "Were Miss Kaye to produce no other book, The Far Pavilions might stand as a lasting accomplishment in a single work comparable to Margaret Mitchell's achievement in Gond With the Wind." From its beginning in the foothills of the towering Himalayas, M. M. Kaye's masterwork is a vast, rich, and vibrant tapestry of love and war that ranks with the greatest panoramic sagas of modern fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heroism, adventure, sadistic cruelty, and love.

  • By Velan on 02-19-13

Wonderful!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

What did you love best about The Far Pavilions?

It has been one of my favorite books for many years. The writing pulls you in to another world with fluency and description.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked best the love story, but the history of British India that was just as much a part of the story was also engrossing.

Have you listened to any of Vikas Adam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to any of Vikas Adam's other performances, but I will be looking for them. He does a really, really wonderful job.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending.

Any additional comments?

Anyone who enjoys historical fiction and is interested in British India of the Victorian era will enjoy this book. I read it years ago in paper form and loved it then. When I saw that it was available in audio I leapt at the chance to hear it. I was not disappointed. It was the best reading I've heard.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rose Garden

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,022
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,055

Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story.

  • By Angel Claire on 10-07-11

Silly story.

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

I didn't much enjoy this book. There was never an explanation as to why the main character kept popping back and forth between the present day and the 1700s. She popped in on some characters who seemed to take it all in stride without any apparent dismay. The reader's Cornish accent sounded more Scottish than Cornish. She needs to listen to Harry Potter's Hargred for lessons.

  • The History of the Medieval World

  • From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade
  • By: Susan Wise Bauer
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092

From the schism between Rome and Constantinople to the rise of the T'ang Dynasty, from the birth of Muhammad to the crowning of Charlemagne, this erudite book tells the fascinating, often violent story of kings, generals, and the peoples they ruled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The First Half of the Medieval World

  • By Troy on 08-11-14

Very detailed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-15

The book skipped from one part of the world to another, one war and leader to another, quickly and without any kind of lead-in. The facts were interesting, but it skipped around a bit too much for me. I did learn some things though.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House at Riverton [recorded under the alternate title The Shifting Fog]

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,098

Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superbly written mystery

  • By Cathy on 03-18-07

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

Would you listen to The House at Riverton again? Why?

I probably will eventually.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The House at Riverton?

The surprise ending.

What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The British accent, although sometimes her Australian accent sneaks through.

  • A Dangerous Inheritance

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 25 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

Historian and New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is acclaimed for her absorbing works about the infamous House of York and House of Tudor lines. In A Dangerous Inheritance, Weir uses her wealth of knowledge to craft a compelling novel about two women, living 70 years apart, who are linked through the mysterious disappearance of King Richard III's nephews, Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury - also known as the Princes in the Tower.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Weir's Best

  • By Joshua on 01-08-13

Not that good.

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

Reviewed: 12-27-12

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator did an ok job with women's voices, but when it came to men's voices she sounded drunk, drugged, or constipated.

Any additional comments?

Alison Weir is great at non-fiction and should really stick to that genre.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Isabella

  • The She-Wolf of France
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 21 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 152

Here is the first full-length biography of a much maligned but astonishingly colourful Queen of England. In Newgate Street, in the city of London, stand the meagre ruins of Christ Church. On the same site once stood a royal mausoleum set to rival Westminster Abbey in the 14th century. Among the many crowned heads buried there was Isabella of France, Edward II's queen - one of the most notorious femme fatales in history. But how did she acquire her evil reputation? And is it justified?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Wallen on 12-29-08

Alison at her best

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

Reviewed: 12-11-12

Would you listen to Isabella again? Why?

Yes. I would listen again because there was way too much information to absorb in one hearing. Lisette Lecat did an excellent job as narrator and brought the book to life.

What did you like best about this story?

The factual history.

Any additional comments?

Alison Weir is really good at the detective work needed for this kind of book. She gives you detailed facts and then draws conclusions to come up with her take on history's mysteries. I learn a lot from her books.

  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • Outlander, Book 6
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 57 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,714
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,410
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,379

A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unabridged!

  • By JerryT on 05-20-11

Far Fetched

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

Reviewed: 09-03-12

If you could sum up A Breath of Snow and Ashes in three words, what would they be?

Slightly far fetched

Would you be willing to try another book from Diana Gabaldon? Why or why not?

Yes. I'm reading the series.

What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her excellent skill at making each character sound different.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Much too long.

Any additional comments?

This whole Outlander series if far fetched, but some of the story lines in this particular book seem more so than in the previous books. However, it's still a good read and I'll continue with the next book when I'm finished with this one.