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  • Lord of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (215)

    Since the death of his first wife, Godric St. John has devoted his nights to protecting the innocent of London disguised as the notorious Ghost of St. Giles. When Lord Griffin Reading discovers Godric's secret double life he presents him with an offer he can't refuse, and Godric finds himself married to a young - and pregnant - stranger. Two years ago Lady Margaret "Megs" Reading lost both her lover and her unborn child - but not before being forced into a marriage of convenience with Godric St. John....

    J-9 says: "BRING BACK ASHFORD MCNAB - PLEASE!!!"
    "Narration wasn't that bad"
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    Alright, so it wasn't Ashford MacNab but Emma Taylor was a decent replacement. I suppose the different opinions are what makes the world go round but truly, Emma Taylor wasn't that bad. At least she doesn't overact like Anne Flosnik. And we can't expect that every character from past books are going to sound exactly the same in future books. And by the way, Hellequins are the predecessors of Harlequins and they are two different things so it wasn't a mispronunciation.

    The story was a good story although I found the beginning a bit incongruent with the subsequent story. For a man who professed to so love his dead wife that he would forsake all others and remain celibate, he certainly changed his mind in a hurry. I thought that part of the story could have played out more naturally. Otherwise, it was a pleasure to see Godric come to life, to see Megs appreciate him and to enjoy the journey of healing they both traveled together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unraveled

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Nicole Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (149)

    Smite Turner is renowned for his single-minded devotion to his duty as a magistrate. But behind his relentless focus lies not only a determination to do what is right, but the haunting secrets of his past - secrets that he is determined to hide, even if it means keeping everyone else at arm's length. Until the day an irresistible woman shows up as a witness in his courtroom. Miranda Darling isn't in trouble - yet. But she's close enough that when Turner threatens her with imprisonment if she puts one foot wrong, she knows she should run in the other direction.

    CAROLYN says: "A GOOD BOOK TOTALLY RUINED BY THE NARRATOR"
    "Best Story in Series"
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    Yes the narrator sounded like she should've been Gollum from The Lord of the Rings but the story itself was so engrossing that the poor narration can be overcome. At least she read the main characters with feeling. This story was by far my favorite in the series. Smite is so damaged that you can hardly fathom how Miranda will get through to him. Watching their story unfold was very emotional. If you like damaged and tortured heroes then this one's for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Pleasures: The Pleasures Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Eloisa James, the acclaimed author of Potent Pleasures, returns to Regency England with an unforgettable new heroine - a genteel but naughty innocent who gets more than she bargains for when she finally says yes to love. To her legions of adoring suitors, it comes as quite a shock when Lady Sophie York rejects an offer of marriage from the dashing, rakish Patrick Foakes in favor of amiable but dull Braddon Chatwin. He may be an earl, but it is Patrick's stolen kisses that sear her lips.

    stolives says: "Fell Flat"
    "Same formula as Potent Pleasures"
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    I was disappointed that the story was the same "formula" as the first in the series. I also found the resolutions along the way to be a bit too neat and quick. I was however impressed with Eloisa James' presentation and exploration of real life and the heartache and loss that is ever present. I'm glad Susan Duerden narrated - I believe it is her presentation that kept my interest over the actual storyline.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sylvester: Or, the Wicked Uncle

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Nicholas Rowe
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (346)

    When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She thinks he is insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and they begin to discover a new-found liking and respect for each other. But what Sylvester doesn’t know is that Phoebe is about to publish a novel - a novel in which all London will recognize him as the villainous ‘Count Ugolino’

    C. Mendez says: "Finally!!!"
    "First and not last Georgette Heyer"
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    For over 30 years I've heard nothing but wonderful things about the Grand Dame of novels, Georgette Heyer (My mother has EVERY book.) I was cautious going in to this as I've heard her novels are a bit wordy and that they adhere strictly to social conventions of the times. Well, call me pleasantly surprised when I found myself giggling at scenes and even wordy dialogue (I guess I've matured!!) And although it was difficult to distinguish some characters with Nicholas Rowe's narration overall I found he really brought life to the dialogue and it was specifically his reading of many of the characters that made me giggle. Will be trying another Georgette Heyer soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princess: Ascension Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gaelen Foley
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Wiley
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Darius Santiago is the King's most trusted man, a master spy and assassin. He is handsome, charming, and ruthless, but he has one weakness - the stunning Princess Serafina. She is all he has ever wanted and everything he cannot have. Serafina has worshipped Darius from afar her whole life, knowing that deep in the reaches of her soul-where she is not royalty but a flesh-and-blood woman-she belongs to this dangerous, untouchable man.

    Laura says: "Best in the Series"
    "Best in the Series"
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    I really enjoyed this story. And truly no one writes a love scene as beautifully as Gaelen Foley. As in the first book, I found myself disappointed with narrator's male voices and accents - very distracting -- but her reading/acting is done well and not a reason to pass this by. The story line was full of highs and lows for this star-crossed pair and Darius' love for Serafina was heart-breaking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pirate Prince: Ascension Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gaelen Foley
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Wiley
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    The pirate prince Lazar di Fiori returns with lethal grace to avenge what was stolen from him: his kingdom, his birthright, and his soul. Allegra Monteverdi, the daughter of Lazar's sworn enemy, proves an uncommonly powerful adversary. She throws herself on his mercy, her courage and beauty touching his cold, unforgiving heart. He agrees to spare the lives of her family - but only if Allegra sails away with him as his captive.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Tortured Prince"
    "Very moving story"
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    This story is intense and not for readers who are easily offended (or for young readers.) There truly are mature themes but they are handled so expertly by the brilliant Gaelen Foley. She can write a scene in a way that makes you feel as if you're experiencing the emotions right along with the hero/heroine. Elizabeth Wiley does a good job with the narration EXCEPT for the strong male leads. It was a real negative for me. Hard to get into the scene when the hero sounds like a caricature or more accurately an old peasant woman. Sometimes I wasn't sure if the accent was italian or russian. But, that being said, this is definitely a credit-worthy story and I'm excited for my 5-hour drive tomorrow so I can start on the next book in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Delilah: Regency Noblemen, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Delilah Desmond is not happy. To provide for her, her father has sold his memoirs, filled with scandalous and embarrassing exploits - effectively ruining her chances for a suitable marriage, so she can support her family while saving her father from disgrace. But it seems the manuscript is in demand by all sorts of unscrupulous persons, and preventing its publication is going to be impossible - especially now that it has been stolen.

    Laura says: "Another great story from Loretta Chase"
    "Another great story from Loretta Chase"
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    Ignoring the poor production quality is a must. I really wanted Jack to stop being so proper in Viscount Vagabond and felt bad for him when he lost the girl. So I really enjoyed that he gets his own story and all his moments of "losing his cool" in The Devil's Delilah. I found it quite comical that Delilah could really get under his skin and shake up his composure. It was a fun story and as always the dialogue really draws you in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Viscount Vagabond: Regency Noblemen

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    Catherine Pelliston has just escaped a forced marriage to an obnoxious friend of her unreliable father; and now she's truly in the soup; kidnapped and helpless in a London brothel! And though she's been rescued by the very inebriated Max Demowery, Viscount Rand, she may be in even greater danger of falling in love with the shockingly outrageous, scandalously improper Viscount Vagabond!

    Laura says: "Excellent story but not great audio production."
    "Excellent story but not great audio production."
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    I'm very upset that the production quality was so poor. I ADORE Loretta Chase and her sublime story telling. The sound quality was very bad and the recordings of the main hero made him sound like he was shouting. I was half way through the story before I was able to "get into it" and not be so distracted by the sound quality. And of course, once a Loretta Chase story grabs you it's wonderful. Probably could've been a 5 star story if I hadn't been so distracted. I immediately listened to book #2 while I was still accustomed to the production quality. But bottom line is I'd rather have poor production quality than no new Loretta Chase audiobook so I'll take whatever Audible's offering. She's too great a story teller to ignore.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lessons in French

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (293)

    Trevelyan d'Augustin and Lady Callista Talliafaire were secret sweethearts, until the day her father dismissed him with a whip across the face. Ten years and three jiltings later, shy Callie is resigned to a quiet village life as the late earl's spinster daughter. But now Trev has returned from his estates in France, upending everything, dragging her into adventures, stealing Hubert the prize-winning bull, and flinging Callie's heart into mayhem again.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Holy Cow!! What A Lovely Romance!! ;-)"
    "Delightful Emotional Roller Coaster!"
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    As always the pairing of Laura Kinsale and the brilliant Nicholas Boulton has resulted in a 5 star experience. They say this book is supposed to be "lighter" than Laura's other books and contain more humor but don't for one minute think that you'll be robbed of the heart wrenching ride that we've come to expect from Ms. Kinsale. Watching the two main characters try to reconcile their current life and perceptions with their past love was a delight. And quite frankly I always feel as if I'm listening to a movie when Nicholas Boulton narrates - he doesn't read the book - he becomes the characters. To hear the catch in their throat or the uncertainty in their voices - he makes you feel as if you're listening to real people.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Laura Landon
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (433)

    A Marriage of Convenience: Such is the agreement forged between Lady Jessica Stanton and Simon Warland, Earl of Northcote. Jessica needs a husband strong enough to protect her inheritance from her avaricious stepbrother. Simon needs money to restore the family legacy his father squandered. United by necessity, emotional attachment isn’t part of the deal.

    CAROLYN says: "A FAIRYTALE LOVE STORY THAT'S ENTERTAINING"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    I really disliked the first Laura Landon book I listened to but thought perhaps it was the narration. Thought I'd give her another try with the great Rosalyn Landor and while it was palatable I wouldn't get another one by this author. She tends to use superlatives too often ("he NEVER felt like that" or "no other woman EVER made him feel like this") and focuses on stating the obvious over and over again. I find the author to be very formulaic in her story telling and while this is not uncommon in the genre, this author fails to add witty and engaging dialogue and/or characters that I can really like. This just isn't for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Raven Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (368)

    Widowed Anna Wren is having a wretched day. After an arrogant man on horseback nearly crushes her, she arrives home to learn that she is in dire financial straits. The Earl of Swartingham is in a quandary. Having frightened off two secretaries, Edward de Raaf needs someone who can withstand his bad temper and boorish behavior. When Anna becomes the earl's secretary, it would seem that both their problems are solved. But when she discovers he plans to visit the most notorious brothel in London, she sees red-and decides to assuage her desires....

    CAROLYN says: "IF YOU'R LOOKING FOR ROMANCE THEN LOOK NO FURTHER"
    "Entertaining but not the best Elizabeth Hoyt story"
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    This is certainly a different kind of story line and not a bad one however I felt as if some parts of the story could have been developed a bit more and perhaps it would have drawn me in more. By all means, if you're an Elizabeth Hoyt fan, do take a listen. It's worth a credit. I just personally found the heroine and her mother-in-law a tad too unbelievable. (I'm probably just being cynical.) I was also a little bothered by the short story of The Raven Prince -- it's basically the Greek Myth of Eros & Psyche (great story by the way!) Maybe I missed her crediting that story as the basis of her Raven Prince but if she didn't than it's kind of lame to use it and not credit it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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