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Kat5

Maryland | Member Since 2009

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  • Friday's Child

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (165)

    This story of mistaken love is a romantic fiction set in the English Regency period. It centers on Lord Sheringham who has been rejected by the woman he loves but the woman who has secretly loved him since childhood is waiting.

    jaspersu says: "This is a good one from Heyer"
    "A favorite G Heyer story, performance is weak"
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    I love this story by G. Heyer. I was disappointed by the reader. Actually, I have had indifferent readers before but this was just bad. Her voice for the mother in law grated so annoyingly I thought to fast forward past the parts but I was driving. Too bad, given the story is such a favorite of mine, I still have to recommend it. The story's charm trumps the readers performance.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonblade: The Dragonblade Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    A. D. 1326 - Tate Crewys de Lara is the son of kings. The illegitimate son of Edward Longshanks, Tate has the qualities of a magnificent king. But fate is cruel, leaving him a mere knight protecting young Edward III during the uncertain days following the horrific murder of Edward II. While gathering allies for the young heir in Northumberland, he meets the Lady Elizabetha "Toby" Cartingdon. Daughter of the Lord Mayor of Cartingdon Parrish, Toby is a gorgeous woman with a mind for business. It is she who runs the parrish, not her father.

    Kat5 says: "Well written developed story, characters, plot."
    "Well written developed story, characters, plot."
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    Let's face it not all romance novels are well written many are thrown together with a formula and without much character development going straight to the sex. Ms.Le Veque's books have more historical fiction with character development and in context sexual romance. The writing flows and captures the reader. The narrator for this book does a nice job and with a deep voice his reading a soap box could send most ladies twittering. I read a lot of Highland and Victorian era romances so these are a nice new niche for me and I appreciate the dark ages in a new way of romance and chivalry. Definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Plaid: Highland Bound, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eliza Knight
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson, Arika Rapson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    Emma Gordon escapes from a troubling marriage in which she has completely lost sight of who she is. Desperate for independence, she leaves her husband while on a trip in the Scottish Highlands. The only thing is, she ends up hurled back in time to the sixteenth-century Castle Gealach. Laird Logan Grant is tormented by a dark past and harbors a secret that could tear his country apart. Unable to resist Emma's beauty and the calm that she invokes, Logan confesses he desires her.

    Tam K says: "HOT but more character development in books 2 & 3?"
    "Not my cup of tea for a Highland Romance"
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    Usually I listen to the whole book before writing a review but I only made 3 hours on this one. The heroine and the hero I did not like. If explicit sexually scene fits a developed story line then I find a well written scene suitable but gratuitously instead of characters and plot it is boorish. No more Eliza Knight for me. I have over 1000 audible books in multiple
    genres this book is one of the few (less than 6) I have not finished. Really terrible. Despite the use of two narrators .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (667)

    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"
    "Entertaining, erotic, and worth listening to"
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    This is erotic fiction that is quite entertaining and funny though the historical/cultural parts are so far off I found it annoyingly unrealistic at times. I gave up trying to stay in time with the writing and imagined a time traveling hero and heroine with 20th century minds and morals. This is not in the same realm as Georgette Heyer writing in anyway and may be offensive to some who are expecting a softer romance in her style. I don't know what the other reviewer who compared this work to Ms. Heyer was thinking of in that regard except perhaps use of Myths which are used very specifically in this novel and the dialogue. Ms. Heyer embedded reference through story lines and with a much more subtle hand.

    That said, this is a good story in its own right though I have to caution other potential listener/readers that this content being very, very racy. For example, can you imagine even in France that a lady would be able to wander into a store off a street in the fashionable part of Paris and find an erotic watch as a gift for her grandmother in the 1800's? If that does not make your head hurt or turn you off then this novel will be a treat to listen too because Kate Reading the narrator does amazing job.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • False Mermaid

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Erin Hart
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (265)

    American pathologist Nora Gavin fled to Ireland three years ago, hoping that distance from home would bring her peace. Though she threw herself into the study of bog bodies and the mysteries of their circumstances, she was ultimately led back to the one mystery she was unable to solve: the murder of her sister, Trona. Nora cant move forward until she goes backback to her home, to the scene of the crime, to the source of her nightmares and her deepest regrets.

    Dreamwatcher says: "Fantastic Book"
    "Chick thriller, as rocky as the Irish coast"
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    The story jumps, its development is complex with lots of technical and cultural research obviously infused. The character development is thought out but it does not flow into the story line making this a less than easy listening book. There is nothing light weight about this myth laced into the story. The fantasy and reality are not as well transition as they could be with more technical writing skill than art - I think this is where it loses some readers/listeners.

    Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite narrators but she does not nail the American accents very well. Elizabeth the little girl is just not on mark. Neither are the other purely American character voices on point. I did like the book well enough I thought it more like one of those Modern Lit books on a reading list for college. I could see it was a good novel but generally did not consider it a fun read either as a thriller or a romance. I did not love it and it is not one of those I will listen to or read twice. This maybe for some worth a credit and for others maybe not. It depends what you are looking for in a book. It is not a feel good romance story and it is not a simple escapist type listen. It may be too cerebral for some taste. It very nearly is for mine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oracles of Delphi Keep

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    Along the southern coast of England, atop the White Cliffs of Dover, stands a castle. And at that castle's old keep is an orphanage. Delphi Keep has seen many youngsters come and go through its gates, and Ian Wigby and his sister, Theodosia, are happy to call it home. Life has always been simple at the Keep, and the orphanage safe, until one day, Ian and Theo find a silver treasure box. And within the box, a prophesy. Three thousand years ago a great Greek oracle wrote of a quest.

    Mary says: "I loved this book!"
    "Not Abby Cooper Psychic - Preteen Reader's Rejoice"
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    This is a good book with interesting twists and turns about two preteens in an English orphanage that is very well run. It targets an audience along the lines of the Harry Potter or Hunger Games series. If you are expecting an Abby Cooper type character you will be disappointed. It is not written for an adult female audience. I did find it better written and the narrator a better narrator than the one used in the Abby Cooper books. The middle dragged a bit but overall worth a credit and charming in its own way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Deadly Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lawrence Sanders
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (263)

    Lawrence Sanders's masterpiece, The First Deadly Sin, set a standard for today's novels of psychological suspense. Now, retired Captain Ed Delaney returns to a distinctly urban milieu of paranoia and impulsive violence to solve a brutal murder that shocks New York's unshockable art world. The victim is Victor Maitland. Long-considered one of the world's greatest artists, he excelled in capturing the beauty of life on canvas. In private, he destroyed whomever he pleased: his wife, his son, his mistress, his dearest friends and family.

    John says: "Really Really Good!"
    "A hero I didn't like"
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    Audible is redesigning their website and I see I have 599 books in my library. Sometimes I will pick a book simply because it is recommended in a genre I like, as this one was. I wanted to like it, expected to like it. I did listen to all of this book, it has a good narrator and is creative and sound in plot development. That's the positive.

    My issue is, while listening to this book it occurred to me, Captain Delaney, the hero of the book is in the list of top ten of people I would not want to be stuck in an elevator with. He has a poor opinion of women, in general a good woman makes sandwiches for him and his partner. A 1950's TV marriage and view of women from a man's perspective. I can deal with that in small doses but through a whole book it wears me out and at the end I wanted to kick him hard in a special place. Not as funny as his views on women, I found Captain Delaney's attitude patronizing relative to his partner's struggle with alcoholism. I learned from this book I like my heroes with a little more vulnerability and a little less self-righteous.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Unraveling of Violeta Bell: A Morgue Mama Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By C. R. Corwin
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    Maddy Sprowls, newspaper librarian for the Hannawa Herald-Union, prefers to stay in the newspaper morgue and do her job. But one Saturday, she sees four elderly women get out of a taxicab at a garage sale. She figures that those women must hire that cabby every week to drive them from garage sale to garage sale, and wouldn't that make a great feature story for the paper? Shortly after the story runs, one of the four women, retired antiques dealer Violeta Bell, is murdered.

    Donna says: "Great book, the Best of readers"
    "More Corwin please! Wonderful reader."
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    I don't understand the negative reviews for this audible book. The heroine is cantankerous and that is her charm. I have met women like Maddie, she is the older working woman who LOVES her job and does not want to retire, just because she has reached retirement age. How refreshing to think there are women who love their work and their late in life new man. It is charmingly played by the reader who puts a lot of heart into the performances with distinct voices for each character. I have listened to hundreds of audible books (long commute) this is one of the best performances I have ever heard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • These Old Shades

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Cornelius Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (223)

    Society believes the worst of Justin Alastair, the notorious Duke of Avon who is clearly proud of his Sobriquet, Satanas. It is he who buys Leon body and soul from a scoundrel in a Paris backstreet.

    Sharon says: "The epitome of romance"
    "One of the Best of G. Heyer"
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    This is one of the classic G. Heyer stories. The performance was done well enough. The French phrases were charmingly performed, This is the only book were the main characters carry across another story line in another book by this author. The Devil's Cub is the second book to mention these characters. Worth a credit.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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