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I'm a huge fan of Historical Romance and have recently found how enjoyable audio books can be.

Hampton Roads, Virginia

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REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • What the Duke Desires: The Duke's Men, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sabrina Jeffries
    • Narrated By Corrie James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (210)

    Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, long ago buried his grief for his missing elder brother, Peter. When a mysterious note arrives from Tristan Bonnaud asserting that the Duke's brother is alive, it leads Max straight to the winsome Lisette Bonnaud, illegitimate daughter of a viscount and Tristan's sister.

    DARA says: "Romance, Mystery, and a Duke."
    "Narrator Corrie James is a new favorite of mine"
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    If you could sum up What the Duke Desires in three words, what would they be?

    Great story but a tad bit too much narration by the author. I prefer stories to be told through the characters dialog rather than pages of narration telling me what they feel and thing. The audio book narrated by Corrie James was excellent - Corrie James is a new favorite of mine!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Many Sins of Lord Cameron: Highland Pleasures, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (567)

    A renowned rake, Cameron Mackenzie doesn't care if Ainsley Douglas has a virtuous excuse for sneaking around his bedchamber. He only cares that she's at his mercy. One kiss at a time, he plans to seduce her. But what starts out as a lusty diversion may break Cam's own rules.

    Katheryne says: "Perfect Regency Romance"
    "Very Disappointed!!"
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    I now have this book on my Nook, Kindle and Audible and still disappointed.

    My review in 2012 was so different from the many other great reviews I just had to try this book again. I decided to put out more money and purchased the audio narrated by Angela Dawe. The first audio book has so many wonderful reviews I figured it would be worth it.

    Unfortunately, it was wasted money. I really struggled to finish the audio book. I'm definitely not a fan of Dawe's narration. There was very little to no British or Scottish accent in the narration.

    Dawe narrates slowly when the characters are speaking then faster during the book's narration parts. Cameron, Ainsley and Daniel's voices are all unpleasant deep husky tones and often sound so similar. Ainsley's voice is not consistent - sometimes it sounds more like Cameron than Ainsley - then other times uses a softer voice for Ainsley that is almost pleasant.

    Both Ian's wife, Beth, and the side character, Philadelphia Chase's voices are very pleasant - I wish Ainsley's voice was similar. Another disappointment is that there's very little emphasis during the intense and exciting parts - it's all pretty much the same throughout.

    I've recently listened to a "Highland Surrender" narrated by Sarah Coomes and was blown away with the talent of Ms. Coomes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spymaster's Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joanna Bourne
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (208)

    She's braved battlefields. She's stolen dispatches from under the noses of heads of state. She's played the worldly courtesan, the naive virgin, the refined British lady, even a Gypsy boy. But Annique Villiers, the elusive spy known as the Fox Cub, has finally met the one man she can't outwit... British spymaster Robert Grey must enter France and bring back the brilliant, beautiful - and dangerous - Fox Cub. His duty is to capture her and her secrets for England.

    Emily says: "Highly enjoyable; Audiobook is fantastic"
    "AN ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!!"
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    Just absolutely amazing! Kirsten Potter's voice was so pleasant and the many many voices she had to use were very distinctive. I would highly recommend this audiobook to everyone.

    There were many twist and turns throughout the book that kept me on my toes. Truly, this book had all the elements that make a great book. I never wanted it to end. I fell in love with both Annique and Grey - along with the rest of the crew.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (168)

    When a blackmailer threatens her Aunt Zoe, Iphiginia knows she can ferret out the villain. A 26-year-old vixen with the intellect to match her beauty, Iphiginia descends on London society as the dazzling mistress of the missing Earl of Masters—another supposed victim of the blackmailer. But when the missing earl suddenly reappears at a ball, Iphiginia is caught in her own clever lie.

    bluebelle says: "Steady Amanda Quick, Never goes wrong"
    "Not a big fan of Amanda Quick"
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    This is my second book by Amanda Quick and I have to confess I'm not a big fan. I loved the plot but I don't care for the writing. I find her books to be really slow moving and too much of the story was told through narration rather than through the characters themselves. I just wanted to skip pages but on audio that's not quite so simple. At Ch. 6 I was ready to put it but instead decided to push through it.

    The audio book is narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. I'm not quite sure if I'm a fan of Ms. Rosenblat. The characters were clearly distinctive and she did an awesome job with the many characters but I didn't care for the husky voice of the males and I thought the female voices were a bit too sweet... high pitched. I do plan on listening to another one of her narrations as I've heard really good comments from others listening to Ms. Rosenblat.

    I purchased both the Kindle ebook to get the audio at a reduced price for a total of $11.98 - money sadly wasted.

    1 of 2 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
    (409)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (370)

    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"
    "I wish it would had gone on and on!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Silent Revenge the most enjoyable?

    Everything! The story and the narrator were both amazing. I loved the voice by Rosalyn Landor. It was very clear who was speaking and I couldn't help but get swept away with the story. It has a little of everything with love, romance, danger, suspense and in the end... the bad guys get what they deserved!


    What other book might you compare Silent Revenge to and why?

    I came across Laura Landon when listening to one of my first audio books narrated by Sarah Coomes who is another amazing narrator.


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

    The diction, emotions and being swept away with the story. I choose this book after reading comments made by others of how wonderful Rosalyn Landor is as a narrator. I was not disappointed and look forward to listening to more books narrated by her.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The eyes will see what the ears cannot hear.


    Any additional comments?

    Make sure you have plenty of hours to listen to this book because you will not want to stop once you start!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Surrender to the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (472)

    Frannie Darling was once a child of London's roughest streets, surrounded by petty thieves, pickpockets, and worse. But though she survived this harsh upbringing to become a woman of incomparable beauty, Frannie wants nothing to do with the men who lust for her, the rogues who frequent the gaming hall where she works. She can take care of herself and feels perfectly safe on her own-safe, that is, until he strides into her world, and once again it becomes a very dangerous place indeed.

    DARA says: "Very Sweet Continuation"
    "Great Story but Narrator could had been better"
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    Where does Surrender to the Devil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    2 out of 5


    Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Ericksen’s performances?

    Not sure I'm a fan of Susan Ericksen. Biggest issue was every "s" sounded like "shhh" with a bit of a whistle sound such as Shhh..urrender to the Devil - I even tried to reload the audio but same thing. There were many times when it wasn't clear who was speaking. She was awesome with the voices of the lower class but there wasn't really any clear voice distinctions between the main characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Bed with the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen, Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (827)
    Story
    (824)

    They call him the Devil Earl - a scoundrel and accused murderer who grew up on the violent London streets. A proper young lady risks more than her reputation when consorting with the roguishly handsome Lucian Langdon, but Lady Catherine Mabry believes she has no choice. To protect those she loves, she would do anything-even strike a bargain with the devil himself. Lucian desires respectability and a wife above all else, but the woman of his choosing lacks the social graces to be accepted by the aristocracy.

    SIMARA says: "Exceeded my expectations..."
    "Great Story - Wasn't impressed with Audio voice"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I was not impressed by Susan Ericksen narration. Quite often I wasn't sure if she was speaking the voice of someone or if it was narration - the tone seemed to be too similar throughout. There was either a very slight or no clear distinction between the male and female characters. The main characters, Catherine and Luke, had very similar tones to the point I couldn't always tell who was speaking. The tone/accent from the side characters (I guess I would say the lower class) were very good but that's the only time she really changed her tone or accent. Susan Erickson's voice itself is not unpleasant but I would have preferred more distinction between characters. This was only my 2nd audio book - the first was narrated by a Sarah Coomes and I was very pleased with her changes in voices, her English accent was really pleasant and loved her Scottish brogue. I could always tell her who was speaking and the voices of each character was the same throughout the story. As to the story itself... I am a huge fan of historical romance and read them often. I found the story to be unique and enjoyable but I thought it included way too much narration and not enough from the characters themselves. I prefer the characters themselves to tell the story rather than read narration.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More distinct tones/accents between the characters.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Ericksen and Antony Ferguson ?

    Sarah Coomes. Antony Ferguson had such as small speaking part that it's difficult to really comment. His voice was pleasant..


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was a unique and interesting story and it kept my interest. I can see how so many love this book. For me personally, I prefer a story to be told through the characters with more dialect and less narration.


    Any additional comments?

    When I saw the two names, I assumed the main two characters would be voiced by Susan Erickson and Antony Ferguson. It would had been helpful to know that his speaking parts were only for the diary and prolong and the epilogue. I'm new to audio so this may be common knowledge to others but it wasn't to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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