“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
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.
The story was fine. Don't get me wrong, Xe Sands is a fine narrator. However, I much prefer to hear a British accent when listening to an English romance. The American accent sounded very annoying to me.
I'm an Aries, and some of this applies, but much of it doesn't. I worked for the military for almost 38 years - so yes, people in military uniform appeal to me - but not in FEDEX uniforms! I also prefer historical interests to modern - Victorian furniture to Ikea. My main concentration of college studies was on ancient civilizations, not modern ones. I had to laugh at the last few sentences under Aries women - it should have been under the Aries man: as a woman, I've never shaved my face!
I had the Kleenex out within the first third of this audio. It has adventure, romance, and more. I didn't think Kinsale could top Flowers from the Storm, but I liked this one even more. Audible, please release more books by Kinsale!
At first I didn't think I would like this story, but the syfy part was pretty straight forward. I don't like it when the setting is so different that I can't recognize anything in it. The two settlements that were established roughly seemed like Europe in the East and America in the West (ca. mid to late 1899s). I liked the relationship between, Sariana and Gryph - Sariana was no push over. I was pleasantly surprised.
I was worried at first because the story had so many similarities to Hamlet. I'm happy to say that the story eventually takes it's own direction.
I liked the writing - there are some really funny lines throughout the story. For example:
"What are you doing?"
"Killing young Herron. He takes a great deal of killing, this lad. I'm losing count of the times his uncle and I have tried."
The humour alone was worth the listen.
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