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  • Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife: Pride and Prejudice Continues

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Linda Berdoll
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (156)

    Every woman wants to be Elizabeth Bennet Darcy - beautiful, gracious, universally admired, strong, daring and outspoken - a thoroughly modern woman in crinolines. And every woman will fall madly in love with Mr. Darcy - tall, dark and handsome, a nobleman and a heartthrob whose virility is matched only by his utter devotion to his wife. Their passion is consuming and idyllic - essentially, they can’t keep their hands off each other - through a sweeping tale of adventure and misadventure, human folly and numerous mysteries of parentage.

    Michelle says: "Great Listen...but not for everyone!"
    "Great follow-on to a classic..."
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    This is a bit "warmer" version of the Jane Austen classic, but no less compelling. I like how it wraps up the lives of the original characters. It's got all the angst, misunderstandings, charm and wit of a period romance, as well as action and adventure. The story of Lizzie and Darcy's relationship is perfect.... very well done. I had a hard time putting it down, even when I'd listened to it a second time almost a year later.

    I also loved the language in it. I found myself looking up words that you just don't see in modern day romances - I thought it was very much in keeping with that of upper class society at that time. Nothing vulgar at all, but it was interesting to see the choice of words the author used to describe some of the sexier scenes. Linda Berdoll did an outstanding job!

    Great narration by Rosalyn Landor - I have listened to her before, and thought she was very good, but this was by far her best.

    Well worth the time and the credit - I highly recommend it.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Patricia Rice
    • Narrated By Mary Jane Wells
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Her pious father’s murder leaves Faith Montague orphaned and lost on the dangerous road to London , only to be rescued by a notorious highwayman. Morgan de Lacy, a lawless rake with the bearing of a nobleman, treats her finer than those who should have loved and protected her. Recognizing a fine gem when he sees one, de Lacy sets about seducing his orphaned companion. His caresses incite passion…his fiery kisses tantalize, and Faith is in peril of losing herself to temptation.

    Gayle says: "I enjoyed this one."
    "Decent story, but very rushed performance"
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    This book was difficult to listen to...the narrator has a nice voice, but there were absolutely no pauses whatsoever between scenes. Very, very distracting.

    I think the story was OK, but I think I would have liked it better if I'd just bought the book. The performance really didn't do it justice.

    Not recommended.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark One: Dark Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Jim McCabe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    It is A.D. 1486. Fresh from his treacherous turning of the tides against Richard III in the Battle of Bosworth, Sir Gaston de Russe's reputation is dark and dirty. Those loyal to Richard hate him and those loyal to Henry Tudor fear him. He is, after all, The Dark One. In order to gain a strong foothold in Yorkshire, Henry sends Gaston to one of the largest fortresses in the north, a massive bastion called Mt. Holyoak Castle.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Epic Medieval Love Story"
    "Disappointing. I was not impressed..."
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    Would you try another book from Kathryn Le Veque and/or Jim McCabe?

    Probably not...from either of them.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Add some sophistication to the language....and add some suspense. Add some REAL emotion to the characters....for example, he was in love with her, but there was no real progression of their relationship - one minute they were strangers, and the next they were in love (rather early in the book) - seemed to me that he fell in love with her only because she was beautiful, and a victim. Overall, I thought it was a bit dull and predictable....and totally unrealistic. The heroine was just TOO horribly victimized, the hero was just TOO god-like and perfect, and no one could have been more heartless or cruel or evil than the villain. And the rest of the supporting characters just seemed to accept it all for most of the book.. They were all just TOO much.


    What didn’t you like about Jim McCabe’s performance?

    OMG....it's like he was competing with someone to finish first! He has a nice voice, but it was unbelievably expressionless. The few accents he tried were poorly done. He seemed to race through the entire book - didn't matter what was happening in the scene - he just kept plodding along at the same steady (rapid) pace. The best I can say is that if he had been a 5th grader, he would have gotten an A+ for Reading - he never slipped up or mispronounced his words. But as a performer, he was totally lacking in any sort of characterizations of the various characters, or of dramatic timing. It was like he had a stopwatch, and paused just one second between every sentence - I thought it was a very hurried performance. I'm actually astonished I finished it..


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe...would depend on the cast and director. I like the time period.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this based on the outstanding rating, and because it had a non typical time period. But when I compare it to other romances, I have to say it did not conjure up any real emotion in me, and certainly did NOT give me a feeling of "being there". Maybe it would have been better if I'd read it rather than listened to it, but it's too late now....this was my first book by this author and this narrator, and I was disappointed enough that there will not be a second.

    Not recommended.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Night Hawk

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Beverly Jenkins
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    Award-winning and best-selling author Beverly Jenkins delivers another satisfying and deeply emotional historical romance set during the Revolutionary War. Jenkins continues to win readers with her adventurous tales - where love and high stakes go hand in hand.

    MonaBeeReads says: "Love Ms Jenkins Historical Romances"
    ""See spot run" language, lousy narration"
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    I downloaded this book because of its high rating, and because a "western" romance is not my usual area of interest. But I decided to try something different, and it sounded interesting, so I bought it.

    Big mistake. I should have stuck to what I KNOW I like. This story could have been written by someone in junior high, it was so simplistic. The language was not at all engaging, not very descriptive, and overall pretty dull.

    The narration was awful, particularly for that of the female lead. She was either clipped in her speech, or just so darned perky it was ridiculous. Nether tone fit the situations she found herself in. I had a hard time listening to the end.

    The few historical tidbits are the only reason I gave the story two stars instead of one.

    I will not download another book by this author or this narrator. There are better books out there. NOT recommended.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Masqueraders

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Ruth Sillers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (179)

    After participating in the Jacobite Rising of 1745, Robin and Prudence, brother and sister, become engaged in a swashbuckling, romantic adventure. Our hero and heroine must cross-dress and switch genders if they are to escape prosecution a humorous move that allows Heyer to explore the manners and language affectations of the period as the two romp through the elite saloons and clubs of London.

    Patricia says: "Intrigue, romance, loyalty and wit!"
    "Classic Story. Wrong Narrator."
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    The story is a classic, and one of my favorite GH novels - I have read them all many times. It is set in the mid eighteenth century rather than the typical regency period of the early nineteenth, which is a nice change. As always, it is full of romance and wit and comedy, with sumptuous descriptions of the characters, the locations and the clothing.

    However, I think the narrator, although very good, was the wrong choice for this audiobook. Her voice is wonderfully clear, but very young and feminine sounding. In my opinion, she was unable to make any of the male characters sound even remotely authentic. Particularly the male lead, who is described as a "mountain" - her teenage girl sounding voice just did not fit the visual image. In addition, I did not care at all for her characterization of Lord Barham - she made him sound like a ringleader performing in a circus. Yes, he is described as being bombastic and conceited, but her narration was just way too over the top for me. Also, she made the villains of the story all have very nasal voices, which made me think of Snidely Whiplash of the cartoons. Just too unrealistic, particularly since the character Letitia was initially supposed to have been in love with one of them. Not likely with THAT voice!

    But despite my disappointment regarding the narrator, I still recommend it - absolutely ANYTHING written by Georgette Heyer is worth listening to!

    23 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (705)

    Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

    Marcheta says: "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
    "Wow...a new author added to my daily search list!"
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    I downloaded this book because it had a 5 star rating even though there weren't many ratings yet.....and it certainly lived up to this score in both story and narration. The dialog was intelligent and very witty, almost in the style of Georgette Heyer, but with a little more bite to it. Neither the hero nor the heroine are at all typical of the HR genre, but they each had strong personalities and were a delight to listen to. There were quite a few laugh out loud moments included as well! Very well done. Apparently this book was first published in 1995 - and I had never before heard of the author - but I can perfectly understand why it has stood the test of time.

    Kate Reading gave an outstanding performance yet again - she is just wonderful (she also narrates the Pink Carnation series, which is where I first heard her).

    I have now added Loretta Chase to my daily search list - along with Pamela Clare, Georgette Heyer, Laura Kinsale and Diana Gabalodon. They are all automatic downloads!

    This one is definitely worth your time and credit....I hope Audible brings us more from this author very soon!

    30 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2843)
    Performance
    (2408)
    Story
    (2417)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Definitely keeps your interest...."
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    I saw the mini-series in the 80's, but had never read the book. What an achievement! This book is hard to put on pause, although one has to due to its length. Herman Wouk's storytelling is fabulous, and I think the narrator delivered his words in exactly the way he would have wanted. I have learned so much about WWII that I never knew, and it was truly eye-opening. I am starting the sequence, War and Remembrance, right now. If you enjoy history, you will love this book!

    HIGHLY recommended.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Paula Costello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1578)
    Performance
    (1487)
    Story
    (1483)

    Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare.... Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well - until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

    SIMARA says: "An emotional journey..."
    "Too juvenile...and unrealistic"
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    This was not what I expected. I only bought it because of the ratings and the reviews that seemed to indicate it was an excellent book.

    But it was essentially a YA book with lots of sex. The main character acted like a snotty teenager most of the time...far too much attitude. Yes, she had a tragedy in her past when she was 14, but it seemed to me that she was never grew up from that point. He was contradictory as well...one minute kind and gentle, the next controlling and cursing. I couldn't see what they saw in each other - I didn't detect any chemistry at all, even after 6 hours into it.

    I finally abandoned it entirely. It would have been a waste of my time to finish it.

    Not recommended for anyone over 30. You'd be bored witless.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4540)
    Performance
    (4117)
    Story
    (4134)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "Awful! Not worth your time or money..."
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    What would have made Bared to You better?

    A different story, a different author and a different narrator.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sylvia Day again?

    Not in a million years!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jill Redfield?

    ANYONE else...this narrator's voice was just plain flat. But I have to say that the best narrator in the world could not have made me like this audiobook. The sex was too explicit, the dialogue too vulgar, the writing too amateurish, and the premise too unrealistic. All that, and no story either.....complete disappointment.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bared to You?

    Pretty much all of them...or at least those I listened to. I quit after about 2 hours. Kept hoping it would improve, but it didn't. Didn't want to waste my time seeing if it ever would. Bought it on a Daily Deal, but even at a lower price, it was a waste of money. I'll be returning it.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook appears to me to have targeted teens and young adults. I just hope they are smart enough to recognize that this is not what a real relationship is like. If they don't, I really pity them.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding: The Lairds' Brides, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (476)

    New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood has captured the hearts of millions of listeners worldwide with timeless tales of love and soaring adventure. Now, returning to the enchanting world of her classic love story “The Bride,” she brings to glorious life the passion, intrigue, and rivalry of medieval Scotland....

    jujubug58 says: "Incredible Narrrator"
    "Story so-so, narration might have improved it..."
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    I was somewhat disappointed in this audiobook. The story was OK - a bit predictable - and although not the best romance I've ever read, it was certainly not the worst. I did start out slowly and confusingly, but got better towards the end. But the worst part was the narration.

    I gave Heather Wilds two stars instead of one only because there is no denying she has a very pleasant voice. Unfortunately, it is was woefully expressionless most of the time - or maybe melancholy is a better description. She was simply reading the book out loud. There were no real character distinctions and although I could usually tell if it was a man or a woman speaking, because she did at least change her pitch for that, I certainly could not distinguish between characters of the same sex. Same tone, same volume, same speed all the time, regardless if it was an action scene, a romantic encounter, or heated argument. There WAS no heat, or passion, or amusement, or frustration, or sadness, or fear, or any other emotion expressed in her voice. The monotony of all this made it a very dull listen for me...I will not download another book narrated by HW unless she improves dramatically. I'll give her a few years and then we'll see.

    Finally, which is probably more the fault of the recording team than the narrator.... no real pauses during scene changes. I found myself repeatedly rewinding to find out what was going on - not something I typically do. Very irritating.

    My recommendation is to buy the book instead.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3340)
    Performance
    (1506)
    Story
    (1508)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "One of the best audiobooks out there...."
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, and I think the narrators did a fabulous job of bringing the characters to life. The story is compelling and the characters are just plain wonderful - very well done. I also learned about the German occupation of the Channel Isles during WWII, something I had previously known little about.

    It is everything all the others have said about it, so I will not repeat their comments.

    This audiobook it is definitely worth the time an credit, and if you haven't read it yet, you should - you will not be disappointed! It is now one of my top ten!

    Highly, highly, HIGHLY recommended!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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