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Marcheta

love audio books - Anglophile

Member Since 2006

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  • To Wed a Wicked Earl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Olivia Parker
    • Narrated By Christine Rendel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Adam Faramond, Earl of Rothbury, needs to find a wife -immediately! - or his beloved grandmother swears she'll leave him penniless. But Adam, an unrepentant rake, would only renounce a life of scandalous pleasure for one woman, the woman he's lusted after - and loved - for years. It's rather unfortunate, then, that Miss Charlotte Greene, a shy but beautiful blonde of impeccable manners and breeding, would never consent to be the blushing bride of a rogue...or so he thinks. But Charlotte believes that the earl, the only man whose touch leaves her trembling with desire, would never want a woman like her.

    CAROLYN says: "Ahhhh....... love can conquer all"
    "Good premise but needs tighter writing/logic check"
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    I always like stories about spinsters and wallflowers - I just can't relate to the drop dead beautiful heros and heroines. What bothered me most was that Charlotte climbs in Rothbury's bedroom window and claims that she thought it was his study. Give me a break - the study should be on the ground floor and the living quarters on the upper floor! There are also some strange descriptions, e.g., twirling eyes (what does that mean?) and "he rounded her" - did the writer mean he rounded ON her? I just think that this story could have used tighter editing and more direct storytelling and less extraneous vocabulary. I like stories best that show me the story vice telling me the story. I think this writer has a lot of potential, and that's why I gave this a four star rating.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Regimental Murder: Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ashley Gardner, Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By James Gillies
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    After rescuing a lovely woman from an attempted robbery, Captain Lacey discovers that she is the widow of a colonel who'd been accused of murdering an English officer during the Peninsular War. Lydia declares that her husband was innocent and that she knows the true culprits' identities. Intrigued, Lacey, along with his friend, Lucius Grenville, begins to investigate. He soon finds himself mired in scandals of the past and surrounded by murders that are very much in the present.

    Marcheta says: "I just love this series - get the rest please!"
    "I just love this series - get the rest please!"
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    Would you listen to A Regimental Murder again? Why?

    Yes and I have. There are so many layers and plot twists. Even the secondary characters stand out.


    What other book might you compare A Regimental Murder to and why?

    The Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries by C.S. Harris - unfortunately audible only has the middle books at this time. I'd love to hear this series from the beginning.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes with Maryanne were always interesting. She steals candles from CAPT Lacey and is a wild card in the stories.


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

    I liked it so much I bought the Kindle editions and have listened to the three books that are available on audible three times.


    Any additional comments?

    It's always great to find a romance that relies on a story and not graphic sex.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hanover Square Affair: Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ashley Gardner, Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By James Gillies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Cavalry captain Gabriel Lacey returns to Regency London from the Napoleonic wars, burned out, fighting melancholia, his career ended. His interest is piqued when he learns of a missing girl, possibly kidnapped by a prominent member of Parliament. Lacey's search for the girl leads to the discovery of murder, corruption, and dealings with a leader of the underworld.

    Gash says: "Another damaged but honorable man solving crimes"
    "Really enjoying this series-get the rest please!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hanover Square Affair the most enjoyable?

    I listen to audio books every chance I get. The narrator was great and the plot and characters kept me listening well into the night.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved finding an historical mystery series that has interesting characters, an intriguing story, and moderate romance. I devoured the first three audio books and hope audible releases the other six soon; plus there's a tenth book due out in 2015 . In the meantime, I've downloaded the nine that are available on Kindle.


    What about James Gillies’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job bringing the characters and the story to life for me. I hope he continues to narrate the rest of the audio books in this series.


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

    Any book that keeps me listening well into the night to find out what's going to happen next is a real gem for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Because I liked this series so much, I've checked audible for similar books and am now happily listening to the Sebastian St. Cyr series by Ashley Gardner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolfe

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Guy Veryzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    1231 A.D. After a nasty skirmish along the England/Scotland border at Bog Wood, a badly wounded knight has crawled off to die. As women from the Clan Scott fan out across the battlefield to collect the spoils of war, one woman breaks off from the pack. She is sickened by the tradition of stealing valuables off the dead and runs off to hide. In her hiding place, however, lingers the badly wounded knight. The young woman is frightened at first but her natural instinct to lend aid takes over. She tends the knight and saves his life.

    Scotty says: "Just couldn't finish this one."
    "Story kept me interested; grammar made me cringe"
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    I rate Ms. Le Veque's books so high because she's head and shoulders above most of the historical romance writers - she has interesting characters and plots as well as romance. That said, however, I am very annoyed by beautiful obnoxious female heroines. To paraphrase Judge Judy, "Pretty fades; stupid lasts forever." Jemma never improved for me.

    The incorrect grammar should have been fixed when the book was proofread by the publisher's office and caught before the book ever made it to audio. The constant incorrect use of nominative and objective pronouns - which I had to learn in the 7th grade - is extremely irksome. All you have to do to spot an incorrect objective pronoun is to flip the order, e.g., the incorrect "between you and I" flips to" between I and you," which just doesn't sound right. So it should be "between you and me" (which flips to "between me and you" and doesn't sound awkward).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Game and the Governess: Winner Takes All, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kate Noble
    • Narrated By Beverley A. Crick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    When Ned meets governess Phoebe Baker, he becomes intent on gaining her affections. Phoebe wants nothing more than to keep her head down, teach her students, and go unnoticed-especially by the Earl of Ashby. But his rakish secretary has the infuriating habit of constantly crossing her path. Yet Phoebe cannot deny that her pulse quickens in Ned's presence. If this prim-and-proper governess lets her heart rule, will fate intervene where Ned's luck has forsaken him?

    Marcheta says: "Unusual story with lots of humour"
    "Unusual story with lots of humour"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Game and the Governess to be better than the print version?

    I liked the audio version so much that I just bought the Kindle version.


    What other book might you compare The Game and the Governess to and why?

    Nothing comes to mind.


    Have you listened to any of Beverley A. Crick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I thought she did a great job with all the different characters - and there were a lot of them.


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

    There were a lot of laugh out loud moments for me, especially with the children, Rose and Henry. The governess, Phoebe Baker, uses their love of horses throughout their lessons to keep them engaged. Some of the frantic plot development towards the end reminded me of a screwball comedy- which I liked.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story, the character development of Ned and John, the class snobbery, and the teacher's approach to getting the children to learn by building their lessons around what interested them, e.g., horses. I also think there's a valuable lesson here that is expressed by several different characters: happiness is a choice; but if your happiness is conditional on what happens to you in life and how it affects you, you may never be happy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Valiant Chaos

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Brogan is a very large man with power and skill, but uneducated due to his family's immigrant social standing. He meets our heroine by chance, a member of the mighty de Nevilles, the most powerful ruling family in England. The Lady Avalyn du Brant's uncle is the all-powerful Richard Neville, "The Kingmaker". Although Brogan knows she is out of his league, he is nonetheless taken by her. Avalyn, too, is intrigued by the big soldier with the heavy accent and menacing presence.

    Marcheta says: "I'm so relieved she rewrote the ending"
    "I'm so relieved she rewrote the ending"
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    This is a rewrite (and re-titling) of an earlier Veque novel, For Love and Honour. I'm so glad she did the rewrite. While the original ending may have been more correct for that time, as a romance it didn't work for me. If I wanted a depressing romance, I'd read Thomas Hardy. Thanks for the rewrite, Kathryn Le Veque - I love your medieval romances.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John R. Hale
    • Narrated By Professor John R. Hale
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Over the years, Classical archaeology has evolved from a pastime of collectors and antiquarians to a mature science. Today, the field is a multidisciplinary effort that involves not only traditional diggers, but also geologists, geographers, anthropologists, and linguists.These 36 lectures introduce you to this fascinating field of study. Professor Hale guides you through dozens of ancient sites with the skill of a born storyteller.

    Bookworm says: "Absolutely Fantastic!"
    "Excellent material and presentation"
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    I have the DVDs for this course, but I like to listen to this audio when I'm driving. You don't need the visuals to understand the material. Lots of entertaining stories that encourage the listener to find out more. Totally agree with Benoibe - this is audio at its finest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mysterious Messages: A History of Codes and Ciphers

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Gary Blackwood
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    History's amazing secrets and codes, and how to crack them yourself. This fascinating look at history's most mysterious messages is packed with puzzles to decode and ciphers that kids can use themselves. Here are the encrypted notes of Spartan warriors, the brilliant code-crackers of Elizabeth I, secret messages of the American Revolution, spy books of the Civil War, the famous Enigma Machine, and the Navajo code talkers.

    Marcheta says: "Needs a PDF to show missing info from book"
    "Needs a PDF to show missing info from book"
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    I know very little about this subject, so I enjoyed learning about the history. BUT there are constant references to tables and examples that are in the printed version but invisible to the listener of the audio version. This begs for a PDF that shows the visuals referred to in the book that aren't available on the audio..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Windflower

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Laura London
    • Narrated By Christa Lewis
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    The classic tale of passion on the high seas, available for the first time in 20 years... Merry Wilding is a lady of breeding, of innocence, and of breathtaking beauty. With high hopes for a holiday in England, she sets sail from New York - but the tide of her life is destined to turn. Mistakenly swept aboard an infamous pirate ship, Merry finds herself at the mercy of a wicked crew...and one sinfully handsome pirate. Soon she's spending her days yearning for escape, and her nights learning the pleasures of captivity.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Eloquently Written Pirate Romance"
    "Good story, excellent dialogue"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Windflower to be better than the print version?

    The advantage here goes to the narrator - they got the right narrator to do the story justice.


    What other book might you compare The Windflower to and why?

    The dialogue reminded me of some of the Dorothy Dunnett stories, especially the Lymond Chronicles. I loved the dialogue among Devon, Cat, and Morgan - so tongue-in-cheek.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with the three guys and/or Raven.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't think I'd like this book because I was afraid it would be just another bodice-ripper. What a pleasant surprise that it had a good plot and excellent dialogue. I'd listen to this one again.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Loyal Companion

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Barbara Metzger
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Spoiled and ungoverned, Fitz was not suitable companion for a lady of fashion....And certainly no proper chaperon. Fitz begged to disagree - after all, a dog was a true incomparable as far as friendship, loyalty, and protection - and soon lovely Miss Sonia was plucked by her rusticated roots and packed off, dog and all, to London. Perhaps there she would find a husband to tame her free-spirited ways - and keep her out of trouble.

    E. Didi says: "A Cute, Light Read; But Not Stupid"
    "Loved Fitz the dog's point of view"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Loyal Companion to be better than the print version?

    I read the book years ago and was very happy to see this book on audible. The audio just enhances the book. I have the book, audio, and Kindle versions - if I really like a story, I buy it in all the forms in which it is available.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fitz the dog!!! I loved the comments from Fitz. For example, when Darius is looking for a kidnapped character, he comments to Fitz, "They have a good lead on us. Do you think you can find [the] coach in this mess, huh, Fitz?" And Fitz thinks to himself, "Of course I can. I peed on it [the wheel], didn't I?"


    Which character – as performed by Stevie Zimmerman – was your favorite?

    They were all good. I liked the way she used a lower class accent for Fitz.


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

    Yes. I also listened to it with my sister whenever we were in the car.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Barbara Metzger's earlier books, like this one. I'd like to see her earlier books in audio form.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Prince of Shadows: A Novel of Romeo and Juliet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Kyle McCarley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and-if they survive-marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day they are born.Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him.

    Marcheta says: "A Tour de Force"
    "A Tour de Force"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely - especially to anyone who loves Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. But whether you're familiar with the play or not, this story fills in a lot of the background characters and provides more info on their motivation and their actions.


    What other book might you compare Prince of Shadows to and why?

    None comes to mind. I've tried some of the books that attempt to expand on Jane Austen's novels, but so far I haven't found any as well done as this one.


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

    This is my first hearing of a book read by Kyle McCarley, but I've listened to samples from some of the other books he reads on audible and I'm impressed by how versatile he is. I'll definitely check these out. He does a great job of bringing the other characters to life and his gift for accents is wonderful.


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

    Every time the author wove dialogue from the play into the story, it was so fluid that I had to remind myself that it was from the play.


    Any additional comments?

    I am recommending this book to my aunt, with whom I have a shared affection for Shakespeare's plays. The blend of story and reader in this audiobook is superb. I'll listen to it again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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