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Nanellen

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  • Mine Till Midnight: The Hathaways, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (989)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (545)

    When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.

    Amazon Customer says: "Missing part of the story. NOT unabridged"
    "One of My Favorites"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mine Till Midnight to be better than the print version?

    I love the audible version more than the print version. There are differences between the two. Christopher Frost shows up earlier in the print version. The architectural firm is headed by his brother in the print version but by an entirely unrelated character in the audible version. This is not abridged as some reviewers have thought. It's just slightly different - improved, I would say. It's almost as though the audible version was based on a later edition than the print version I have on my Kindle. Wish I could get the audible book in print - maybe with whisper sync.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Cam Rohan and Merripen. They are fascinating characters. Lisa Kleypas could do a series based on them before and after meeting the Hathaways. Beyond the Hathaway series.


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

    I love Rosalyn Landor's performances. I look for books she has narrated. This is one of her best. Truly, I have never heard any of her narrations that I did not enjoy.


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

    There is a lot of humor in this book. I love the interplay between characters. Lisa Kleypas has a wonderful gift for dialogue and Rosalyn Landor brings it life with her voice acting.


    Any additional comments?

    I've have listened to this book over and over. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (411)

    This, the first in the series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging.

    Lisa says: "Surprised that I loved it!"
    "Captivating!"
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    If you could sum up Master and Commander in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, Absorbing, Thrilling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved both Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. I can't separate them. They are equally important to the stories. Jack Aubrey is the perfect hero. Stephen Maturin is the mysterious, intellectual sometimes-spy. Their friendship is the framework for the story. But each uses his own strengths to do his duty whether it's for his Country or for his friend. Honor, integrity, loyalty are important to each.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't have just one. I thought the descriptions of sea battles, as well as daily life onboard a sailing vessel was amazing. You could close your eyes and listen to Stephen Vance's narration of Patrick O'Brian's story and imagine yourself there. Wonderful!


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

    I wish I were so gifted with words to do that. There was a film in 2003 and while I enjoyed it, it did not do justice to the books. It could not. Master and Commander has so many layers no screenwriter can include it all in the time allowed by film.

    This format is the best of the best. You can turn the lights down, press play and take a trip back in time. Adventure, daring-do, nonstop action and wonderful characters created by Patrick O'Brian, enhanced by the voice acting of Simon Vance. Perfect!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I have never enjoyed any audible performance more than this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Civil Contract

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (203)

    Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage.

    Janet says: "Excellent Narration"
    "Historical Fiction At Its Best"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Civil Contract the most enjoyable?

    Phyllida Nash is so wonderful at voicing multiple characters. She brings them to life. The listener understands so much more clearly the understated humor in the dialogue. She does justice to Georgette Heyer's stories and complex characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't think I can settle on just one favorite. Of course, Mr. Chawleigh is most apparent. He is forceful, amusing, generous, and infuriating as he is determined to gain and maintain the upper hand. But, Adam, Captain Deveril, the new Viscount, is the perfect hero. He has served his country and now must serve his family and his sense of honor. He sacrifices his dearest wish and his dream to make sure his mother and sisters are taken care of. He marries a woman who not at all appealing to him and is determined to fulfill his side of the marriage contract with honor and giving her all the honor due her as his wife. He has a completely appealing personality.


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

    I have listened to her before and I have enjoyed all of them. I think this completes all of her Georgette Heyer readings and the rest are already in my library, except for The Foundling. I suppose that will be the next one I will have to add based not only on my appreciation of Georgette Heyer, but on the strength of Phyllida Nash's performances. You are drawn into the story and the characters thanks to her voice acting.


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

    The final pages when it all comes together. You see how the main characters have grown. The strength of Adam and Jenny, of his friend Brough, of the relationship between Mr. Chawleigh and Adam. It's so realistic and human.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy history and historical fiction, you will enjoy this story set in Britain during the Napoleonic period. It's a window into the past. It is not light reading, but it is worthwhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil’s Heiress

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jo Beverley
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    Returning home from the battle of Waterloo, Major George "Hawk" Hawkinville discovers his father has squandered away the family estate. To keep his home, Hawk decides to marry Clarissa Greystone, a contemptuous gold-digger, who’s vast fortune isn’t her only asset.

    Nanellen says: "Simon Prebble and Jo Beverley Are Wonderful!"
    "Simon Prebble and Jo Beverley Are Wonderful!"
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    Where does The Devil’s Heiress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorites. The hero and heroine are well written. He has just returned to England after Waterloo and trying to adjust to civilian life. She is trying to recover from an abusive relationship involving her family's' trying to force her to marry a truly evil man who mysteriously turned up dead. Did she kill him for his money? He was not the type of man to leave his wealth to a fiancée and yet his will seems to indicate he did that. The skills Hawk learned trying to gather intelligence during the Napoleonic War are put to use trying to determine whether she is as innocent as she first appears.

    Simon Prebble doesn't just narrate the story, his wonderful voice creates the atmosphere and pulls the listener into the story. This story is perfect for his talent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    George "Hawk" Hawkinville. He is brilliant, thoughtful, a true and loyal friend and a dangerous enemy.


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

    I've never been disappointed with any of the audible books I've heard him narrate. Even when some of the storylines were not as strong as others, he has the ability to bridge the areas of weakness and keep my interest.


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

    Definitely. It is hours long but it is a page turner.


    Any additional comments?

    Just writing about how much I enjoyed it makes me want to listen to it again. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Only Enchanting

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (109)

    Now, in the fourth novel of the Survivors' Club series, Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, has left this refuge to find his own salvation - in the love of a most unsuspecting woman. Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, was devastated by his fiancée’s desertion after his return home. Now the woman who broke his heart is back - and everyone is eager to revive their engagement. Except Flavian, who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of a most sensible yet enchanting young woman.

    Nanellen says: "Mary Balogh and Rosalyn Landor are Enchanting!"
    "Mary Balogh and Rosalyn Landor are Enchanting!"
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    Would you listen to Only Enchanting again? Why?

    This is one of Mary Balogh's best novels. She has written about other members of the Survivors Club and I love the series of books. This one caught my interest on page one and held it throughout. Viscount Ponsonby had been in the Peninsular War, been shot through the side of the his head, fell off his horse onto his head, then trampled. He suffered memory, speech problems which caused him to display bouts of seemingly uncontrollable anger that frightened his family. After three years of treatment with six other survivors, he is considered healed enough to resume his role in society. He knows how fragile his control is and fears that his memory is still faulty enough to cause problems. He knows that he can't remember what he can't remember. He expects that unlike his friends who have met women they've come to love and marry, he will never love a woman nor will he ask any woman to marry him.

    Agnes Keeping is a young widow who lives a quiet, placid life sharing a home with her elder sister. There are secrets in her life about her family that she is content to keep suppressed. She has acknowledges that though she was fond of her late husband, she valued there quiet life even though she was never in love with him nor does she want to meet a man she can fall in love with.

    Mary Balogh has masterfully built a story of how they meet, have their expectations overturned, how they match and complement their strengths and weaknesses and unexpectedly learn to trust and love each other. It's beautiful love story that deals with very human frailties told with humor, insight, charm and romance.

    Rosalyn Landor is marvelous in her ability to bring the characters to life with her voice, varying her pitch and timbre to suit the different characters, their gender and station in life. She is the perfect actress for this story. Her voice is so beautiful, it's a pleasure to hear her. Her characterizations are amazingly in their variety. I will listen time and again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mary Balogh has a gift for writing characters who have a conversation in their own minds, arguing different sides of an issue that is facing them. The conflict between what they believe they should do and what they find themselves actually doing if usually humorous to the point I am often laughing aloud or chuckling to myself. Embarrassing if I try to read in a public place. But worth looking like an idiot so I cannot bring myself to put my Kindle away.

    But I especially liked the way she addressed Flavian's struggle to deal with his incapacity stemming from his war injury. He hides behind various masks that makes people see him as mocking, cynical, and proud so they won't see how wounded he still is or how much he has been hurt by people he should be able to trust. He struggles to understand himself and to express himself clearly. Agnes falls in love with him early on but doubts that she should allow herself to give into it and act accordingly. How they overcome their reluctance to trust one another is perfectly paced and perfectly believable.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    I love the warmth of her voice, her ability to voice male and female characters and her ability to bring the characters to life. I know when she performs, I only have to relax and get carried away into the story. I have never been disappointed. She can take a mediocre story and make it more interesting. When she has a book by Mary Balogh, she is at her best.


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

    I have no answer for this question.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy historical fiction, I recommend this book. If you want escapist fare, it's perfect. If you want to read about characters who are worth caring about, this book is great! If you are already a fan of Mary Balogh's Survivors' Club series, you will like the way she incorporates the club members and their stories as part of this one and let's the readers know some updates about their lives. She manages it without forcing the earlier couples into this story. Very well done! Very satisfying!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Why Shoot a Butler?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Ulli Birvé
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    On a dark night, along a lonely country road, barrister Frank Amberley stops to help a young lady in distress and discovers a sports car with a corpse behind the wheel. The girl protests her innocence, and Amberley believes her – at least until he gets drawn into the mystery and the clues incriminating Shirley Brown begin to add up. In an English country-house murder mystery with a twist, it's the butler who's the victim, every clue complicates the puzzle, and the bumbling police are well-meaning but completely baffled.

    Becky Price says: "The Speed of a Glacier"
    "One of Heyer's Best Mysteries"
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    Where does Why Shoot a Butler? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed Why Shoot A Butler so much I believe I have to rank it near the top of my list. Ulli Birve is perfect for the period and style.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Why Shoot a Butler??

    I loved the chase to the sea. Being a fan of Georgette Heyer for many years and having read her historical fiction of the Regency period, there seemed to be an intentional reminder of the races to the rescue in the past. She even makes a reference that to Frank Amberley's urging the Bentley forward like springing the horses.


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

    This was my first experience listening to Ulli Birve. I will want to check out other books she's read, especially if they are by Georgette Heyer.


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

    I was surprised that Frank Amberley's aunt became such a wonderful addition in the audio book. There were several lines that made me laugh with delight. Of course, I had read the book and knew that he valued her uncanny ability to zero in on the critical points while maintaining a perfect lady's demeanor. But Ullie Birve brought that quality to sparkling clarity.

    And the Sergeant also had lines that made me laugh. He gave voice to a lot my own reactions to Frank Amberley's often annoying lack of transparency. Amberley kept his thoughts to himself and I was drawn into the story wondering as one of the characters "what was he thinking? And why would he do that?" The Sergeant's responses were wonderfully human.


    Any additional comments?

    This story and the reader are a pleasure to listen to. Georgette Heyer had the ability to paint the scene and create atmosphere with her words. If you enjoy movies and novels from the 30's and 40's, you will enjoy this story. There are undercurrents going on that require the reader to pay attention. No red herrings here. Just sinister and dangerous going-ons, murder, a damsel in distress who isn't sure who can be trusted and a hero whose calm arrogance is quite off-putting, especially at the beginning. I loved this mystery more than any Agatha Christie story I've read. More complex and more satisfying in the end.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Faro's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Laura Paton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    Fiery, strong-willed Deb Grantham, who presides over a gaming house with her aunt, is hardly the perfect wife for the young and naive Lord Mablethorpe. His lordship's family are scandalized that he proposes to marry one of 'faro's daughters', and his cousin the proud, wealthy Max Ravenscar - decides to take the matter in hand. Ravenscar always gets his way, but as he and Miss Grantham lock horns, they become increasingly drawn to each other. Amidst all the misunderstandings and entanglements, has Ravenscar finally met his match?

    Nanellen says: "Georgette Heyer is all the better when heard"
    "Georgette Heyer is all the better when heard"
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    Would you listen to Faro's Daughter again? Why?

    I will listen to this book over and over. The verbal sparring with Max and Deb is so much fun. You can imagine the scene unfolding before your eyes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way Heyer slowly bring the H and h to a realization that their the first impressions were wrong. She is so skilled it does not seem improbable at all.


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

    I love the variety of voices she can create for the characters of the story. She brings each character to life. She paces her reading very well. When the character is excited or angry, the reads with more energy. She acts each part. Exactly as I hope each time I hear a narrator. I will look for more books read by Laura Paton.


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

    I laughed in many places throughout the book. Deb's reaction to Max's high-handedness is so funny. Yet, it is a romantic story of first impressions being corrected and everything set to right.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend both this book and the narrator.

    4 of 4 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
    (251)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (192)

    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...."
    "Wonderful story"
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    Where does The Secret Mistress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's hard to rank. I really enjoyed the story but I wish it had a different narrator. I admit it's probably just my personal preference but I wish someone like Roslyn Landor or Phyllida Nash had narrated it.


    What other book might you compare The Secret Mistress to and why?

    I honestly cannot think of a book to compare to this one. I think that's why I enjoyed it so much. Edward and Angeline are unique. He is so determined not to be like his older brother, who died while curricle racing, that he is thought to be a "dry old stick". Angeline's youthful spontaneity brings out his passionate side when they are alone. She has two older brothers who are similar to Edward's older brother. She sensibly chooses not marry someone like them. But, because she is playful and loving, she teases Edward by saying that though they will marry she will pretend to be his Secret Mistress.


    Did Anne Flosnik do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did make an effort to differentiate the characters by changing the pitch and accents. I can't help wishing that Roslyn Landor, who narrated book one in the Mistress series had also done this book.


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

    An sweetly romantic love story.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is simply based on the advice not to judge a book by its cover. Seriously, ignore the cover art. Angeline and Edward's story is very touching, romantic and rewarding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Again the Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (362)

    Lady Aline Marsden was brought up for one reason: to make an advantageous marriage to a member of her own class. Instead, she willingly gave her innocence to John McKenna, a servant on her father’s estate. Their passionate transgression was unforgivable - John was sent away, and Aline was left to live in the countryside - an exile from London society - and he took her love. Now McKenna has made his fortune, and he has returned - more boldly handsome and more mesmerizing than before.

    Nicola says: "Great Book great Narrator"
    "Enjoyable story made even better by Roslyn Landor"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Again the Magic to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Roslyn Landor is such a wonderful narrator. She brings the characters to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Again the Magic?

    There were several memorable moments as the plot developed. But, of course, my favorite is the point when Aline tells McKenna the truth at long last.


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

    Many of them. Often times, I will buy a book I'm ambivalent about because she narrates it. She is consistently wonderful.


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

    This story does not have an abundance of light moments. But it is an enjoyable story and I expect to listen again and again.


    Any additional comments?

    Lisa Kleypas is such a gifted writer that I usually enjoy her books. I love Roslyn Landor's narrations. I recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cotillion

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (288)

    The three great-nephews of cantankerous Mr Penicuik know better than to ignore his summons, especially when it concerns the bestowal of his fortune. His freakish plan is that his fortune will be his step-daughter's dowry.

    Julie says: "Well worth a credit"
    "Wonderfully funny!"
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    What did you love best about Cotillion?

    I loved the unexpected hero of the story, Freddy Standen, and his relation to his very normal family. I loved the humor. Again, I didn't fully appreciate how funny the dialogue often was until I heard Phyllida Nash read it. She is one of my favorites. Such a wonderful actress!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It surprised me. I had come to expect a heroic hero - tall, handsome, perfect. Freddy Standen is more like the boy next door - as Kitty says, who needs a knight to slay dragons when you really need to be rescued from a social fix. They each grow up as the story unfolds and they learn about what they really want and what is really important.


    Which character – as performed by Phyllida Nash – was your favorite?

    Definitely, I loved Freddy Standen. He learned that he was much more competent and accomplished than he knew as he was able to find solutions to Kitty's problems and protect her from poor choices due to her inexperience. That sounds bland when I write it. Georgette Heyer makes it exciting and fun.


    If you could rename Cotillion, what would you call it?

    I would not change it at all. The characters interact just as the dancers in a reel or quadrille. There are a several stories going on at the same time. Freddy and Kitty interact with all the characters and their story builds and evolves and they deal with those situations.


    Any additional comments?

    Phyllida Nash is such a wonderful actress that I know she could read anything and make it interesting. Give her a story by Georgette Heyer, who wrote dialogue better than any other writer I know, and you can be sure of being entertained!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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