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  • Beyond Seduction: A Bastion Club Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (121)

    In a moment of recklessness, Gervase Tregarth, sixth Earl of Crowhurst, swears he’ll marry the next eligible lady to cross his path. Cloistered at his ancestral castle in Cornwall, with nary a suitable woman for miles, he never expects he’ll have to fulfill his pledge, at least not until the London season begins. But then he meets his neighbor, the very appealing Madeline Gascoigne.

    Years of secret service to the Crown have taught Gervase the value of always having a loophole - there will be no wedding if he and Madeline are not compatible in every way.

    Toni says: "Great addition to the Bastion Club series"
    "A Good Book Harmed by the Narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to Beyond Seduction the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy the series.


    What other book might you compare Beyond Seduction to and why?

    Any of the other Bastion Club books.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Steven Crossley?

    I would have much preferred to have Jill Tanner as the narrator. I found this reading to be tedious and I wasn't able to concentrate on the story when the narration was so different than the previous books and not half as good. Pronunciations were different (Dalziel, for example) and I found that distracting. I especially found Crossley's women's voices to be both annoying AND distracting. This is a terrible thing to do to the author's work.


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

    I had an extreme reaction to the narration from the very beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a shame that a decent book was made almost "unreadable" by the very poor decision (for whatever reason) to change narrators in the series and to select such a poor one. The story is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (390)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Troy says: "So worth the wait!"
    "Excellent!"
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    What did you love best about The Book of Life?

    The continuing story of Matthew and Diana and their family. The history. The characters. The writing. It was all wonderful. A must read to end the trilogy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book of Life?

    To avoid a major spoiler, let me just say that the most memorable moment happens in New Haven.


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    She is brilliant! Her character voices are excellent. I was a bit confused at the fact that Gallowglass' accent changed in this book but I can live with that. I actually like the Scottish burr but it was hard to get used to at first. This is not a complaint; Jennifer is one of the best readers there is.


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

    Yes, both. Deb Harkness has a writing style that evokes emotion and I did laugh out loud at some parts and cried at others. I even got angry.


    Any additional comments?

    Good ending to the series but I see more stories in Deb Harkness' future. Bring 'em on!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Everything Most Loved: Maisie Dobbs, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (325)

    The year is 1933. Maisie Dobbs is contacted by an Indian gentleman who has come to England in the hopes of finding out who killed his sister two months ago. Scotland Yard failed to make any arrest in the case, and there is reason to believe they failed to conduct a thorough investigation. The case becomes even more challenging when another Indian woman is murdered just hours before a scheduled interview. Meanwhile, unfinished business from a previous case becomes a distraction, as does a new development in Maisie's personal life.

    C. Telfair says: "Mixed Feelings about Maisie"
    "Frustrating"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    As much as I have liked this series, I felt like I had wasted 10 hours with this one. I found Maisie very annoying. The story was good but the last part of the book, the retrospective, was tedious and Maisie's reluctance to commit to James (or not) almost caused me to give up on the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jacqueline Winspear again?

    Yes. I'm looking forward to the book due this year (which is not a Maisie book) and I will probably read the new Maisie series starting in 2015. At least I'll give it a try. The earlier books were very good and I enjoyed them a lot but I ended up getting very frustrated by Maisie's personal life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I've always like Maisie and James with Priscilla's boys.


    Did Leaving Everything Most Loved inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On a Wicked Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (161)

    Laurens, a New York Times best-selling author, thrills millions of fans with each book in her sensuous Bar Cynster series.

    Both beautiful and headstrong, Amelia Cynster has decided to marry the man of her dreams. Lucien Ashford is handsome and sexy - but Amelia is tired of waiting for him to make the first move. So slowly, carefully, she begins to lay her trap.

    N. Brooks says: "It was wicked!!"
    "Disappointing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A plot.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm not sure but I'm reluctant to read the next book in this series.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Prebble?

    Absolutely!


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

    I like most of the Cynster characters so they bring something to the story. But not enough.


    Any additional comments?

    The earlier Cynster stories were very good. The series started to fade with the previous book and it has really dropped with this one. Maybe Stephanie Laurens just had a bad book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Mistress: Mistress Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (172)

    While Lady Angeline Dudley’s pedigree dictates that she must land a titled gentleman, the irrepressible beauty secretly longs for a simple, ordinary suitor. No wild rakes like the men of her family, just a kind heart and good nature. So when Edward Ailsbury, the new Earl of Heyward, rescues her with unmatched civility from the advances of a scoundrel, Angeline thinks that she has found her true love. Persuading the earl is another matter entirely. Edward has his future neatly mapped out. He hopes to wed his steadfast companion....

    Sharon says: "Pleasantly Surprised...."
    "Very disappointing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If someone hasn't read any Mary Balogh books before, it MIGHT be entertaining.


    What was most disappointing about Mary Balogh’s story?

    Other than having the same family members, this was NOT the third book in a trilogy. The title meant nothing (at least not yet and I've read 3/4 of the book.) And continuity from the first two books is nonexistent.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Anne Flosnik?

    Absolutely! She does a fabulous job even with this book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Total disappointment. I was looking forward to actually listening to a continuation of the previous books in the trilogy and this book didn't do that at all.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters are annoying.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1049)
    Performance
    (947)
    Story
    (946)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "Best of the series"
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    If you could sum up How the Light Gets In in three words, what would they be?

    Best Gamache yet!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Constantly! Louise Penny writes so that many possibilities exist for the situations in which the characters find themselves. The suspense builds throughout the book.


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

    Over the course of the series, he has become Gamache to me. Louise Penny's words create the amazing pictures of the characters and Three Pines (also a character) but Gosham brings them to life.


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

    All is not what it appears.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best books I have read all year. I cannot recommend it enough. But don't start out reading this book. Start with STILL LIFE and experience the entire series. Louise Penny is brilliant!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1112)

    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable light murder mystery"
    "Another winner for Rhys!"
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    Would you listen to Heirs and Graces again? Why?

    Yes. The series is light and fun.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heirs and Graces?

    The ending when Darcy says he's staying at the manor. Usually he's running off somewhere.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    I liked the twins. (Two characters, I know, but they were done so well.)


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

    Yes - and I did!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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