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Lady M

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  • Yellowstone Heart Song: Yellowstone Romance Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Peggy L Henderson
    • Narrated By Alexandra Haag
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    Nurse and avid backpacker Aimee Donovan is offered the opportunity of a lifetime. She encounters a patient who tells her he can send her two hundred years into the past to spend three months in the rugged Yellowstone wilderness at the dawn of the mountain man era. The only requirement: she cannot tell anyone that she's from the future.

    Susane Kathie Hamilton says: "The Romantic beginning of a FANTASTIC SERIES!!"
    "Rocky Mountain Wilderness 1810"
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    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • In the Stars: Scandalous Encounters, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ava Stone
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Lieutenant-Colonel Nathaniel Carrick, Viscount Healeyfield returned home from the battlefields with nothing but his honor, his excellent eye-sight, and a crumbling abbey to his name. As luck would have it however, his wealthy mentor has a daughter of marriageable age that he'd like to see wed before he dies. Almost instantly, Nathaniel is quite smitten with the girl. She's lovely, enchanting and the most unique female of his acquaintance.

    Lady M says: "A fanciful Story!"
    "A fanciful Story!"
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    A reviewer said it was a fantasy (the faculty or activity of imagining things, especially things that are impossible or improbable), and normally I do not mind unrealistic books. I've read a few time travel books I enjoyed, but I'm not into fairies and brownies, etc.

    I would never have believed Ava Stone could write something like this. I've read a couple of her books I've thoroughly enjoyed, but this was not one of them.

    I enjoy Stevie Zimmerman's narrations, so I thought I couldn't go wrong with the combination of Ava Stone and Stevie Zimmerman. I was wrong.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Weaver Takes a Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sheri Cobb South
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Haughty Lady Helen Radney is one of London's most beautiful women, and the daughter of a duke, but her sharp tongue has frightened away most of her suitors. When her father gambles away his fortune, the duke's only chance for recouping his losses lies in marrying off Lady Helen to any man wealthy enough to take a bride with nothing to recommend her but a lovely face and an 800-year-old pedigree.

    Lady M says: "Delightful!"
    "Delightful!"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this humorous, well-narrated book. I loved the hero's dry wit -- the heroine's sarcastic wit.

    I'm not going to say too much except it was very entertaining, because in my opinion the introduction to the story gave more information than this listener needed. The story flowed well, the characters were well defined. It's a light, feel-good book. The narrator was effectively chosen.

    I'm batting a thousand on my last three books, I couldn't be more pleased with my recent selections.

    I highly recommend "The Weaver Takes A Wife"!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Come the Morning: Graham Clan, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    In the days when Scotland lay under siege - from the Vikings who sailed from the north and the Norman English who came from the south - King David sought to unite his people into one nation. For this, he needed loyal warriors. Waryk de Graham soon proved the greatest of these fighters, and was knighted Lord Lion. But his honored position came with a price: a wife chosen for him by the king - a reluctant Viking bride.

    Lady M says: "Unique, Funny and Exciting!"
    "Unique, Funny and Exciting!"
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    I have been reading more books these past few months rather than listening to audio-books, because I was making poor choices; either the story was lacking or the narrator spoiled it. But I got lucky with "Come the Morning" . Not only is the story unique, but the author keeps things flowing and exciting. I listened to it 13 1/2 hours straight through except for a few hours of sleep and other necessities.

    The story is about the daughter of a Gaelic noblewoman and a Viking warlord, Mellyora MacAdin and the King's Champion Waryk de Graham; Lord Lion. Mellyora (who was trouble with a capital "T") had already pledged her heart to her childhood sweetheart when she was summoned to appear before her godfather, King David. When she was told she was to marry the fierce Lord Lion (whom she thought was an old Norman knight) and he would take control of her lands, she decided to disobey King David. She was not going to allow King David to make decisions concerning her future and assumed if she escaped from the castle she could go home and be independent. Once outside the castle, thing do not go as she planned. It had me laughing out loud.

    The story has all the elements that make a great story.
    Narrator Sandra Burr gave a good performance.

    I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lady of Eve: A Medieval Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tamara Leigh
    • Narrated By Mary Sarah Agliotta
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    On the eve of her profession as a nun, Lady Graeye Charwyck is called home to Medland by the father who disavowed her years earlier for the devil's mark she bears. Desperate to escape the convent, she agrees to wed a man she detests to provide an heir for her family's holdings. But when the king declares the Charwyck lands forfeit and awards them to their enemy, Graeye once more finds herself discarded.

    Lady M says: "Excellent!"
    "Excellent!"
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    Be prepared to be transported back to 1156 England by a very talented author. Ignorance and superstition cause Lady Graeye Charwyck's father to take her to a convent as a child because she has a birth mark on her forehead thought to be the devil's mark. She has never been happy at the convent and is delighted when her father orders her home just before taking her vows to become a nun. Her father wants her to marry a lecherous old man and produce an heir since her brother's death.

    Before the marriage can take place, her father's holdings are confiscated by the King and given to the Balmaine family. Graeye has only heard one side of the story of her brother's murder, so she distrusts Baron Gilbert Balmaine.

    Living all her life behind the high walls of the convent Graeye is unprepared for life outside and the extreme changes that have befallen her and her father. Because she doesn't want to be returned to the convent, and wanting to stay and take care of her father, who doesn't want her now that there is no need for an heir, Graeye makes some very foolish decisions/mistakes that have far reaching consequences.

    This touching story flows well, with descriptions so realistic you feel like you are there. Tamara Leigh is a very talented author who holds the readers interest throughout.

    Mary Sarah Agliotta gave a sterling performance. She does male voices very well. Each person's voice was distinguishable. She read like a one woman play with each role done to perfection.

    I will look for more books from this author and narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jonah: Deardon Mini-Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kelli Ann Morgan
    • Narrated By Troy Duran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    She hoped it would be love… Emma Foster leaves her precious Boston to make a life in the West only to discover her betrothed has been killed and his brother is to take his place in their marriage agreement. When information comes to light that could change their contract, she must decide if she'll risk everything to experience the heat of his gaze and the warmth of his touch forever. He never expected she would change his heart…

    Lady M says: "Well Written Short Story!"
    "Well Written Short Story!"
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    A good story complete with: BEGINNING, where the reader is introduced to the setting, the characters and the situation they find themselves in and their goals.
    MIDDLE, the story develops through a series of complications and obstacles.
    END, the Climax and the loose ends of the story are resolved, all in under 3 hours.

    Characters: Jonah and Emma and brothers you will recognize from Kelli Ann's "Redbourne Series".

    With a story this short I do not want to say more and spoil it for other readers.

    Well done by Kelli Ann Morgan and narrator Troy Duran.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sarah MacLean
    • Narrated By Carolyn Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    A lady does not smoke cheroot. She does not ride astride. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen's club. Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried - and more than a little unsatisfied. And so she's vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she's been missing. But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss - to do those things, Callie will need a willing partner. Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston....

    MM says: "I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THIS SERIES"
    "Good Story"
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    I only gave it 4 Stars because although it had a good story-line, it was drawn out too much. I didn't care for the hero, Gabriel St John, the Marquess of Ralston, but liked the heroine, Lady Calpurnia Hartwell, and secondary characters, except for the ones we were not suppose to like--the gold digging dandy. I think the Dandy should have been hit by Gabriel or Calpurnia's brother when he told Calpurnia about the bet in a most demeaning way, although the Marquess did call him out--pistols at dawn.

    It has detailed sexual content, not suitable for under 18 years of age.

    The narrator did not do male voices well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Proving Trail: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By Michael Crouch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    They tried to tell him that his father had killed himself, but Kearney McRaven knew better. No matter what life had dealt him, his father would go down fighting. And as he delved deeper into the mystery, he learned that just before his father died, the elder McRaven had experienced a remarkable run of luck: he’d won nearly ten thousand dollars and the deed to a cattle ranch.

    Randi says: "Unique story line."
    "Not L'Amour's Best"
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    I'm a real Louis L'Amour fan, but felt "The proving Trail" was not up to his usual excellence.
    Perhaps with another narrator it would have been better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waking up with the Duke: London's Greatest Lovers, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Renowned for his bedchamber prowess, Ransom Seymour, the Duke of Ainsley, owes a debt to a friend. But the payment expected is most shocking, even to an unrepentant rake - for he's being asked to provide his friend's exquisite wife with what she most dearly covets: A child. Lady Jayne Seymour, Marchioness of Walfort, is furious that such a scandalous agreement would be made. If she acquiesces, there must be rules: No kissing - and, certainly, no pleasure.

    Lady M says: "Have a Box of Tissue at the Ready!"
    "Have a Box of Tissue at the Ready!"
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    Waking Up With The Duke is a unique story. The storyline calls for love-making throughout the book, but unlike many stories with immoderate sexual content the theme of "Waking Up With The Duke" is about begetting a babe. I did not find it objectionable as I do with stories that simply throw in page after page of sexual activity to increase the length of their books, or ones that depict erotic behavior intended to cause sexual excitement. Most of the aforementioned books have little to no actual story.

    "Waking Up With The Duke" is an emotional story about dysfunctional families of the aristocracy, friendships, guilt, regrets, and love. The guilt ridden Duke of Ainsley feels he owes his friend and cousin Walfort a debt, but the payment requested even shocked the rake.

    The hero and heroine of the story is the Duke of Ainsley and the Lady Jane Walfort, but the secondary characters play important roles. There is: Lord Walfort, his jewels, the scandalous Duchess of Ainsley and her artist lover with no known last name, his brothers and their ever-growing families. I love his brother's young heir, who, when speaking to the Duke addresses him as "Uncle", and the Duke replies "Nephew".

    The story encompasses a variety of emotions. It has some inventive verbal humor, but for the most part is emotionally heart-rendering. It is not a story to be easily forgotten.

    It is very well written, and Anne Flosnik gave a flawless performance--she is quite an actress. Her ability to portray the emotions of the characters brings them to life. The listener feels their love, pain, and happiness.




    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Serena

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Claudy Conn
    • Narrated By Mary Sarah Agliotta, VOplanet Studios
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Witty and refreshingly candid, lovely Serena has been capturing hearts young and old alike. Her guardian uncle worries, though, that at 23 she will soon become a spinster. He wants a better life for her than that, but she doesn't want to make a match without her heart being in it. And none of the men courting her have touched her heart.

    Lady M says: "Excellent!"
    "Excellent!"
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    This is only the second book I have listened to written by Claudy Conn, but I enjoyed Serena even more than the first, which I found engaging. I have added a couple more of her books to my wish list. I really like her writing style. I like the way she defines her characters personalities, as well as their appearance. You feel like you have been picked up and set into the scene she is describing.

    It is hard to find an author with fresh ideas for those of us that read/listen to several books per month, but "Serena" fits that category. I didn't want to put it down, so to speak, and listened to it straight through.

    The book is about the adventures of a beautiful unconventional lady; who, at the age of 23, was being pressured to choose a man to marry from her numerous suitors. Serena refuses to marry without love.

    Freddy, one of Serena's suitors, is a wealthy, titled young man of 19. He tells his mother he is going to marry Serena. Upset that her son is considering marrying an "older woman" and refusing to return to University she asks her brother, Lord Pendleton, Freddy's uncle, to investigate the woman and talk some sense into her son.

    For Serena, it is love at first sight when she meets Lord Pendleton, although she doesn't recognize the feeling. For Lord Pendleton plan "B" in rescuing his nephew is to turn Serena's attention away from Freddy to himself.

    The story includes love and romance, murder and mayhem and theft of a gold shipment.

    This was my first time to hear Mary Sarah Agliotta read, but she gave a noteworthy performance.

    I highly recommend "Serena".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • After the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Claudy Conn
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    No matter what her family and friends say, Jenny knows she will never fall in love again. How can she, when her childhood sweetheart was one of the countless killed at Waterloo? So when the Earl of Danfield proposes a marriage of convenience, it seems the perfect solution. He will secure his inheritance, and she will be spared the necessity of being paraded in society, forced to dance and flirt and do all the things her broken heart cannot do. His proposal will give her what she wants most. Peace

    Lady M says: "Surprisingly Good!"
    "Surprisingly Good!"
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    "After the Storm" exceeded my expectations. It was well written and had a well thought out plot. The characters were interesting and likable.

    The author has a good command of language, so her descriptions were not overly wordy. Her characters came alive under her talented pen...it's as if you were there.

    "After the Storm" has love and romance, intrigue, murder and attempted murder. I don't like reading about explicit sexual lust or detailed blood and gore, so I appreciated how tastefully everything was done.

    It held my interest from beginning to end.

    Stevie Zimmerman gave a great performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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