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  • In the Garden of Disgrace: The Garden Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Cynthia Wicklund
    • Narrated By Tanya S. Bartlett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When 17-year-old Lady Jillian Fitzgerald sneaks out to spy on a duel, she believes she is merely guilty of an indiscretion. But when the duel takes a deadly turn and Jillian becomes an unwilling passenger in the fleeing carriage of the infamous "Lord Wicked", she knows what began as a lark has become a disaster. One night of bad judgment and her life is changed forever.

    Patricia says: "Great Story. Love the Characters"
    "Narrator ruins book"
    What disappointed you about In the Garden of Disgrace?

    The narrator sounds like Eliza Doolittle at the Ascot races. her stacatto word by word delivery was so distracting that it took a conscious effort to realize the meaning of the passage. Her mispronunciation of words also made it necessary for the listener to translate to the proper word. What a shame that the story was so diminished by the performance that it was ruined instead of enhanced.

    Would you recommend In the Garden of Disgrace to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It was almost tortuous to continue listening to the narrator's lack of comprehensible fluency.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tanya S. Bartlett?

    Justine Eyre, Barbara Rosenblat, Davina Porter, etc.

    What character would you cut from In the Garden of Disgrace?

    The plot and characters were fine.

    Any additional comments?

    I am shocked that no one seems to be editing or directing the performance.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Compromising the Marquess

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Wendy Soliman
    • Narrated By Lauren Irwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Leah Elliot sells secrets to survive. Donning boy's clothes, she uncovers society scandals for a London gossip rag to support herself and her sister, who were left destitute after their father's death. When she meets the dashing - and perhaps dangerous - Hal Forster, the Marquess of Denby, she learns he may be involved in treason. The rumor is too valuable not to sell, despite her attraction to him.

    Kimberly says: "Performance? Spoiled it!"
    "I can't believe this was given a positive rating!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator, Lauren Irving, should be given lessons in pronouncing words over 2 syllables. She misread seemingly every important word in both English and French. This disability made the listening both excruciating and frustrating. I was continually required to translate to the appropriate word which made the book laborious listening. I am shocked to note that this book had both a producer and an assistant producer. Obviously nobody edited this performance. I am furious that I wasted my time and money in purchasing this book

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was predictable and reasonable.

    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator should NEVER read another book. Or she should go to school and learn basic pronunciation and syntax so that the story is given its proper due.

    What character would you cut from Compromising the Marquess?

    The narrator.

    Any additional comments?

    I would be furious if I were Wendy Soliman. The narration was a detractor instead of an enhancer of the plot. I never fully realized before how much the narrator adds to ( or detracts from) the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Gaelen Foley
    • Narrated By Emma Greene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Damien Knight, the earl of Winterley, is proud, aloof, and tormented by memories of war. Though living in seclusion, he is named guardian to a fellow officer's ward. Instead of the young homeless waif he was expecting, however, Miranda FitzHubert is a stunning, passionate beauty who invades his sanctuary and forces him back into society. Struggling to maintain honor and self-control, Damien now faces an even greater threat: desire.

    Karen says: "Ughhhh the worst reader!"
    "Ruined by the reader"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. The reader and or director were so bad as the voice of the hero ( Damien) that I could not maintain any focus with the plot. It is unbelievable that someone didn't notice that this character sounded like an 80 year old woman which made the dialog so distracting from the plot that I was tempted to ask for my money back. I was determined not to buy any more of the authors books.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was imaginative and very different.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Emma Greeneā€™s performances?


    Do you think Lord of Ice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not with the same reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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