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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
    (142)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (122)

    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
  • Queen of Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal - but now she's off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene...

    Janet says: "Georgie at her best"
    "Another hit - for author and narrator"
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    Rhys Bowen has another hit and Katherine Kellgren does another fabulous job with the narration. It's a light read and that's exactly why I love Rhys' books. I never spend too much time trying to figure out whodoneit; I let Georgie work it out. The series is fun! Now just have Darcy and Georgie settle that relationship.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla: Pink Carnation, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In October of 1806, the Little Season is in full swing, and Sally Fitzhugh has had enough of the endless parties and balls. With a rampant vampire craze sparked by the novel The Convent of Orsino, it seems no one can speak of anything else. But when Sally hears a rumor that the reclusive Duke of Belliston is an actual vampire, she cannot resist the challenge of proving such nonsense false. At a ball in Belliston Square, she ventures across the gardens and encounters the mysterious Duke.

    Marianne says: "Great addition to the series"
    "Great addition to the series"
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    I really liked this book. It was a lot of fun. Okay, there weren't many spies. And Eloise comes across as a 14 year old at times. (That could be Kate Reading's reading of her. That's why I gave the performance only 4 stars. At least she pronounced "Eloise" right this time.) But it's an entertaining book.

    Sally's story is funny and easy to read. I totally enjoyed it. I'm so glad there's one more book in the Pink Carnation series. I really like Lauren Willig's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unraveled

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Nicole Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (122)

    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"
    "Couldn't finish it"
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    What disappointed you about Unraveled?

    The narrator. I couldn't get past her voice to like or not like the book. And each book in this series has a different narrator. I prefer consistency.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Courtney Milan again?

    If the last two books I've read are an indication, no. But I know her other books are good. The Turner series just isn't her best.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I'm not sure this narrator's voice can be improved.


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

    Not that I could tell. I'll try reading instead of listening to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unclaimed

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Polly Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (133)

    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 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
    (1247)
    Performance
    (1189)
    Story
    (1183)

    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 1 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
    (390)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (335)

    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
    (295)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (162)

    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
    (229)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (173)

    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
    (1097)
    Performance
    (991)
    Story
    (991)

    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

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