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  • Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sally Smith O' Rourke
    • Narrated By Kendra Hoffman
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    Was Mr. Darcy real? Is time travel really possible? For pragmatic Manhattan artist Eliza Knight the answer to both questions is absolutely, Yes! And Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley Farms, Virginia is the reason why! His tale of love and romance in Regency England leaves Eliza in no doubt that Fitz Darcy is the embodiment of Jane Austen’s legendary hero. And she’s falling in love with him. But can the man who loved the inimitable Jane Austen ever love average, ordinary Eliza Knight?

    Marcie says: "The narrator fell short for me"
    "The narrator fell short for me"
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    My thoughts on the audio:
    Please forgive me, Kendra Hoffman, but I did not like your accents. I'm not a fan of accents unless they can be done really well. In this book Hoffman did a New Yorker accent, a southern accent, and an English accent. I completely understand and appreciate that Hoffman tried to give the characters their own 'voice' by differentiating between their geographical regions. It just fell short to me. At times the voices were irritating. I did like it when Hoffman read in her own voice. I think she has a very pleasant and easy to listen to voice, but the accents need work.

    My thoughts on the book:
    When I first started to read this book, I had no idea it was a sequel. I guess the allure of a time-travel book involving Jane Austen was enough for me. It was halfway through the first chapter when I realized my mistake. I was a little confused as to what was going on. So if you haven't read the first book, I suggest that you do before you start this one. I continued reading and after the first few chapters I begin to understand the story better.
    The famous Fitzwilliam Darcy is real! Though he doesn't live in England. He lives in the United States. But if he's real then how is it that Jane Austen could write a story about him? That's where the story begins. You see there is this portal that can transport Fitz into Jane Austen's time. And that's exactly how the two met. Jane falls in love with Fitz but knows it will never work out. Fitz goes back to his own time and meets Eliza. Eliza is a New Yorker who recently purchased Jane Austen's vanity and found letters in it addressed to Fitz. This find leads to the two meeting and sparks fly between the two. Eliza finds out that she has some competition But how do you compete against Jane Austen? To make matters more complicated, Jane Austen's groom decides he wants to work for Mr. Darcy and goes through the portal. However in doing so, he could change history, including Jane's.
    This is an enjoyable read. It's a twist on Jane Austen inspired novels that I haven't come across before. I do wish I would have read the first book, The Man Who Loved Jane Austen first because I feel like I came into the middle of the story, which I guess I did. I did like the characters both old and new. Fitz is very much like Austen's Fitzwillian and Eliza and Elizabeth are similar as well. The story line is cute and an enjoyable read. Great for the Austen lovers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shades of Milk and Honey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (237)
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    The fantasy novel you’ve always wished Jane Austen had written. When Jane realizes that one of Melody’s suitors is set on taking advantage of her sister for the sake of her dowry, she pushes her skills to the limit of what her body can withstand in order to set things right—and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.

    Fionna says: "Jane Austen with magic"
    "Jan Austen fans will love it!"
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    My thoughts on the audio:
    Shades of Milk and Honey is read by the author, Mary Robinette Kowal. She has a very pleasant voice that makes this story come alive. She reads each character with such care it makes it easy to visualize each scene. The audio length is 7 hours and 33 minutes. I enjoyed each minute of it.


    Shades of Milk and Honey is a delightful book. It has intrigue, hints of romance, and great characters. So many of the characters in this book reminded me of some of Jane Austen's characters. This book was like sitting down with an new friend that you feel like you have known forever. I absolutely fell in love with this book. I can't wait to read more by this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Love It!"
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    I had read and reviewed Soulless by Gail Carriger previously on my website. Even though I loved Soulless I had not continued on with the series right away. Since a year had passed I decided I wanted to 're-read' this book. I downloaded it from audible and was not disappointed.
    Emily Gray narrates this fantastic book. She really seem to capture the wit and humor of Alexia Tarabotti. Listening to this novel brought to life the words of Gail Carriger. Gray reads how I imagined Alexia to sound in my head. I especially liked hearing the heated exchanges between Alexia and Lord Maccon read aloud. There are some blush worthy scenes in this book. Gray does a fantastic job with giving each of the characters their own voice. This is definitely one of the best audio books I've come across.
    If you've not had the chance to read Soulless yet you need to. It has mystery, romance, werewolves and steampunk. It's a highly enjoyable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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