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  • The Quiet Gentleman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Cornelius Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (590)

    When Gervase Frant, 7th Earl of St Erth, returns at last from Waterloo to his family seat at Stanyon, he enjoys a less than welcome homecoming.

    Sharon says: "Love It...."
    "A tiny tempest in a bone china teacup."
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    When I was a teen I read many of Georgette Heyer's Regency romances and fell in love with her feisty female characters. As an adult I rediscovered Heyer and came to appreciate the range of her characters, the precision of her timing, and her deft hand with dialog. Now I am rediscovering Heyer in audio format and I have been delighted to find several of her books I hadn't yet read. The Quiet Gentleman is one I had not previously read.

    I was a bit surprised the book was read by a man, since I thought of her books as primarily appealing to women, but once I got into the story I recognized how appropriate the choice was to have a male reader. Cornelius Garrett did a good job of bringing the characters off the printed page, easily distinguishing each character with a unique accent and manner of speaking, and providing the women with a creditable voice. I often marvel at various readers' abilities to speak for someone of the opposite sex without sounding silly. Heyer's books are built on dialog, so a good reader is essential.

    The Quiet Gentleman is one of Heyer's more Austen-like books - its pacing provides a gradual unfolding of the characters as they are revealed through their daily interactions. But several of the characters and the situations provide the delightful satire of manners that I've come to expect in a Georgette Heyer book.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this first reintroduction to Georgette Heyer's books and am looking forward to starting the next on my list.



    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Twist of Fate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Nellie Chalfant
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (166)

    Cloistered as a faculty member at a small college, beautiful Hannah Jessett can almost forget her family heritage. Few know she's the niece of Elizabeth Nord, the legendary anthropologist who stunned the world with her revolutionary work, until her aunt dies, leaving Hannah in sole possession of her priceless unpublished journals.

    LeftyMom says: "Okay"
    "Ick"
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    I didn't like the primary character - there was no internal logic to her thinking. Hanna was supposed to be highly sensitive toward other people, but she was judgmental and preachy. She was supposed to be highly principled and very smart about long term consequences, and yet one future she envisioned for herself was so far beyond anything principled, it was ludicrous. And she dithered, covering the same ground over and over again. Krentz's characters rarely dither. There was plenty of snappy back and forth dialog between Hanna and Gideon, but it had no spark of warmth and no playfulness. It was a surprisingly passionless novel. Just dreary.

    But Nellie Chalfant was excellent and did her best to breathe life into the characters. The only reason I finished the book was because of her performance. I will look to see what other books she's narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Betrayal of the Blood Lily

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (218)

    The heroines of Lauren Willig's best-selling Pink Carnation series have engaged in espionage all over 19th-century Europe. In the sixth stand-alone volume, our fair English heroine travels to India, where she finds freedom-and risk-more exciting than she ever imagined.

    Elizabeth says: "Unsympathetic Main Character"
    "Not as much fun as others in the series"
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    Kate Reading is back so listening is a pleasure! Both story lines (modern and historical) veer off in new directions. I actually like India as a location, however Penelope is a difficult character to like - Willig makes her accomplished enough to be admirable - but she is so manipulative and short-sighted throughout most of the book that it is difficult to care about what happens to her. It isn't till the last third or fourth of the novel that she becomes at all sympathetic and likable, so it gets rather annoying about half way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Temptation of the Night Jasmine

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (205)

    The much- anticipated fifth installment in the inventive and original Pink Carnation series.

    Bethany says: "Disapointing Reader"
    "Changed direction and reader mid-series - bad move"
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    Story

    The series veers onto a different tangent, which is disconcerting enough without changing readers, but losing Kate Reading is a serious loss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Seduction of the Crimson Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (235)

    Lauren Willig continues the exciting series with her fourth novel, The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, featuring Lord Vaughn, the delightfully devilish spy from The Masque of the Black Tulip, and Mary Alsworthy, the raven-haired beauty whose sister accidentally stole her suitor in The Deception of the Emerald Ring.

    Gash says: "A new twist - Dispicable me!"
    "Twirling moustaches and other dark deeds."
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    Not the usual romantic leads - a couple of tough-minded, self-centered, unsentimental characters in over their heads. I enjoyed it. Kate Reading's reading was stellar as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deception of the Emerald Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (254)

    The year is 1803 and England and France remain at odds. Hoping to break the English once and for all, Napoleon backs a ring of Irish rebels in uprisings against England and sends the Black Tulip, France's most deadly spy, to the Emerald Isle to help. Meanwhile, not to be outdone by her husband, Letty Alsworthy steals away on a ship bound for Ireland, armed and ready to fight for her spouse and to learn a thing or two about spying for England.

    Coffee Lover says: "More, more, more!"
    "More mayhem with spies and counterspies"
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    Another fun story of spies and romance. Light and entertaining and ultimately made best by the very deft performance of Kate Reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Masque of the Black Tulip: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (324)

    The Pink Carnation, history's most elusive spy and England's only hope for preventing a Napoleonic invasion, returns in Lauren Willig's dazzling, imaginative new historical romance. The Masque of the Black Tulip opens with the murder of a courier from the London War Office, his confidential dispatch for the Pink Carnation stolen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Loved it!"
    "Evan better than the first in the series."
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    I am enjoying this series. Absolutely wonderful reader brings both modern and past romances to life with excellent comic timing and character differentiation. Skulduggery... mysteries... period detail... It is just plain fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (591)

    Deciding that true romantic heroes are a thing of the past, Eloise Kelly, an intelligent American who always manages to wear her Jimmy Choo suede boots on the day it rains, leaves Harvard's Widener Library bound for England to finish her dissertation on the dashing pair of spies the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. What she discovers is something the finest historians have missed: a secret history that begins with a letter dated 1803.

    Jeny says: "Thoroughly entertaining"
    "The Scarlet Pimpernel meets modern romance"
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    This is the first in an entertaining series. Two romantic stories (modern and past) with spies, action, and humor. Light fun with engaging characters (though these are a bit silly) and an excellent reader with remarkable comic timing. Kate Reading makes this book I think - my guess is it's better heard than read. Lots of yearning and lusting but the sex is playful and not graphic, so it would probably be fun for teens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Intentions

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Ashford McNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1069)
    Performance
    (864)
    Story
    (859)

    Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk.....

    Katheryne says: "I don't understand the bad reviews. I enjoyed it!"
    "Murder mystery and earthy sex."
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    This is the first book in the Maiden Lane series. It has reasonably good period detail, a romance, and a mystery. I like the entire Maiden Lane series because it deals with more than aristocratic routs and drawing rooms. This is not Austen - no comedy of manners here - so be prepared for the darker side of life and graphic sex scenes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Secret Desire: A Novel of Lord Hawkesbury's Players, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Archer
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (140)

    Courageous Minerva Peabody, a poor but passionate playwright, is cursed to be living in Elizabethan England, when women most assuredly did not write plays. Determined to succeed, Min impulsively enlists the help of the first man she sees to be her “cover”. Blake, her chosen surrogate, a handsome blue-eyed sea captain with his own agenda, is a man with a mysterious past, a wondrous pair of shoulders, and an irresistible aura of intrigue. Her Secret Desire speaks to any woman who never gives up.

    Karen says: "Delightful Elizabethan Story"
    "Brings the Elizabethan period alive."
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    The book is light and entertaining. It combines some period detail, an engaging set of characters, and a fun storyline. I'll continue listening to the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction & Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Charlotte Featherstone
    • Narrated By Helen Stern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (185)

    With the scandalous nature of her birth to live down, Isabella Fairmont dreams of a proper marriage—even if a passionless one. She saves her deepest desires for the novel she dares to pen, wherein a handsome lord with dark powers seduces her. But then her courtship with an appropriate suitor is threatened by the sudden attentions of the reclusive Earl of Black… whose pale blue eyes and brooding sensuality are exactly as she described in her book.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great new series"
    "Ultimately annoying and idiotic"
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    What disappointed you about Seduction & Scandal?

    Garbled storyline that can't decide if it is action/mystery/gothic thriller/or romance with a little bit of Gollem's "my precious" thrown in for good measure. It is a mess. The primary and secondary characters are more or less undeveloped and two dimensional and actually become less engaging and attractive as the story unfolds.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Charlotte Featherstone again?

    I tried one other and it wasn't much better. Returned a third title unread.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Seduction & Scandal?

    It needed a complete overhaul.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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