I read the first book of the series the last, so all the characters were familiar to me. I am glad to have finally read the dramatic meeting scene between Brisbane and Lady Julia. The mystery and the romance between the main characters are buried in the background of introduction of the characters, the period, the ambiance of the story, so pure mystery and romance lovers might not enjoy this story as much as the other regency romance/mysteries. I liked the slow pace and the intelligent and funny dialogues. What I did not like is Brisbane. He must have some redeeming quality that Julia sees but I haven't quite figure that out yet.
Obviously, in an audible book, quality of narration is vital. We were taught, as children, to pronounce our "t"s, but this narrator seems to actually trip over them. Furthermore there are many laughable mispronunciations, and by the time you have stopped laughing the story has moved on, so that you have to rewind. If you are a Brit I don't recommend this audible, which is a shame because the books are enjoyably entertaining and quite well written. I'll be taking the rest of the series off my wish list. Pity.
I really enjoyed this story and have now listened to all that audible has to offer in the series. But more than that, I could listen to this narrator read the manual on my dishwasher.
I liked the 3-book series of the adventures of Brisbane and Lady Julia. I recommend listening to them one after another as I did.
Proud owner of over 1500 downloaded audiobooks (fanatic?, addict? you decide :-)
I hate romance novels. I downloaded one awhile back before I realized that "romance" is just a euphemism for soft porn. Regardless of its category, this was a fun book to listen to. The characters are original, the story is suspenseful and has subtle humor. Call it light self mockery. Anyway, I am hooked on this writer and will buy her next book either in audio form or conventional form. I wanted to download the second in the series but they switched narrators and according to the reviews it was a mistake. I hope the next book will return to the original narrator.
Although intelligent and well-written, the plot unfolds far too slowly. There are entire chapters of chit-chat where nothing of consequence happens.
I also found the obviously fake British accent of the narrator extremely distracting and irritating.
I've listened to 4 chapters and I just can't tolerate the narrators bad accent. Maybe if the story was good..... but it's not good enough. I wish I had my money (& time) back.
I loved this book, It was filled with suspense and excitment. Although I was able to puzzle out much of the mystery this did not matter because the characters were so captivating that I still enjoyed the story tremendously. The narrator was absolutely fabulous. If you enjoy mysteries and romance you will be captivated.
I have listened to this book at least ten times. I love the way it is read to where you can't til it is read by one person. and I will be looking for more books by Deanna Raybourn being read by Ellan Archer
OK, I'm a man; I expect the plot to progress, and information shared. This book spends a lot of time setting the mood, much details, and did not "get on with it". This is not a good book for most men. We expect more bang for the buck. The reader was excellent throughout.