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  • Daughters of the Grail

  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Thirteenth-century France: Bridget has grown up mastering the mystical gifts of her ancestor, Mary Magdalene, whose unbroken female lineage has kept a legacy of wisdom alive for a thousand years. But the all-powerful Catholic Church has sworn to destroy Bridget for using her healing talents and supernatural abilities. Her duty to continue the bloodline leads her into the arms of Raoul de Mountvallant – a Catholic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cathars & Holy Grail

  • By mary on 07-07-2019

Cathars & Holy Grail

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

Reviewed: 07-07-2019

A romantic novel full of fascinating historical details. Was the Holy Grail the actual blood line of Mary and therefore Jesus, rather than a drinking vessel? We are dragged along with the horror of the third crusade from Beziers to Montesegur.

Maybe a deeper investigation of some of the characters such as Bridget, Simon de Montforte or Father Bernard, would add strength to the book. They explode into the story without full development or suggestion of why those characters are as they are.

  • The Running Vixen

  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The year is 1126. Heulwen, daughter of Welsh Marcher baron Guyon FitzMiles, has grown up with her father's ward, Adam de Lacey. There has always been a spark between them, but when Heulwen marries Ralf le Chevalier, a devastated Adam absents himself on various diplomatic missions. When Ralf is killed, Heulwen's father considers a new marriage for her with his neighbour's son, Warrin de Mortimer. Adam, recently returned to England, is determined not to lose Heulwen a second time....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent medieval fiction

  • By mary on 28-05-2019

Excellent medieval fiction

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

Reviewed: 28-05-2019

A very enjoyable listen. Excellent narration and rollicking tale. Well written and lots of evocative detail.

  • Song of a Captive Bird

  • A Novel
  • By: Jasmin Darznik
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marnò
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh Farrokhzad is told that Persian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebel - gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother's walled garden, venturing to the forbidden rooftop to roughhouse with her three brothers, writing poems to impress her strict, disapproving father, and sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over café glacé. During the summer of 1950, Forugh's passion for poetry takes flight - and tradition seeks to clip her wings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent audio book.

  • By mary on 27-05-2019

excellent audio book.

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

Reviewed: 27-05-2019

An amazing story. I'm ashamed that l knew nothing of Farouk's work or life before listening to this novel. It's fascinating, beautifully written and performed, although l found the manner of delivery somewhat flat at first.

  • The Falcon of Sparta

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Michael Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

When Cyrus, brother to the Great King of Persia, attempts to overthrow his reckless sibling, he employs a Greek mercenary army of 10,000 soldiers. When this army becomes stranded as a result of the unexpected death of Cyrus and then witnesses the treacherous murder of its entire officer corps, despair overtakes them. One man, Xenophon, rallies the Greeks. As he attempts to lead them to freedom across 1,500 miles of hostile territory seething with adversaries, 10,000 men set off on the long way home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book but not Conn's best

  • By Mark Petracco on 08-08-2018

Excellent tale of the Spartan warriors .

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

Reviewed: 07-02-2019

A wonderfully performed historical novel. Prince Cyrus of Persia leads Greek mercenaries against his brother the king of the huge Persian empire and almost succeeded in winning the throne. This is the story of his campaign, his defeat in battle and the struggle of the Greeks to retreat to their homes, against terrible odds.

  • Dunstan

  • One Man Will Change the Fate of England
  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

The year is 937. England is a nation divided, ruled by minor kings and Viking lords. Each vies for land and power. The Wessex king Æthelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, is readying himself to throw a spear into the north. Behind him stands Dunstan, the man who will control the destiny of the next seven kings of England and the fate of an entire nation. Welcome to the original game for the English throne.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Couldnt finish it.

  • By Anonymous User on 27-04-2019

Excellent performance and enthralling book.

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

Reviewed: 09-12-2018

A fascinating tale. Really well researched and retold. Narrator's style was perfect, he bought Dunstan alive.

  • Sister of Mine

  • A Novel
  • By: Sabra Waldfogel
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

When two Union soldiers stumble onto a plantation in northern Georgia on a warm May day in 1864, the last thing they expect is to see the Union flag flying high - or to be greeted by a group of freed slaves and their Jewish mistress. Little do they know that this place has an unusual history. Twelve years prior, Adelaide Mannheim - daughter of Mordecai, the only Jewish planter in the county - was given her own maid, a young slave named Rachel. The two became friends, and soon they discovered a secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT

  • By Christine Nott on 20-11-2017

A different world laid bare

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

Reviewed: 17-10-2018

Australians know little of the American Civil War and l found this a fascinating and very moving story. The writing was good, although Adelaide's character wasn't as well developed as l'd have liked. The performance was brilliant, really brought to life by such fabulous accents. The only failure was the scottish captain who ran the blockade for them.

  • Queen Isabella

  • Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 21 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Popular historian Alison Weir has crafted best-selling biographies of such prominent icons as King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. A master at uncovering fascinating and little-known details, Weir brings these historical figures to life with a brilliant blend of entertainment and scholarship. No English queen has drawn more ire than the vilified Queen Isabella. Weir, at long last, delivers the definitive biography of one of the most controversial members of English royalty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent historical biography

  • By mary on 16-10-2018

Excellent historical biography

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

Reviewed: 16-10-2018

This well researched and written biography of a fascinating subject, is far above historical fiction. The narrator's overly refined accent is the only flaw in an otherwise superb audiobook.

  • The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

  • The Road to Nowhere, Book 1
  • By: Meg Elison
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead. In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth's population - killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant - the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power - and the strong who possess it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was so good

  • By bluebeard on 31-07-2018

a stimulating and fascinating book.

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

Reviewed: 07-05-2018

This book is written in a spare, immediate style. The story is bleak and shocking. Strong imagery and character formation. An amazing performance by Angela Dawe.

  • The Sewing Machine

  • By: Natalie Fergie
  • Narrated by: Angus King, Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

It is 1911, and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory. For her, nothing will be the same again. Decades later, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her. More than 100 years after his grandmother's sewing machine was made, Fred unpicks the secrets of four generations, one stitch at a time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-07-2018

threads of life sewn into wonderful tale

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

Reviewed: 26-03-2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. a fascinating story, beautifully told. You are kept guessing until the last few words.

  • The Essex Serpent

  • By: Sarah Perry
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

London 1893: When Cora Seaborne and her son Francis reach Essex, rumours spread from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced that it may be a previously undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail she meets William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Modern Classic

  • By Philip on 15-04-2019

Fantastic.

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

Reviewed: 15-11-2017

A wonderful tale, with touches of a medieval mystery. Vivid characters leap out of the page to bemuse and bewitch. l'd be interested to know in which decade the tale was set though. That wasn't clear, but nor was it important, except in the political and sociological context. Something different, to enjoy.

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