I listened to "Once Upon a Kiss" by Tanya Anne Crosby, narrated by Braden Wright, and enjoyed both story and narrator. After reading the rave reviews of "Sagebrush Bride" on Amazon, and the Publisher's Summary I felt confident I would enjoy this book, as well....but I was sorely disappointed.
Elizabeth who took over her father's doctor practice when he died, and Conner the half-breed spend the first 5 hours (after a brief and interesting introduction into the story) traveling to St. Louis, where Elizabeth hopes to bring her orphaned niece home with her to raise. They had not made St. Louis yet, in the 6 hours I forced myself to listen.
I find it confusing how so many people (24) who purchased and read the book from Amazon raved about how good the book is, but I just couldn't connect with it. Maybe the book was better than the audio, although I thought Braden Wright performed well.
The couple "think" more than they speak, often drawing wrong conclusions. Conner 'thinks' she looks down on him because he's a breed, through a misunderstanding. Through their thoughts they are attracted to each other. Fighting their attraction, they speak few civil words to each other. It would be okay, if it didn't go on and on, hour after hour.
Things happen along their way to St. Louis, like finding an injured Indian, who dies, and Elizabeth "Doc" falls apart because she couldn't save him, but somehow it doesn't seem to fit in with the story...unless it's to have Conner console her.
Elizabeth, who can't see distance since her glasses were broken, sees the wounded Indian in a down-pouring rain, from inside the shelter of a small cave. She was also getting out of her wet clothing when she sees the injured Indian leaning over his horse and rushes out of the cave in her bloomers to help him. I can't remember if it was then, or earlier at the hotel, that Conner said,"I didn't know we had a closet exhibitionist". The lack of realism and their modern day speech, rather than that of the mid-1800s, may have been a contributing factor in my inability to connect with the story.
Sometimes the last half of a book is better than the first, but I just couldn't stick it out long enough to find out....6+ hours was enough.
Johnny Paynter hadn't seen his brother in 5 years, but when he thought he would be hanged for a murder he did not commit he and his friend Cam headed to Texas. They planned to hide out at his brother, Mark's, until things could be straightened out in Denver.
Upon arriving in Texas Johnny finds Mark dead with two bullet holes in his chest, his house ransacked and his horses gone. When Johnny goes into town he is mistaken for Mark, so he decides to keep up the masquerade, pretending to be Mark even to the point of marrying Mark's mail-order bride, Sally. Sally knows something is wrong when "Mark" does not act like the man she has been corresponding with, but without money and in a strange town she has no other options than to go through with the wedding.
"The Outlaw Takes a Bride" is a clean, sweet romantic story.
Aimee Lilly did a good job distinguishing voices of both men and women.
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.
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"!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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