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  • 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
    (452)
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    (387)
    Story
    (384)

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Smuggler's Moon: The Raveneaus in Cornwall, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Cynthia Wright
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Feisty Julia Faircloth is used to managing the lives of her eccentric relatives, so when darkly dangerous Lord Sebastian Trevarre arrives in Bath and proposes to her shy sister Sarah, she switches places with the bride to save her from a shockingly carnal wedding night. Against his better judgment, Sebastian consummates a marriage to the most provoking, appealing woman he's ever known, and then is forced to live with her in his neglected yet enchanting estate on the coast of Cornwall.

    Amazon Customer says: "A New Hero to Love---and the Return of a Favorite"
    "Great narration; good story"
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    Hooray! A Cynthia Wright audiobook with a great narrator. Rosalyn Landor does a wonderful job with this story. She's fantastic. The book was good. It was interesting throughout except, in my opinion, for the ending. After the encounter at the cave it felt like the book just fell off the cliff. I was very disappointed by the Andre Raveneau part in this story. I look forward to more in this series and I hope Rosalyn Landor is chosen to read them. What a difference a good narrator makes. This is the best of Cynthia Wright!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tempest: The Raveneau Novels, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Cynthia Wright
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
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    (14)
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    Newport heiress Catherine Beasley Parrish has been groomed all her life to marry an English duke. However, when she meets Adam Raveneau, the latest in a long line of Raveneau rakes and a newly created viscount, Cathy awakens to a destiny worth fighting for. Although Raveneau insists that he is not marriage material, he is in desperate need of funds to restore Tempest Hall, his crumbling family estate on Barbados. And when Cathy begs him to save her from the toad-like duke her mother intends her to marry, Adam realizes that they may be able help each other.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Next Generation, Just as Wicked as the Last"
    "Best of the series in spite of poor narration"
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    Aside from not liking Emily Beresford's narration at all, this was my favorite book in the series. Barbados is a wonderful character in this book. I've been there a few times and it was fun reading about it. Cathy and Nathan were strong characters but I was annoyed by each of them at various times. I was expecting more proof of the child situation. The story was interesting and this was a good read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His Reckless Bargain: (The Raveneau Novels, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Cynthia Wright
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
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    Nathan Raveneau, son of Andre & Devon (Silver Storm), is known as "The Scapegrace" in Regency London for his rakish exploits and devastating good looks. He is also a sea captain with an estate on Barbados. To gain land near his enemy, Xavier Crowe, Raveneau agrees to act as protector to headstrong Adrienne Beauvisage - and keep her chaste until her 21st birthday.

    Adrienne is both outraged and intrigued by the man who calls himself Nathan Essex.

    Elizabeth L. says: "The series gets better and better!"
    "Poor narration"
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    I really want to like these books. The stories are good, characters are interesting, but the narration of the audiobooks is a deal-breaker. It's just horrid. If I hadn't won the next book of the series in a contest I would not listen to anything else narrated by Emily Beresford. Cynthia Wright has woven a great family saga and her writing keeps me interested. Too bad her work is ruined by poor narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Untamed: Medieval Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (243)

    A hero of the crusades, Dominic le Sabre has returned in glory and in triumph to claim his reward: the beautiful Saxon bride awarded to him by the conqueror king. But Lady Margaret of the Blackthorne cannot yield to the bold Norman invader.

    Diana says: "Perfect!"
    "Enjoyable"
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    Not bad at all. Story was pretty good. I did question some of the dialogue as being "too modern" but I could be wrong. Did they use the term "half an hour" in the medieval times? Also, I was getting annoyed at how much Domenic mistrusted Meg. Other than that , the story was enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bastard

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brenda Novak
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
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    Jeannette Boucher, a young French beauty from a family left penniless by the revolution, must marry against her will to save them all from ruin. But almost immediately after the vows are spoken, she learns that her old English husband is impotent - and in his desire for an heir, he plans to compromise her in the worst way. Determined to escape such a fate, she stows away on one of His Majesty’s frigates. But a woman alone is in constant danger.

    Susynne says: "PAINFUL on the ears! But a GREAT STORY!"
    "A great adventure"
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    I liked this. I found it very entertaining. The shipboard scenes were quite accurate. It was more of an adventure story than a typical historical romance and I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Through the Smoke

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Brenda Novak
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (66)
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    Riches. Power. An ancient heritage of pride. The Earl of Druridge wanted only for an heir. So when he learned that his wife was carrying another man’s child, he was filled with a thirst for vengeance. But he wasn’t the one who caused Katherine’s death. Or was he? To his horror, he remembers nothing of that dreadful night, when their last shocking confrontation ended in scorching flame and cold blood.

    Marianne says: "Very well done!"
    "Very well done!"
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    I hope there are more historic romances by Brenda Novak! This was very good. I have listened to so many poorly done audiobooks lately that I was beginning to wonder if good ones still existed. Here is one. The story of the "shop girl" and the Earl and a murder and a fire and relatives and a coal mine made for interesting reading/listening. The characters were either likeable or not, appropriately. I enjoyed Novak's writing so much I may be persuaded to read her contemporaries and that's not easy for me to say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Findley's Lass: The Clan MacDougall Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Suzan Tisdale
    • Narrated By Brad Wills
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (221)
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    The Highlands of Scotland, Autumn 1344..... She had won his heart without trying... and he can only pray for the chance to give her his. When Findley McKenna returns after his battle with the English to offer Maggy Boyle a home amongst his clan, he finds only death and destruction instead of the young widow who has stolen his heart. The only things left of her home is the burned out hut and decaying bodies of the auld people Maggy has taken care of for the past three years. With only a prayer, his Highlander heart, and a bit of bloodied plaid to cling to, Findley will crawl through hell if he must, in order to find Maggy and her sons and avenge the massacre before him.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Made Me Smile"
    "What a difference a good narrator makes"
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    I'm glad I continued with this series. I was ready to stop after the first book because of the distracting narration but this book was read by Brad Wills and he did a marvelous job. The story was good and held my interest. Maggie was a strong character and her care for her boys was evident. Her actions made me laugh at times. I liked Findley and, of course, Wee William. Overall, this was a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surrender the Stars: The Raveneau Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Cynthia Wright
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
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    Renegade sea captain Ryan Coleraine is persuaded to accompany the adventurous Raveneau family to Regency London to spy for America during the War of 1812. The sardonic Coleraine must take the place of their son, who is in the West Indies, and pretend to be a fop. Lindsay Raveneau, a beautiful and independent bluestocking, finds herself with a "brother" who challenges and arouses her in the most unsettling ways...

    Teresa says: "I LOVE The Raveneau Novels! Fabulous!"
    "Very frustrating narration"
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    This was so disappointing. The story was so-so but the narration was horrible. Pronunciation was pathetic. In fact, certain words were pronounced differently in different chapters (e.g. Piquet.) Doesn't the publisher check on this sort of thing? "Magdalen" and "Galway" are two blatant examples. I can't listen to the rest of this series unless there's a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silver Storm: The Raveneau Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Cynthia Wright
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    Dashing and dangerous Andre Raveneau is the Revolutionary War's most reckless privateer captain when Devon Lindsay stows away aboard his ship after her Connecticut town has been burned by the British. Raveneau sardonically agrees to deliver her to her childhood sweetheart in Virginia but doesn't count on his own potent attraction to the enchanting, courageous Devon. Through high adventure, swashbuckling sea battles, and the colorful history of America's revolution, the couple battles the fiery passion that binds them together.

    Corlis Ciji Ware says: "Audible Version of "Silver Storm" is terrific!"
    "Might have been better in print"
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    Based on all the 5-star reviews, I was expecting much more from SILVER STORM. Perhaps it was the narration, which I found very stilted. The story was just okay and, as much as I like audiobooks, this would have been better as a print or e-book. The characters didn't grab me like they did others apparently. I have two subsequent books by this author and I'll listen to them but I hope the narration improves.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out: The Poor Relation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (537)

    Life is not easy for the poor relations of England’s upper crust, but fate and clever schemes bring them together. Lady Fortescue and Colonel Sandhurst hatch a plan: What if they were to transform her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering their guests the pleasure of being waited upon by nobility? With the help of other down-and-out aristocrats, they do just that, and London’s newest hotel, The Poor Relation, is born. The establishment is an immediate hit with London’s most illustrious citizens, save the Duke of Rowcester....

    Clare says: "Charming Regency Fun - Romance & Adventure"
    "A cute little story"
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    First of all, I love Davina Porter's work. Her narration made this book! It was a pleasant story with some interesting characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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