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  • The Lady of the Rivers

  • Written by: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream. Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting!

  • By Anonymous User on 2019-04-17

Interesting!

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-17

The plot is pretty good. I found that it was more interesting in the beginning and kind of dropped off later on. Overall, this is a fun little read for a commute and, if you like female leads, you'll probably like this!

  • The Historian

  • Written by: Elizabeth Kostova
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
  • Length: 26 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book to keep you company during a commute

  • By Anonymous User on 2019-04-17

Good book to keep you company during a commute

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-17

I enjoyed this! The story of Dracula is an interesting one. There were some slow bits but overall it was pretty good!

  • Spinning Silver

  • Written by: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk - grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh - Miryem's fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit slow in spots, but overall great!

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-20

A fun read!

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-16

This has a great mix of fantasy and realism! I also love how almost all the featured characters are strong females. The plot line stays interesting and unpredictable which is a tricky task when dealing with fairytale tropes!!

My one correction would be in regards to the switching of characters. The narrator tried her best to put on different voices for each character but it is difficult to decipher despite her efforts. There are about five characters that the narrator constantly switches between and you don't know that a switch has happened until at least a paragraph or two in. This means that a lot of time is spent on trying to figure out who is talking instead of just leaning back and enjoying the story. I imagine that it would be easier to tell the difference in book-form as perhaps the name of the character speaking might be stated at the head of each chapter/switch?

  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If I could only have one book for the rest of my life

  • By Emily Hann on 2018-05-03

I just can't say enough about this author

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-27

I've read many books about the Trojan war and Greek mythology and this is one of the best! It has a new take on Achilles and on love itself. If you're looking for another great read by Madeline Miller check out Circe!

  • Girl, Stop Apologizing (Audible Exclusive Edition)

  • A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals
  • Written by: Rachel Hollis
  • Narrated by: Rachel Hollis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 364

Rachel Hollis has seen it too often: women not living into their full potential. They feel a tugging on their hearts for something more, but they’re afraid of embarrassment, of falling short of perfection, of not being enough. In Girl, Stop Apologizing, number-one New York Times best-selling author and founder of a multimillion-dollar media company, Rachel Hollis sounds a wake-up call. She knows that many women have been taught to define themselves in light of other people - whether as wife, mother, daughter, or employee....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings but I have to be honest

  • By Melissa Simkin on 2019-03-26

Hell of a role model!

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-27

Rachel Hollis is just the best. I've listened to this book a couple times now!

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  • American War

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Omar El Akkad
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, that unmanned drones fill the sky. And when her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she quickly begins to be shaped by her particular time and place until, finally, through the influence of a mysterious functionary, she is turned into a deadly instrument of war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting read....

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-18

Not great

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-27

I had to choke this one down for a bookclub.

I think Akkad attempted to write a didactic story (and the lesson he's trying to get across is admirable) but, in my opinion, it's terribly done. If you want to read this book prepare for a depressing time start to finish. It seems that shock-value was tossed in to mask poor character building and plot. His intentions behind inspiring empathy in a Western elitist mindset through role reversal could have been done much better.

  • Circe

  • Written by: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating story, expertly read

  • By libragal on 2018-06-20

Possibly the best book I've read/listened to.

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-27

This story is so refreshing even though it involves mythology that's been re-told many times. It's impossible to not relate to Circe in one way or another and she evolves incredibly. Two thumbs up! The Song of Achilles (another book by Madeline Miller) is also a great read if you're looking for more from the author.