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Paul

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  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2036)
    Performance
    (1358)
    Story
    (1376)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Owl says: "Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting"
    "Don't let the bad reviews stop you!"
    Overall

    I loved this book! I listened to another Willis book "To Say Nothing of the Dog" (also an award winner) and enjoyed it immensely. Then, I debated downloading this one. The terrible reviews almost stopped me - but I'm so glad I didn't listen to them. I imagine fans of action/adventure-oriented Science Fiction would not appreciate it. However, if you like more character-oriented scifi, historical novels and British literature, you are likely to enjoy this as I did. I agree that the narration isn't especially outstanding, but I found it perfectly adequate. The characters are very well-developed and many are truly lovable. Try it!

    80 of 87 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband Trap

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tracy Anne Warren
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1045)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (827)

    Winner of a RITA, a National Readers’ Choice Award, the HOLT Medallion, and the Golden Quill, New York Times best-selling author Tracy Anne Warren is among the most acclaimed and popular Regency romance storytellers. In The Husband Trap, the reserved Lady Violet Brantford agrees to swap identities with her vivacious sister. Before she knows it, she’s married to the Duke of Raeburn, who finds himself pleasantly surprised with his charming new wife.

    SIMARA says: "Passionate and emotional narration..."
    "Quite erotic- more like a "bodice ripper""
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I ordered this book thinking it might be imitation Georgette Heyer and thus a comedy of manners with a love story plot - which is what "Regency Romances" used to be years ago. Other reviewers described it as historical fiction, which reinforced that idea. Most historical fiction fades to black when the characters go to bed - this book follows them there with lots of purple prose. If you are looking for erotica, you might enjoy this!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tracy Anne Warren again?

    Probably not.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is a good scene where our heroine fires the housekeeper.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Husband Trap?

    I would have cut the lovemaking scenes, and just alluded to their marital bliss.


    Any additional comments?

    P.S. Our account is in my husband Paul's name, but this review was written by a women - I can't imagine a straight man listening to this!

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Death Comes to Pemberley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (721)

    It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

    Michelle says: "Not As Interesting as Print Reviewers Suggested"
    "Lots of fun for Austen lovers!"
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    What did you love best about Death Comes to Pemberley?

    I thought it was well-written and quite Austen-like in its wit and portrayal of the manners of the time. There were some charming little surprise references to Austen characters from other novels which I loved.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I agree with one reviewer that the women characters were overall a little pale and retiring in this story. I would have to say Darcy is the most central person, and his self-reflections are interesting.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was easy to listen to, and I loved her working class Brittish accents.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Old family scandals breed fresh problems for Elizabeth and Darcy.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very enjoyable listen. Don't let the critical reviews dissuade you from giving it a try!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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