This was the best of the series for me, always liked Ryder the best of the brothers. Glad I did not let other reviews keep me from getting this series. I did get used to the narrator, sped up to 1 1/2 times speed for all three books, and he did get better with kids' voices with each book. The ghost storyline was a little too over the top, but the historical descriptions made it interesting. Overall glad I listened to this series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have to wonder as others have, why there were rave reviews for this book. It was very predictable, not even believable in parts. The narrator was good except I didn't care for the voice she gave the heroine. Will not listen to others in the series and definitely not spend a credit on them.
This was a surprisingly fun book with interesting characters and plot twists. Got it for a sale price, will definitely listen to the next in the series. Had not listened to any by this author. Really liked the humor infused in the scenes, the 'bard' persona assumed by the hero, and the way he saw through to the real personality of the heroine. Guess I'm not as picky as some listeners with this narrator. I thought he was fine, have heard some better but overall I think he did a decent job.
Thoroughly enjoyed this last book in the series. Had all the details I appreciated from the first one. Cole was one of my favorites in this family from the start. The plot was interesting and had some good twists. Would definitely recommend listening to the previous two in the series first. The narrator was pretty good. I know other reviewers didn't like him much, and I agree I didn't like his voice for Daniel. But overall it did not ruin the series for me.
These three short stories are fun, really need to listen to the first book in the series before listening to these. Otherwise you miss many of the details and don't understand the story line. I did miss the development of the characters that was present in the first one. But worth the listen and a good continuation of the series.
Even though the author obviously used some artistic creativity with the history, this story really makes you think about women, their roles in society, and how far we have come. The romance is great, love Sebastian, his personality, how he treat Violet, and the interaction between these two. There is so much to Violet and her history, her accomplishments, and what women went through before any academic freedom was available. Even with that serious side, this is a fun book and a great listen. As one of those 'smart girls' who has raised three smart girls, I could really relate to this character. I only hope history did have some good outcomes like this story, although I imagine more of the outcomes were lost names and faces of women who worked really hard. As usual this narrator is superb. I love this series, all the characters are unique and I can't wait for the next one to come out.
Couldn't wait for this one to come out, as I loved the first one in this series. This did not disappoint. Freddy, what can you say, you have to love him, the class clown with much deeper aspects to his personality than he ever lets on. So much fun in this book, and the chinese experimental swimming pigs, they just add to the enjoyment. I only hope the third installment doesn't take as long.
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