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Allison

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  • Enchanted: Medieval Trilogy #3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (94)

    Simon the Loyal has vowed never to love, for love makes a warrior weak. His arranged marriage to a beautiful Norman heiress would be duty and no more. But more than duty stirs his blood when he first sees Ariane. She has known only coldness from men - and a betrayal so deep it all but killed her soul. Wanting no man, trusting no man, speaking only through the sad songs she draws from her harp, Ariane comes to Simon an unwilling bride.

    Allison says: "The Return!"
    "The Return!"
    Overall

    This last in the Medieval trilogy more closely resembles the style of the first book, Untamed, than the second book. Which is good. If you liked the first book, you'll likely be satisfied with this book. Plus, Simon is one of the main characters, instead of some two-bit secondary character from the first book who we committed ourselves to hate, only to find that we're supposed to like him enough to care what happens to him for an entire book (I speak, of course, of Duncan in Forbidden, the second book.)

    Also, that instant, love-at-first-sight, super-duper, uber-sappiness that displays itself in the second book in the form of ridiculous love-talk is mostly absent here; when it does appear, it's appropriately placed.

    A note of caution, however: the ending is rather abrupt. Happy, but abrupt. And as this last book in the trilogy was written in, uh, 1994(?), it doesn't look as though there will be any more books in the series. No cliff-hanger endings or anything, but it seems like the epilogue raises more questions than it answers.

    For fans of Untamed, enjoy!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Seduction of the Crimson Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    Lauren Willig continues the exciting series with her fourth novel, The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, featuring Lord Vaughn, the delightfully devilish spy from The Masque of the Black Tulip, and Mary Alsworthy, the raven-haired beauty whose sister accidentally stole her suitor in The Deception of the Emerald Ring.

    Lea says: "Pace Setter"
    "Series in Decline, Sadly."
    Overall

    Unfortunately, it appears that with each successive books, this series becomes less entertaining. While the first two books were delightful, and the third considerably less so, I fear this fourth book tolls the death knell. Neither of the leading characters is particularly likeable. In fact, both somewhat played the role of person-you-love-to-hate in previous books. And they remain quite unredeemed here. By their own admissions, the one thing they love about each other is each other's selfishness. It's ugly, therefore unfeigned. Be still my heart. What a trait to build a romance on. Don't waste the credit.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Deception of the Emerald Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (156)

    The year is 1803 and England and France remain at odds. Hoping to break the English once and for all, Napoleon backs a ring of Irish rebels in uprisings against England and sends the Black Tulip, France's most deadly spy, to the Emerald Isle to help. Meanwhile, not to be outdone by her husband, Letty Alsworthy steals away on a ship bound for Ireland, armed and ready to fight for her spouse and to learn a thing or two about spying for England.

    Coffee Lover says: "More, more, more!"
    "Worth a listen."
    Overall

    Considerably less entertaining than the first two books, both of which were absolutely smashing. Both leading characters are less well-developed than in previous books: Letty Alsworthy is a country mouse with some little charm, it's true, but Geoffrey Pinghingdale-Snipe remains as quiet and unassuming as a leading man as he was as a backgrounf figure in previous books. Still, it's entertaining enough, especially the bits in between involving the modern day Eloise and Colin. Worth a listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Whitefire

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    She possesses the courage and beauty of her wild Cossack ancestors. Now Katerina is on a vengeance quest against the marauders who destroyed her village and stole her priceless snow-white horses in the name of the mad czar. Nor will she rest until she has killed the man who dared to take her innocence.

    Marcheta says: "Well-told story but not for the faint of heart"
    "Suspend belief, all ye who listen!"
    Overall

    Woman is raped. Woman deals remarkably well with the emotional trauma of being raped. So well, in fact, that she lusts after her rapist. Then periodically sleeps with him. Then falls in love with him. What makes this possible? He says he's "sorry." Gee, what a guy.

    Seriously? If you're going to attempt a sensitive topic like rape, and then go on to propose that a woman could fall in love with her rapist, you're going to have to do a much better job than this book does.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • An Officer and His Gentle Man

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ryan Field
    • Narrated By Rush McCane
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Chance Martin, who dreams of becoming a chef on the Food Network, works at a grocery store for a quirky old man who gives him free room and board as long as he walks around naked when the store is closed. But Chance is only interested in cooking, until an attractive stranger walks into the market one morning. Brody Johnston, bad boy naval officer on extended leave from his post in Europe, can't take his eyes off innocent Chance's round buttocks and smooth legs, and is determined to get to know him better

    Allison says: "Not what I expected..."
    "Not what I expected..."
    Overall

    This is erotica, not romance. It's the equivalent of ear pornography. Not that there's anything wrong with that, if you're prepared for it. But I downloaded this book based on the review above. I was expecting a ROMANCE between two guys. What I got was hot sex (with some cheesy dialogue thrown in). Just know what you're getting into.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • To Shield the Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Fiona Buckley
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Rumor has linked Queen Elizabeth I to her master of the horse, Robin Dudley. As gossip would have it, only his ailing wife, Amy, prevents marriage between Dudley and the Queen. To quell the idle tongues at court, the Queen dispatches Ursula Blanchard to tend to the sick woman's needs. But not even Ursula can prevent the "accident" that takes Amy's life. Did she fall or was she pushed? Was Ursula a pawn of Dudley and the Queen?

    Wadie says: "Very good"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable."
    Overall

    Though some of the problems Mistress Ursula Blanchard encounters seem to easily resolved, her personality is of such a sort that I found I didn't much mind. She's a very likeable character.

    Also, the narrator was quite good, though I admit it took me a little while to get used to the sound of her voice. She has a good rhythm and cadence, but her voice is pitched higher than I expected. She's quite good at accents, though.

    A thoroughly enjoyable listen. But be warned: you'll be sadly disappointed if you expect to listen to the whole series. Audible has only this one (the first book), and the third and fourth books. There are, in fact, eight books in all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    When the Council of 10 takes the seer Nostradamus into custody, suspecting him of poisoning a friend of the prince, his young apprentice must unravel a web of magic and murder if he is to have any future of his own.

    M Kruse says: "Excellent Book."
    "A Poorly-written Tale"
    Overall

    Duncan was going for witty and clever, but sadly his main character fell remarkably flat. He came out cliche and annoying, like the author was trying to hard. And the mystery wasn't set up as well as it could have been; the truth of the crime that is brought to life is disappointing, and in some respects, never fully explained.

    The narrator was disappointing as well. While his reading is clear and crisp, it leaves the listner feeling cold and unmoved. He sounds too much like he's READING from a script, not telling a story. His words are so carefully ennuciated, the emotion is leached out of it. It makes it very hard to become immersed in the tale. Maybe I expect too much, but after listening to Davina Porter, it's hard to accept anything less.

    I did not enjoy this book, but found myself listening only because I wanted to know, ultimately, who had committed the crime. As a result, I never felt fascinated or thrilled by the mystery, but rather disgruntled and feeling as though I had been hijacked and dragged through the story unwillingly.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful

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