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Marie

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  • When He Was Wicked

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (107)

    Michael Stirling and his cousin, John, the Earl of Kilmartin, are as close as brothers. However, Michael is secretly in love with John's wife, Francesca Bridgerton. When John suddenly dies, Michael is wracked with guilt and pain. Even though he is determined to remain simply Francesca's friend and confidant, the temptation is far too great.

    Marcheta says: "Engrossing and beautifully written"
    "Could be worse..."
    Overall

    The quality of this book depends on what you are seeking. If you just want a mushy, predictable story with some romantic moments and steamy scenes, with honestly likeable characters, it hits the spot. If you are a little deeper, it will feel childish to you, like it was written by a high schooler with a good vocabulary. It is not remarkably memorable to me; nothing like Georgette Heyer, Amanda Quick, early Kathleen Woodiwiss, or the infalable Loretta Chase. But with few worthwhile choices on audio, you could certainly spend your free credits more regretfully. I was actually rather into it at one point (somewhere in the middle, I think) but my energy fizzled out before the epilogue when the romance got sappy and drawn out. I, for one, did NOT like the narrator. The heroine's voice is always important to me and this gentleman pretty much ruined it and even put the wrong intonation on phrases which might have worked if said flatly or less dramatically. My guess is that it is better to read this book than to listen.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20552)
    Performance
    (14516)
    Story
    (14414)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "I must be crazy..."
    Overall

    Outlander is the top pick for every romance reader whose put together a list of their own. This was the first Diana Gabaldon novel I have ever read, and I did so purely because it is so widely loved by all.

    Naturally, given the hype, it could not possibly have lived up to my expectations. It was long, painfully so, and though the plot was creative and the writing fair (a little overdone with the attempts at artistry, I fear), I could not like this story. She is married already- doesn't that bother anyone else? And Jamie beats her. On purpose. And likes it. What was Gabaldon thinking? After 800 (or so) chapters, I STILL couldn't forgive him and hated the heroine for so quickly and lamely getting over it without even making him earn her forgiveness.

    I suppose the character development is noteworthy, and the dialogue is better than average. There is a lot of unbelievable monologuing, however, which begins to resemble the narration after a sentence or two. There are also so inconsistencies with ages and timelines, but with a book this long, you're bound to forget what happened in your first week of reading by the time you get to the end. All in all, I'm glad I gave in and finally read this one, but only so that I know not to believe every review I read about romance novels.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mystique

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Suzanne Bertish
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Lady Alice approached the fearsome Warrior who had swept into Lingwood Manor like a storm. Dark and forbidding, with hair as black as midnight and eyes of molten amber, Hugh the Relentless seemed aptly named. Yet to Alice, adept at driving off suitors and handling her insufferable relatives, Sir Hugh was not someone to dread, but the answer to her dreams. He had come for the mysterious green crystal, and would be greatly displeased to learn that it was no longer in her possession. But Alice was certain Sir Hugh could be coaxed into a deal that would benefit them both. In return for a dowry large enough to free Alice and her brother from the grasp of their conniving uncle, she would lend her powers of detection to Sir Hugh's knightly skills and together they would recover his treasured stone.With a tongue as sharp as a dagger, the flame-haired Alice filled Hugh with fury...and a growing fascination. He accepted her terms, with one alteration: Alice must agree to a temporary betrothal and spend the winter in Hugh's great stone fortress, Scarcliffe Keep.The bargain is struck and the adventure begins. But Sir Hugh's lifelong enemy is plotting against them, stirring up a whirlwind of treachery that threatens their fragile alliance.

    Shannan says: "Not unabridged."
    "Not what I was expecting..."
    Overall

    I have grown to enjoy Amanda Quick's regency romance/suspense novels, although I've noticed they all have the same characters and virtually the same plot so that I often confuse them. I think she may have been trying to break out of that mold, by haphazardly moving the same characters and plot to a different era, but it doesn't work here. The romance in this one is like an afterthought to an overworked mystery that becomes very predictable once all of the characters have been introduced. My favorite Amanda Quick novel, The Paid Companion, blows out of the water everything they offer on audio here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Cub

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Michael Drew
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (228)

    The excesses of the young Marquis of Vidal are even wilder than his father's before him. Not for nothing is the reckless duellist and gamester called "the Devil's Cub". But when he is forced to leave the country, Mary Challoner discovers his fiendish plan to abduct her sister. Any only by daring to impersonate her can Mary save her sibling from certain ruin.

    Janet says: "Lovely book but narrator missed the mark"
    "Sigh..."
    Overall

    This isn't steamy, if that's what you are hoping for, but what do you expect from Georgette Heyer? It is romantic, though, and remarkably so for her. Vidal is a perfect leading man: slightly villainous, but good at heart and respectful of respectable women. And the characters are so well written, you'll laugh out loud.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • A Civil Contract

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (203)

    Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage.

    Janet says: "Excellent Narration"
    "Hmm..."
    Overall

    Very well-written, as are all Georgette heyer books, and not at all steamy naturally, but this one is drier than usual even for her. If you are hoping for something to make you wistful about romance, this is one to pass by. If you just like good writing, it delivers, but even the climactic end where the obstacles throughout the plot have been overcome is rather anticlimactic, so don't get your hopes up.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Music: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (216)

    For Princess Gabrielle of St. Biel, Scotland is a land of stunning vistas, wild chieftains, treacherous glens, and steep shadows: skullduggery, betrayal, and now murder. Prized for her exquisite beauty, the daughter of one of England's most influential barons, Gabrielle is also a perfect bargaining chip for a king who needs peace in the Highlands: King John has arranged Gabrielle's marriage to a good and gentle laird. But this marriage will never take place.

    Lilian says: "Yes, read it!"
    "Don't do it!"
    Overall

    I love historical romances, don't get me wrong, but I am not a stupid woman and don't like being treated like one by the author. Weak plot, flimsy unlikeable characters, and drab writing that drags the most boring moments on and on without hitting on even a single exciting moment are not even the worst part. The narrator takes herself so seriously that she speaks as if dictating a eulogoy for a king, drawing every phrase out slowly so that it actually causes physical pain to listen to the story. Just keep browsing; anything is better than this one.

    36 of 47 people found this review helpful

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