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  • The Constant Princess

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Karina Fernandez
  • Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

1491. Henry VII’s eldest son, Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, has been betrothed since childhood to the Spanish princess Katherine of Aragon. Their marriage will cement the alliance Henry Tudor craves to secure his country. But when Arthur’s sudden death leaves an 11-year-old boy heir to the kingdom, Henry Tudor must choose whether to send Katherine back to Spain or to marry her himself. Katherine has no son from her brief marriage to secure her future; her substantial dowry and his powerful contract are at stake.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring.

  • By Mrs Harriet Watson on 18-09-18

An Underrated Queen

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

Reviewed: 12-04-19

This is a very good novel focusing on one of England's lesser loved and often overlooked queens, Katherine of Aragon. It is interesting to see her childhood and early years considering that we more commonly hear how her story ends. This version of Katherine is truly a queen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Tudor

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

Jane Grey was Queen of England for nine days. Using her position as cousin to the deceased king, her father and his conspirators put her on the throne ahead of the king's half sister Mary, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her crown and locked Jane in the Tower. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block. There Jane turned her father's greedy, failed grab for power into her own brave and tragic martyrdom.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the book but was confused by the muddle of the recording.

  • By Lin on 12-08-17

Quite Boring

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

Reviewed: 30-03-19

The story in this book is probably the most uninteresting of the Phillipa Gregory novels. Lady Jane Grey's portion was probably the highlight but her sisters are not interesting at all and any insights they could have given to Elizabeth's court are pretty quickly squandered since they spend most of their parts imprisoned away from court and only hearing things second hand. Also the way the author treats Elizabeth smacks a great deal of misogyny and also of demonization because nothing she ever does is seen in a positive light EVER. She's always a slut or a tyrant and there is no inbetween.

TL:DR: Skip this one.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The White Queen

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Sandra Duncan, Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

Internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings the tumult and intrigue of The Wars of the Roses to vivid life through the women of the House of Lancaster and the House of York, beginning with the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen. A woman who won the love of a king and ascended to royalty by virtue of her beauty, Elizabeth fought tenaciously for the success of her family -- her daughter who would one day unite the warring dynasties, and her two sons whose eventual fate has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrated about unabridged version not available

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-04-13

A good book but I'd like more

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

Reviewed: 28-07-18

A good story and Emilia Fox is a great narrator. I only wish we had the full unabridged version of this audiobook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Red Queen

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Emily Watson, Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

The Red Queen tells the story of the child-bride of Edmund Tudor, who, although widowed in her early teens, uses her determination of character and wily plotting to infiltrate the house of York under the guise of loyal friend and servant, undermine the support for Richard III and ultimately ensure that her only son, Henry Tudor, triumphs as King of England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wicked woman wins!

  • By Kirstine on 04-02-12

Fantastic Glimpse into History

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

This is an amazing glimpse into the life of a woman that history hasn't really highlighted. Margaret may be hard to like but the world she lives in and the events she witnesses and participates in more than make up for it

  • The Iliad of Homer

  • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

For thousands of years, Homer's ancient epic poem the Iliad has enchanted readers from around the world. When you join Professor Vandiver for this lecture series on the Iliad, you'll come to understand what has enthralled and gripped so many people.Her compelling 12-lecture look at this literary masterpiece -whether it's the work of many authors or the "vision" of a single blind poet - makes it vividly clear why, after almost 3,000 years, the Iliad remains not only among the greatest adventure stories ever told but also one of the most compelling meditations on the human condition ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well read and informative

  • By rbooler on 25-07-18

Great Lecture Series

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

Reviewed: 18-10-17

This series of lectures on the Iliad is great for anyone who wants to learn about the text more deeply. The lecturer is amazing and she explains everything in a way that it easy to understand and informative.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt

  • By: Bob Brier, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bob Brier
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

What is it about ancient Egypt that still captures our imaginations? How did it grow from a few villages along the Nile into the greatest power the world had ever seen? Explore these questions and more in these 12 entertaining lectures that tell the stories of the great pharaohs and the daily realities of Egyptian life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable except....

  • By Caro on 08-02-14

Excellent Series of Lectures

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

If you want a whistle-stop tour of the most famous figures in Egypt then this is perfect, an excellent way of learning some ancient history. The professor is so enthusiastic and it makes it all the more engaging.

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,282

The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, best-selling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Norseome

  • By AnnG on 03-03-17

Myths Reimagined

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Neil Gaiman's retelling of these Norse myths are amazing to listen to! It's almost like you're back in Viking times and listening to someone tell you these myths around a fire.