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Revenge Of The Whale: The True Story Of The Whaleship Essex, Adapted For Young People From In The Heart Of The Sea
Wow, what a story. Well told. I haven't read the full version, but I think that as long as they were doing an abridgment for the YA crowd, they could ...more
Sep 07, 2012
Sep 05, 2012
Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy
Not sure how anyone could possibly make this woman's life boring, but this book certainly tried. Too many unimportant, yet very well researched, histo ...more
Sep 16, 2012
Sep 07, 2012
The House of Power (Atherton, #1)
I really enjoyed this one. Slightly overly dramatized narration and production (cue the violins!), but a fairly engrossing story with interesting char ...more
May 25, 2014
May 22, 2014
Desperate Duchesses (Desperate Duchesses, #1)
I think I would have enjoyed this more if set in a different era. There is nothing sexy about a man in a powdered wig. I like the witty banter, but fi ...more
Mar 30, 2014
Mar 26, 2014
The Sisters Who Would Be Queen
Tudorphiles will enjoy the depth, which will probably bore anybody else. Casualties (although not passive ones, especially Jane) of the entangled issu ...more
not set
Aug 29, 2012
The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After
The perfect ending to my favorite historical fiction series. Only problem was that the Violet novella was sweet, but a little dull. And the narrator d ...more
Nov 22, 2014
Nov 23, 2014
Citizens of London: The Americans who Stood with Britain in its Darkest, Finest Hour
Fascinating people, an interesting perspective on the war, good writing. Could have used a slightly tighter focus, started to wander a bit about 2/3 t ...more
Sep 05, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
The Lady Risks All
Some interesting characters and a good kidnapping plot are subjected to overblown prose and an excess of repetitious explicit sex scenes. Not recommen ...more
not set
Mar 08, 2014
Wedding of the Season (Abandoned at the Altar, #1)
I liked that it was Edwardian, but the plot didn't hook me and I couldn't muster up much enthusiasm for the main characters. Moderately spicy. Not rec ...more
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May 11, 2014
The Bronze Bow
Well written, beautifully crafted, but only the most pious of modern children would manage to get through this book that unfortunately features Jesus ...more
Sep 06, 2011
Sep 04, 2011
Appomattox (The Civil War Battle Series, #10)
Some weird right-book-at-right-time mojo must have been working in order for me to listen to and *enjoy* a 10 book series based on the battles of the ...more
not set
Oct 06, 2011
Give Me Back My Legions!
Novel based on the fascinating Battle of Teutoberg Forest. Horrid title, interesting plot, some humorous culture-clash moments between the Romans and ...more
Sep 11, 2011
Sep 08, 2011
Rare Beasts (Edgar & Ellen, #1)
Hated it! Tried way too hard to be dark and edgy, ended up tedious and cruel. Made myself finish listening to see if there was anything redeeming. The ...more
Mar 05, 2011
Mar 04, 2011
Unfamiliar Fishes
The audio version is superb. Highly recommended for everyone, required if you have been or are planning to ever go to Hawaii.
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Jul 02, 2011
The Glitch in Sleep (The Seems, #1)
Decent world building, appealing main character, some clever wordplay. Plot could have been significantly tightened up.
May 25, 2011
May 25, 2011
Bull Run
Great audiobook, perfect ya historical fiction introduction to the complexities of the civil war. Highly recommended.
Aug 29, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
Like the Willow Tree: The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce, Portland, Maine, 1918
Well done, Ms. Lowry. Makes me want to try more of the Dear America series. Good pick for Anne of Green Gables fans.
not set
Feb 03, 2012
Beyond the Gap (Opening of the World, #1)
A random choice that was surprisingly engrossing. Sometimes, you've just gotta read a bronze age alternate history, I guess. I am rather fond of mammo ...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jul 09, 2011
Storming the Castle (Fairy Tales, #1.5)
Nothing says romance like a colicky baby and awkward accents. Not recommended.
Mar 19, 2014
Mar 19, 2014
My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales
So far "The Erkling" by Bynum is my favorite and I am getting a little weary of all the swan wings. A rather slow read because I want to let each stor ...more
not set
Feb 16, 2011
If Wishes Were Earls (Rhymes With Love, #3)
Not as sharp as the others in the series, promising plot got a bit convoluted.
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 17, 2014
Shenandoah (The Civil War Battle Series, #8)
This one got a little soapy, then went in an interesting direction at the end.
Sep 05, 2011
Sep 01, 2011
Z. Rex
Suspense, intense action, and a resurrected dinosaur with a heart of gold. Better than it looks. Recommended for sci-fi and thriller fans ages 10-13.
Jun 05, 2014
May 25, 2014
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
Not as interesting or fresh as the first one. Tried a bit too hard. Not recommended.
Apr 2014
Mar 22, 2014
The Breath of God (Opening of the World, #2)
More mammoths, Visigoths, and sorcerers...
Jul 21, 2011
Jul 13, 2011
Matched (Matched, #1)
I just couldn't stick this one out. Interesting premise, but the protagonist was an annoying combination of obnoxiously naive and unbelievably insight ...more
May 25, 2014
Feb 16, 2011
Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane, #1)
Huh. This was a bit of an odd duck. I did like that one of the romantic leads was a brewer's daughter instead of yet another book about the headstrong ...more
Apr 17, 2014
Feb 19, 2014
Beauty Queens
One of the best audiobooks I have ever heard. So funny. So, so, funny.
not set
Jul 09, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
You were right. It was as good as you said.
Feb 10, 2013
Feb 16, 2011
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Feb 20, 2013
Feb 14, 2013
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