Jack would rather be at sea than fixing the mistakes of his grandfather, the late Earl of Stansworth. Instead, he finds that inheriting his grandfather's wealth and title and securing the welfare of his sister and mother means joining the ranks of high society and living with the aristocracy. Luckily, Ivy Carslisle, the granddaughter of a dear friend of Jack's late grandmother, is willing to teach him etiquette and properly introduce him into society. Jack soon learns that his challenge isn't surviving his new lifestyle, but surviving the conspiracies against him as well as keeping himself from falling madly in love with his new tutor.
My fair gentleman, as you can probably tell from the title, is a role reversal from my fair lady. Jack doesn't want to be an Earl, but must in order to secure a comfortable life for his family. Ivy writes a newspaper column for money, apparently a bad thing for a lady to do back then. Ivy must train the reluctance Jack to be a gentleman.
I must say that as an aspiring writer/diesel mechanic, I can feel for both of the main characters. My situation is a bit different though, in that the diesel mechanic part of my life is what provides for my family, and has done a great job of doing so for more than ten years. Writing has been part of my life for more than that, and it is my passion, but has not been the practical thing to support my family with. And like ivy, I do get some gentle ribbing from coworkers for isolating myself to write at breaks.
This book is narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld.
The electrifying new thriller from New York Times bestseller Stephen Hunter takes you deep inside the mind of the most notorious serial killer of all time: Jack the Ripper.
In the fall of 1888, Jack the Ripper slaughtered five prostitutes in London's seamy Whitechapel District. He did not just kill - he ripped with a butcher's glee - and then, after the particularly gruesome slaying of Mary Jane Kelly, he disappeared. For 127 years, Jack has haunted the dark corners of our imagination, the paradigm of the psychotic killer. We remember him not only for his crimes, but because, despite one of the biggest dragnets in London history, he was never caught.
I, Ripper is a vivid reimagining of Jack's personal story entwined with that of an Irish journalist who covered the case, knew the principals, charted the investigation, and at last, stymied, went off in a bold new direction. These two men stalk each other through a city twisted in fear of the madman's blade, a cat-and-mouse game that brings to life the sounds and smells of the fleshpot tenderloin of Whitechapel and all the lurid acts that fueled the Ripper headlines.
Dripping with intrigue, atmosphere, and diabolical twists, this is a magnificent psychological thriller from perennial New York Times bestseller Stephen Hunter, who the San Francisco Examiner calls "one of the best storytellers of his generation."
I love Stephen Hunter books, but this one is different from all the other stuff that I have listened to from him. This one follows a reporter and his pursuit of Jack the Ripper. There are also diary pages inserted in from the hand of jack himself.
A content warning here. Because we see some of the story from the point of view of the murderer, and he is murdering prostitutes, those squeamish about either of those things should avoid this one. I push skip if things get to steamy, and I did push skip.
The thing that really got me was the unexpected, and quite disturbing, tie in to the play My Fair Lady.
Yes this post is themed:)
This book is Narrated by: Michael Page.
In 1607, three ships arrive on the coast of Virginia to establish Jamestown Colony. One girl's life - and the lives of her people - are changed forever.
To Pocahontas and her people, the Tidewater is the rightful home of the Powhatan tribe. To England it is Virginia Territory, fertile with promise, rich with silver and gold. As Jamestown struggles to take root, John Smith knows that the only hope for survival lies with the Powhatan people. He knows, too, that they would rather see the English starve than yield their homeland to invaders. In the midst of this conflict, Pocahontas, the daughter of the great chief, forges an unlikely friendship with Smith. Their bond preserves a wary peace - but control can rest only in one nation's hands. When that peace is broken, Pocahontas must choose between power and servitude - between self and sacrifice - for the sake of her people and her land
The most disturbing thing that I found in this book was how inferior the white man's weapons were to the Indians bows and arrows. With your single shot musket you shoot once then drop the heavy contrivance and run as fast as you can, ending up with ten arrows in your back. If it weren't for the endless supply of replacement white men and their diseases I'm sure the native Americans would have retained their land.
Once again, the theme of this post is My Fair Lady, and this book fits the theme by making a Native American woman into an English lady.
This book has a full cast of narrators: Angela Daw, Scott Merriman, Luke Daniels
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I Listen to more than 100 audiobooks a year. Kind of a story fiend, I know, but I thought I would share my thoughts about them with you. I would love to have suggestions from people as to what I should listen to next.