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Kristin

Brookings, SD, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Between the Devil and Desire: Scoundrels of St. James, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen, Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (517)

    The ladies of the town won't stop whispering about deliciously wicked Jack Dodger - once a thieving street urchin, now the wealthy owner of London's most exclusive gentleman's club. Olivia, Duchess of Lovingdon, would never associate with such a rogue. So when Jack is named sole heir to the duke's personal possessions, the beautiful, well-bred lady is outraged. Now, Olivia is forced to share her beloved home with this despicable man. But Olivia's icy disdain is no match for Jack's dangerous charm.

    Amazon Customer says: "It's sick how good this series is"
    "even better than the first"
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    Wasn't sure how I could like Jack after the first story, but wow, loved this one even more. Really become involved with this group of adults who grew up with such hardships. As the secrets from their childhood are revealed, very skillfully, and their adult lives remain so intertwined, I find myself wishing there was a story for all of them. As with the first one, enjoyed the time period in which this occurs. I like the way rules of society are questioned, and the way the author brings in so many aspects of life outside of aristocracy. Could not stop listening to this one. The plot twists kept me from turning it off, in spite of not getting other stuff done! Can't wait for to listen to the rest in this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow and the Star

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (275)

    In defense of her honor, innocent Leda Etoile has burned all her bridges and taken refuge in her tiny attic room in a shabby boarding house in London. But her last safe haven is invaded when she wakes to find a man hidden in the dark - a man with golden hair and the face of a fallen angel, who moves in the night like a shadow. Will he be her savior, or her ruin? Samuel Gerard draws her inexorably into the richest circles of aristocratic England. But even as Leda falls in love with a man she can never have, she must keep his secrets.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Wonderful Story - Wished it was longer!! ;-)"
    "Continue to be the 'gold standard' for me in audio"
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    The author/narrator combo of Kinsale and Boulton are just too great to describe as anything but the gold standard! I save these books for when I want to listen to something outstanding. I am never disappointed. This is another wonderful story of two lives coming together through very unusual circumstances. I love the way this author takes you right into the mind and heart of the characters. Leda with her prim and proper ways, combined with Samuel and his dark side, it is just so excellent. And the narration, the different voices, accents, once again just makes the experience. Would give 10 stars if I could. And can't wait to savor another one by this author and narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faro's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Laura Paton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    Fiery, strong-willed Deb Grantham, who presides over a gaming house with her aunt, is hardly the perfect wife for the young and naive Lord Mablethorpe. His lordship's family are scandalized that he proposes to marry one of 'faro's daughters', and his cousin the proud, wealthy Max Ravenscar - decides to take the matter in hand. Ravenscar always gets his way, but as he and Miss Grantham lock horns, they become increasingly drawn to each other. Amidst all the misunderstandings and entanglements, has Ravenscar finally met his match?

    Nanellen says: "Georgette Heyer is all the better when heard"
    "Laugh-out-loud fun, needs more than 5 stars!"
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    This is one of those books in which, from the start, I liked both the hero and heroine. That alone made this enjoyable, but the dialog between these two is so fabulous, and the narration so wonderful, that is stands out as a big favorite for me. I was laughing out loud during my commute. Other drivers probably wondered if they should steer clear! This book, more than most books I've listened too, made me feel just like I was watching it on stage. That describes how great this narrator is. Definitely worth a credit and highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Foundling

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (100)

    The shy young Duke of Sale has never known his parents. Instead, his Grace Adolphus Gillespie Vernon Ware or Gilly for short has endured 24 years of rigorous mollycoddling from his uncle and his valet. But his natural diffidence conceals a rebellious spirit. So when Gilly hears of Belinda, the beautiful foundling who appears to be blackmailing his cousin, he absconds with glee. Only he has no sooner entered his new and dangerous world than he is plunged into a frenzy of intrigue, kidnap and adventure.

    Amanda says: "Rollicking Adventure"
    "a joy to listen to, great narration"
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    One of the things I love about books by Georgette Heyer is the different types of heroes and heroines. This book has that, with the very shy duke who would never be the lead character in any typical romance. Her books make you believe in the average person. I love this plot, the scrapes that he gets into, the incredibly ditzy foundling, the transformation of the duke and therefore of his romance. Loved it from start to finish. And I have yet to hear narration by this author that was not first rate. Always love her work. Highly recommend this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Reluctant Widow

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Cornelius Garrett
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (221)

    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"
    "one of my top choices by Heyer"
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    I have 3 or 4 books by Heyer that I rank at the top of my list, this is joining them. Just the right combination of author with narrator. I love her stories with great secondary characters that are well developed, in this case the siblings of Edward. The dialog is really what makes these books. Sadly, I've been listening to so many by this author that many other romances are boring for me now. These books are not steamy romances as so many of this type are. The enjoyment is in the character development, the subtle dialog and the often funny scenes that come as a result.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bath Tangle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Sian Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (183)

    Having just jilted the Marquis of Rotherham, Lady Serena takes a house in Bath with her friend Fanny. The Marquis is not amused.

    bebe says: "Don't Miss Reading This"
    "very funny, engaging story, excellent narrator"
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    This is a fun listen, liked how the plot unfolds and the secondary characters add so much. I did have a harder time with this 'couple' than in some other books by Heyer. Just couldn't totally picture them together. But I still recommend this book because it is so much fun. And the narration is great. Lately all I listen to is books by this author, they are a great escape and not typical romance. Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Nonesuch

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (312)

    Sir Waldo Hawkridge, wealthy, handsome, eligible, illustrious, and known as The Nonesuch for his athletic prowess, believes he is past the age of falling in love. But when he comes north to inspect his unusual inheritance at Broom Hall in the West Riding, his arrival leads to the most entertaining of ramifications.

    Carl Smith says: "Simple pleasure"
    "a favorite, great narrator, my addiction continues"
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    One of my favorites by Heyer. So glad I ignored the really awful picture on the front. I know these are older books but honestly, this picture is ridiculous even for 50 years ago. That said, the book is great. Loved both the hero and heroine, and the other characters were well-developed, too. The narration was so good, I was laughing out loud at the bratty voice of Tiffany. Just love this author, the dialog is what makes these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Corinthian

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Georgina Sutton
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    The accomplished Corinthian Sir Richard Wyndham is wealthy, sophisticated, handsome ,and supremely bored. Tired of his aristocratic family constantly pressuring him to get married, he determines to run away after meeting the delightful, unconventional heroine Penelope Creed. Penelope - literally - falls into his life late one night as she hangs from the window of her aunt's house - she too attempting to escape the pressures of forced marriage.

    Carol says: "Fun on the Run"
    "the addiction to this author continues"
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    This is a fun listen that kept me very entertained. I loved the antics of Penn, she acted on impulse which of course is usually not a good idea. Ricky's reactions were usually tolerant and helpful. The storyline in this book may have been used before by many authors. What makes Heyer's books is the dialog. She has a real talent for writing great conversation and infusing it with nuances that help develop the characters. One of the funniest characters in this book was Mr. Brandon. I could just picture him all dressed up like a dandy in the country village. Just way to many fun things to mention in a review without spoiling it for others. Narration was top notch. Highly recommend if you like this genre. And definitely worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frederica

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Clifford Norgate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (419)

    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.

    connie says: "not run-of-the mill chick lit"
    "great book+outstanding narration=wonderful listen"
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    Got this after reading several other reviews that mentioned it as a favorite. It is one of the best. The story had me laughing out loud, the antics of the younger brothers and how Alverstoke was drawn into this family, so well written. Just love how Heyer creates these story lines. And this narrator was amazing. He truly was an actor, not all the narrators achieve that. He was able to infuse the humor, irony, anger, all those emotions in the dialog. I would give 10 stars if I could for the story and the narration. You do have to like Regency period romances to enjoy these books. Will be listening to many more by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quiet Gentleman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Cornelius Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (219)

    When Gervase Frant, 7th Earl of St Erth, returns at last from Waterloo to his family seat at Stanyon, he enjoys a less than welcome homecoming.

    Anne says: "Delightful relaxing reading"
    "Another enjoyable audio version of Heyer"
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    Just finished listening to this one, and once again enjoyed this author. Have never 'read' any of her books. Discovered them on audible after reading some other reviews. I thought this one was an excellent story. Reminded me of Jane Austen books with the personalities unfolding and the subtle humor. I love most of the books by this author because they are a change of pace from more modern romance writing. I liked all the voices the narrator used except for the stepmother. It was too shrill and 'fake'. However, the others were very good. Will be looking for more titles by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guardian: Return of the Highlanders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Mallory
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (230)

    After years of fighting abroad, Ian MacDonald comes home to find his clan in peril. To save his kin, he must right the wrongs from his past... and claim the bride he's long resisted. As a young lass, Sìleas depended on Ian to play her knight in shining armor. Five years later, Sìleas has grown from an awkward girl into an independent beauty who knows she deserves better than the reluctant husband who preferred war to his wife. Now this devilishly handsome Highlander is finally falling in love. He wants Sìleas - and he won't take no for an answer....

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Spirited Highland Adventure"
    "Everything needed for a great highland romance"
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    This was a fun listen, had a good plot, strong characters and was well-researched. The details supported the story line but did not get boring. I listen to these books for escape, not a history lesson. Naturally things are a little glossed over, it is a romance after all. But that's why it's a nice escape. Appreciated the added 'ghost' and healer, those were very much a part of everyday life for many in that time period. Thought the narrator did an excellent job, loved the way he said Sileas, and the characters were easily distinguished. Will be listening to the next in the series as soon as it is downloaded. Since it is highly unlikely I will ever get to see the real setting for these books in Scotland, I'm glad these stories are available in audio.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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