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  • Winter Pilgrims

  • Kingmaker, Book 1
  • By: Toby Clements
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880

February 1460. In the bitter dawn of a winter’s morning, a young man and a woman escape from a priory. In fear for their lives, they are forced to flee across a land ravaged by conflict. For this is the Wars of the Roses, one of the most savage and bloody civil wars in history. Where brother confronts brother, king faces king, and Thomas and Katherine must fight just to stay alive....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Read

  • By R. J. Gladden on 20-03-16

A Real Audio Turner!

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

Reviewed: 19-08-16

I really enjoyed this book. I like this era, and was impressed by the flow, plot, and presentation. Best of all there are two more in the series. I cannot wait to find out what fate has in store for Katherine (Kit), and Tom. Bravo, Toby Clements.

  • The Nazi Officer's Wife

  • How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust
  • By: Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman, so she went underground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A riveting Story

  • By J NEILL on 11-02-07

An Extraordinary Journey

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

Reviewed: 29-07-16

The Nazi Officer's wife is an extraordinary journey into the Holocaust experience. It is honest, heartwarming, forthright, and immensely entertaining. I thoroughly recommend it

  • A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Orphaned during World War II, Roger MacKenzie Wakefield believed that his mother died during the London Blitz, and that his father, an RAF pilot, was killed in combat. But this may not be the whole story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Missing pieces

  • By Carole on 29-07-18

Interesting interlude

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

Loved it. Answers some questions that I wanted to resolve.
Gives me a little more information about Roger Mackenzie's background.

  • The Greatest Knight

  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Christopher Scott
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

From humble beginnings and a narrow escape from death in childhood, William Marshall steadily rises through the ranks to become tutor in arms to the son of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Based on fact, this is the story of William Marshal, the greatest knight of the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By JW on 04-08-11

Interesting Story

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

Reviewed: 25-02-16

I like this author's characterisation of an historical figure. Her prose has brought him alive for me!

  • A Place Beyond Courage

  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

It is a time for ambitious men to prosper, and royal servant John FitzGilbert Marshal is one of them. Raised high, as the kin of the deceased King Henry battle each other for England's throne, John reaps rich rewards but pays a terrible price for the choices he makes - as does his family. His wife, fragile, naïve Aline is hopelessly unequipped to cope with the demands of a life lived on the edge and, when John is seriously injured in battle, her worst nightmare is realised.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By louise on 04-05-08

Nice Storytelling

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

Reviewed: 20-11-15

Liked the performance, the storyline, and the characters.
Found John Le Marechal to be an interesting, complex character.

  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood

  • Outlander, Book 8
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 44 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514

It is June 1778, and the world seems to be turning upside down. The British Army is withdrawing from Philadelphia, with George Washington in pursuit, and for the first time, it looks as if the rebels might actually win. But for Claire Fraser and her family, there are even more tumultuous revolutions that have to be accommodated. Her former husband, Jamie, has returned from the dead, demanding to know why in his absence she married his best friend, Lord John Grey.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite here and not quite there but somewhere..

  • By Cornelia on 15-06-14

Another Outlander Series Gem!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

Loved it. As ever, Diana Gabaldon tells a masterly, entertaining, human, subtle story of the Frasers et al.
It really is believable, and the concept of time travel becomes a distinct possibility!

  • Changeling

  • Order of Darkness, Book 1
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Charlie Cox
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

The year is 1492. Sixteen-year-old Titus Devere is thrown out of his religious order after proving that a divine revelation (blood streaming from a religious icon) was a fake, using his knowledge of Moorish science. He is brilliant and gorgeous but, cast as a heretic, he is sent to the Vatican in Rome where he expects to be punished or executed. Instead he is recruited into a secret order investigating strange occurrences across Europe. Known as The Order of the Dragon, it is headed up by a mysterious man with a tattoo of a coiled dragon on his arm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Changeling: Order of Darkness, Book 1

  • By Diane on 06-02-13

Interesting Characterisation

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

Reviewed: 14-08-15

Loved the narrator, and the unusual characters. The plot was subtle, intelligent, and highly immersive.

Found it easy to listen to for hours at a time.
Enjoyed the historical accuracy, and general quality of the story..

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