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L. Gilchrist

Loretta

South east | Member Since 2011

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  • 24 reviews
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  • All About Love: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (195)

    Determined to escape the matchmaking skills of London society, Alasdair Cynster-better known as Lucifer-heads for the English countryside. But his flight from London leads him straight to Phyllida Tallent, a beautiful, strong-willed young woman who is as equally determined as he is to remain unmarried.

    L. Gilchrist says: "Nice story"
    "Nice story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of All About Love to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I have a whole lot of
    Stephanie Laurens paper back and hardback books. I finally got tired of trying to read them as they were long and in the case of the paperbacks, the print was so small, it was tiring to read. I did not have this book and it was on sale, so I thought I would give it a try.

    I really thought Simon Prebble did a marvelous job and really helped the book.

    It was a nice story with a murder mystery, romance and sex.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Savannah Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (159)

    Eloise Foley, known to her friends as Weezie, has been through the divorce from hell. Her ex-husband Tal (aka Talmadge Evans III) was awarded their house in Savannah's historic district, the house that Weezie had spent years painstakingly restoring to its original splendor. Weezie was awarded the two-bedroom carriage house on the same property. Each was sure the other would sell. But Tal has taken up residence in the main house with his new girlfriend Caroline DeSantos.

    Chercheuse says: "Boring Conversation, Unappealing Characters"
    "CHARMING, WITTY, DELIGHTFUL"
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    I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! DID NOT WANT IT TO END.

    The narrator was excellent. I had loved "Fixer Upper" and listened to it 3 times. I will probably do the same for this.

    It is definitely worth the credit.

    I just wish her earlier books were not abridged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unknown Ajax

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (371)

    Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent.

    bebe says: "Another great Georgette Heyer romance"
    "Entertaining"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Unknown Ajax the most enjoyable?

    Loved all the characters. It started off as a comedy of manners. All of the family was in a dither about this unknown cousin inheriting the Baronacy and the estate. Since his father had married a weaver's daughter, they were expecting a country bumpkin.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The, ghosts, the smuggling and the "coverup".


    What does Daniel Philpott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked his narration, but I couldn't understand the Major's groom.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Unknown Ajax and why?

    Of course, the Major, but the young lad also.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a witty book and a romance almost as an afterthought. I listened to it straight through. Very few books are as entertaining and keep my attention so that I don't put it down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Surrender

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tracy Brogan
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (835)
    Performance
    (760)
    Story
    (759)

    Defiant Highland beauty Fiona Sinclair is shocked by her brothers’ treachery. To seal a fragile truce, they have traded her hand in marriage to their sworn enemy, a man she has never met, a man she was raised to despise. With no choice but to wed, Fiona makes her own private vow: Though she may sacrifice her freedom, she will never surrender her heart. Commanded into marriage by the king, Myles Campbell is no more willing than his reluctant bride. Still, she is a rare beauty, passionate enough to warm even the coldest marriage bed.

    Karen says: "I couldn't stop listening!"
    "Romance , intrigue and mystery"
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    What made the experience of listening to Highland Surrender the most enjoyable?

    I liked the story, it was interesting, never boring. I like stories with other characters that have their own stories. This was most interesting in that it involved,the King. It also had a lot of history I was not familiar with.


    What other book might you compare Highland Surrender to and why?

    I don't usually like a lot medieval stories. Too brutal.


    What about Sarah Coomes’s performance did you like?

    She did an excellent narration. I like her and will listen to her again.


    Any additional comments?

    This mystery had quiet a twist and the ending took you by surprise, but just before the ending I sort of guessed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (2694)
    Performance
    (1761)
    Story
    (1759)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Secrets and promises"
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    Would you listen to The House at Riverton again? Why?

    No, it was too intense. Maybe, in a number of years, but I doubt it.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It moved right along, never boring. Although after listening for five hours straight one day, I had to watch a mindless "chick-flick" on TV.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, although I listened to it in about 3 to 4 days because it was our book club selection in early January and I had listened to three Christmas books over the holidays and had to hurry and finish this book.


    Any additional comments?

    It was an unusual book and beautifully written. The narrator was fabulous! The audio kept referring to the title as "The Shifting Fog". I personally prefer the new title "The House At Riverton". I would never have looked at or bought "The Shifting Fog".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 'Twas the Night After Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sabrina Jeffries
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (121)

    Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, has led an unabashed rogue’s life, letting no woman near his heart. Inexplicably abandoned as a child to be raised by distant relatives, he never forgave his parents, refusing to read any of his mother’s letters after his father’s death. Then came a letter that shook his resolve. A Christmas visit to Montcliff might prove his last chance to discover the truth of his past, and come to terms with the stranger he calls "Mother". But two surprises await him at Montcliff....

    Carol says: "Nursing home narrator"
    "Lovely Christmas story"
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    If you could sum up 'Twas the Night After Christmas in three words, what would they be?

    Heartwarming, forgiveness, family


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jasper, the little boy, He was adorable loving and reciting "The Night Before Christmas St. Nicholas" poem.


    What three words best describe Michael Page’s voice?

    It was fine until he was speaking in the Earl's voice. Then it was too harsh.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a very nice English Christmas story. I enjoyed listening to it as I was preparing my house for Christmas. I had wanted some Christmas stories to listen to, although this can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

    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
    (209)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (187)

    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!"
    "Wonderful"
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    Would you listen to The Proposal again? Why?

    I certainly would. It kept my attention and did not drag in the middle. As a matter of fact I kept listening to it all weekend -- hard to put down.


    Have you listened to any of Rebecca De Leeuw’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I don't think so. She has a wonderful voice and was perfect. Loved listening to her narration.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a lovely story. It centered around two people who had experienced tragic experiences in their lives. They also came from different backgrounds. They were mature, not stupid, silly and clueless like so many characters in other books. Through love and caring they were able to work through their differences. Definitely worth a credit.
    This book is better than some of hers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4776)
    Performance
    (4099)
    Story
    (4075)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Hilarious"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Her Royal Spyness to be better than the print version?

    .


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    First of all she is distant royalty to the throne, lives in a shabby, drafty, haunted castle with no money with her spineless brother and mean sister-in-law. Goes to London to get away from them, stays in the family home with no servants, doesn't know how to light a fire or cook. She does have Tea with the Queen who wants her to spy on Wallis Simpson at a house party in the country. Things start to go terribly wrong, murder, attempted murder on her and deceiving friends.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    I liked her narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It was a funny, fun romp.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad I took a chance on this. I look forward to getting the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trouble in High Heels

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Christina Dodd
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (417)

    When Brandi Michaels discovers her fiancé hopping a flight to Vegas to marry his girlfriend, she pawns her engagement ring, buys herself a fabulous outfit, and spends one sultry night in the arms of a gorgeous Italian stranger named Roberto Bartolini. When Brandi becomes the mark for a killer, she has no choice but to turn to Roberto – a man who’s destined to be either her savior or her downfall. But one thing’s for sure: She’s not going down without a fight.

    MaxineSap says: "Airy, Cute and Lite"
    "Cute"
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    If you could sum up Trouble in High Heels in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, fast moving, charming


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the main characters.


    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. She did a fine job, except the Count's accent.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read several of Christina Dodds historical romances, so being a little familiar with her books decided to take a chance on this one. As with the Regency books, this one has the Italian Count instead of a Duke, Earl etc. It is a modern fun, light hearted take on the same type of book. Sometimes this type fits the bill after serious books. I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebellious Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (306)

    Of all the dukes in England, Jered Marcus Benton, the Duke of Bradford, was the wealthiest, most handsome — and most arrogant. And of all London’s ladies, he wanted the tender obedience of only one — Caroline Richmond. She was a ravishing beauty from Boston, with a mysterious past and a fiery spirit. Drawn to the powerful duke, undeterred by his presumptuous airs, Caroline was determined to win his lasting love.

    Teresa says: "Love Julie Garwood."
    "Quite wonderful."
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    What made the experience of listening to Rebellious Desire the most enjoyable?

    First of all I LIKE very much Anne Flosnik's narration. I really don't know what all the fuss and complaining is about with the other reviews. I have listened to her a lot on Amanda Quick and Mary Balogh novels on tape and CD


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was a great book. It was written in 1991 which, in my opinion better written,
    before the historical novels became too modern day. In other words they put 21st century
    characters back two centuries and expect it to be believable.

    I liked Lady Carolyn and Lord Bradford. Of course, being a Duke, he was arrogrant and controlling, but in the end she brought him around.

    Good read.









    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Trial by Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    In the three years since her husband left her, Lady Kathleen Carhart has managed to forge a fulfilling life for herself. But when Ned Carhart unexpectedly returns, she finds her tranquility uprooted--and her deepest secrets threatened. Though she has no intention of falling for Ned's charms, Kate can no longer deny the desire that still burns in her heart.

    Kimberly says: "A nice listen"
    "Great"
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    If you could sum up Trial by Desire in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, intriguing, heartwarming


    What does Elizabeth Jasicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think she brings it to life. I recently read one of Milan's books and it was fine, but I liked this one better. Jasicki is one of my favorite narrators.





    Any additional comments?

    The plot centered among other things, on wife abuse and depression. Lady Kathleen tried to save abused women. Her husband who had bouts of depression tried to overcome it.
    He needed to prove to himself and his wife that he could overcome it and be there for her when she was in danger. Their story is very heartwarming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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