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  • Seduce Me at Sunrise

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (498)

    Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins - and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation...and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.

    Queen Squared says: "OMG! This series is amazing!"
    "Don't skip this book."
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    Where does Seduce Me at Sunrise rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I started to skip this book because of the review I read. I would have missed an important part of the Hathaway story as well the times I laughed out loud. This book is an intergral part to the Hathaway series not just a


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Seduce Me at Sunrise?

    Finding the family they had searched for in Noah.


    Which character ??? as performed by Rosalyn Landor ??? was your favorite?

    How do you pick a favorite from an ensemble cast?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I held my breath when Cam's life was threatened.


    Any additional comments?

    I love books in series and this is one of the best to me because the characters are involved in each book, not just mentioned as in some series. It didn't distract from the main characters but enhanced them. I was also delighted that the Wallflowers flowed into the Hathaways series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Never Less Than a Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (183)

    RITA Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Mary Jo Putney is justly celebrated as a master of the Regency romance. Here Alexander Randall is the last heir to the Earl of Daventry and he must find himself a bride. His prayers are answered in the form of distressed midwife Julia Bancroft. But though their union would benefit both parties, Julia is reluctant to surrender her heart.

    Joki says: "Avoids the Cliches of the Genre"
    "Worthy of a repeat listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Never Less Than a Lady the most enjoyable?

    The story flowed in such a way I "couldn't put it down"


    What other book might you compare Never Less Than a Lady to and why?

    This book was a reminder of the older Putney books I enjoyed so much. Might have to buy them again!


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    Randall. He was strong without arrogance. Sensitive without weakness.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The reaction of Julia's brother to her after years of separation brought tears to my eyes.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sound of Broken Glass: A James and Kincaid Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (156)

    In the past... On a blisteringly hot August afternoon in Crystal Palace, once home to the tragically destroyed Great Exhibition, a solitary 13-year-old boy meets his next-door neighbor, a recently widowed young teacher hoping to make a new start in the tight-knit South London community. Drawn together by loneliness, the unlikely pair forms a deep connection that ends in a shattering act of betrayal. In the present... On a cold January morning in London, Detective Inspector Gemma James is back on the job....

    Kathi says: "Excellent addition to a consistently good series"
    "Commercials?"
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    What disappointed you about The Sound of Broken Glass?

    I cannot finish this book. I have read all the others. I can't seem to get the characters in my mind so every time I hear a name I have to pause to think who that is. Maybe some books just need to be read. The greatest aggravation is the "commercials" for the websites. Every time the narrator mentions a certain place he then rattles off the website associated with it. Every time! If this is going to be the new trend in audible books then I have a vast library of my own to keep me busy. I won't be buying more. I would not mind them mentioned at the end of the book but not through out, repeatedly. Others may not mind the interruption of the story flow but I do.


    Has The Sound of Broken Glass turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    It does not add or subtract from the story


    What character would you cut from The Sound of Broken Glass?

    I just couldn't get involved enough in the book to care.


    Any additional comments?

    So disappointing for a series that I have enjoyed until now.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Convenient Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Caroline Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (127)

    When the most eligible Earl of Rule offers for the hand of the beauty of the Winwood family, he has no notion of the distress he causes his intended. For Miss Lizzie Winwood is promised to the excellent, but impoverished, Mr Edward Heron. Disaster can only be averted by the delightful impetuosity of her youngest sister, Horatia, who conceives her own, distinctly original plans . . .

    Ann says: "Disappointing narration"
    "Will Not Disappoint."
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    Would you listen to The Convenient Marriage again? Why?

    I now have all the Georgette Heyer audible books. I have listened to all of them many times. Somehow they are always fresh and fun. This one had a slower start than most, but by the end I was laughing out loud. I had been reluctant to buy the book due to other reviews. If there is any missing part I could not find it. I don't own the printed version so I cannot compare. I had been afraid of being left hanging if 22 minutes were missing; I was not. The narrator was not one of my favorites, but I thought she did a pretty good job. A main character who stutters must have been difficult to perform consistently, and the sniveling man part's voice was a little high, but he wore a hat with pink roses on it to a card game so it fit! I continue to beg Audible to put more Georgette Heyer books in their library. I have a lot of them on my kindle and most would be a good listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The earl. Always a step ahead of the farce and that's saying alot.


    What three words best describe Caroline Hunt’s performance?

    consistant
    good
    believable


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

    the earl's attitude throughout. If only!


    Any additional comments?

    No regrets using a credit on this one. Eagerly await any future Georgette Heyer additions to the Audible Library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Proposal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rebecca De Leeuw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (190)

    Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Mary Balogh delights fans with historical romantic tales that touch the heart. After her husband dies in a freak accident, Lady Gwendoline Muir never dreams she’ll love again. So when soldier-turned-nobleman Lord Hugo Trentham stirs feelings in her that have lain dormant for years, she can’t help but imagine his strong embrace. Hugo finds himself drawn to Gwen, but he’s never courted a woman before. Can he muster the right words to make Gwen open her heart and love once more?

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "So Very Romantic!"
    "So Very Good"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Proposal the most enjoyable?

    The story flows and the "villians" find no footholds.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Proposal?

    I hate book reviews that give away the good stuff. My review is meant only to encourage new listerners to spend a credit for a good book.


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca De Leeuw – was your favorite?

    I liked Constance. She could have been a brat but wasn't.


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

    When a person "let's go" of an old hurt I feel it too. There are several in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I read Mary Balogh many years ago and thought I didn't like her writing. I have listened to all but one of her audible books and enjoyed everyone and look forward to future series additions. I would listen to the last one but have a hard time spending a credit for a 4 hour book. My fault not Ms. Balogh's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Things I Love About You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (269)

    Sebastian Grey is a devilishly handsome rogue with a secret. Annabel Winslow's family voted her The Winslow Most Likely to Speak Her Mind and The Winslow Most Likely to Fall Asleep in Church. Sebastian's uncle is the Earl of Newbury, and if he dies without siring an heir, Sebastian inherits everything. Lord Newbury detests Sebastian and will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening....

    Eileen says: "Very Clever & Entertaining"
    "OK"
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    Would you try another book from Julia Quinn and/or Rosalyn Landor?

    I have read all Julia Quinn's books. I have heard Rosalyn Landor many times. I will use my credits for them.


    If you’ve listened to books by Julia Quinn before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first listen but I believe this book is a bit below Quinn's normally excellent standard. Whether a book is read or heard the story must carry the "reader" from start to finish. This one had very good moments. When you laugh out loud or tear up the book has you involved. That makes it a good book worth the price. No one can expect an author to hit a home run everytime and getting to second is nothing to be ashamed of.


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    Each character lived up to their part of the story. The good were good and the bad were bad!


    Was Ten Things I Love About You worth the listening time?

    Definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    There are authors you read once. Then there are authors you follow and anticipate any new offering. Quinn is one to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thief of Shadows: Maiden Lane, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Ashford McNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (345)

    Winter Makepeace lives a double life. By day he's the stoic headmaster of a home for foundling children. But the night brings out a darker side of Winter. As the moon rises, so does the Ghost of St. Giles-protector, judge, fugitive. When the Ghost, beaten and wounded, is rescued by a beautiful aristocrat, Winter has no idea that his two worlds are about to collide. Lady Isabel Beckinhall enjoys nothing more than a challenge. Yet when she's asked to tutor the Home's dour manager in the ways of society, Isabel can't help wondering why his eyes seem so familiar - and his lips so tempting.

    Sidonie says: "Two thumbs way up."
    "Good enough to look forward to book 5!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Thief of Shadows to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version. Why would buy the same book twice?


    What other book might you compare Thief of Shadows to and why?

    Any series that keeps you wanting more. The kind of story that ends with each book but leaves a thread to be followed to the next.


    Which character ??? as performed by Ashford MacNab ??? was your favorite?

    Winter. I guess I like the strong silent type. Not much to say but.....


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

    "Just who is Winter Makepeace?"


    Any additional comments?

    Just when you sigh and think there can't be another...the bait. Can't wait for the bite!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 5 Bodies to Die For: Body Movers, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephanie Bond
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (58)

    The Charmed Killer is on the loose in Atlanta and Carlotta Wren is caught up in the terror - especially when her body-moving side business brings her dangerously close to the action. And then she's forced to take refuge in her former fiancé's house - much to the chagrin of other interested parties.

    D. K. Blalock says: "No Ending!"
    "No Ending!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I like books in a series when characters evolve and interact but this series is just not worth the time. There is no resolution to any situation and one book morphs into the next. I noticed that this book was written in 2009 and Ms. Bonds has just added a mini book on ebooks but still does not finish it. I believe this is good for her sales but not for the reader. Three years and stil no resolution is not a good way to treat your fan readers. I will not read or listen to another of her books until this series ends. I wish I had not wasted my credits on this series and hope this is not a trend for authors to continue. Eve Dallas always gets her man (both criminal and Roark) at the end of each book. Shame on Ms. Bonds for being the same -----tease that Carlotta seems to be.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Pleasures with a Scoundrel: Scoundrels of St. James, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen, Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (394)

    On a quest to avenge her sister's death, Eleanor Watkins never expected to fall for the man following her through pleasure gardens and into ballrooms. But soon nothing can keep her from the arms of the sinfully attractive scoundrel, not even the dangerous secrets she keeps. Strong, compassionate, and utterly irresistible, James is all she desires. But can she trust him enough to let herself succumb to all the pleasures that midnight allows?

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Great finish to the series."
    "the best of the four"
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    If you could sum up Midnight Pleasures with a Scoundrel in three words, what would they be?

    a total surprise


    What did you like best about this story?

    I laughed, I cried, I gasped and I clapped out loud at the twist and turns in this book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can think of none that saying would not lessen the pleasure for future readers.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    First I thought it would be average at best. What a surprise. I wanted to rate this one highest of the four. So I wil. This one rates 6 stars.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, please let there be a book 5! Dr. Graves needs his turn.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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