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Susynne

hartland, VT, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Countess

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (407)

    The fairy tale courtship did not turn into a happily-ever-after. Not until her husband dropped dead, that is. He had been horrible enough to Christiana during their short marriage, and she was not going to allow the traditional period of mourning to ruin her sisters' debuts as well. So she decides to put him on ice and go on as if nothing's happened.... Until the real earl appears.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Entertaining!"
    "more like a glorious 10 stars"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is by far one of my favorites of the many many many regency era London romances! I laughed so hard I had tears running down my cheeks and cried with wry smile.. It's a fun book!!! Its a hilarious ride with a dead body in tow, several love and (gasp) erotic subplots and several who dunits all rolled together with a promise of fantastic fun!


    What other book might you compare The Countess to and why?

    Hm... tough question. I love this genre and had stumbled upon it while being entralled with a different author of fantasy / fantasy romance who had also written a couple historic romance I thought I'd try. I was hooked! My point being that I have been delighted with so many that I often find a realllly good one and this one is at the top of that list. I love regency london. And the hilarity is truly hilarious and the romance romantic. It encompasses the best of each with abandon!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oh thats a hard question... I can't choose! There are just too many.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As I already stated most imfatically YES! I LAUGHED to the point that people in the next room came to see what was so funny, I rarely laugh out loud with such volume! I cried so hard my eyes were red. But its a lark... and at no point does it take itself seriously unless seriously fun is what is meant!


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't get mad at any point. Those books that I would throw if it were paper it is not! Really, if you want seriousness and that frustrated anger that some books en cite then this one isn't for you... but if you want a go get it whodunit mystery of the hysterical sort then this one won't disappoint you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil You Know: The Devil DeVere, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Vane
    • Narrated By Eva Hathaway
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Sometimes the devil is disguised as a gentleman... In this third installment of the award-winning Devil DeVere series, DeVere is finally center stage when Ned, Annalee, and her cousin, Diana arrive at DeVere’s estate for a weekend of horseracing. From the first meeting, DeVere makes his interest in Diana acutely known. Although she sees no harm in a light flirtation, she doesn’t intend to become another notch on his bedpost. Nevertheless, DeVere fascinates her.

    CAROLYN says: "Well it was short - but boy did it pack a lot in"
    "WHAT?!? BUT.... NO ENDING? 5⭐if it had one!"
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    I've never been SO frustrated with the 'end' of a book... there was no end... vague possibilities and not a single conclusion. I am disgusted!
    It was so good until then! Forget that characters were alive that had died. The one wife came back from the dead and the new one not mentioned. You'd have to read others in the series to know that....
    Very hot, steamy, dirty!
    Creditworthiness. ... if it had a end I'd say yes!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wild Night's Bride: The Devil DeVere, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Victoria Vane
    • Narrated By Arial Burnz
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    With the devil in charge, there will surely be hell to pay...What happens when a struggling actress and a grieving widower come together in a night of unbridled debauchery orchestrated by a bored and machinating rake?

    Susynne says: "WAIT! THIS CAN'T BE BOOK ONE!"
    "WAIT! THIS CAN'T BE BOOK ONE!"
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    Without spoiling too much beyond what you could already glean from the summaries.......

    Book 1 is driven by the fact that Ned is alone again since Annalee had died three years earlier.... It is Ned's love story.... NOT with Annalee but with phoebe! DeVere is the catalyst and is still his debauched self and single.... very!

    Book 3 is DeVere's story... in which Ned and Annalee, not Phoebe!!, are the driving catalyst. This is too backwards for even me, a most tolerable reader/listener who forgives much.

    Without spending more time picking it apart I have to say that within the first 20 minutes I discovered numerous other major time line errors and story conflicts.

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH ALL THIS?
    It's ridiculous. And since this one is DeVere's story I can't even suggest you read them in another order.

    Shame on you Ms. Vane, shouldn't you know your own books well enough to keep the characters in a logical storyline? You screwed up big-time here! Or did different authors write these books without consulting one another???

    So.... shall I review this for what it is on its own? Since I've had my rant I guess I should go listen to the rest of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil in the Making: The Devil DeVere

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Victoria Vane
    • Narrated By Guy Veryzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Every devil has a beginning... In this first of three prequels to the award-winning Devil DeVere series, we meet Ludovic, Ned, and Simon as youths in this riotous Georgian romp written in the tradition of Fielding's Tom Jones. Since their first meeting at Westminster, Ned, Simon, and DeVere had forged an iron-clad bond that had maintained them through nearly six years. From the outset, Ludovic's scandalous family secrets had set him apart from the other aristocratic scions as an "untouchable." Deny it as he tried, the ugly truth remained that his mother was indeed the biggest whore in England, and his presumed father, the viscount, no less than a pox-ridden madman.

    Susynne says: "quick! kind of. .. lackluster!"
    "quick! kind of. .. lackluster!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Yes the narrator is awful... truly awful. however to speed him up one and a half or two times the speed makes him almost tolerable. I just don't really see the point in this novella other than a couple of sentences of information.
    Credit worthy No! Either buy it on sale or skip it.
    Heat factor nonexistent although sexual situations and blatant speech does prevail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Highlander's Hope: Castle Bride Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Collette Cameron
    • Narrated By J. D. Kelly
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Not a day has gone by that Ewan McTavish, the Viscount Sethwick, hasn't dreamed of the beauty he danced with two years ago. He's determined to win her heart and make her his own. Heiress Yvette Stapleton is certain of one thing: marriage is risky and, therefore, to be avoided. At first, she doesn't recognize the dangerously handsome man who rescues her from assailants on London's docks, but Lord Sethwick's passionate kisses soon have her reconsidering her cynical views on matrimony.

    Susynne says: "great book!!!!"
    "great book!!!!"
    Overall
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    J.D.Kelly delivers a stellar performance of a great story. The voice of the hero alone had me in love with him....
    Don't miss this one!
    Worth the credit? YES!!!!
    Steamy?.... that too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Windermere's Lover: Wild Quartet, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Miranda Neville
    • Narrated By Charlotte Anne Dore
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Damian, earl of Windermere, rues the day he drunkenly gambled away his family's estate and was forced into marriage to reclaim it. Now, after hiding out from his new bride for a year, Damian is finally called home, only to discover that his modest bride has become an alluring beauty - and rumor has it that she's taken a lover. Damian vows to keep his wife from straying again, but to do so he must seduce her - and protect his heart from falling for the wife he never knew he wanted.

    Susynne says: "very mixed feelings... and here is why:"
    "very mixed feelings... and here is why:"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Choppy, clipped and over enunciated, the totally wrong inflection and bizarre rhythm of the narrator detracts from the story... a lot! Given that comment I have to say that I did listen to it all... and that there were no confusing moments where voices of characters were indistinguishable. I actually really liked the story even tho it left me feeling a little bit lost. I suspect Julians story, which must be next, will solve it all. I pray for a different narrator!!!!

    worth a credit? hell yes and heavens no!
    Heat factor.... 4.....a steamy 4!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maid for Scandal: A Regency Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By Anthea Lawson
    • Narrated By Hollis McCarthy
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Miss Anna Harcourt foolishly disguises herself as a maid to be near the man she thinks she loves, but little does she know how far this charade will lead her... or how close to ruin.

    Susynne says: "silly... , just silly!"
    "silly... , just silly!"
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    this wasn't one of those experiences where a world is packed into a short story but rather a paragraph of foolish musings turned into a short emptying story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked House of Rohan

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 21 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    In this exciting prequel to bestselling author Anne Stuart's House of Rohan series, when Kathleen Strong interviews for a job that offers a chance at proper employment, a mysterious group of aristocrats proposes a scandalous offer that she can't refuse.

    Kelley says: "One objection..."
    "wicked!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    short, sweet, sexy, wicked..... yum!
    The inception of the heavenly host.
    And the shortness of the tale doesn't matter!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Runaway Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Claudy Conn
    • Narrated By Mary Sarah Agliatta
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Spirited Chelsea decided she'd sooner run away to London than return to her vain and selfish guardian Aunt Augusta. But in her wildest dreams, she never imagined her dear godmother would arrange a Season - or convince the town's most eligible bachelor to take her under his wing.

    Book Nook Nuts says: "So Passionate"
    "Certainly not one of my repeatables!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found the narrator rather uncomfortable to listen to. She had a odd way of speaking... the cadence all wrong, inflection wrong and each character was not very distinct. I will pass on her work in the future.

    The storyline was ok... the ending too fast! If it hadn't been short I may not have made it to the end. Not bad but kind of Blah...a little Bleck.

    There was little heat in the story yet the occasional explicit language was all X rated. But had no real steam to it.

    Worth a Credit, definitely not!! Buy it on sale? probably not. But that's just my opinion...of course.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knight in Highland Armor: Highland Dynasty, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Amy Jarecki
    • Narrated By Dave Gillies
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Grieving from the death of his wife, Lord Colin Campbell listens to the cries of his newborn son while penning a missive to the king. With no marriage prospects, Colin petitions his majesty for help in finding a stepmother. Never again will he fall in love; the death of a woman brings more pain than losing a whole contingent of men on the battlefield.

    Susynne says: "no fluff included"
    "no fluff included"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very well done! At one point I had to remind myself that this is a romance novel and everything would come out ok. I dislike novels that are so full of history that they are more like non fictional historical texts rather than a romance novel... but this story wove the two together brilliantly. But the history was by far a driving force that consumes much of this book. Hero and villain and a strong but trusting maiden are each richly written and portrayed. The heroine is smart strong woman and the men are... men!
    Both author and narrator delivered.
    Worth a credit? Yes.
    Heat factor? High yet very little time was spent on it. Heat was not the driving force of this book.

    If you want a typical highland romance.... all hot highlander and sexual tension with lots of fluff and a little strife then skip this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • By Any Other Name: Regency Seasons Novellas, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ava Stone
    • Narrated By Gill Hoodless
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Lady Philippa Casemore caused quite a scene at her very first ball of her very first season. She even landed herself, somehow, on the pages of the infamous betting book at White's gentleman's club. Unfortunately, she doesn't remember one moment of the night in question. Not the music. Not the notorious rake she'd dragged into the middle of the dance floor. Not the flask of opium-laced brandy she'd downed without realizing it's contents...

    Susynne says: "gotta love Ava Stone!"
    "gotta love Ava Stone!"
    Overall
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    Sweet for a short one. Sappy syrup in the ending dialogue (I really hate that, ruins a good story every time! Geesh...) but what can you expect in such a short story? Well...less flowers more foliage please.
    Had to be good however since I went to see if there more Ava Stone I hadn't heard...

    Don't use a credit, it's a $5 story... but YES, DO spend the 5 bucks. Providing of course that sweetness and fluff is your desire.
    Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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