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SandyH

El Paso, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Bedding Lord Ned: Duchess of Love Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sally MacKenzie
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Determined to find a husband, Miss Eleanor "Nell" Bowman attends a ball put on by the Duchess of Greycliffe, fondly referred to as the Duchess of Love. But she roundly dismisses the suitors the matchmaking hostess has invited on her behalf. For it's the duchess' dashing son Ned, Lord Edward, who long ago captured Nell's heart - and roused her desire. All it takes is a pair of conveniently misplaced silky red bloomers to set the handsome widower's gaze on this unusual girl who is clearly more than meets the eye.

    SandyH says: "Clever story"
    "Clever story"
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    I fully enjoyed the "naked" series so was excited to start the new "duchess of love" series. I was entertained the entire story. Sally Mac Kenzie is a clever, witty writer and Abby Craden in excellent in narration. Truly worth listening!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Only a Heartbeat Away: Pride and Prejudice Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By P. O. Dixon
    • Narrated By Pearl Hewitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    Long before they meet, Miss Elizabeth Bennet entertains notions of Mr. Darcy as being good-natured, compassionate, and exceedingly handsome. Indeed, everything a gentleman ought to be. In light of the ardent disdain that he incites in her family and friends at the Meryton assembly, reconciling her favorable impression of him proves deeply unsettling. Hence she goes about making out his true nature.

    SandyH says: "Always a joy...."
    "Always a joy...."
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    P.O. Dixon's books are always a joy to read and I have to say thus far all the audiobooks have been too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Pemberley Medley: Five Pride & Prejudice Variations

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Abigail Reynolds
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Klett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    It's the best of all worlds - five short Pride & Prejudice variations by best-selling writer Abigail Reynolds gathered in one volume. Can Mr. Darcy win Elizabeth Bennet's heart... or will they misunderstand each other forever? Can he stand by and watch Elizabeth lose everything she holds precious... including him?

    Sheila says: "Love Abigail's P&P Stories"
    "Another winner..."
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    Short Darcy and Elizabeth stories, all wonderful. Stories all written in true Abigail Reynolds' style, if which I am a big fan! Narrator does a really nice job. Great for when you need a quick Darcy and Elizabeth fix and don't have time to get in a full length story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bewitched, Body and Soul: Miss Elizabeth Bennet

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By P O Dixon
    • Narrated By Pearl Hewitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Elizabeth always prided herself on his ability to discern the motives of others. She declared Mr. Bingley a fool were he not able to see how much her eldest sister Jane loved him. Determined to discover the true reason for Bingley's hasty departure from Netherfield, Elizabeth goes to town in Jane's stead. Her initial scheme having been thwarted and with nowhere else to go, she turns to the one person who is sure to put her in Bingley's path - Mr. Darcy.

    SandyH says: "Charming...."
    "Charming...."
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    If you could sum up Bewitched, Body and Soul: Miss Elizabeth Bennet in three words, what would they be?

    Charming, lovely, wonderful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bewitched, Body and Soul: Miss Elizabeth Bennet?

    Oddly enough, for me the most memorable moment was not between Darcy and Elizabeth (even though there were several of those) but the conversation between Georgiana and Elizabeth when Georgiana is telling Elizabeth about what happened with her and Wickham. I can just picture Elizabeth's face when she understands the truth of what she falsely believed about Darcy.


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

    Pearl Hewitt does a great job of getting the correct emotion into each character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As I love the characters of Darcy and Elizabeth, the good stories make me sigh....I sighed!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Darcy's Undoing: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Abigail Reynolds
    • Narrated By Vanessa Johansson
    Overall
    (21)
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    (20)
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    What could possibly make a proper gentleman come completely undone? What if Elizabeth Bennet accepted the proposal of another before she met Mr. Darcy again? In Abigail Reynolds' bold and playful retelling of the Austen classic, a devastated Mr. Darcy must decide how far he is willing to go to win the woman he loves. Consumed by jealousy, he knows that winning her will throw them both into scandal and disgrace, but losing her is unbearable. Mr. Darcy is going to have to fight for his love, and his life. . .

    Melissa says: "Started out promising..."
    "I forgot how much I like this story....."
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    Would you listen to Mr. Darcy's Undoing again? Why?

    Great story, great characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Darcy as no other... Wait, is there any other....uhhhh no!! Darcy while feeling that his love for Elizabeth will never be returned is too much to pass up.


    What about Vanessa Johansson’s performance did you like?

    I really liked Vanessa Johansson's narration. At first I could not pin point what it was about her voice that I liked so much until a friend came upon me while I was finishing listening to a chapter and commented that her voice had emotion in it, I agree


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

    When Darcy is leaving the country to try to forget about Elizabeth, the goodbye was delicious


    Any additional comments?

    Never miss an Abigail Reynolds' book if at all possible!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Abigail Reynolds
    • Narrated By Rachel E. Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    What if the last man in the world she could be prevailed upon to marry...is her husband? In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet tells the proud Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy that she wouldn't marry him if he were the last man in the world. But what if she never said the words? What if circumstances conspired to make her accept Darcy the first time he proposes?

    SandyH says: "Finally....finally..."
    "Finally....finally..."
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    Finally, out of all Abigail Reynolds' books, this is the one I was most looking forward to in audio. As I have gone on and on about in the past (if you read any of my past reviews) I love all her books, but this one has always been is my absolute favorite. Darcy proposes to Elizabeth in Huntsford but before she makes it clear to him that her answer is no, he kisses her and they are seen by others. I know, big deal right, well it is in the time of this story. Basically, Elizabeth agrees to marry him to prevent scandal and all the conflict between the two in the orginial P&P story happens after they are married. Of course, Darcy thinks she married him because she wanted to, making the story at times quite heart wenching, especially when Elizabeth finally confronts him about all she holds against him and why she agreed to marry him. I will not give away anymore, but I have to say that I have read this story several times, it gets to me everytime! Rachel Hurley as the narrator does a great job. Listening to it was just as wonderful as reading it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Connie Brockway
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
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    (142)
    Story
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    When Laird Taran Ferguson's nephews refuse to wed and secure his birthright, he takes matters into his own hands, raiding a ball and kidnapping four likely brides - a bonny lass, an heiress with a slight reputation problem, a rich English beauty, and a maiden without a name or a fortune. But which one is ready to fall in love with the Scottish lord?

    SandyH says: "Funny, Funny, Funny!"
    "Funny, Funny, Funny!"
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    Did I mention this was funny!? In short, a scottish uncle, who has no children to leave his "castle" to only two nephews, decides to take matters into his own hands and kidnap suitable scottish heiress for his nephews to marry. One nephew is "tainted" with English blood and the other "French" blood, but they are his only heirs. You can just guess how well the kidnapping scheme went over, but no one could do anything about it because they where stuck there in a storm. Yes, yes, it is a predicable story and outcome, but it is written so well that you don't mind.

    The narrator, Susan Duerden, was EXCELLENT....a 5+ star performance!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Abigail Reynolds
    • Narrated By Pearl Hewitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    The river isn't the only thing overflowing in Hunsford when a natural disaster forces Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy to work together. The residents of flood-stricken Hunsford, seeking refuge in the parsonage atop the hill, are unaware they are interrupting Darcy's disastrous proposal. Even worse, the flood has washed out the only bride to Rosings Park, stranding Darcy with the woman who has just refused his offer of marriage. But it may already be too late to redeem Elizabeth's reputation.

    Michelle M. Thurman says: "Good Story, Terrible narration"
    "Another winner...."
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    I always feel like I have to start with a disclaimer, I LOVE all Abigail Reynolds' stories, no, we are not related, she is just an amazing writer. In Mr Darcy's Refuge the P&P story is assumed the same as the orginial up to the point Darcy goes to make his first, horribly done proposal. At that point all hell breaks loose due to a flood, they are stuck together, Elizabeth is bascially put into a situation where she has little choice but to eventually except Darcy's proposal. Well, you know that it isn't going to be that easy! Without giving away the story, several of the usual characters, ie Mr Bennet, Col Fitzwilliam, and with the addition of Lord Matlock and to some extent later, Lady Matlock all play into the back story between the characters and the current impediment to Darcy and Elizabeth. There are truly some really interesting twists to normal characters that we are used to, even Bingley and Jane are transformed outside of their norm but their story is not a large part of this story.

    As usual I am always amazed how Ms Reynolds comes up with all these clever ideas. I hope she never stops, I just enjoy them too much, If the secret can be kept, this is still not my favorite story of Ms Reynolds library of work, if/when that one is made into audio I will simply have to jump up and down and squeal with delight!

    Pearl Hewitt does another good job bring the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Know You Anywhere

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (266)

    In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she's never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored.

    Susan says: "I found the reason compelling"
    "Good story...."
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    First I have to say, this story turned out to be much different than I had invisioned by reading the description, not sure if that was just the "reader" in me always looking for the hiden meaning or twist. The basics of the story is about Eliza who was kidnapped when she was 15 years old and now her kidnapper is on death row (close to execution) for the murder of another girl, which occurred while she was being held. Her kidnapper, Walter, and his advocate, Barbara, find Eliza with the purpose of trying to get her to "admit" her memory has cleared and now remembers the events of that day differently. It really turns out to be interesting how all the parties (Eliza and her family, the vicitims family, the advocate, and Walter) to the crime have their own unique perspective.

    I do have one knock on the story, there were a few characters introduced into the story, i.e. Iso the daughter, Albie the son, Trudy the victim's mother, that had the beginings of interesting stories, but nothing ever happened. Mostly Eliza's daughter, Iso, there was always something going on with her, I was expecting some twist in the story concerning her, waiting for the preverbal "other shoe to drop". Even though that shoe never dropped, the story is still a very good one.

    A big 5-star+ rating for the narrator, Linda Emond, she did a spectacular job!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Conquer Mr. Darcy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Abigail Reynolds
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Klett
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (69)

    What if... Lizzy, as she gets to know Darcy, finds him undeniably attractive and her impulses win out over her sense of propriety? What if... Madly in love and mutually on fire, their passion anticipates their wedding? In To Conquer Mr. Darcy, instead of avoiding Elizabeth after his ill-fated marriage proposal, Mr. Darcy follows her back to Hertfordshire to prove to her he is a changed man and worthy of her love. And little by little, Elizabeth begins to find the man she thought she despised, irresistible....

    Amazon Customer says: "One of my all time favourites"
    "Wonderful....."
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    I love Abigial Reynolds stories, I have read this prior to listening to the audio. The story starts after Darcy returns to London from Hunsford and his botched marriage proposal to Elizabeth. He is convinced to go and try to win her instead of sitting around feeling sorry for himself. Let's just say the poor Elizabeth never stood a chance (though she did try) once Darcy set on his course. It is a lovely story, reminding me again and again why I love P&P and the great characters.

    If I have to nit-pick, I was not sold on the narrator at the beginning. I had a bit of a time distinguishing which character was saying what, there wasn't a big differential in the voice used for each, but soon got with the flow of her voice and ended up enjoying it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Bargain: Marriage to a Billionaire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jennifer Probst
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1350)
    Performance
    (1207)
    Story
    (1212)

    To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner Alexa Maria McKenzie casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend's older brother - the powerful man who once shattered her heart.

    Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn't believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father's corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister's childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he offers Alexa a bold proposition....

    SandyH says: "Funny, heartbreaking"
    "Funny, heartbreaking"
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    I downloaded this as a beach listen, well, I couldn't stop once I started. Absolutley clever dialouge, the banter between the characters had me laughing out loud, more than once I had my fellow beach goers laughing at me laughing! As with any good romance, there were parts that were truly heartbreaking. To top it off for me, a pathtically loveable dog, you have to love the dog! All and all, no big surprises, but the story was so clever and witty that you don't mind it being the typical romance story!

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful

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