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  • Echoes of Ancient Dreams: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
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    (10)
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    (10)

    Destry Caldbeck, smarting from being jilted at the altar, travels to Ireland on what was supposed to be her honeymoon. While visiting Dowth Mound, an ancient Neolithic site outside of Dublin, she encounters a group of students and their instructor. Dr. Conor Daderga is everything an Irishman should be; enormous, muscular, red-headed, and dead sexy. He's also loud, booming, animated, and brilliant.

    Kindle Customer says: "What a fantasy!"
    "Mythical Story Tale"
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    The beginning of "Echoes of Ancient Dreams" began in modern day Ireland, where Destry, a physician, meets Conner, a professor of ancient Ireland. They were immediately drawn together, and were sent through time together back to the 900's.

    A sorcerer was waiting for them.

    Although more of a mythical story, it seemed to be written for children -- until the last 30 or so minutes, When they had detailed sex. Destry said, she felt dirty doing it with the children in the room, and that is how it felt listening to it.

    I hung in there to the end waiting for something interesting to happen, I'm glad it was only a little over 4 hours long.

    I've never read/listened to Kathryn Le Vegue before, but if this is a sample of her writing, I won't be listening to her again. Even the ending left a lot to be desired, you can use your imagine how you want it to end.

    Tim Campbell has a nice voice and does accents well. His narration was the best part of the audio.

    I was very disappointed.

    0 of 3 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
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    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.




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Serena

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

    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.

    Kathy Appleby says: "Fantastic"
    "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".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • After the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Claudy Conn
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    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

    Staci says: "Love this story!"
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smuggler's Moon: The Raveneaus in Cornwall, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Cynthia Wright
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Feisty Julia Faircloth is used to managing the lives of her eccentric relatives, so when darkly dangerous Lord Sebastian Trevarre arrives in Bath and proposes to her shy sister Sarah, she switches places with the bride to save her from a shockingly carnal wedding night. Against his better judgment, Sebastian consummates a marriage to the most provoking, appealing woman he's ever known, and then is forced to live with her in his neglected yet enchanting estate on the coast of Cornwall.

    Amazon Customer says: "A New Hero to Love---and the Return of a Favorite"
    "A Good One!"
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    I enjoyed listening to "Smuggler's Moon" which differed from the cookie cutter themes of books I have listened to lately. Historical romance has been my genre of choice for years, but lately it seems many authors follow similar themes, just making necessary changes from one book to another to keep from violating copyright laws. Especially when it comes to handsome, sexy, muscular Scots.

    Although Lord Sebastian Trevarre is a tall, strong, handsome Englishman, he also has heart. While Sebastian is in the Royal Navy his brother gambles away their fortune and leaves England. Trying to recoup enough money to pay off the debt against the family's entailed leased land and buy back his horses, he gambles with Faircloth and wins his Estate, which Sebastian plans to sell. Upon learning of Faircloth's fatal accident and the plight of his family, Sebastian proposes to the younger shy sister Sarah, to provide the Faircloth family a place to live. Julia Faircloth, the eldest daughter, who runs the family will not let her sister sacrifice herself, so Julia switches places with Sarah and marries Sebastian instead. Discovering the deceit on his wedding night he is furious.....

    "Smuggler's Moon" is well written, providing mental pictures of the characters and their surroundings without the overuse of words. I felt as if I was in Cornwall from the author's depiction of the area.

    "Smuggler's Moon" is for a mature audience; with detailed sexual scenes.

    Excellent narration by Rosalyn Landor.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Dearing's Masquerade

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Elena Greene
    • Narrated By Robin Rowan
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Finally free after a desperately unhappy marriage, widowed Lady Dearing goes to a masquerade. She thinks it's just a lark, but matters turn serious when she kisses a costumed stranger who protected her from a drunken lout. Word leaks out, scandal escalates and she becomes the town's most infamous widow. Shunned by society, she retreats to her country estate. Having no children of her own, she finds joy in caring for children she's taken in from London's Foundling Hospital. But every night, she is haunted by the memory of the gallant stranger, whose seductive voice and gentle touch awakened desires she'd thought long dead.

    Lady M says: "Great Love Story"
    "Great Love Story"
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    "Lady Dearing's Masquerade" is a story about a long suffering love affair between two unlikely individuals; a lady shunned by the ton, with a tarnished reputation, and a man with the reputation of a saint. How the Lady fights to keep the troubled children from a Founding Home in her care, against those that would take them from her.

    A good story, performed well by Elena Greene who does both men and women's voices equally well.

    Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Philomel Cottage

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    The recently married Alix Martin is obsessed with a recurring dream of her new husband's murder. Each time she can see the murderer clearly, and it's the mild-mannered man she had previously been engaged to, taking his revenge. But, what's worse is that at the end of the dream she thanks the murderer. Perplexed, Alix tries to calm herself by spending time in the garden of her picturesque cottage. But her gardener confuses her further by wishing her well on her trip to London - a trip which Alix knows nothing about. Now Alix is scared: Is the gardener imagining things, or is she?

    Lady M says: "Short, Yet Entertaining!"
    "Short, Yet Entertaining!"
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    I've always enjoyed Agatha Christy mysteries and "Philomel Cottage" was no exception. It was well written, with her famous twist at the end. It was a little less than an hour, well spent.

    Hugh Fraser did a good job as narrator..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sinner: The Return of the Highlanders, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Margaret Mallory
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (193)

    Alex MacDonald is known for his skill as a warrior, his prowess with women, and his vow to never take a wife. But now his chieftain has asked him to make the ultimate sacrifice: Wed Glynis MacNeil, a lass famed throughout the Highlands for her exquisite beauty - and defiant ways. Familiar with heartbreak, Glynis refuses to fall for another handsome scoundrel. Yet when Alex's past sins force an unlikely union, Glynis gives in to temptation and becomes his wife. Will their passion be strong enough to fight the enemy?

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Great Sequal.. one of the best Highlander series!"
    "Great Narration"
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    The story is basically about the life of Alex, the brother of the Chieftain of their clan. Alex is a gorgeous warrior who loves to fight, wench and tell stories. Glenna is the fiery, outspoken daughter of the Chieftain of a neighboring clan. Alex has sworn not to marry, and Glenna has swore never to remarry-- having knifed her husband and been set-aside.

    The story moved a little too slow to hold my interest, so it took me awhile to finish it, but the last several chapters were very good with lots of action. All-in-all it was a decent read. The hero and heroine were likeable. The author did not use a lot of filler words, did a good job with her descriptions, and the sexual scenes were not too long nor too frequent, although it was often on Alex's mind.

    The narration was superb. I will look for more books narrated by Derek Perkins.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin: The Debutante Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sophie Jordan
    • Narrated By Carmen Rose
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
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    (40)

    Declan, the Duke of Banbury, has no interest in ushering Rosalie Hughes, his stepsister, into society. Dumped on him with nowhere else to go, he's determined to rid himself of the headstrong debutante by bestowing on her an obscenely large dowry, making her the most sought after heiress of the Season. But Rosalie isn't about to go along with Declan's plans. Surrounded by fortune hunters, how is she supposed to find a man who truly wants her?

    Cam says: "When is the next book coming out?"
    "Mediocre"
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    Carmen Rose reads well, but everyone sound alike, both male and females. With a talented narrator "A Good Debutant's Guide to Ruin" could have been entertaining, but even the love scenes sounded like someone reading a recipe. The narrator sure makes a difference.

    Historical romance is my genre of choice, but it took me 3 tries to finish "A Good Debutant's Guide to Ruin" -- I cannot recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White Lord of Wellesbourne

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Brad Wills
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (44)
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    (44)

    Adam Wellesbourne and his four sons - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - comprise the most feared House in the service of Richard III. Adam's eldest son, Matthew, has earned such an influential reputation that throughout England he is known as The White Lord of Wellesbourne. Upon the eve of the Battle of Bosworth field, Matthew finds himself forced into a contract marriage that he has been avoiding for 10 years.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Medieval Heaven!!"
    "Best Book I've Listen to in a Long Time!"
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    I have 9 unheard books in my Library, because they could not hold my attention. But I was riveted to "The White Lord of Wellsbourne" from beginning to end. I have found a new favorite author. I read so much it takes a talented author to keep me interested. I'm already wanting to read/hear more from Kathryn Le Vegue.

    I'm not going to write a summary of the book, because I think it is unnecessary, with what has already been said--but I do want to say this is not an insipid book in any way, it takes the reader through an array of emotions, but boredom is not one of them. It has everything that makes a book interesting: romance, intrigue, humor, suspense, likable characters.

    This author is so good she does not have to use what I call "filler words", or be overly descriptive to depict people, battle scenes, gardens, etc. for the reader to be able to see them with their" mind's eye".

    Knowing that in History, King Richard lost the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 to Henry Tudor, I wondered what would happen to Mathew Wellsbourne, a supporter of Richard? It was a surprising ending.

    Great narration!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Married By Midnight: A Pembroke Palace Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Julianne MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    For seven years, Lord Garrett Sinclair - the ruggedly handsome illegitimate son of the Duke of Pembroke - has been traveling abroad with no intention of ever returning home to Pembroke Palaceā€¦ until his father commands that he must marry by Christmas in order to thwart a family curse or lose his inheritance forever. Haunted by a tragic accident that has hardened his soul, Garrett entrusts his brothers to seek out a bride who will agree to a marriage in name only. Her reward? A sizable share of his inheritance - payable immediately after the wedding night.

    Jay says: "Too Short"
    "Effortless Read"
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    "Married By Midnight" is an effortless read, lacking in emotional stimulation.

    Lord Garrett, the illegitimate youngest son a Duke, returns home after 7 years to fulfill the requirements of the Dukes latest will; that all his sons must marry before Christmas or lose their inheritance. The old Duke, developing mental disease, believes a curse will destroy the castle unless all his sons are married before midnight on Christmas eve.

    Lord Garrett has no wish to marry, so his two older brothers find him a wife that will be a wife in name only. After their marriage, they will each go their separate ways. Afraid of being married off to some old lecher, ruined Lady Anne, disowned by her family, with no money and no prospects welcomes the opportunity to live independently on the money she will receive for marrying Lord Garrett, although they have never met.

    "Married By Midnight" does not live up to what I expect from Julianne MacLean.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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