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  • 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 649
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577

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 Susi on 15-06-14

WHAT A LET DOWN !!!!

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

Reviewed: 19-02-15

What disappointed you about Written in My Own Heart's Blood?

Book 7 was not as good as the previous books, this was worse. Frankly I found it boring. Story lines were weak and disjointed. I only kept reading because I found the early books so good, and thought this had to improve. Sadly it didn't. Also, there were far too many sex scenes, On this evidence, I think it is time to finish the series.

What could Diana Gabaldon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Written it with the same pace and enthusiasm as the first six novels. They were brilliant. Felt like she was bored with having to write !!

What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The book as all the previous books, was well read, but that does not improve on poor story lines.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No....

Any additional comments?

I am sorry to have written this review but it truly is how I feel.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Treachery

  • By: S. J. Parris
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

Summer, 1585: Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an expedition by royal commission to cross the Atlantic and seize major Spanish ports, diverting King Philip of Spain’s treasure to Queen Elizabeth. When a ship captain is brutally murdered, and Drake’s life threatened, it becomes clear that someone plans to destroy the expedition before it begins. Giordano Bruno and Sir Philip Sidney hunt for the killer, but are they being lured into a trap?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The saga moves on...

  • By Alan R on 01-01-15

Enjoyable BUT.......................

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

Reviewed: 21-04-14

What did you like best about Treachery? What did you like least?

I find this series of books quite enjoyable as " light entertainment ". although I think this is the poorest to date of the Bruno series. Have read rather than listened to the previous books and this may be the reason because what I liked least was the narrator's pseudo Italian accent.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was fairly predictable.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Laurence Kennedy?

Yes, it was just his Italian accent which I found irritating, otherwise he was very good.

Did Treachery inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

I tend to prefer my history reading or listening to be more factual and less romantic but occasionally I enjoy something lighter and Treachery is just that. Enjoyable but not for the purist.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery

  • By: Catherine Bailey
  • Narrated by: Stephen Rashbrook
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

In April 1940, the ninth Duke of Rutland died in mysterious circumstances in one of the rooms of his family estate, Belvoir Castle. The mystery surrounding these rooms holds the key to a tragic story that is played out on the brutal battlefields of the Western Front and in the exclusive salons of Mayfair and Belgravia in the dying years of la belle époque. Uncovered is a dark and disturbing period in the history of the Rutland family, and one which they were determined to keep hidden for over 60 years. Sixty years on, The Secret Rooms is the true story of family secrets and one man’s determination to keep the past hidden at any cost.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great read. Great narration.

  • By Gale on 11-11-12

Strange but true !!!!

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

Reviewed: 24-02-14

Would you listen to The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery again? Why?

Yes I would listen to this book again because I found it a more compelling listen then many fiction novels. In fact at times I had to remind myself that it was not a novel.

What did you like best about this story?

That is was true, that the hero/villain of the plot had actually existed, and also the way in which the writer had set out to research one subject but uncovered the initial information which led to this book being written. I also found the methodology of the research interesting. Also, the book is not written like many non-fiction or biographical books. The prose is lively and perfectly read.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

No particular scene but overall the relationships between the different individuals was quite fascinating.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, not particularly, but neither was it a book that I did not want to finish.

Any additional comments?

I shall never visit Belvoir again without remembering this book and the secret rooms !!!!!!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows

  • An Outlander Novella
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Available for the first time as an audiobook in this original Outlander novella, Diana Gabaldon reveals what really happened to Roger MacKenzie Wakefield’s parents. Orphaned during World War II, Roger believed that his mother died during the London Blitz, and that his father, an RAF pilot, was killed in combat. But in An Echo in the Bone, Roger discovers that this may not be the whole story. Now, in "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows," readers finally learn the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extra wow

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-04-13

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 11-08-13

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who has not read the Outlander series because their expectations would be much lower. The Outlander series is exceptionally good both in the detail of the writing and in the various plots.

Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

Definately. This is the first time I have been disappointed.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Not at all.

What character would you cut from A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows?

Only one main character so without him there would be no book.

Any additional comments?

Lacked the class, detail and everything I have come to expect from Diana Gabaldon. Actually I find it difficult to believe that she really wrote this.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Katherine

  • The classic historical romance
  • By: Anya Seton
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

Katherine comes to the court of Edward III at the age of 15. The naïve convent-educated orphan of a penniless knight is dazzled by the jousts and the entertainments of court. Nevertheless, Katherine is beautiful, and she turns the head of the King's favourite son John of Gaunt. But he is married, and she is soon to be betrothed. A few years later their paths cross again and this time their passion for each other cannot be denied or suppressed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please give us more Anya Seton!

  • By C on 07-09-12

Fascinating.......

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-12

....brilliant. I have read this book several times since I first bought it some forty years ago. That alone says how good it is !! I have never read any other book more than once, It was only recently that I realised that it was available to download, and having listened, can honestly say that despite knowing the story well, I still found it amazingly addictive. Probably not for the historical purist but still an informative and very well written novel. It was also very well narrated. I highly recommend this book.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Fall of Giants

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,607

A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a discovery

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-09-11

A thoroughly enjoyable listen .....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-12

The only problem was that it came to an end !!! I never cease to be amazed at Ken Follett's ability to write about such diverse subjects and periods of time. This book is amazing in how it links many people from different walks of life and different nations during the period of time just before and during the Great War. This book has many heroes (and a few villains), a variety of plots, and addresses a number of issues, but I found it gripping. Well worth listening to and highly recommended.

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  • The Captive Queen

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

France, 1152. A beautiful woman is escaping through France, leaving behind two young daughters and a shattered marriage. This woman is Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, and her sole purpose is to marry the man she loves, Henry Plantagenet, a man destined for greatness as King of England. Theirs is a union founded on lust which will create a great empire. It will also create the most notoriously vicious marriage in history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spoilt by narrator

  • By Nicola on 02-03-11

An excellent listen....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-11

Another good book from Alison Weir. Fact and fiction are woven together to produce an incredibly good "listen". This is a must for anyone with an interest in the Angevin Empire, not just in Queen Eleanor, and if you haven't got an interest before you listen to it; you will afterwards.

Thoroughly enjoyable................

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lion Wakes

  • The Kingdom Series, Book 1
  • By: Robert Low
  • Narrated by: Robin Bowerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

A nation will fight for its freedom.The first novel in a major new series as Robert Low moves from the Vikings to the making of Scotland.In the dying days of the 13th century, Scotland is in turmoil. The death of Alexander III has plunged the country into war, both with itself and with Edward I of England. Determined to bring the north under his control, Edward instead unleashes a Scottish rebellion which unites the many warring factions against him - though the old hatreds are not easily put aside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed...............

  • By JW on 04-08-11

Disappointed...............

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-11

I have recently read and listened to a number of books concerning Robert Bruce and the battles between the Scots and Edward I, and I think this one is the worst. After listening for the first hour I had to stop and start again, as I realised that I had absorbed very little. The reason.........the narration is far too fast and "gabbled", ( I am part Scot and used to the accent). I did eventually cope with this, but also think the fictional story line is very weak.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Greatest Knight

  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Christopher Scott
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

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

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-11

What an excellent listen. So good that I couldn't stop listening !! I love British medieval history and this book really does bring the period to life. The author has linked the facts and the fiction to produce not only a good book but a credible account of the period. Thoroughly enjoyable and very highly recommended.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful