I listen to an audiobook every two days and have never written a review but felt compelled to warn others. I am very adaptable when it comes to narrators' voices and can almost always get used to a voice that bothers me at the start of a book. I certainly appreciate excellent narration but rarely get stirred up by less than stellar performances. This, however, was appalling!! I have been anticipating Ms. Foley's books being released in audio for a long time and have even corresponded with the author but if Ms. Greene narrates more of this series I will not be listening. The female voices were good, many of the male voices acceptable, but the hero's voice, described as a baritone, sounded more like a passionless, snobby woman. Truly awful. I know that narrators can be an individual preference but I sincerely doubt many will find this appealing. I hope that the low ratings don't deter other books in this series from being produced so long as narrators change.
This book is a fun blend of romance and mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot! However, it is fortunate that the story was so wonderful because otherwise I could never have finished listening! I have several thousand books in my library and am very accepting of most narrators BUT narrators should KNOW how to pronounce words. The hero in this story is a marquis. This word has a couple of different pronunciations with the accent on different syllables in English and French but to combine the two into mar-KWEES was intolerable.And the word was used ALOT! Partway throug, an editor must have wandered by her recording booth and cringed because the word got a little better. Also having listened to hundreds of historicals I have NEVER heard the word livery pronounced as LIE-ve-ry regardless of the narrators accent. There are other examples. Her accent was very good for the serving maids but remained the same for the aristocracy. I understand that acting with the voice is the most important part of narrating but couldn't they ask the people to look through the book first and check a dictionary for words they might not be sure of?! Or have an editor check at least the first few paragraphs to insure that one of the most-repeated words in the book is not being completely mangled? I appreciate the speed with which audiobooks are becoming available but narrators must be a bit literate.
I listen to an audiobook every day for at least eight hours. I have a strong preference for historical romance and have enjoyed some paranormal writers but don't care much for contemporary romances or "chick-lit". Then I found the Sullivans! These stories are wonderful. Bella Andre managed to write love stories for eight siblings, each unique and entertaining. The characters are well-developed and the stories are narrated well. If you usually don't like novels written in current times I highly recommend trying this series for something different!
I almost never download novellas. I am inevitably disappointed, feeling as though 3 or 4 hours simply doesn't allow enough time for an author to fully entice me into caring for the characters. The plots often feel truncated. But because I have so much enjoyed Courtney Milan's novels I bought this as soon as it was released. Then it sat on my MP3 player for months and I skimmed over the title again and again. Last night my computer was down and this was all I had left that at all appealed... Thank you computer! Simply stated - this was wonderful! I winced, I filled with ire, I smiled, I sighed and at the end I grinned as I experienced that wonderful feeling of satisfaction that comes from listening to one of the good ones!
I have waited for YEARS for an unabridged version of this book to be produced and had begun to give up hope. With all the mediocre books being recorded at a dizzying rate these days it seems many great earlier works by authors are not prioritized. Thank the romance gods that this classic has been given its due. The narration is magnificent and the story still breathtakingly beautiful. If you have read the story I can assure you that it is even more wonderful in audio, if not, please DO NOT MISS one of the best romance novels ever written!
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