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anne

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  • This Duchess of Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    Wedding bells celebrating the arranged marriage between the lovely Duchess of Beaumont and her staid, imperturbable duke had scarcely fallen silent when a shocking discovery sent Jemma running from the ducal mansion. For the next nine years she cavorted abroad, creating one delicious scandal after another (if one is to believe the rumors). Elijah, Duke of Beaumont, did believe those rumors. But the handsome duke needs an heir, so he summons his seductive wife home.

    CAROLYN says: "A TOUCHING & PASSIONATE ROMANCE IN GEORGIAN LONDON"
    "Loved It!"
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    What made the experience of listening to This Duchess of Mine the most enjoyable?

    Eloisa James really has a handle on the personalities of her characters. They were an adorable couple and the performer had a wonderful way of changing her voice to suit all of the characters in the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Duchess of Mine?

    The dialogue between the two central characters.


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

    No, but I will again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Their meeting with Dr. Withering.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desperate Duchesses

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (377)

    Welcome to a world of reckless sensuality and glittering sophistication, of dangerously handsome gentlemen and young ladies longing to gain a title, of games played for high stakes, including - on occasion - a lady's virtue. A marquess's sheltered only daughter, Lady Roberta St. Giles, falls in love with a man she glimpses across a crowded ballroom: a duke, a game player of consummate skill, a notorious rakehell who shows no interest in marriage, until he lays eyes on Roberta.

    Michelle says: "Excellent start to a series!"
    "CUTE BUT LACKS SOMETHING ESSENTIAL - LIKE A PLOT!"
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    I usually like Eloisa James and Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite narrators, but Ms. James seemed to phone this one in. The main characters, Roberta and Damon were very cute together, but the plot was minimal and the author chose to fill the holes with descriptions of chess moves. Since I personally have no knowledge of chess, nor interest in acquiring any, it was a waste of time listening to them. It seemed to me that the author's editor needed a book and Ms. James accommodated him/her with this bit of drivel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seduce Me at Sunrise

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (525)

    Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins - and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation...and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.

    Queen Squared says: "OMG! This series is amazing!"
    "BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY!"
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    I love Lisa Kleypas. She is probably one of my favorite romance writers. This story is one of her best. It is an unconventional love story and one that crosses racial/cultural lines (especially in that time and place). Kev is big, rough half gypsy with a past that would have crippled a weaker man. Win is a lovely, but fragile girl who is part of a very unconventional family. They fall in love a first sight during their teens when Kev is rescued and adopted into Win's family. They are obviously soul mates destined to be together, regardless of all the travails and roadblocks thrown their way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uncertain Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    As a lovely heiress, Roderica Delamore should be a prize catch--except for her shameful secret. She has the ability to hear the thoughts of those around her. Even her family and close friends can't hide from her strange gift. Knowing that she can never marry, for no man could bear it, Roddy still longs hopelessly for a family of her own. Until she meets the man she's been waiting for--the Earl of Iveragh, a mysterious Irish aristocrat whose thoughts are entirely closed to her.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Seems Like Laura Kinsale Had A Bad Day."
    "What Was She Smokin'?"
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    I have read all the author's books on audio (except those set in the middle ages as I don't like that period). I've loved all of them, but this one. They've all followed a scenario of two slightly damaged people who manage to overcome the odds, fall in love, and have a future together. This couple seemed to follow that mode at first, then it veered off into airy fairy land with telepathy and visitations of odd other worldly creatures. Several times, I asked myself "where is she going with this?". Even the plotting seemed uneven and uncertain. I still love the narrator, but the story lacked Kinsale's usual tight control of her plot and characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Potent Pleasures: The Pleasures Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (174)

    Reckless desire sends Charlotte Daicheston into the garden with a dashing masked stranger. He's powerful and unforgettable, a devastatingly handsome footman who lures her - not against her will - into a grand indiscretion at a masquerade ball. Then he vanishes. Several years later, after Charlotte has made her dazzling debut in London society, they meet again. But the rogue is no footman. He's rich, titled, and he doesn't remember Charlotte. Worse, he's the subject of some scandalous gossip.

    Cynthia says: "A Mind "F" in the Best Possible Way"
    "GOOD PLOT, GOOD STORY"
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    This was a different take on the standard historical romance. With a "not so pure" heroine and quite flawed hero, it takes the relationship between these two characters to a new level. She is a rather unconventional and talented artist who doesn't quite fit into the societal norms. But, her beauty attracts the attention of quite a few men. He is the eldest of identical twins with a checkered past. They met, fell instantly in love at a masquerade ball and many years past before they met again. The story proceeds from there and it gets very complicated. The narrator is one of my favorites and I enjoyed both the story and her telling of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prince of Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (225)

    The most dangerous and desirable man in all of England, Nikolas burns to possess Emma Stokehurst, but the proud, headstrong beauty is promised to another. Still, there are no limits to how far the wealthy, bitter exile will go to win her exquisite hand - though owning Emma’s body, but not her love, will do nothing to fill the empty spaces in his heart. But Nikolas’s destiny awaits him elsewhere, as passion’s magic transports him to a different place - a land of splendor and romantic dreams.

    Cam says: "A great second book to the series!"
    "Soul Mates Find They're Fated to Be Together"
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    Nicky isn't the nicest guy in the world. He has lots of baggage and suffers from PTSD from horrific torture he went through at the hands of his king's interrogator. He carries the scars from the torture and death of his brother as well as his own. He meets the tall, lovely red-headed Emma and is immediately smitten. Her unconventional lifestyle and love of animals is attractive to him for some reason. He must have her and pulls out all the stops to do so even against the advice of her father and step-mom. Their marriage is rocky and he even cheats on her because he is afraid of giving his heart to her completely. Just before she has decided to leave him he finds a picture that propels him back 300 years to a love affair between him in a past life and a woman who looked just like Emma. He comes to his senses and realizes they are soul mates and meant to spend their lives together and they get a fresh start to begin their lives together without the baggage they had before.


    Kind of a silly premise but I liked it. At least it had a plot, which was better than some of the others I read lately that had little or no plot at all.

    And I love Susan Duerden as a narrator.






    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talk Sweetly to Me: The Brothers Sinister, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Nobody knows who Miss Rose Sweetly is, and she prefers it that way. She’s a shy, mathematically-minded shopkeeper’s daughter who dreams of the stars. Women like her only ever come to attention through scandal. She’ll take obscurity, thank you very much. All of England knows who Stephen Shaughnessy is. He’s an infamous advice columnist and a known rake.

    SIMARA says: "A nice brief escape..."
    "Sweet Little Story"
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    Not much of a plot, but a sweet story of two idealistic young people from different worlds who find common ground in their love for each other. Although the reality of an interracial romance in the place and time period of the book would be a far more difficult undertaking than it portrays, the fantasy of such a possibility is nice to contemplate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (2287)
    Performance
    (1509)
    Story
    (1521)

    By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie the feisty youngest daughter of Baron Jamison. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess her forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian. Though his kisses fired her blood, shadowed secrets from Alec's past threatened Jamie's happiness. She brazenly resisted him - until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills.

    XYZPDQ says: "Early works released in MP3 at last!!"
    "LOTS OF DIALOGUE - NOT MUCH PLOT"
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    I normally love this author, but this is probably the least entertaining of those I've read. Although the main characters' relationship is quite cute as are their conversations, it was too much talk and very little action. The plot was kind of stupid and it is hard to believe that a woman could have been that naïvely assertive in the middle/dark ages with such easy acceptance from men (regardless of how beautiful she was).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Only Enchanting

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (131)

    Now, in the fourth novel of the Survivors' Club series, Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, has left this refuge to find his own salvation - in the love of a most unsuspecting woman. Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, was devastated by his fiancée’s desertion after his return home. Now the woman who broke his heart is back - and everyone is eager to revive their engagement. Except Flavian, who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of a most sensible yet enchanting young woman.

    Kindle Customer says: "Mary Balogh and Rosalyn Landor are Enchanting!"
    "ENJOYABLE AND ROMANTIC"
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    Two unlikely lovers, both bearing scars from past wounds physical and/or emotional, meet, and quickly marry. She is a sweet plain Jane with emotional baggage. He is a survivor of the war who suffered brain damage. They are instantly attracted to each other, both for different reasons. She falls "in love" with his beauty, he is drawn to her peaceful nature. They come to understand what real love is after their marriage and find they are perfectly matched.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon a Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (125)

    As an extremely wealthy laird, Gowan Stoughton, Duke of Kinross, can have any of the maidens at the ball he attends. The only problem is they are all English and Gowan is not so certain they are suitable. He is accustomed to the hard-working lasses from his Highlands, not these dainty noblewomen who spend their days drinking tea or some other such nonsense. But then he makes the acquaintance of Lady Edith Gilchrist. Utterly bewitched by the emerald-eyed beauty with lush golden locks, he knows he must have her.

    Amazon Customer says: "Just couldn't like the heroine."
    "Virginal Love"
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    This is the story of two young virgins (he is 22 and she is 19) who marry and start their wedded life. Neither of them know anything about love or sex. They find the love part easy as they were very attracted to each other. He fell in love at first sight and she soon after. He loved the sex part, she hated it (mostly because he was clueless and she became fearful - because he was clueless). At this point, anyone reading this can draw their own conclusions. This is basically the plot of the story. They are also total opposites. He is smart, pragmatic, and all business. She is an ethereal musician who lives in her own world. There is also a secondary story about her father and stepmother who are terrible role models. Although the story was rather weak on plot, the dialogue was very good. Eloisa James has a knack for communicating the emotions of her characters and this book was no different. Was it one of her best? No, but I enjoyed it and the two young newlyweds were very cute together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Soldier's Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sherrill Bodine
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Nothing is fair in love or war, especially when they are one and the same. When the handsome Lord Matthew Blackwood approached her, Serena Fitzwater immediately knew they were meant to be together. Bold and brash, the qualities that made Matthew an excellent soldier made him her soul mate as well. A storybook romance and marriage followed, only to be interrupted by the call for Matthew to return to the frontlines. When Matthew returns months later, he’s no longer the knight in shining armor of Mary’s fairy-tale dreams.

    anne says: "Not Worth the Credit"
    "Not Worth the Credit"
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    I don't know why this got so many stars. It was devoid of emotional involvement by any characters. Limited romance and absolutely no sex (I like a little sex in my "romance" novels), but there was a lot of talking about very little. I stopped listening halfway through and tried to return it, but was not able to. Although the narrator is one of my favorites, I'll give this author a pass on reading any more of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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