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Ella Quent

Costume Witch

Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • 13 reviews
  • 168 ratings
  • 241 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • Sprig Muslin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Sian Phillips
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (198)

    Finding so young and pretty a girl as Amanda wandering unattended, Sir Gareth Ludlow knows it is his duty as a man of honour to restore her to her family.

    But it is to prove no easy task for the Corinthian. His captive in sprig muslin has more than her rapturous good looks and bandboxes to aid her - she is also possessed of a runaway imagination...

    A says: "Teen years favorite comes to Audible --at last!"
    "So Enjoyable!"
    Overall

    This book was a delight. I have only read one or two Georgette Heyer books but it is so refreshing to listen/read a historical romance that is not loosely veiled soft core porn. Heyers use of language is delightful and the narrator does it full justice. This was a great fun listen and i will be looking for more books (not just Heyer) from this narrator

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Syrie James
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (25)

    Samantha McDonough cannot believe her eyes - or her luck. Tucked in an uncut page of a 200-year-old poetry book is a letter she believes was written by Jane Austen, mentioning with regret a manuscript that "went missing at Greenbriar in Devonshire". Could there really be an undiscovered Jane Austen novel waiting to be found? Could anyone resist the temptation to go looking for it?

    Maria says: "My favorite book in a long, long time!"
    "An insult to Jane Austen"
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    Performance
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    I've listened to and read a lot of Regency romances in the last 20 years and there are few that literally caused me to swear out loud but this was one of them. The hubris of this author to even suggest that the "missing manuscript" of the title is even remotely like something from Jane Austen is astounding. If you love Jane Austen and respect her works do yourself a favor and steer clear of this drivel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I've Got Your Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1222)
    Performance
    (1060)
    Story
    (1053)

    Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree.

    Erin says: "Pure fun"
    "Great story, grating narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While I always enjoy Sophie Kinsellas audiobooks and have listened to Undomestic Goddess, Can you keep a secret and Remember Me several times each, it is unfortunately a different story with this one. The narrator is irritating and her rather "unique" voice manages to make it impossible to figure out which character was supposed to be speaking. A good narrator pulls you in from the start and the best manage to amaze you with their ability to make each voice real and unique but this one just makes me want to smack the lead character. I will have to purchase the paperback to read so that I can get Jayne Entwhistle's voice out of my head and enjoy the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Julie Andrews
    • Narrated By Julie Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    Since her first appearance on screen in Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews has played a series of memorable roles that have endeared her to generations. But she has never told the story of her life before fame. Until now.

    Christopher says: "The Road to Fame, Dame Julie style"
    "What's not to like."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Julie recounts her life with honesty and openness and all in that marvelous speaking voice with crystal clear diction. I only hope that someday there will be a second book that continues where this one left off.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27102)
    Performance
    (13725)
    Story
    (13770)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Truly well worth listening to!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Help is so well written and performed that I found myself listening to it again just days after I finished it the first time. The story touches the heart and the narrators perform it with honesty and feeling. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4260)
    Performance
    (2755)
    Story
    (2801)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Couldn't get past 15 minutes"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Neither the reader nor the story captured me in any way. Wasted a credit on this. Won't be so trusting of glowing reviews again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Accomplished Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jude Morgan
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    1817. As a young woman, clever, self-reliant Lydia Templeton scandalised society by rejecting Lewis Durrant, the county's most eligible batchelor.

    Ten years later, Lydia has no regrets and, having concluded that matters of the heart need no longer trouble her, she is quite happy to remain unwed. But others still seek Lydia's advice on their love lives.

    Meg says: "Lovely"
    "Truly Terrific Regency"
    Overall
    Performance
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    How charming to find a modern day writer who manages to capture Austen' sensibility and humor with out resorting to the trite or clich??. All too many regency romances are little more than bodice rippers complete with lusting and thrusting at inopportune times and places. Jude Morgan is to be congratulated on this book and Phyllida Nash does a brilliant job of bringing the characters to life. Lydia is a marvelous heroine whose method of coping with the inanities of life and society by having a drink or three only makes her seem more real when one considers how few socially acceptable possbilites the women of her time had to deal with frustration. The small section where the author managed to use the majority of Jane Austen's book titles in a conversation made me laugh out loud and rewind just to hear it again it was so well done. I will definitely purchase books by this author narrator combo should I come across them.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Laurie Viera Rigler
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict tells the parallel story of Jane Mansfield, a gentleman's daughter from Regency England who inexplicably awakens in Courtney's overly wired and morally confused modern L.A. life. For Jane, the modern world is not wholly disagreeable. She relishes the privacy, independence, even the power to earn her own money. But how is she to fathom her employer's incomprehensible dictates about "syncing a BlackBerry"?

    Joseph R says: "Rude Awakenings and Eye Opening"
    "a joy to read with Reading"
    Overall

    A thoroughly enjoyable book read by one of the best narrators in the business. Kate Reading's facility with accents and her ability to give an individual voice to each character truly make the story come to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (135)

    Miranda Cheever has been blessed with many things, but great beauty is not among them. Still, when she meets Viscount Tuner, she knows she is meant for him. As the years go by, fate is as kind to Miranda as it is harsh on the Viscount. He's skeptical about love with good reason - but he may be falling for Miranda

    Teresa says: "Light and fun romance."
    "Just So-so"
    Overall

    I have read ever book written by Julia Quinn and thought I would try the audiobook version of one of them for a change. This turned out to be a mistake in this case. I remember at the time I read the book thinking that it was not one of Quinn's best but I did not have the desire to wring the heroines neck as i did when listening to this narrator. She managed to make most of the characters sound either insipid or annoying which is a talent in itself I suppose but not one that will make me want to download other books she has read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady of Quality

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (141)

    When spirited, independent Miss Annis Wynchwood embroils herself in the affairs of a runaway heiress, she is destined to see a good deal of Mr Carleton, Lucilla's uncivil and high-handed guardian. And, chafing at the restrictions of Bath society, Annis has to admit that at least Mr Oliver Carleton is never boring.

    Rebecca Roberts says: "Sweet Romance"
    "Absolutely charming"
    Overall

    I have downloaded many of the Heyer audiobooks from audible and find this to be one of the best due in great part to the skill of the narrator. Eve Matheson does a bang up job of bringing these characters to life. I found myself listening to it again just a few days after I finished it the first time. I will definitely be downloading more books read by this narrator.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Fixer Upper

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Isabel Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (224)

    After a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless. She reluctantly accepts to refurbish Birdsong, the old family place in Guthrie, Georgia. But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol - pink dump. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady who has claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever.

    Karen M. McGrady says: "Enjoyable Listening"
    "Somewhat far fetched"
    Overall

    Having read/listened to all of Mary Kay Andrews books I found this latest to be somewhat below par. Isabel Keating is as always an excellent narrator. It's the story that is a little too implausible. Our heroine is too dense despite her law degree and career in politics to see through the villain and maintains her incredulity despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary for a good 2/3rds of the book. The house or "fixer-upper" of the title is loaded with problems and difficulties for which solutions just seem to miraculously appear at the right time.i.e. The handyman hired to do the fixing up just happens to find enough virgin lumber in the basement of the house with which - over the weekend mind you - to build from scratch a fine furniture-quality kitchen island, for free it seems.
    This story only deserves a 3 but Isabelle Keating's skill raised it to a 4 for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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