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Kris

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  • Lord of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (183)

    Since the death of his first wife, Godric St. John has devoted his nights to protecting the innocent of London disguised as the notorious Ghost of St. Giles. When Lord Griffin Reading discovers Godric's secret double life he presents him with an offer he can't refuse, and Godric finds himself married to a young - and pregnant - stranger. Two years ago Lady Margaret "Megs" Reading lost both her lover and her unborn child - but not before being forced into a marriage of convenience with Godric St. John....

    Janine says: "BRING BACK ASHFORD MCNAB - PLEASE!!!"
    "Good story, less good narration"
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    I like all the Elizabeth Hoyt's book, and I especially liked #4 in the Maiden Lane Series and was looking forward to this, #5. The narrator has changed, though, and she makes all the men sound like pompous arses and all, frankly, identical, so sometimes it's hard to keep track of who is talking (ie St. John and Lord Caire (who has gone from sounding intriguing in Wicked Intensions to pompous)). I've become spoiled by other books (#4 and #5 Fever Series) where a male narrator reads the male parts, and a female reads the female parts. So this is an ok listen, but I imagine I'll read it, just so I don't hear Ms. Taylor's pompous men voices. Oh well, it's a change from certain books where all them men sounds similarly luscious and virile and impossibly handsome (also not realistic).

    So buy the book for the continued story and funny comments "it fell between them like a dead Halibut" [Sorry, but I did laugh at that one] and accept the narration.

    Also, this narrator says "St. John" when the previous narrator said "Sin-Jin" which is the, I think, more correct old fashioned pronunciation. So this is really more of a criticism of the Director -- be consistent? And "Hell-a-quin" vs. "Har-le-quin". Again, the lack of consistence across the books is annoying.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4864)
    Performance
    (4493)
    Story
    (4485)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "I love Luke Daniels! Awesome narration!"
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    Luke Daniels is a great narrator. He has a great ability to differentiate all the characters, and I marveled out loud at his ability to mimic Dr. Spock (Leonard Nemoy's voice) and Captain Kirk (William Shatner's voice) and have the three of them speak (this conversation was in an earlier book). I think he does a great job with Coyote and is pretty good at the women's voices as well. Oberon is fun too. These are interesting stories and a cool interpretation of mythology and religion. And I have laughed out loud a few times at the comments. Nice work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thief of Shadows: Maiden Lane, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (320)

    Winter Makepeace lives a double life. By day he's the stoic headmaster of a home for foundling children. But the night brings out a darker side of Winter. As the moon rises, so does the Ghost of St. Giles-protector, judge, fugitive. When the Ghost, beaten and wounded, is rescued by a beautiful aristocrat, Winter has no idea that his two worlds are about to collide. Lady Isabel Beckinhall enjoys nothing more than a challenge. Yet when she's asked to tutor the Home's dour manager in the ways of society, Isabel can't help wondering why his eyes seem so familiar - and his lips so tempting.

    Karen says: "Two thumbs way up."
    "A great story and a great listen."
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    I just discovered Elizabeth Hoyt and I really have enjoyed her Maiden Lane series. This is the fourth book in the series and I have been really looking forward to Winter's story. I like this one the best, so far, and appreciate that this story especially include the male point of view as well. I don't love all of Ashford's male voices but so far, the male leads have been generally good. The chemistry is good and the sex scenes and flirting scenes are hot and more creative than many. I also like that Hoyt's female leads are not all wilting virgins. Hoyt has written a compelling series and I like that her books take place in the Georgian period as I get tired of all the Regency books sometimes.

    I suggest reading them in order, but you don't have too. I just like learning about Winter throughout the other books. He is so reserved at first, but he's a winner in this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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