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Anita L. Russell

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  • Where Dreams Begin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (334)

    Zachary Bronson has built an empire of wealth and power, but all London knows he is not a gentleman. He needs a wife to secure his position in society – and to warm his bed in private. But one alluring, unexpected kiss from Lady Holly Taylor awakens a powerful need within him beyond respectability. An exceptional beauty whose fierce passions match Zachary’s own, Holly always intended to play by society’s rules, even when they clashed with her bolder instincts. But now a dashing stranger has made her a scandalous offer that does not include matrimony....

    bluebelle says: "A Perfect Historical Romance!"
    "Where Dreams Begin? With Lisa Kleypas, of course."
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    Would you listen to Where Dreams Begin again? Why?

    I have listened to this audio book twice now. First in the car, commuting. Then at home, so I could savor each and every word.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The two protagonists are clearly and completely established. Never does Ms. Kleypas deliver an odd note in her story.


    Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite narrators. The life with which she imbues her characters enhance this already great story.


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

    Clash of the classes


    Any additional comments?

    Always eagerly await a Lisa Kleypas novel. Be it historical or modern, her romances never disappoint.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1463)
    Performance
    (1311)
    Story
    (1323)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "A Different Perspective"
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    This is different from the usual procedural of the other In Death series. It shifts from Eve's view to the killer's view equally. Therefore the violence described seems more gruesome I suppose. The result is riveting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Disgrace: The Garden Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Cynthia Wicklund
    • Narrated By Tanya S. Bartlett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    When 17-year-old Lady Jillian Fitzgerald sneaks out to spy on a duel, she believes she is merely guilty of an indiscretion. But when the duel takes a deadly turn and Jillian becomes an unwilling passenger in the fleeing carriage of the infamous "Lord Wicked", she knows what began as a lark has become a disaster. One night of bad judgment and her life is changed forever.

    Patricia says: "Great Story. Love the Characters"
    "Usually not critical of narration, but...."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    a wonderfully written book. Could have been one of my all-time favorite audio books. However, the narration is horrible. Hesitant, choppy, and mispronounced to the point that it is too distracting


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the development of the characters and their relationship. The secondary characters were rich and well rounded.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tanya S. Bartlett?

    I should think anyone, including myself, could have done a better job. This is the first time I have ever been critical of a narrator. However, this narration is unforgivable.


    Did In the Garden of Disgrace inspire you to do anything?

    I might very well purchase other books in the series, as long as there is a different narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Happens in London

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (805)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (533)

    When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancée, she doesn't believe it for a second, but, still, how can she help spying on him, just to be sure? So she stakes out a spot near her bedroom window, cleverly concealed by curtains, watches, and waits . . . and discovers a most intriguing man, who is definitely up to something. Sir Harry Valentine works for the boring branch of the War Office, translating documents vital to national security.

    Donna says: "Brilliant"
    "Ms. Quinn Does It Again"
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    What made the experience of listening to What Happens in London the most enjoyable?

    The combination of romance and humor is always a winner with me. Aided by Ms. Landor's narration, it is irresistible


    What other book might you compare What Happens in London to and why?

    Ten Things I Love About You may contain even more humor, but the romance is on par with this one.


    What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ms. Landor is one of my favorite narrators. If I am on the fence about should I or shouldn't I purchase a book, her name as narrator can and will tip the scales.


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

    Who exactly is the man next door....and why on earth does he wear that hat?


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable audio book. One which I shall listen to over and over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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