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Caz

So many books, so little time!

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Lord of Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Alyssa Everett
    • Narrated By Courtney Patterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Rosalie Whitwell has spent most of her life sailing the globe with her adventurous father, dreaming of the day she can settle in one place long enough to have a home and family of her own. When her father suffers a fatal heart attack in the middle of the North Atlantic, Rosalie turns in her panic to a fellow passenger - the cool, reclusive Lord Deal. For years David Linney, Marquess of Deal, has avoided the society of others. Even so, he's drawn to his lovely shipmate, like him, the victim of family tragedy.

    sandy says: "the narration was great"
    "Great story - disappointing performance"
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    Would you listen to Lord of Secrets again? Why?

    Yes. I would listen again, despite my misgivings about the performance because it's such a good story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The romance is well-developed and well-written. Rosalie is a very engaging heroine, and even though Deal is very reserved, it's clear that there's a lot more to him than meets the eye. I thought the storyline that dealt with his "secrets" was unusual for a historical romance, and that the author dealt with a difficult issue in a sensitive manner.It's one of those books in which there are no spies, no adventures or action scenes, or an overload of sex scenes - just a story about a man with twenty years worth of secrets and regrets learning to come to terms with them with the help of a woman who sees him as he really is.


    What aspect of Courtney Patterson’s performance would you have changed?

    Accent and pronunciation.Ms Patterson's voice is pleasant and her pacing and vocal inflections were generally very good. She managed to maintain her English accent reasonably well for about 80% of the performance, but there were several times when Deal suddenly developed an American accent and there were a number of seriously tortuous mispronunciations that really should have been picked up in the editing.For instance, in "What's the matter?" the word "matter" was pronounced "MAHTER"."Calm" was constantly pronounced as "COLM".The majority of historical romances are set in Britain or have British principals - therefore you need someone who can sustain the accent 100% or you have to use a Brit.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Ms Everett's other audiobook, "Ruined by Rumor", had the fabulous and ever-reliable Rosalyn Landor as narrator, and it's a shame she wasn't used for this one. The story was more intense, and it would have been so much more fitting for this audio to have had the benefit of her experience and talent.

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  • Just Like Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (349)

    Honoria Smythe-Smith is: A) a really bad violinist; B) still miffed at being nicknamed "Bug" as a child; C) not in love with her older brother's best friend, D) all of the above.

    Yuriko says: "Delightful!"
    "Fun and fluff - classic Julia Quinn!"
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    What did you love best about Just Like Heaven?

    The humour and the fact that the central characters were not prone to fits of the vapours or being overbearing! Marcus isn't a rake; he's just a decent man who is a bit shy and Honoria is loving and proud of her somewhat bonkers family!


    What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh, where to start? She's far and away my favourite narrator. Her performances are always well thought-out and she sounds as though she's actually read the book a few times and spent time understanding the characters. She's outstanding when it comes to the female characters, giving each one a clearly different voice, and her elderly dowagers are a hoot!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part where it dawned on Honaria that Marcus really didn't have anyone to turn to or look after him.


    Any additional comments?

    This is perfect if you're in the mood for something light and fluffy - and Rosalyn Landor can't be bettered when it comes to historical romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil on Horseback

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Victoria Holt
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Enamored by the handsome and arrogant Charles-Auguste, a wealthy French aristocrat, 18-year-old Minella is drawn into a complicated world of danger, betrayal, and murder. Denying her own suspicion that he has murdered his wife, she struggles with her fascination for the seductive and mysterious count. Against the backdrop of the incipient French Revolution, Minella’s life becomes a series of adventures that all lead to an exciting and unexpected climax. Davina Porter’s passionate narration transports readers....

    Dover says: "Enjoyable for Unexpected Reasons"
    "Thoroughly engaging story, excellently performed"
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    If you could sum up Devil on Horseback in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, exciting, interesting


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical background is well researched and accurate, and the story is allowed the time to develop. It's eventful and the mystery is very well done.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not so far, but I'm definitely going to be listening to her again.


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

    No extreme reaction; it's just an engrossing listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Holt's gothics are very heroine-centric which might not suit everyone, as it means the hero is often on the periphery, and they spend quite a large amount of time apart. I love the way Holt takes the time to build her story gradually; it's about the heroine's journey from start to finish.

    The performance was excellent. Ms Porter was especially good with the female voices and managed the multiple French accents with aplomb. I felt her male characters were less successful, however and were harder to tell apart when there was more than one man in any particular scene.

    Overall though, it held my interest completely from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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