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My younger sister, who won't read anything that has "horseless carriages", recommended this author. I, who used to never read any romance of a historical nature, being a non-fiction snob in that area, decided to give her a try. At my older sister's insistance I have read and/or listened to Amanda Quick, Lisa Kleypas, Eloisa James, Jennifer Ashley and others. My favorite sort of book has to have at least some things to make me laugh, and A Night Like This met that desire The story was excellent, with the mysterious past of the female protagonist, and the inappropriate attraction between her, as the governess, and the Earl who is the uncle of her charges. It highlights the nebulous position a governess has in a household, and how this contributes to the conflict. The dialog between the characters, including secondary one, is where you get the giggles. There are tears as well and some excitement. The narration is excellent, which is always a huge plus for me (some narrators can get on my nerves). Give this one a listen and see if you don't agree with me! :)
I've been waiting for Hugh's story since I met him in the first of the first of the Smyth-Smith Quartet. I fell in love with his stoicism and genius, his darkness that calls for the light that will reveal to him his own worth. Lady Sarah is plain-spoken and forward. Her main goal is to marry in order to avoid yet another horrendous performance in the annual Smyth-Smith musicale. These two should not be attracted, yet... Oh, this was definitely worth the wait and goes on my re listen list.
For some reason, I started this series with the third, then moved on to this one, which is the second. The order really doesn't matter, though, as each could be a stand-alone. This story is about Lori, the town mechanic in Tumble Creek, CO, and her best friend's brother, the sexy, absent-minded architect Quinn Jennings. There is a mystery involved, as well as the evolving no-strings-attached sex relationship between Lori and Quinn. And sex there is, and though it definitely qualifies as erotica, it is tastefully depicted. I enjoyed the time I spent with these people. They grow in positive ways, and are actually nice people dealing with their situations sensibly. There are a few laughs, and no horribly sticky angst. I'll probably give it a re listen when the mood for a light, sexy story hits.
I wanted to like this book, I really did. The premise sounded interesting, and it should have been amusing since it was compared to Molly Harper's style. And I so enjoy listening to Amanda Ronconi bring characters to life. These characters, however, could have stayed in imagination until they had matured sufficiently to deal with the situation at hand. First off, there were too many "main" characters. Olivia, Peach, Millie, Stacy, Tobias, Davina, that mystery guy, the owner of the diner, plus the townsfolk with names. Okay, maybe we'd all be as whiney as the heroine in this story if the events depicted had happened in real life. But it wasn't real life, was it? It's fantasy, so is it unusual for me to want to like the characters? Is it too much to ask the heroine to suck it up and turn the plot from premise into an enjoyable story? I couldn't do it. I skipped at least 1/3 of the book because I wanted to slap Olivia and tell her to get a grip. I wanted to sit Tobias down and explain the importance of open communication. I wanted to be able to differentiate between the best friends. So... If you like Molly Harper or Darynda Jones, do not use a credit for this book. I don't know under what circumstance I could, in all good conscience, recommend it. I thought about saying you could, perhaps, get it if it's free - I got it in a 3 for 2 sale. But no, nothing is truly free, because time is a commodity too, and you won't want to waste yours.
What can I say? I just adore Flavia. Maybe it's a combination of her genius, which makes her seem older than her years, and those flashes of the little girl who craves love and attention. The language the author uses, a sort of multi syllabic music ably played in varying tones by Jayne Entwhistle, delights the ear. There were a couple of instances when I felt the similes Bradley uses are likely outside the scope of comparison for an 11 year old, but these were easy for me to get past. The plot line is compelling, and the mystery isn't a terribly easy puzzle to solve. The characters remain distinct enough to know who says and does what. There isn't a lot of growth in Flavia's character in the course of the book, but the action takes place over a short period of time, and this is the first in a series. Overall, if you like a good cerebral mystery, this is definitely worth a full credit.
I purchased this book for three reasons; I needed something to listen to on a drive from Indianapolis to Dallas, Laura Kinsale is now on my favorite authors list, and Nick Boulton could never put me to sleep.
The heroine, while naive in many ways, is engaging. I liked her bravery and endurance, and her fear of being found out gave the story more depth. The hero has a lot of misanthropy, and there is the added fact that the heroine had heard him express misogyny, thus her fear of being found out as a woman. The hero is dismayed and confused by his growing feelings of tenderness toward the Bedouin "boy".
I like the complexity of Kinsale's characters, though they aren't always exactly likable. Both of the protagonists grow in the course of the story. The plot is nicely textured without being too convoluted. This is definitely on my re listen list.
This is an academic class, and one should approach it as such. Mark A. Stoler, while not exciting as a lecturer, was better than my college professors, and made me really interested.
There really wasn't that much in his lectures that I didn't already know, but he did clarify things in many instances. And he made clear that, while history doesn't repeat itself, attitudes often are.
My boyfriend and I listened to this, one chapter each evening, at dinner, and we paused it often to discuss the material being presented. It beat the heck out of watching TV while we ate, and it actually made the time much more enjoyable than usual, as well as more sociable.
I probably wouldn't recommend this as a straight-through listen, but approach it as you would with any history class. The lectures themselves are only about half an hour each, so it is actually easier to take than the usual hour-long lecture one deals with at a college level. And there aren't constant umms and ahhs to irritate.
I can't really say much about the story. I couldn't stay with it as the narrator was so horribly bad. But sometimes, if the story is REALLY good, you can get past that. The premise seemed to be pretty good, but the execution fell short. Just couldn't hack it, and I am a patient, tolerant person. Couldn't listen to even the first hour. I got this because the previous two had been tolerable though, those didn't have great narrators either.
Save the credit for something that won't distract you with how irritating it is to hear.
Setting: Regency era England
I don't know if I can adequately review this audio book, since the narration and production were so bad. I guess the characters were interesting, and there were actually a couple of humorous moments. There was character growth as well. However, there were several places in the narrative where the story could have been wrapped up, but it just kept going on with almost willful misunderstanding and angst. I guess I'll have to read it in print. If only they had gotten someone like Roslyn Landor to do the reading! It was so distracting it was difficult to truly follow the story line - maybe this book is better than my experience, since I listened to and enjoyed the other Tessa Dare novel available at this site at this time.
I likely will NOT give this a repeat listen.
First off, this is like a play with an act missing. Everything is too compressed. The premise isn't too bad, but the characters need to have some redeeming qualities, and the plot needs development. This was more like an outline for a book.
The narration doesn't give life to the characters, and the very WORST thing about this waste of time is the production values. It sounds like it was recorded in a bathroom through a tin can. Ugh! Audible must have been paid to take this on, but didn't give it a listen before putting it out there for us.
Narrative was first person singular, flip-flopping between the two main female characters, Lottie & Fliss. The male characters are expressed through their actions and what the female characters think of what they are told versus what they observe. There are some laugh out loud moments of the slapstick variety, as well as some witty dialogue. Only problems I had were the slow beginning and how flaky the character of Lottie came across.
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