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Mel

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  • The Bridegroom Wore Plaid: MacGregor Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Grace Burrowes
    • Narrated By Roger Hampton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Ian MacGregor is wooing a woman who's wrong for him in every way. As the new Earl of Balfour, though, he must marry an English heiress to repair the family fortunes. But in his intended's penniless chaperone, Augusta, Ian is finding everything he's ever wanted in a wife.

    Malinda says: "Pretty good start to the series :)"
    "Romantic; Intriguing; Entertaining"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Without a doubt! My main reason for recommending it would be the solid writing of this interesting love story, and the second would be narration. I truly enjoyed Roger Hampton's narration and talent in covering multitude of characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bridegroom Wore Plaid?

    There really are many, but the first one to come to mind is the scene from Chapter One in which Ian is showing Augusta the taps in the water closet. His thoughts about her were very entertaining and revealing, but the narration of that scene was priceless!

    "The next few moments happened in a series of impressions.

    First came the sensation of the door thwacking into Ian from behind. A stout blow more unexpected than painful, but enough to make him stumble forward.

    Then, Fiona’s voice, muttering the Gaelic equivalent of “Beg pardon!” followed by a patter of retreating footsteps.

    And then, in Ian’s male brain, the woman with the pretty, anxious eyes became the woman who was soft, lush, and still beneath Ian’s much greater weight.

    She didn’t push him away. She didn’t even touch him. The sole indication that his weight was any imposition as he flattened her to the wall, that the impropriety of the moment was any imposition, was her closed eyes.

    The final impression threatened to part Ian from his reason: her breasts, heaving against his chest. In preparation for her bath, she’d left off her stays, and the feminine abundance pressed against Ian ambushed his wits.

    Shrewd, noticing, and astoundingly well endowed.

    When he wanted to press closer, Ian pushed himself away with one hand on the wall and made sure both feeder taps were open. “I do beg your pardon, Miss Merrick.”

    “A mishap only. I stumbled upon leaving the coach.”

    She would recall that, while Ian had thought nothing of it. His damned male parts were thinking at a great rate now, and all because…"


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

    Mr. Hampton did an excellent job with Scottish accent and that's something I could never manage! I also loved the way he portrayed the villain of the story, Willard Daniels, Baron of Altsax and Gribbony.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but alas it was not to be. I did listen to it within two days.


    Any additional comments?

    This book's well written story and Mr. Hampton's brilliant interpretation of multiple characters had contributed to some hours of priceless entertainment for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1521)
    Performance
    (1382)
    Story
    (1383)

    It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

    Lupdilup says: "FANTASTIC BOOK, NICELLY PERFORMED."
    "Touching romance ruined by narration."
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    If you could sum up The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie in three words, what would they be?

    Unique; Romantic;Sensual


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's the hero that makes this story unique. Reading it, I could feel his pain. I also loved the relationship portrayed between the brothers.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Meet the woman that tamed the mad Lord Ian Mackenzie.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very, VERY disappointed with the narration of this wonderful and well written book. Ms.Dawe was not able to portray the most important character of this story which was Ian. His character came across too wooden, stoic, That is not what he was.Ms. Dawe's narration is too fast, too forced and I'm sorry to say, extremely annoying. Every sentence has a high pitched ending.

    Frankly, I am surprised that a woman was chosen to narrate this story. If this story had been narrated by a male narrator, I believe it would have been much better. I would be willing to buy it again in that case.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers from the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (492)

    He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!"
    "Brilliant story and brilliant narration!"
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    If you could sum up Flowers from the Storm in three words, what would they be?

    Heartbreaking; Romantic; Sensual


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That would be the heroine, Maddy Timms. The conflict she went through between her religious beliefs and the responsibility and strong attraction to Jarvaulx was extraordinarily written, which tells me that the author did her homework when it came to the knowledge of Quaker Beliefs.It was fascinating watching her character grow and develop right in front of me!


    What about Nicholas Boulton’s performance did you like?

    Nicholas Boulton was brilliant as each character emerged, especially the hero. He made me cringe as I felt the frustration The Duke of Jervaulx was going through; he made me laugh as I listened to the Duke's friends and servants; he melted my heart as he read the sensual scenes....*sigh*...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scene in which Maddy tries to bring some dignity to Christian by dressing him in his own clothes and then realizing that she had him all dressed in his riding clothes complete with spurs, is heartbreaking as he is devastated to realize that he's not to leave his cell....


    Any additional comments?

    This is without a doubt one of the most romantic stories I have ever read [and I have read a lot of them], but it’s not just that. This is a love story of epic proportions; a story of conflict of not so much good and evil, but of one’s inbred religious beliefs versus one’s faith in humanity.I applaud the author for her brilliant writing of Christian's speech impairment which made me acutely aware of his pain, frustration and impotence.As for narration…The voice of Nicholas Boulton was mesmerizing as he read every character in the book to perfection. He was brilliant as Christian, showing me the frustration and rage so well written by the author, and as Maddy, with her thee/thou Quaker speech. And then he acted out to perfection Christian’s friends, Maddy’s father, Christian’s Aunt….and on and on…What a range this man has! Awesome job Mr. Boulton!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder and Roses: Fallen Angels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Peter Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (121)

    They called him the Demon Earl. They said he could do anything. Son of a rogue and a gypsy, Nicolas Davies was a notorious rake until a shattering betrayal left him alone and embittered in the Welsh countryside. Desperation drives quiet schoolmistress Clare Morgan to ask the Demon Earl to help save her village. Unwilling to involve himself in the problems of others, Nicholas sets an impossible price on his aid-only if Clare will live with him for three months, letting the world think the worst, will he intervene.

    bookworm2bookworm says: "Great start to a series!"
    "Great start to a series!"
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    If you could sum up Thunder and Roses in three words, what would they be?

    Well-told
    Poignant
    Entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the characterization of every character in the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in which the heroine meets the hero for the first time is very memorable. I loved the way they conversed in that scene and how they went after one another.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely, but as always what we want and what we can do is sometimes not one and the same. I managed to listen to it within three days.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the narration a lot. I was actually glad that the narrator had only slight nuances between male and female voices. I hate when a male/female narrators butcher the dialogue by sounding 'cartoonish' as they try to sound male/female.

    Job well done by Peter Bishop!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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