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  • The Serpent and the Pearl

  • Borgias, Book 1
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Leila Birch, Maria Elena Infantino, Ronan Vibert
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Rome, 1492: The Holy City is drenched with blood and teeming with secrets. A pope lies dying and the throne of God is left vacant, a prize awarded only to the most virtuous - or the most ruthless. The Borgia family begins its legendary rise, chronicled by an innocent girl who finds herself drawn into their dangerous web.... Vivacious Giulia Farnese has floor-length golden hair and the world at her feet: beauty, wealth, and a handsome young husband. But she is stunned to discover that her glittering marriage is a sham.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ms Quinn writes a spellbinding historical novel

  • By Anonymous User on 15-05-2019

Ms Quinn writes a spellbinding historical novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-2019

This was my second Kate Quinn novel. She has a way of weaving interesting historical facts into a captivating story. i'll be reading all of her books.

  • Brooklyn on Fire

  • A Mary Handley Mystery
  • By: Lawrence H. Levy
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

After closing a case with the Brooklyn Police Department, Mary Handley is determined to become an official detective in her own right. And when Emily Worsham shows up at her new office - convinced her uncle, John Worsham, was murdered and desperate for answers - Mary's second assignment begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • refreshing

  • By Anonymous User on 25-12-2018

refreshing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-12-2018

refreshing crime novel with true history integrated. a fun look at class and gender in the 1800s

  • Hiroshima Diary

  • The Journal of a Japanese Physician, August 6-September 30, 1945
  • By: Michihiko Hachiya MD
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

The late Dr. Michihiko Hachiya was director of the Hiroshima Communications Hospital when the world's first atomic bomb was dropped on the city. Though his responsibilities in the appalling chaos of a devastated city were awesome, he found time to record the story daily, with compassion and tenderness. Dr. Hachiya's compelling diary was originally published by the UNC Press in 1955, with the help of Dr. Warner Wells of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A precious poignant "peace" of history.

  • By Anonymous User on 23-09-2018

A precious poignant "peace" of history.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-2018

This remarkable diary provides a closer insider account of the fallout of a nuclear bomb. It outlines interesting details of short term medical effects of radiation poisoning.

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  • The Coalman, the Dragon and the Buddha

  • By: Sifu Nick Costello
  • Narrated by: John Lawless, Orla Dalton, Alice Duff, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Nicks Costello takes the reader with him from his hard-working roots in the Liberties of Dublin on a search for enlightenment that took him half way around the world to Hong Kong. There he discovered the human face of the Buddha in the friendliness and compassion of everyday people who were quietly and unobtrusively practising ancient eastern traditions of spirit, mind and body, cultivating a connection to the soul of the universe that exists in all of us and giving freely of their knowledge to all who ask so that the healing benefits can be experienced by everyone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • great message but too long

  • By Anonymous User on 19-04-2018

great message but too long

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-2018

It was a struggle to finish and at times he sounded egotistical and bossy. Otherwise there was a great message within and lefr me wanting to learn more, but way too much detail. Needed to be half the length.

  • Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante

  • A Maggie Hope Mystery
  • By: Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

December 1941. Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, DC, along with special agent Maggie Hope. Posing as his typist, she is accompanying the prime minister as he meets with President Roosevelt to negotiate the United States' entry into World War II. When one of the first lady's aides is mysteriously murdered, Maggie is quickly drawn into Mrs. Roosevelt's inner circle - as ER herself is implicated in the crime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended series

  • By Anonymous User on 04-03-2018

Recommended series

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-2018

The Maggie Hope series are easy fun listening intermingling fact with fiction. I've already recommended to friends and family.

  • The Secret Pond

  • By: Gerri Hill
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Grieving over the loss of her family and feeling like her life is unraveling, Lindsey McDermott quits her job, gets a puppy, and retreats to her grandparents' home in the Texas Hill Country. She spends her solitary days walking childhood trails and reminiscing, trying to reconcile the conflict within her as she struggles with survivor's guilt. After the death of her husband, Hannah Larson needs a change. At the suggestion of her mother-in-law - and against her better judgment - she and her son Jack move to tiny Utopia and into her husband's grandmother's house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • just lovely

  • By Amy on 20-02-2018

A pleasant read that wasn't formula so great.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-2018

A pleasant story that didn't follow the regular formula so it was quite refreshing. Mostly realistic character portrayal.

  • Far From the Madding Crowd

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Jamie Parker
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

In a remote corner of early Victorian England, where traditional practices remain untouched by time, Bathsheba Everdene stands out as a beacon of female independence and self-reliance. However, when confronted with three suitors, among them the dashing Sergeant Troy, she shows a reckless capriciousness that threatens the stability of the whole community. Published in 1874, and an immediate best seller, Far From the Madding Crowd established Thomas Hardy as one of Britain's foremost novelists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always wonderful!

  • By Anonymous User on 02-02-2019

magnificently read classic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-2017

The narration in this version is superb.. very clever range of voices that makes the poetry of Thomas Hardy's work even better.