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  • Unclaimed

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Polly Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (147)

    Handsome, wealthy, and respected, Sir Mark Turner is the most sought-after bachelor in all of London—and he's known far and wide for his irreproachable character. But behind his virtuous reputation lies a passionate nature he keeps carefully in check… until he meets the beautiful Jessica Farleigh, the woman he’s waited for all his life.

    SIMARA says: "Ah the power of love..."
    "Not one of Courtney Milan's best"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea.


    What was most disappointing about Courtney Milan’s story?

    It was an awkward story and I couldn't get interested in it. It was actually painful to finish.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Polly Lee?

    Sure.


    What character would you cut from Unclaimed?

    The Queen. Her appearance was unnecessary.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised this was a Milan book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Hazel Gaynor
    • Narrated By Connor Kelly-Eiding, Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    A voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman…. Inspired by true events, The Girl Who Came Home poignantly blends fact and fiction to explore the Titanic tragedy's impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants.

    Marianne says: "I couldn't put this down"
    "I couldn't put this down"
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    I couldn't put this down. Once I got over the confusion of Maggie and Margaret and Peggy the book was a delightful, although sad, story. I was teary in Chapter 3 before they ever got on the Titanic. Seamus and his letters! I'm glad this wasn't a re-telling of James Cameron's movie (which was not as good as earlier movies) and was instead the tale of a group of friends from a small Irish village. My grandparents left Ireland at about the same time so I was very moved by the story. I usually don't like audiobooks with multiple narrators but this worked well to differentiate the change in time and POV. The ending was a bit predictable (there were subtle clues) but I enjoyed this very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Matter of Grave Concern

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Brenda Novak
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    When Maximillian Wilder hides his noble identity and joins the notorious body snatchers known as the London Supply Company, the last thing on his mind is love. He’s worried about Madeline, his vanished half sister, who was last seen in the company of Jack Hurtsill, the gang’s conscienceless leader. Raiding graveyards, stealing corpses, and selling them to medical colleges as dissection material is dirty work, but Max knows he must gain Jack’s trust.

    Tracy T says: "Great Story!! Great Narration!"
    "Took a while but well worth it"
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    I wasn't sure I was going to like this. I've read the Lady Darby series by Anna Lee Huber so the idea of anatomists was pretty familiar. This is a much different take on that and it worked. Although I pretty much guessed what would happen and wasn't surprised by events this was an enjoyable book. It take take a few chapters for me to really "get into it." The narration was quite good. This is my first Brenda Novak book (I don't care for contemporary romances) but I'll look into her other historicals.

    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
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    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"
    "It's Eloisa James; of course I liked it"
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    I did like this book but it's Eloisa James so of course I liked it. It was a fun read and the characters were interesting. I couldn't give it 5 stars for a couple of reasons. The first one is not the author's fault. Susan Duerden's reading of Sophie's voice was just too breathless- too childish. Secondly, the entire subplot of the trip to Turkey and the "gift" Patrick was being asked to bring just didn't fit and it was resolved so quickly that I had to go back and listen to that part again. Quite a throw-away ending after all the time spent on that part of the story. Also, so many romance stories involve keeping secrets and lack of communication. I guess that makes the conflict but it's quite ubiquitous in this genre. That being said, I liked this and I'm anxious for the third book in this series to be available in audiobook format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captives of the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Leila Beaumont is a gorgeous and talented portrait painter trapped in a loveless marriage with her profligate husband, Francis. Though long ago, Francis very much played the hero, rescuing and wedding the orphaned 17-year-old Leila - Francis' more recent hedonistic lifestyle of drinking, drugging and womanizing has not only earned him quite a few enemies in London, but lost him the love of his wife.

    Moriah says: "Perfect Pairing of Author and Narrator"
    "Loved it!"
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    First of all, Kate Reading does a fabulous job with the narration of the audiobook. Other than one not-so-good book I have truly enjoyed Loretta Chase's romances. This one is another good one! I do have a problem when I hear the Dowager's language. I'm sure the author researched this but it's like fingernails on a blackboard to me. I had a bit of a issue trying to keep track of some of the characters but it all worked out. I didn't want this to end. Great book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (735)

    Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

    Marcheta says: "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
    "Oh, yes, this is good!"
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    I like protagonists who aren't perfect and Dain is far from perfect. This book is clever, witty, touching, and fun. I really like Loretta Chase's writing style; this is one of her best! And Kate Reading does an amazing job with her narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mistress Diaries: Pembroke Palace, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julianne MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    Cassandra Montrose cannot deny that she lost her head a year ago when she was whisked out of a London ballroom by the most desirable man she'd ever met. But now she is disgraced and desperate, and the father of her illegitimate child, Lord Vincent Sinclair, is engaged to another. When Lord Vincent learns of his unbreakable bond with the passionate lover he knew for only one night a year ago, he soon finds himself drawn in. But with his inheritance at stake, he must marry the woman his father has approved.

    Tracy T says: "It was barely okay, nothing memorable."
    "Not a favorite"
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    Ugh! This was difficult to read and difficult to review. It was just odd. This is the second book by this author that I've read and I haven't been impressed so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Gorgeous, stubborn Esme Brentmor, daughter of a disgraced lord, is used to a wild, dangerous life among the tribes of Albania, to whom her father is the legendary, controversial Red Lion whose death she's courageously vowed to avenge - even if it leads to her own. Instead, her quest finds her rescued by the most unlikely (and very reluctant) hero! Lazy and spoiled, Lord Varian St. George has gambled away his heritage and lives on his considerable looks, charm and wits.

    Amazon Customer says: "Worth going back for"
    "Very good book"
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    I loved this! Sure, it's not a typical Regency romance. In fact, I'd call it an adventure with romance thrown in. I was almost afraid to read this based on reviews but, unless you're looking for sprigged muslin, ribboned bonnets, and dances at Almack's, this was a great story. Good guys, bad guys, English Lords, and foreign travel. And I loved Percival. What a cute kid. Kate Reading does her usual good job with the narration. Really enjoyed this.

    0 of 0 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
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    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.

    Marianne says: "Not one of Chase's best"
    "Not one of Chase's best"
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    This book was missing what I've come to love in Loretta Chase's books - the witty banter. Yes, there was a tiny bit of it toward the end but I found this book tedious to reach that end. The story never grabbed me. The characters, frankly, annoyed me. The audio quality was poor although the narration was quite good (and I am thankful it WAS available as an audiobook.) Not my favorite Chase book but I still really enjoy her work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Heartless Design: Secrets of the Zodiac, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Cole
    • Narrated By Marian Hussey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    "Heartless" Cordelia Bering refuses every marriage offer she receives. Yet men still try to win her, drawn by her sharp wit and intoxicating green eyes. But Cordelia knows a marriage could reveal her deepest secret and truly endanger her life. Besides, she hasn't met a man worth considering, until... Sebastien Thorne, a spy in the service of the Crown. One of the elite agents in the group known as the Zodiac, he comes to London determined to solve a mystery with roots on the Continent.

    Morgan says: "An excellent historical romance/spy novel!"
    "This was good!"
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    Fabulous! A book has got to be very special for me to give it 5 stars. A HEARTLESS DESIGN drew me in from the beginning and was great until the end. I loved it! Cordelia is a strong woman with skills that she has to hide from everyone. Sebastian is a hunky hero and I enjoyed their interaction. Like in many stories, secrets play a big part in this book. The audiobook was very well done and Elizabeth Cole has a great new series. Now if the subsequent releases were only available in audio format.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In My Wildest Fantasies: Pembroke Palace Series, Book One (Avon Romantic Treasure)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Julianne MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (185)

    Lady Rebecca Newland cannot forget the captivating nobleman who saved her life, and she sets out to meet him again when she is of an age to be courted. Unbeknownst to her, her timing is impeccable, for Devon Sinclair, the future Duke of Pembroke, has just been informed by his mad father that he must take a wife before Christmas in order to thwart a family curse and preserve his inheritance. Lady Rebecca is everything Devon could want in a wife - she is beautiful, charming, and she desires him openly.

    Elizabeth says: "Fantastic & Steamy....I wanted more!"
    "Not the best"
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    This was an okay book. The narration was great but it's Roslyn Landor and she's always fantastic. The chemistry between the two main characters was not strong in my opinion. It was okay but nothing that jumped out at me. That's how I felt about the whole book. There's nothing really bad with it but it didn't grab me. I look forward to reading the next one in the series. This ending teased the subsequent book and it could be quite interesting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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