It was a cute story, but would have been more enjoyable if the narrator could have read with more feeling.
It could have been better...IF there had been more dialog (the hero and heroine "think" what they want, don't want, plan to do, etc. more than converse with each other) -- IF an in-depth explanation had been given WHY the villain, Mr. Brown, wanted all the Russell sisters dead -- HOW he was involved with the murder of their father.
I liked the story-line, if it had been better executed, I felt important elements were missing. The theme of the story (who killed Mr. Russell, and did he swindle his investors) was too vague.
Maddie Russell, one of three sisters, takes it upon herself to find out who framed and killed their father, which left his daughters homeless and destitute. Her father's vague note stating "never trust a pirate" leads Maddie to Capt. Thomas Morgan's household posing as a maid, to search for evidence of the privateers guilt.
The romance was good--good chemistry between the hero & heroine.
The narration was okay, but Xe Sands had a sarcastic undertone in her manner of speaking throughout the story, which became irritating after awhile.
The book moved a little too slow for my taste, and because of this and the reasons above I cannot recommend it.
I have always enjoyed Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, but have never read/heard one of their debuts, until now. Poirot first appears in "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" (published in 1920), which took place in a British country manor, Styles Court. A wealthy old mistress, Mrs. Inglethorpe, was poisoned to death, and anyone, including her newly-married 'younger' husband, her stepsons, her daughter-in-law, the young protegee, and the mysterious doctor, could be the murderer; and I found the many twists and turns of the story kept me guessing WHO KILLED MRS. INGLETHORPE until the end.
Hercule Poirot is one of Christie's most famous and long-lived characters, appearing in 33 novels, one play (Black Coffee), and more than 50 short stories published between 1920 and 1975.
In this debut novel Captain Arthur Hastings' (a secondary character) first description of Poirot is as follows:
He was hardly more than five feet four inches but carried himself with great dignity. His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military. The neatness of his attire was almost incredible; I believe a speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound. Yet this quaint dandified little man had been, in his time, one of the most celebrated members of the Belgian police.
Through David Thorn's superb performance each character and scene is easily visualized. His ability to change his voice for so may characters is amazing.
It's a non-violent (according to today's murder mysteries) light read, and a nice change of pace. The 6 hours and 26 min. was just the right amount of time for me; each minute full of intrigue.
I recommend it to anyone who wants an entertaining break from their usual genre.
"The Return of Tarzan" is the second in his series of books about the title character Tarzan, with the first book edition published in 1915. The novel picks up where Tarzan of the Apes left off, and is equally exciting.
In "The Return of Tarzan", Tarzan learns that he is the true Lord Greystoke, but does not claim his title, because of his love for Jane, who has promised to wed Tarzan's cousin William Cecil Clayton. Clayton inherited the title, Lord Greystoke, when Tarzan's mother and father were declared dead. If Tarzan took his rightful place as Lord Greystoke, it would leave Clayton penniless, and Jane would suffer without money--so Tarzan walks away.
Disappointment in love, Tarzan returns to the jungle where he has many strange adventures--even before Tarzan reaches his jungle home, events take him to places he never knew existed...there's ocean cruises, Paris, desert adventures, spying for the French Secret Service, beautiful women, lost cities. etc., etc.
Tarzan makes an enemy of the powerful Russian, Nikolas Rokoff, who dogs his trail plotting and planning his demise. The action-packed gripping scenes and nasty villains are easily visualized due to Burrough's wonderful storytelling, and Robert Whitfield's great performance. The many twists and turns the story takes keep you riveted, unable to stop listening.
I've thoroughly enjoyed books 1 & 2 and highly recommend them. They really should be read in sequence.
All I can say is "WOW!" This book bears no resemblance to any of the books I've read, nor movies I've seen, about "Tarzan of the Apes" -- it was so riveting I could not stop listening to it!
1st published in 1914, "Tarzan of the Apes" seems remarkably violent for the era in which it was written--no doubt the reason for subsequent adaptions. One would think that because it was written so long ago, it would no longer captivate the imagination, but it has lost nothing with time. I am so glad I had the opportunity to listen to it, performed by such an accomplished narrator.
The action and adventure engages ones imagination in such a way that you feel as though you are there witnessing the events as they unfold -- It's made me into a Tarzan fan.
I will now purchase "The Return of Tarzan". The second book takes up where this one ends.
As a book that engages all your emotions, and leaves you wanting more, I highly recommend "Tarzan of the Apes".
"Rebellious Desire" is the first book in a very long time I enjoyed so much I didn't want it to end. It's intriguing, funny, mysterious, filled with sexual tension, has great dialogue, and amazing scenes.
It begins in England in 1788, when Caroline is only 4 years old, immediately capturing your attention with the events that take place. Later in 1802, 18 year old Caroline, returns to England at her fathers request, after living in Boston for the last 14 years with her Aunt, Uncle and Cousins. On the road to see her father, Caroline, her cousin Charity, and a BIG black man named Benjamin hear gun shots and Caroline thwarts an attempted robbery/murder. As she ministers to the gun-shot victim, she hears someone ride up; none other than Jered Marcus Benton, the Duke of Bradford, who holds a gun on her, as she holds a gun on him, and they argue about who will put their gun away first. The events that follow are hilarious.
The characters are likable, although I would have liked to slap some sense into the arrogant, stubborn Duke of Bradford, at times...but with Julie Garwood's superb writing and Anne Flosnik's excellent narration, you can imagine how infuriating it would be for a Duke, the most powerful title in England, just under a Prince, to be opposed by a strong-willed girl from the colonies. Even though the Duke is overbearing, you can understand it, because of his Title and what it means to be a Duke in England...it just doesn't mean that much to Caroline. As you are drawn into the story, you can understand, due to back-grounds of the characters, how misunderstandings abound.
Although this is one of Ms Garwood's older books I enjoyed it more than her later ones, and would like to see a follow-up of their family...the Duke and Caroline with children: girls with her feisty personality, and his heir and a spare...more about Charity and Paul and the other cousins from Boston.
It's well worth a credit, but I'm overjoyed to get it for $4.95. I highly recommend it.
"Desired" has an interesting beginning as Taresa (Tess) Darent, the Dowager Marchioness of Darent, attempts to elude raiding redcoats searching for radical reformers, by tying a sheet around her waist and slipping out the window of The Temple of Venus Brothel-- into the waiting hands of Owen Purchase, the Viscount Rothbury, who has been sent by the Home Secretary to arrest the reformers.
I began losing interest when Lady Tess's personality did not stay consistent with the bravado of the woman who eluded the Redcoats and tricked Vicount Rothbury to escape. Having the intellect to be the brains behind the reformers, she "didn't think" too many times, when making foolish decisions. Tess acts in ways that don’t make sense. She endangers herself and Owen.
The story does not flow smoothly--sometimes too many unneeded details, other times events seem to be thrown in with no foundation. Although alluded to, I thought more details about Tess’s and Tom Bradshaw’s past would have made the story more interesting.
Polly Lee has a nice voice, but she does not do male voices well. She's a good reader, but not a performer. The narrator did not have the ability to draw me into the story.
Although there were parts of "Desired" I found interesting, the story is not cohesive, so could not hold my interest.
I do not consider it credit worthy.
"Seduction" is one of Quick's earlier books, a straight forward regency (before the PNR elements entered into so much of her work) and one of her first historicals.
The story begins with the cynical widower Julian, the Earl of Ravenwood, proposing marriage to country-bred Sophy Dorring in the hopes that she will prove easy to manage while providing him with heirs. Julian, believing Sophy to be firmly on the shelf, having failed during her one and only season, should be grateful for his offer, but she turned him down. Although Sophy has loved Julian for years, she will not agree to marry him unless he agrees to specific conditions. Not to be one who takes "no" for an answer, he finally agrees, and they marry immediately. Julian thought that because of her age and having resided in the country he was getting someone who would provide him an heir and be no trouble. Little did he know! Sophy has a hidden agenda for wanting to marry Julian.
The story-line may not sound very different than a hundred other historical romances, but this is not your typical, run-of-the-mill historical romance, it is quite UNIQUE. There are aspects of the story that I don't remember encountering in other books, and I have read and heard hundreds of historical romances.
You'll find scandal, humor, intrigue, revenge, unusual duels, romance -- with strong secondary characters.
As great as Anne Flosnik is, I think she has out-done herself in "Seduction", she was flawless! ....Well worth a credit, but I was happy to get it on sale--3 books for 2 credits!
This was a first for me by author Peggy L. Henderson, but certainly not the last.
I love historical romance books, but it’s hard to find one with a fresh story-line. “Yellowstone Heart Song” takes the listener in a different direction than most. I really enjoyed the historical journey through the Rocky Mountain wilderness. I could see it all so vivid in my mind while I listened. Ms. Henderson has a gift of carefully describing her characters and their surroundings thoroughly, without being long-winded. She has the perfect mixture of adventure and real life struggle. Throw in some dangerous moments and just the right amount of sexual tension and anticipation and you have the perfect prescription for an entertaining 9 hours and 11 minutes.
In “Yellowstone Heart Song”, Native American raised Mountain-man, Daniel Osborne (aka Trapper Mountain-man 1810), meets ever helpful out-door adventurer Aimee Donavan (head strong UCI nurse from 2010) who has a passion for backpacking, and putting her nursing skills to good use. How do they meet? Aimee is given to Daniel by his blood-brother Elk Runner, after he tracked her to a ledge on the side of the mountain where she had fallen after being chased by a bear….and the story begins.
Alexandra Haag gave a good preformance.
I’ll say no more, much has already been said by the Publisher and Member reviews, other than I highly recommend “Yellowstone Heart Song” , I don’t think you will be disappointed.
I took a chance on "Western Winds" by an author and narrator unknown to me, and without reviews...but am I glad I did. This well written book, has all the elements a listener could hope for: mystery, betrayal, secrets, intrigue, romance and passion.
This action-packed story takes place about 2 years after the Civil War ended, about 1867.
"Western Winds" is an emotionally intense story about a sprawling Texas ranch, the Reina, and the 20 year old Lacey Garrett who inherits her father's ranch. Reina is all Lacey cares about. Raised more like a son than a daughter, she has been groomed to run Reina, and Lacey is determined to run it on her own. Lacey knows she has her work cut out for herself, but of all the difficulties Lacey could for-see, she never could imagine the last minute change in her father’s will which leaves 1/2 Reina to another heir.
A stranger to Lacey, twenty-six year old Rafe Parrish, the other heir, is no happier to be sharing control of Reina with Lacey than she is of sharing it with him. Angered by her arrogance, Rafe is determined to have it all: the Reina and Lacey herself.
I don't want to be a spoiler, so I will stop here--but I think any historical romance lover will enjoy "Western Winds", whether into the western genre, or not.
I highly recommend it!
"Reckless" is set in the wild Scotland Highlands of 1375, where daughters are used as pawns to unite Clans, as is the case of our Heroine, Ailis, the only heir to the clan MacFarlane. Her Uncle betroths her to the cruel, repugnant Donald MacCordy, but just before the wedding she finds herself accidentally kidnapped by Alexander MacDubh, the handsome Laird of a clan feuding with both the MacCordys and MacFarlanes.
Although the story-line sounds much like any other Highland story: revenge, clan wars, kidnapping, etc. "Reckless" is a unique story. Hannah Howell's characters are believable, her depiction of the Scotland countryside realistic, and she does a remarkable job writing people as they would have sounded and thought in this time period. Ashford MacNab did a good job imitating a Scottish accent--I had the feeling of being transported back in time.
The characters are well defined, with very interesting secondary characters. I especially liked Jimmy, Ailis' protector.
It's a story of betrayal, revenge, and passion filled nights.
Well worth a credit.
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