“The only way to control a woman these days, gentlemen, is to marry her off.”
This is the story of a woman who publishes less than flattering articles about certain men of the ton in newspaper articles under the fiction section, a manipulated drawing for the hand of the Scarlet Plumiere in a man’s club, dueling newpaper correspondence between Ramsey and the Scarlet Plumiere, red cravats, and a threatening man from the Scarlet Plumiere’s past with a great dose of humour throughout. I loved it!
The narrator, Jim McCance, was excellent. I hope he reads the rest of the series.
Muir’s two other audio books on audible were not so fortunate in their narrators.
Each of Ramsey’s friends will probably have their own book in this series. Together, Ramsey and his friends are known as “The Four Kings”:
+ Ramsey Birmingham, Earl of Northwick – who signs his newpaper entries as Mr. Lott
+ Stanley Winters, Viscount Forsgreen – white-blond hair, blue eyes; engaged to
+ Presley Talbot, Marquess of Harcourt – gold-brown hair; chronically jovial
+ Earnest Merriweather, Earl of Ashmoore – black hair; very serious
And the Scarlet Plumiere herself!
- The Marquess of Landover – small property in Scotland he keeps trying to get rid
of; not good at cards
- Count Germaine – white hair, steel eyes, large mustache; secrets
- Lord Gordon – man from the Scarlet Plumiere’s past
This is an interesting story with a different kind of plot. I just checked the audio that had words missing in the earlier release, but it appears to be fixed now. Give it a try.
I called the problem with intermittent dropped words in to tech support. The story is very interesting, but the dropped words get annoying. I opened the Kindle version on my PC and I can see where words are definitely being dropped almost every page or so. I downloaded this audiobook in both Format 4 and Enhanced - no joy. Hopefully this will be fixed soon, hence the 4 star rating for "Overall."
Alex Kingston (River Song from the 11th Doctor Who series) would make a great Jessica Trent, the heroine of this story. The banter between Jessica and Sebastian, Lord Dain, (large, dark, wealthy) kept me laughing throughout the night as I couldn't stop listening. This book is well served by this audio performance. Kate Reading nails Jessica. The side characters are also interesting, e.g., Genevieve, Jessica's femme fatale grandmother, and Bertie, Jessica's brother. Lord Dain is paranoid about women only wanting him for his money and has a very jaundiced opinion of all females.
If you want an intelligent plot and laugh-out-loud dialogue, give this one a try. It's one of my top five romances.
I wasn't sure about buying this audiobook, but I'm glad I did. There is so much more to this story than abusive sex - the dynamics of control and survivable are well written. The story made me think of people I have known or worked with whose spouses were virtual prisoners.
I bought the Kindle version because I love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. There is also a reading companion, "BEHIND HIS EYES – CONSEQUENCES," by Aleatha Romig, "recommended to be read after completing all of the CONSEQUENCES SERIES: Consequences, Truth, and Convicted. It is not a standalone book and should not be read as such." There are upcoming releases of Behind His Eyes for "Truth" and "Convicted."
And the narrator was great. I couldn't stop listening. This book isn't for everyone, so you may want to check out the other review comments (on audible and amazon) and listen to the sample.
This is a traditional romance with lots of humour.
I love reading and rereading Barbara Metzger's and Mary Balogh's earlier books. I hope more of these are available soon for audible release.
The prologue had me a little worried, but once I got into Chapter 1, I was hooked. Great story line, dialogue, and hair-raising adventure. The use of the Tarot's major arcana is brilliant. I really prefer this series to her adult series - no drawn out sexual speed bumps getting in the way of the story. I liked it so much I immediately downloaded the sequel, Endless Knight. I'm going to check out more of the teen and young adult books - this is my kind of story!
I finally gave up and switched to the Kindle edition of this book. The narration sounds strained - I don't think Scottish is his first language. I notice this especially when he pronounces words that end with "-er," e.g., highlander, other. I also have trouble determining who is speaking. A narrator can greatly enhance (Tim Gerard Reynolds, Nicholas Boulton, Amanda Ronconi) an author's work or seriously detract from it as does this narrator. I wonder if the recording companies run samples of a book with possible narrators through a test group before committing to a narrator. If they don't they should, and maybe some of these obvious mis-matched narrators might be avoided.
I really like Julie Klassen's writing. However, I'm not into the inspirational bits. I just fast forward through the religious parts and continue with the story.
This is a pet peeve of mine, but I like an author to reveal characters through their actions and words and not tell me what they are thinking. In other words, don't tell me a character is clever, show how they are clever. This just wasn't my kind of book.
I don't care who wrote it: I really liked this book. The narrator, Robert Glenister, is super. P.I. Cormoran Strike is not only "Hagrid in a Trenchcoat" - great description, Melinda - but he sounds sort of like Robbie Coltrane who played Hagrid. The plot is intricate and addicting. The writing reminded me of Tana French's "Faithful Place," one of my favs (especially read by Tim Gerard Reynolds). I love the Latin quotes at the beginning of each chapter. The listen was well worth my time.
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