Dusty Rhodes is a wonderful author, whom I've just recently discovered. The Longhorn Series is very well written and Gene Engene gave a great performance.
Like Louis L'Amour, Dusty Rhodes has the ability to draw you into the story, to depict the characters and their surroundings without going into great detail.
The one thing I would change if I could, is the abrupt changing from one character to the other without warning. If you are not listening intently it takes awhile to realize the scene and characters have changed.
If you like westerns, you will not be disappointed, they're great entertainment.
Compared to other books I have chosen to listen to recently "Lord of Scoundrels" merits more than than a 5 Star rating.
This book had me totally riveted! It is a story that gives birth to an array of emotions. It was funny, sad, frustrating, with never a dull moment.
I felt so sorry for our hero growing up unwanted and unloved. From birth, Dain's father deemed his son an abomination, because of his "grossly overlarge nose" and "ill-proportioned limbs" he'd inherited from his Italian mother's side of the family. An outcast, because of his big nose and swarthy visage, Lord Dain was physical and mental abused by students at Eton (where he was sent at age 8) as well as tutors, with no one to turn to for help. As he grew to manhood, to compensate for lack of self esteem, for feeling unworthy of love, Dain resolves never to care for another person and to live only for his own dissolute pleasure.
Then he meets Jessica, a wonderful mix of charm, wit, strength, and heartfelt devotion to her family. Her brother has joined Lord Dain's groupies, and wants to be like his hero--drinking to access, gambling and wenching. Jessica, well aware that her brother is easily led, is determined to get him away from Lord Dain before he drives the family into bankruptcy...and the "battle of the sexes" begins. Not wanting to be a spoiler, I will stop here.
I highly recommend "Lord of Scoundrels" to all Romance lovers.
"Silent Revenge" is a touching historical romance featuring two wounded hearts who marry for convenience. The premise is an old one. Simon, the Earl of Northcote, is broke and needs money to keep his estates. Lady Jessica Stanton needs to marry to keep her stepbrother from taking everything she has and having her committed to an asylum. Jessica needs to get married within 6 days, when she turns 25, to save herself and her vast fortune.
It is a much told story, but with a twist. Lady Jessica has two secrets that have been shared with only a few trusted friends...one secret could give her stepbrother cause in the eyes of Regency England to commit her to an asylum.
Simon, on the other hand is suspected of murdering his father and fleeing the country 3 years ago. He has his own secrets and his own reasons for marrying Jessica. Money is one but there is another that is more important to him than the money.
"Silent Revenge" is a well written story with superb narration by Rosalyn Landor.
I enjoyed "What The Duke Desires", it was well written with engaging characters. The narrator did a great job.
Our hero, Maximilian (Max) Kale, the Duke of Lyons, was a second son who became the heir when his older brother was kidnapped as a child. The Duke, having a mad father and Great Uncle, fears madness runs in his family and dreads having to marry to produce an heir. So when he gets a note saying his older brother may be alive, he makes an assignation with Tristan Bonnaud, who supposedly has proof, and can lead him to his brother---but Tristan is a "no show" and has gone missing himself. Searching for Tristan leads Max to Tristan's half brother, Dom, who owns an investigative business. Dom is out of town on business, so the Duke ends up aided (and manipulated) by the investigator’s half sister, Lisette Bonnaud, the illegitimate daughter of a viscount, and Tristan's sister.
A big part of the story takes place on a trip from England to France, where Max and Lisette travel as a middle-class married couple. The mystery is well done and keeps one guessing.
Well worth a credit!
"Return of the Rose" is captivating--an enjoyable diversion from every-day life, as we travel back in time to England 1444.
Earlier in 1420 twin girls are born to Richard Forester, Lord of Silverwood, one hale and hearty, the other sickly and not expected to live, but Lord Silverwood will not accept the death of his infant daughter. He takes his ailing babe to the Witch of Devonshire who can use her powers to transport her to the future where she can get the medical attention she needs to survive.
Morgan Hayes (AKA: Morgana Forester) came into the modern world of 1986 as a day-old infant left on the doorstep of a widow who owns an antique shop with an authentic hollow suit of armor that stands in her shop window. Morgan has always been fascinated with the armor, feeling an unexplainable familiarity with it...and on her 24th birthday she becomes entangled with the armor and is transported back to England,1444 where she is mistaken for Amanda Forrester, a twin sister she knows nothing about. Amanda has been ordered by King Henry to wed Lord Derek Vanguard, of Braddock Hall, but runs away. Neither want the marriage, but Lord Derek will comply with his King's demands. Derek mistakes Morgan for her twin sister Amanda.
If you are looking for historical accuracy, this is not the book for you. Several bits were rather implausible--the women of Braddock Hall willing to wear 'bikinis' when they played in the lake, Morgan saving a Village child's life by applying CPR without being cast out (or burned at the stake) as a witch, and her designing a backless/sleeveless dress to meet the King...but it is a funny, sweet, well written novel. I would not have guessed it to be Ms Ragan's debut novel.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to "Return of the Rose" and Katherine Kellgren's performance. In my opinion, regardless of the story, the narrator makes the difference between enjoyment and dissatisfaction.
I highly recommend Return of the Rose.
The story summarizes longer versions of like stories.
English Duke's daughter becomes estranged from her father for marrying for love, against his will. Their only son, Harry Connelly, surviving the wilds of the Americas, returns to England to face his Grandfather.
If you don't have a lot of time to read/listen or not in the mood for full version novels that arouse heavy emotions, short stories like "It Could Only Be You", may supply your need for a good romantic light read. It's well written for a short story (1 hour 57 min.) and doesn't leave you hanging like some do. Stevie Zimmerman performed well.
There's a couple of editing errors where the same words are repeated.
All in all, not a bad book!
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.
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