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1CheekyLass

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  • Winning the Highlander's Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terry Spear
    • Narrated By Maxine Lennon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (83)

    Countess Anice vows to flee the amorous advances of King Henry I, and return to her home in the Highlands, where she hopes to find a laird to wed. Highlander Laird Malcolm MacNeill, seeking an English bride, becomes entangled with the Scottish lass while trying to find out why her staff has vanished.

    CAROLYN says: "Could have been good but......"
    "Ok Story, BAD Narration"
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    Would you try another book from Terry Spear and/or Maxine Lennon?

    I've read Terry Spear's books and they are great. The narrator ruined this one for me though.


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

    N/A


    Would you be willing to try another one of Maxine Lennon’s performances?

    No. She doesn't have a lot of emotion in her narration. It was hard to distinguish the characters. I felt like she barely paused, it was fast even after slowing it down. I found myself zoning out throughout the entire read. I've read the book version and it was much better.


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

    Not if Maxine Lennon was involved.


    Any additional comments?

    A quality narrator can make a bad story good. With that said, a good story can be ruined by a bad narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • French Leave

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sheri Cobb South
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Forced by bankruptcy and scandal into exile in France, Lord Waverly expects never to return to his homeland until, staggering home from a gaming hell in the wee hours of the morning, he encounters a young novice escaping from a convent. When she asks him to take her to England, promising him that her English grandfather will reward him handsomely for her safe conveyance, Waverly reluctantly agrees. Alas, Waverly soon realizes the enormity of his task.

    Felicia J says: "Lord Waverly redeemed"
    "Fun little read :)"
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    I wasn't sure what to expect when I read that Lord Waverly--a villain in my eyes would be the hero I would have to wish a HEA. Paired with a young, French nun? Pish-posh! No way Jose!

    Lord Waverly, who is in self appointed exhile in France is still as drawl, arrogant, and as infuriating as ever. But there's something different about him...Could it be a wee soft spot is forming despite his best efforts? The character development that Sheri weaves (no pun intended) from bad guy to good guy was similar to Helen's in The Weaver Takes a Wife. It was slow, believable and made you root for a person who was previously really unlikable.

    Lissett, our French nun who is the total opposite of Waverly. Open, unassuming, sweet and rather innocent. Her backstory is unfortunately typical for women during this time period. She had a naivety about her that was at times annoying yet enduring. She was eager to please, eager to catch the eye (and love) of a man who has sworn that their marriage will be one of convenience. Yet she is determined to have more.

    Ethan and Helen are prevalent in this story as well, a fact that made me smile--for the most part. We get an update on their little family. Both sets of couples have issues that are intertwined within the plot so I dare not go any further but suffice to say, I was ready to pull my hair out at times! However, all in all, I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it more than Honeymoon in Brighton.

    Narration was great. Really enjoyable.

    4 stars!

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brighton Honeymoon

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sheri Cobb South
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Sir Aubrey Tabor began with the most altruistic of motives. When the Brundys' seaside wedding trip is interrupted by a young woman claiming to be Mr. Brundy's sister, Sir Aubrey promises to do what he can in order to relieve his friend of an imposter whose presence poses a threat to marital bliss. But golden-haired Polly proves to be more than a match for Sir Aubrey, and with each encounter, he finds himself thinking less of his friend's honeymoon, and more about having one of his own.

    Loves2Read says: "Sir Aubrey’s tale & more of the Bundys!"
    "Absolutely Awful"
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    Where to start?

    I did not like Polly one iota. One can't help but feel for her situation but she was a manipulative bit of goods. Although she was not malicious, the blatant lies were wearying. In addition to being naive (you will see what I mean when you hear her motives for going to London & her subsequent behaviour with the older gentleman in Brighton), she was haughty and testy at times. I liked Sir Aubrey but the romance between him and Polly was not believable so it was hard to cheer for a HEA.

    Even the beautiful dynamics between Ethan and Helen were not the same. To be honest, this entire story felt rushed and didn't flow well--dull is an understatement. The secondary characters were not endearing. Sigh, this was a poor sequel to The Weaver Takes a Wife--Aubrey really deserved better. I can not recommend this. Save yourself the time. -_-

    2 stars for Ethan & Helen
    5 stars for narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weaver Takes a Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sheri Cobb South
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    Haughty Lady Helen Radney is one of London's most beautiful women, and the daughter of a duke, but her sharp tongue has frightened away most of her suitors. When her father gambles away his fortune, the duke's only chance for recouping his losses lies in marrying off Lady Helen to any man wealthy enough to take a bride with nothing to recommend her but a lovely face and an 800-year-old pedigree.

    Lady M says: "Delightful!"
    "ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL! "
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    I admit, going into this story I was unsure if I would enjoy. After reading the synopsis, I cringed at the thought of Ethan being berated by the ton for 5 hours and 29 minutes, at the thought of the shrewish lady Helen and possible misunderstandings. I'm happy to report that this is one of the best books I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. Ethan may not be a gentleman by birth but he's a gentleman, hands down. He's kind, understanding and loyal--the man also has thick skin. The most amazing part off this story was the transformation of Lady Helen! The character development was top notch. Mary Balogh performed the forward of this book. Everything she said was true. I implore you to read/listen to this book and become enchanted by the weaver. You will not be disappointed.

    5 star narration as well, absolutely perfect!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sculthorpe Murder: The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Karen Charlton
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (546)

    Northamptonshire, 1810: As a new canal network snakes across the landscape, a vicious mob stakes its claim to the county. Every local constable is out on the hunt for the ruthless Panther Gang. When an elderly man is robbed and murdered in sleepy Middleton, the beleaguered magistrates send for help from London's Bow Street Police Office.

    Through a Golden Eye says: "Based in historical fact"
    "Fantastic! "
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    I really enjoyed this one! This was a great way for the author to bounce back after book 2's disaster for me. Less romance and more of Lavender and Woods. Can I just say how much I love Constable Woods? I like Lavender too but something about Woods just makes me smile.

    There were so much going on in this little sleepy town. So many secrets, mystery and obviously murder. Some of the secrets/mystery were obvious for me but I wanted to know the history and how would it come about. I hope that she continues with this series.

    Fantastic narration as well. ♥

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Injured Sensibilities

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ilene Withers
    • Narrated By Eugenie Watson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Julian Warfeld, Marquess of Knolton, travels to his minor estate when he learns the land steward is a crook. Referred to a nearby farm to see Marty Robinson about his sickly cattle, Julian is shocked to find a beautiful woman dressed in trousers and doing a man's work. Yet he finds himself fascinated with her. Miss Marty Robinson saved her family's estate from bankruptcy by working like a man and gaining a wealth of knowledge about animals. When Lord Knolton asks for her advice, she knows he is shocked to find she is a woman.

    Raissa says: "I love clean reads like this!"
    "A lovely read"
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    This was such a light, fun and enthralling read. It is a clean romance with a bit of mystery.

    The heroin, Marty Robinson is absolutely delightful as she is beautiful but is alas firmly on the shelf in the country. She's been running her younger brothers estate for the past 10 years--an estate she has brought back from ruin. As you've likely guessed, she's a bit of a tomboy'ish but has a soft, ladylike side. She can help a cow deliver a calf, shoot better than most men and host an afternoon tea all in a days work-alternating from breeches to gowns in minutes. She is well respected and loved by the local towns people and has a heart of gold. Although, as her brother will be home permanently come summer, he will eventually take over the duties of his estate and marry. What will become of her then?

    Simon, the Marquess of Knolton, is under pressure from his overbearing mother to marry. He understands that a love match is unlikely but would like someone who he can respect, someone he could be fond of. As he's brooding over his future at a ball, he is informed that one of his land steward's, Liam Crowley is a crook and running his estate in North Devon into the ground. Eager to get away from his mother and to check on his estate, he sets out.

    He was unprepared by the state of his estate--primarily the animals and the elderly staff. Eager to set things to rights, he determines to find a new land steward and begin fixing the wrongs of Mr. Crowley. As his cattle are in poor shape, he's referred to Marty Robinson for assistance. Expecting "Marty" to be a man, he was shocked to realize Marty is a woman, a woman in breeches out in the barn with her hand in a cow helping to deliver a calf no doubt! His sensibilities were so offended, he turned to leave. *I found Simon to be prudish at times but with a good heart. He truly cared about the estate and fixing the damage caused over the years. He was likable.*

    Marty who is aware of the sad state of his estate and animals is eager to help. She's also not blind to how handsome Lord Knolton is. She coaxes him to stay and quickly makes a transition into hostess. Sparks fly a bit as he makes his displeasure about her farm attire known but they soon settle into amiable conversation and he starts to realize how extraordinary Marty really is. It's easy to see that a friendship will blossom into something more intimate.

    Soon, Liam Crowley is found murdered on Marty's estates. There's gossip that Marty may have killed him although Simon does not believe the rumors. They set out to try and solve the murder of the detestable Mr. Crowley and thus, become closer and closer. It's obvious that they have feelings for each other but with reservations.

    Simon is impressed by her ladylike grace but disapproves strongly of her manly pursuits in breeches. Marty is equally impressed by Simon's good heart and kindness but fears she would never be good enough to be a Marchioness Also, she feels that she would have to change who she is if they have any chance of being together. Can they solve the murder? Can they overcome their reservations for one another? Read to find out.

    In addition to a great hero, heroin and plot, there are many secondary characters who are utterly charming. This was a fun little read that I finished in less than 24 hours. I would highly recommend.

    Narration: Eugenie Watson was perfect for this time period. The tones and voices of the characters were spot on. I felt that she conveyed the emotions of the characters perfectly.

    Story: 4.5
    Narration: 5

    P.S. I think there are connections to previous books. Although this isn't listed as a series, some of the names mentioned are the lead of this authors previous books. I wish that the author would clarify this so that we can read in order if necessary.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Remain: Roxton Letters Volume Two: Roxton Family Saga, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lucinda Brant
    • Narrated By Alex Wyndham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    This second volume of previously unpublished letters from the private correspondence of the Roxton family spans a 20-year period, from the 1760s to the late 1780s, and includes extracts from the diaries of Antonia, Duchess of Kinross, and her younger son Lord Henri-Antoine Hesham. Also included are letters by the fifth Duke of Roxton, written in the final stages of his illness, and addressed to his youngest son, Lord Henri-Antoine. The volume concludes with a letter by the latter’s wife, Lady Henri-Antoine Hesham, to her mother-in-law, the Duchess of Kinross.

    jerelyn says: "Like a peek behind closed doors."
    "The Roxton's at their best"
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    I always enjoy the dialogue between the characters in the Roxton family. However, what I love about this is we get a chance to see their inner most thoughts which is more genuine in my opinion. I already feel connected to this fictional family but this makes me feel even more connected. I think my favorite correspondence was those penned by the Old Duke' - I love that man! This will endear you to the Roxton's even more. A very delightful read. Lucinda Brant does it again. I hope that we will get more of the letters volume. ♥

    Alex Wyndham is, as always narration perfection. He will go down in history as one of the best narrators, hands down. I hope to hear him in more books.

    5 stars all around!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why Kill the Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By C. S. Harris
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    London, 1814. As a cruel winter holds the city in its icy grip, the bloody body of a beautiful young musician is found half-buried in a snowdrift. Jane Ambrose's ties to Princess Charlotte, the only child of the Prince Regent and heir presumptive to the throne, panic the palace, which moves quickly to shut down any investigation into the death of the talented pianist. But Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and his wife Hero refuse to allow Jane's murderer to escape justice.

    Yankee Bookworm says: "Another superb addition to this series"
    "Another Winner!!! "
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    What can I say? This is typical C.S. Harris and probably one of her best from a mystery perspective. It was great to catch up with Sebastian, Hero, Tom, Lovejoy and yes, even that omniscient endearing bad guy, Jarvis. These books only come out once a year, so it was like a birthday when Sebastian had a confrontation with Lord Jarvis--a staple event of this series. I fall more in love with Sebastian each book. Sebastian nor Hero did not disappoint.

    This story took so many turns. I admit, I did not see the ending coming. I highly recommend this book. My only complaint is I wish that there had been more of Tom, Lovejoy, Hendon and Kat. I missed Lovejoy's overreactions to dead bodies, Tom's belligerence and Hendon working his jaw in 'that way'. Maybe next time? I don't want this series to end!

    Narration:
    Davina Porter...What can I say? She will forever be a 5 star narrator. Perfection!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Hyeonseo Lee, David John
    • Narrated By Josie Dunn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1002)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (907)

    An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world's most ruthless and secretive dictatorships - and the story of one woman's terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom. As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom....

    Daryl says: "A Love for a Dictatorship?"
    "Absolutely AMAZING"
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    I started becoming more curious about the plight of the North Korean people after hearing about the soldier being shot trying to defect. It made me wonder what he must have experienced to take such a risk--I was relieved once I heard he would not die. I was always aware things were bad but must be honest, I had no idea this bad.

    I remembered being moved to tears a while back after seeing a video of Yeonmi Park's passionate speech at One Young World. So now, the first thing I did was watch several documentaries about NK defectors (heroes to my way of thinking) and the about the vicious government of North Korea. To say I was appalled at the treatment of the citizens is an understatement.

    I started listening to Yeonmi Park's "In Order to Live". It was such a heartwarming story filled with pain, happiness, disappointment, hope and relief... I started looking for others immediately. I purchased several but landed on this one to listen to next. I was not wrong. I've been enthralled over the past day. This story is similar but very different from Yeonmi's.

    The amount of emotion, tension, happiness and sadness I experienced while listening to this book. I can't go into much detail without spoilers but I can say I felt like I was walking in her shoes through the good and the bad. What a strong, brave young woman. I loved her family too, her father, Min-ho and my favorite was her 'Omma', I wanted to hug her.

    I highly recommend this read, you will not regret it. This is one of the best books I've ever had the pleasure to experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fallen Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kingston
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (370)

    For reasons of his own, Stephen Hampton, Lord Summerdale, is determined to learn the truth behind the tangled tale of Helen's ruin. There is nothing he abhors so much as scandal - nothing he prizes so well as discretion - and so he is shocked to find that he cannot help but admire her. But how can she trust a man so steeped in the culture of high society, who conceals so much? And how can he, so devoted to the appearance of propriety, ever love a fallen lady?

    Marcheta says: "Intelligent writing and perfect narration"
    "Good Read"
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    Any additional comments?

    For the most part, this was a great story. The heroine and hero were both really likable with amazing secondary characters, Marie-Anne and Maggie were my favs. I thought that the plot was really interesting, what brought these two together was one I've not read before. There were also a few curve balls I didn't expect. This is a new author, highly recommended by Laura Kinsale. I do have two gripes:

    1) While the plot was great, the buildup to understanding the heroine's fall from grace took entirely too long.
    2) I said "For the most part this was a great story" Well it was, up until the last hour where the heroine took a turn onto misunderstanding stubborn lane and you know the rest of the story.

    Why can't authors get creative instead of having a long, drawn our angst fest when we KNOW how it ends? Luckily this one was just an hour or so.

    As a result, I'm giving the author 4/5 stars for this story, she has promise and I'll keep an eye out to the followup of this book. I actually bought the first book in her "Welsh Blades" series" before purchasing this one.

    The narrator 5/5 stars, hands down. Nicholas is always so clutch.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but Also My Mom's, Which I Know Sounds Weird)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black
    • Narrated By Michael Ian Black
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (180)

    Whether it's family history, religion, aging, or his parents, Michael Ian Black always has something to say in the dry, irreverent voice that has captured a fan base of millions. When a medical diagnosis forces him to realize he's not getting any younger, he reexamines his life as a middle-aged guy - of course, in the deadpan wit and self-deprecating vignettes that have become trademarks of his humor.

    Amber says: "Man Turns 40, World Ends"
    "Loads of Laughs!"
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    What did you love best about Navel Gazing?

    I love the comedic honesty, anyone who is starting to age will appreciate this book.


    What other book might you compare Navel Gazing to and why?

    You're Not Doing it Right


    What does Michael Ian Black bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His witty narration. He finds a way to make dry very funny. He often sounds so blase. For me, audiobook is the only way to go.


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

    I was particularly moved by his exercise woo's. They provided me with so much laughter I temporarily forgot that I was in the same boat.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. There are some serious tones in the book but with a side of funny. I wouldn't complain if Michael Ian Black created a new book every year!

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!!!!!! 5+ stars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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