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  • And Then She Fell: Cynster Sisters, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Matthew Brenher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (113)

    The only thing more troublesome than a Cynster man...is a Cynster lady who believes love is not her destiny. Famously known in London society as "The Matchbreaker", Henrietta Cynster's uncanny skill lies in preventing ill-fated nuptials - not in falling victim to Cupid's spell. But then she disrupts one match too many and feels honor-bound to assist dashing James Glossup in finding a suitable bride for a marriage of convenience.

    April says: "Classic Laurens"
    "Much better! Stephanie wrote a story!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I picked this up with a forlorn hope, but it seems that someone has gotten though to Stephanie that we enjoy her novels for the stories! I definitely don't object to a well done bodice ripping in support of the plot and character development but I'm not interested in gratuitous sex. I've seen a lot of complaints, and obviously agree with them all, that her recent books have completely neglected the story and characters for the sex scenes, which is disappointing and tiresome. HOWEVER, this book takes it back to the basics, I don't think there is a full on sex scene in the entire novel and it's wonderful. I didn't have to skip 3/4 of the book!! I love SL's stories and I hope this means that she's bringing them back!

    Oh, and, the reader is abysmal. He's got a radio announcer voice which really would have been better as a straight read; too bad someone told him to try and voice characters. It takes an effort to ignore that he sounds like he'd be more comfortable announcing a horse race or game of golf. But the story is good if you can get around it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4872)
    Performance
    (4191)
    Story
    (4167)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Tedious and lacking in substance"
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    Any additional comments?

    The performance was excellent; without it this book would have been unfinishable. It reads like a chatty gossip column. I can only give the author points for maintaining a consistent voice. This book could have been condensed to at least half its length. It was like the author picked certain events: introduction of protagonist, introduction of love interest, introduction of crime, introduction of suspects, etc., identified the chapters they would happen within 1-6, 7-10, 11-15, etc and then if the topic didn't fit the length of chapters, simply more words were added. Nothing actually happens until chapter 15 though I kept waiting and hoping. The premise and protagonist had promise and I was so disappointed that it didn't deliver.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cotillion

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (259)

    The three great-nephews of cantankerous Mr Penicuik know better than to ignore his summons, especially when it concerns the bestowal of his fortune. His freakish plan is that his fortune will be his step-daughter's dowry.

    Julie says: "Well worth a credit"
    "Highly recommended! An unexpectedly fun book!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I didn't expect to get so engrossed and interested - and invested!! - in the outcome. I think she actually writes an anti-hero! GH mixes it up on us here, there is an entire supporting cast of well done characters aren't what you might expect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reluctant Widow

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Cornelius Garrett
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (236)

    Penniless Elinor is rather surprised at the carriage that meets her from the stage, and more so at the decayed grandeur of the house to which she's transported. Realising that there has been a case of mistaken identity she agrees to an audacious plan.

    Joseph R says: "The Governess's New Position"
    "Bang up to the mark!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Cornelius Garrett's performance is brilliant and the story is taunt through out (doesn't start slow or end slow like some of GH's stories do). She certainly has a genius for dogs and boys and this is another with some adorable characters. I completely agree with Anne (from Portland)'s review. Elinor is a little tiresome but she's still a sympathetic character. This is one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unknown Ajax

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (379)

    Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent.

    bebe says: "Another great Georgette Heyer romance"
    "So Very Fun!"
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    What does Daniel Philpott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Daniel Philpott does a splendid job of portraying the characters! He pulls off the appropriate accents and voices beautifully.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Unknown Ajax and why?

    The story takes a while to gain momentum but the final scene scene is entirely worth it. It's classic Georgette Heyer: epic and laugh out loud funny (beware if you are in public).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sprig Muslin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Sian Phillips
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (214)

    Finding so young and pretty a girl as Amanda wandering unattended, Sir Gareth Ludlow knows it is his duty as a man of honour to restore her to her family.

    But it is to prove no easy task for the Corinthian. His captive in sprig muslin has more than her rapturous good looks and bandboxes to aid her - she is also possessed of a runaway imagination...

    A says: "Teen years favorite comes to Audible --at last!"
    "Revolting"
    Overall
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    What was most disappointing about Georgette Heyer’s story?

    I kept waiting for the more mature characters to take center stage but the story revolved around this spoiled, stubborn, selfish, whining girl. It's not unusual for Georgette Heyer to have such a character in some form or another but usually they have some redeeming characteristic, like wit, or they are a minor character and a foil to the more likable characters. This story revolved around her and (obviously) I never liked the character and it spoiled the whole story for me. I will never listen to this one again.


    Which character – as performed by Sian Phillips – was your favorite?

    Sian has a lovely voice and it was the only thing that got me to the end of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frederica

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Clifford Norgate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (442)

    Rich and handsome, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. But when a distant connection applies to him for help, he finds himself far from bored.

    Carol says: "Frederica"
    "Wonderful!!"
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    What did you love best about Frederica?

    Clifford Norgate is brilliant! The strength of Ms. Heyer's novels are her characters and dialogue and Mr. Norgate brings the characters to life in the most amazing way. Love this story, the performance makes it even better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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