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    • The Romanov Empress

    • By: C. W. Gortner
    • Narrated by: Katharine McEwan
    • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 107

    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

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

    • A Novel
    • By: C. W. Gortner
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 16 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 600
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 511
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 509

    In this brilliantly imagined novel, acclaimed author C. W. Gortner brings Catherine to life in her own voice, allowing us to enter the intimate world of a woman whose determination to protect her family’s throne and realm plunged her into a lethal struggle for power. From the fairy-tale chateaux of the Loire Valley to the battlefields of the wars of religion to the mob-filled streets of Paris, this is the extraordinary untold journey of one of the most maligned and misunderstood women ever to be queen.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great author and fabulous narration

    • By MissSusie66 on 08-17-12

    Regular price: $27.97

    • The Vatican Princess

    • A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia
    • By: C. W. Gortner
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 798
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 745
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 743

    Glamorous and predatory, the Borgias fascinated and terrorized 15th-century Renaissance Italy, and Lucrezia Borgia, beloved daughter of the pope, was at the center of the dynasty's ambitions. Slandered as a heartless seductress who lured men to their doom, was she in fact the villainess of legend, or was she trapped in a familial web, forced to choose between loyalty and survival?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling story

    • By Patricia on 05-11-16

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Mademoiselle Chanel

    • By: C. W. Gortner
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
    • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 347
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 313
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 310

    Born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel and her siblings are sent to an orphanage after their mother's death. The sisters nurture Gabrielle's exceptional sewing skills, a talent that will propel the willful young woman into a life far removed from the drudgery of her childhood.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Fiction Not Biography

    • By Sara on 02-07-16

    Regular price: $34.22

    • The Queen’s Vow

    • A Novel of Isabella of Castile
    • By: C. W. Gortner
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 228
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201

    “No one believed I was destined for greatness.” So begins Isabella’s story, in this evocative, vividly imagined novel about one of history’s most famous and controversial queens - the warrior who united a fractured country, the champion of the faith whose reign gave rise to the Inquisition, and the visionary who sent Columbus to discover a new world. Acclaimed author C. W. Gortner envisages the turbulent early years of a woman whose mythic rise to power would go on to transform a monarchy, a nation, and the world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent historical fiction!

    • By nursebettyknitting on 07-30-12

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Last Queen

    • A Novel of Juana La Loca
    • By: C. W. Gortner
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190

    One of history's most enigmatic women tells the haunting, passionate story of her tumultuous life. Juana of Castile is just thirteen when she witnesses the fall of Moorish Granada and the uniting of the fractured kingdoms of Spain under her warrior parents, Isabel and Fernando. Intelligent, beautiful, and proud of her heritage, Juana rebels when she is chosen as a bride for the Hapsburg heir.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating!

    • By MissSusie66 on 08-17-12

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Marlene

    • A Novel
    • By: C. W. Gortner
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    Raised in genteel poverty after the First World War, Maria Magdalena Dietrich dreams of a life on the stage. When a budding career as a violinist is cut short, the willful teenager vows to become a singer, trading her family's proper middle-class society for the free-spirited, louche world of Weimar Berlin's cabarets and drag balls.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Riveting

    • By James Hoagland on 09-05-18

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The Tudor Secret

    • The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles, Book 1
    • By: C. W. Gortner
    • Narrated by: Steve West
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 390
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 340
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 338

    The summer of 1553 is a time of danger and deceit. Brendan Prescott, an orphan, has been reared in the household of the powerful Dudley family. Brought to court, Prescott finds himself sent on an illicit mission to the king’s brilliant but enigmatic sister, Princess Elizabeth. But Brendan is soon compelled to work as a double agent by Elizabeth’s protector, William Cecil, who promises in exchange to help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • English History

    • By joan on 06-17-13

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Tudor Conspiracy

    • Spymaster Chronicles, Book 2
    • By: C.W. Gortner
    • Narrated by: Steve West
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113

    England, 1553. Haunted by his past, Brendan Prescott lives far from the intrigues of court. But his time of refuge comes to an end when his foe and mentor, the spymaster Cecil, brings him disquieting news that sends him on a dangerous mission. Elizabeth is held captive at court, the target of the Spanish ambassador, who seeks her demise. Obliged to return to the palace where he almost lost his life, Brendan finds himself working as a double agent for Queen Mary herself, who orders Brendan to secure proof that will be his cherished Elizabeth’s undoing.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyed

    • By Joen Perkins on 06-05-15

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Tudor Vendetta

    • By: C. W. Gortner
    • Narrated by: Steve West
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    London, 1558. Queen Mary is dead, and twenty-five-year-old Elizabeth ascends the throne. Summoned to court from exile abroad, Elizabeth's intimate spy, Brendan Prescott, is reunited with the young queen, as well as his beloved Kate, scheming William Cecil, and archrival Robert Dudley.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointed

    • By Sharon J. Core on 01-14-15

    Regular price: $24.47