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Rosemary

Pittsford, NY, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out: The Poor Relation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (433)

    Life is not easy for the poor relations of England’s upper crust, but fate and clever schemes bring them together. Lady Fortescue and Colonel Sandhurst hatch a plan: What if they were to transform her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering their guests the pleasure of being waited upon by nobility? With the help of other down-and-out aristocrats, they do just that, and London’s newest hotel, The Poor Relation, is born. The establishment is an immediate hit with London’s most illustrious citizens, save the Duke of Rowcester....

    connie says: "sweet but overpriced trifle"
    "Entertaining fluff"
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    Where does Lady Fortescue Steps Out rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not a serious book, but a fun one. The narration, in particular, does very well in expressing what are considered the norms for Regency society, while making it very clear that this work is written for a modern audience, with modern sensibilities. The juxtaposition of those attitudes made for much of the humor in the work for me. The story itself was fun, with interesting characters, and by choosing persons who are not within the mainstream of Regency society allowed for a more enjoyable story.

    My mother and I got this book as something for the road, and it served admirably to pass the hours and keep the mind engaged.

    Finally, enough good cannot be said for the reader's performance. Ms. Porter manages to take unique voices for several major characters, such that simply hearing the tone of her voice will convey who is speaking - this made for a much more clear, and enjoyable, experience.


    1 of 1 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
    Overall
    (2982)
    Performance
    (2189)
    Story
    (2213)

    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"
    "Charming and entertaining"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Overall, this is a charming and entertaining entry to the magical realism/urban fantasy realm. As a long-time fan of alternate history I found some of the blythe assertions tossed out in the narration to be a bit over the top - but these are minor flaws that the plot and writing does an excellent job of keeping the audience from noticing during the story. It is thoroughly entertaining and well worth the time.


    What does Emily Gray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emily Gray's narration is excellent. The emphasis she gives to various character's voices enhances the story, and the characterizations, well beyond what I'd think one would get from the text alone. In particular she manages to infuse Alexia's frequent shifts from competence to confusion with a deft touch that brings Alexia to life.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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