Absolutely , this was a wonderful book and a great experience . I would even recommend it to someone who is not usually a fan of Regency era London romances and know that they would totally agree . l will most definitely listen to it again...
I found that I was very quickly drawn into the story, loving and hurting and laughing with the characters as if I knew them all in person.
Oh yes... I know that I can always count on her. She is masterful at giving each character its individuality and personality. Not once do you ever have to wonder which characters voice that is. She is amazingly distinct... I forever wonder how she does it! All you hear is the story, the people, the emotions.... with Rosalyn Landor's performance you hear and live the story, not listen to a narrator.
Indeed! I laughed out loud, wiped tears from my cheeks, got angry and frustated, felt elation and despair... good tears, mad tears, sad tears, and gloriously happy tears!
I listen to (and read) a LOT of romance books and regency era London is my favorite. However I find that I truly enjoy most books but there is one here or there that really winds me into the tale. Once in a while the story drags you so totally into it that you really literally and absolutely FEEL the story. This is one of those!
☆☆Word of warning☆☆.. this author has two books on audio at the moment and when I read the summary for the other one I discovered it was the first in a series and that this was supposed to be second....
I have listened to hundreds and hundreds of audio books the majority being historical romance. In all that time I have NEVER had a extreme reaction to a specific character and I have NEVER been so disgusted that I HAD to turn it off. I am very tolerant actually, listening to awful narrators just to hear the story, or tolerating a story just for the sake of getting to the ending. I have more trouble finding faults with the experience overall then anything else, since I consider a book to be just a book, meaning one authors idea for a story and to be appreciated for what it is on it's own, not in comparison with any other. BUT my reaction to this was extreme! I don't doubt that to read this story it may be perfectly enjoyable. And I don't doubt that the narrator delivering any other book would be fantastic as she is quite good. But Polly Lee must have decided that Verity is even a more selfishly awful creature then she is in order for her portrayal of her to be so exactingly extreme. She may have hit the nail on the head since I don't like her, Verity that is. She is such a dislikeable bitch that I couldn't 'listen' a minute more!!! Her personality became offensive to me, which is how she is written and obviously meant to be I am sure, but she sounds like such a hatefully selfish bitch that I couldn't stand to HEAR her! So is my extreme hateful reaction due to how well she is written or how she is delivered? I enjoyed every other word that the narrator spoke... but my enjoyment of the book was totally driven to hatred by Verity. Perhaps it was both. Since she is the goal post of this book it's hard to differentiate. In other words... maybe the author did this one charactar so well and the narrator delivered her so exacting that it spoiled any hope the book had of being good.. and perhaps wading thru it would have lead to something enjoyable, but after hours of nothing but Verity I couldn't bear it any longer. Perhaps part of the tale is her transformation... which would make it a great book. But I had wasted enough time and run out of patience long before any hint of it.
Will I try another by this author? I don't dare!
Will I buy another with Polly Lee? I have heard her before and never had a bad thing to say, she is an exceptional narrator!
CREDIT worthy, not in my humble opinion. It felt like self inflicted punishment since I wanted to shut it off longggggg before I did.
HEAT factor... just my contempt for Verity. If things got steamy later I couldn't say.
Generally... leave this one alone, read it maybe.... but only listen if you are totally unaffected by a specific unlikeable character.
A romantic historical mystery is definately more like it!! Definately a dream holding a nightmare... literally!!!
This nightmare driven love story is great! I was surprised at how quickly the time passed.... it was well written, excellently performed and contained so much mystery, so many twists and turns, so much treachery and such extremes of heart wrenching emotion, that I was thoroughly entertained and wanted nothing more than to be left alone to listen. Can't say better then that I guess.
CREDIT worthy, YES!!!
HEAT factor.... 4!
I loved it! This is one of the very few novellas I have listened to. I rarely pick anything this 'short'. But I loved it! It had room to be a longer story and altho I enjoyed every minute I did feel cheated by the length... the whole story was there I just wanted more!!!
So far the Bexley-Smythe Quintet is too much fun to miss!
CREDIT worthy... YES, BUT not on a dollar value, just buy it, a credit costs more. But definatlly YES!
HEAT.... 2, not long enough to boil but plenty of time to steam.
I rarely listen to the under three hour books, and am happy that I did listen to this one. It was fun! Enjoyable and humorous, I loved it! And since great literary excellence is not generally expected in a couple of hours I find nothing to complain about. Nothing what so ever.... I loved this book!
The narrator was great and it was definately worth the few very enjoyable hours it filled.
CREDIT worthy? Do you know what a credit is valued at? So it would be a definate yes except it is '' should I spend the money worthy?'' since it's priced less then a credit. Still its a YES!
HEAT factor? 1 or 2.... maybe. It's driven with lots of longing but the steam is not there at all.
Anne Flosik delivered her exactingly reliable and expected performance. She never changes and can be expected to deliver.
Julia London fans will very much like this story as it too delivers as always. London seasons, country estates, dowries, ranks and arranged marriages with relationship twists, emotional angst and maybe a little villiany or a little treachery and you have a historical romance. That is all as it should be... and tied in a bow of satisfactional enjoyment. Whats not to like?
CREDIT worthy, yes, especially if you're a Julia London fan.
HEAT factor, 4, driven with steamy and mostly explicit moments and enough sexual tension to keep it interesting.
Altho this is the second in the series it does stand alone. However I recommend The Hazards of Hunting a Duke first! This is not a serious book, just as JL never writes... but its enjoyable. I will remember it but probably never be inspired to listen to it again. This is no means the fault of Anne Flosnik who delivered her exacting performance faithfully the same as always. But rather that it is a very typical normal totally as expected HR. No complaints... none at all. and if I hadn't accidently started with book three and then read book one I may never have found this one and am glad that I did.
CREDIT worthy....if you are a Julia London fan then definately yes. Even if you aren't I give it a yes.
HEAT Factor....4 very steamy explicit moments for sure... but not much of the sexual tension that drives some stories.
Well read and well written this wonderful story is full of humor and laughter as well as unexpected twists and turns and all with a giggle. I fell in love with the characters and truly wish there were books that have as much fun with themselves as this one does. If you look at books seriously and search for literary brilliance and deep enlightenment then please walk away and spare us all your thoughts because anyone who loves a hysterical historical romance with fun fluff and enjoyment can't but adore this story.
well with a credit altho' it does have a HEAT factor of Zero (as in zip zilch nada) it doesn't matter in the least!!
The frustration of listening to a fabulous narrator mispronounce so many words in such a ridiculous way is almost funny! It felt at times as if a poor student read aloud and didn't know the words! How can such a narrator not even know how to say 'chemise’....(it isn't chemist without a clear T , after all..) Its absurd! Does no one Edit? Verify? Proof? C'mon.... Who chooses narrators without knowing they can't Pronounce Common words?? Do they interviww them? Even a script to read to confirm the ability of the narrator before hiring could avoid this? Grrrrr.....
I do like Gemma's voice, delivery, cadence, male vs female voices, etc...but this time it was....foolish?... Ugh!
Ignoring the one complaint I have to applaud Jane Feathers writing, as usual. The Pygmalion-esque theme was interesting in a weird way. Although this one was not my my favorite JF books and I won't rush to get the next one but all in all a typical regency period romance with most of what you expect from this author.
Creditworthy? Yes if you can handle all the mispronounced words.
Heat factor? Very low. SomeSome very explicit moments...but that's about it.
Tears? Not really...
Laughter? A little...
The way Angela Dawe delivered Trionna had her come off as a truly unlikeable spiteful bitch... but I don't think that was how the written words were meant... The narrator is stellar but the attitude of the one character was SO extreme that I was actually hating her and had to remind myself to hear the words not the speaking... Wonderful book.... but for that one thing.
Credit worthy? Yes!
Heat factor? Verrry low but for a few moments of extreme.
Tears? Not for me...
Laughter? A few good chuckles to be sure.
Violence? Not like most... very little of the bloody battles actually.
I loved it. Both the story and the characters were great, hilarious, serious, dramatic and sincere... The often unusual story line was interesting and the listen pleasing to hear. As a regency romance this one is very good and a little different.
I give a good two thumbs up and recommend this one as definately credit worthy.
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