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anne

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  • This Duchess of Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    Wedding bells celebrating the arranged marriage between the lovely Duchess of Beaumont and her staid, imperturbable duke had scarcely fallen silent when a shocking discovery sent Jemma running from the ducal mansion. For the next nine years she cavorted abroad, creating one delicious scandal after another (if one is to believe the rumors). Elijah, Duke of Beaumont, did believe those rumors. But the handsome duke needs an heir, so he summons his seductive wife home.

    Cam says: "Book 5 in the Desperate Duchesses series"
    "Loved It!"
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    What made the experience of listening to This Duchess of Mine the most enjoyable?

    Eloisa James really has a handle on the personalities of her characters. They were an adorable couple and the performer had a wonderful way of changing her voice to suit all of the characters in the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Duchess of Mine?

    The dialogue between the two central characters.


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

    No, but I will again.


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

    Their meeting with Dr. Withering.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Only Enchanting

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    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!"
    "ENJOYABLE AND ROMANTIC"
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    Two unlikely lovers, both bearing scars from past wounds physical and/or emotional, meet, and quickly marry. She is a sweet plain Jane with emotional baggage. He is a survivor of the war who suffered brain damage. They are instantly attracted to each other, both for different reasons. She falls "in love" with his beauty, he is drawn to her peaceful nature. They come to understand what real love is after their marriage and find they are perfectly matched.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon a Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (118)

    As an extremely wealthy laird, Gowan Stoughton, Duke of Kinross, can have any of the maidens at the ball he attends. The only problem is they are all English and Gowan is not so certain they are suitable. He is accustomed to the hard-working lasses from his Highlands, not these dainty noblewomen who spend their days drinking tea or some other such nonsense. But then he makes the acquaintance of Lady Edith Gilchrist. Utterly bewitched by the emerald-eyed beauty with lush golden locks, he knows he must have her.

    Amazon Customer says: "Just couldn't like the heroine."
    "Virginal Love"
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    This is the story of two young virgins (he is 22 and she is 19) who marry and start their wedded life. Neither of them know anything about love or sex. They find the love part easy as they were very attracted to each other. He fell in love at first sight and she soon after. He loved the sex part, she hated it (mostly because he was clueless and she became fearful - because he was clueless). At this point, anyone reading this can draw their own conclusions. This is basically the plot of the story. They are also total opposites. He is smart, pragmatic, and all business. She is an ethereal musician who lives in her own world. There is also a secondary story about her father and stepmother who are terrible role models. Although the story was rather weak on plot, the dialogue was very good. Eloisa James has a knack for communicating the emotions of her characters and this book was no different. Was it one of her best? No, but I enjoyed it and the two young newlyweds were very cute together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Soldier's Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sherrill Bodine
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Nothing is fair in love or war, especially when they are one and the same. When the handsome Lord Matthew Blackwood approached her, Serena Fitzwater immediately knew they were meant to be together. Bold and brash, the qualities that made Matthew an excellent soldier made him her soul mate as well. A storybook romance and marriage followed, only to be interrupted by the call for Matthew to return to the frontlines. When Matthew returns months later, he’s no longer the knight in shining armor of Mary’s fairy-tale dreams.

    anne says: "Not Worth the Credit"
    "Not Worth the Credit"
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    I don't know why this got so many stars. It was devoid of emotional involvement by any characters. Limited romance and absolutely no sex (I like a little sex in my "romance" novels), but there was a lot of talking about very little. I stopped listening halfway through and tried to return it, but was not able to. Although the narrator is one of my favorites, I'll give this author a pass on reading any more of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lessons in French

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (191)

    Trevelyan d'Augustin and Lady Callista Talliafaire were secret sweethearts, until the day her father dismissed him with a whip across the face. Ten years and three jiltings later, shy Callie is resigned to a quiet village life as the late earl's spinster daughter. But now Trev has returned from his estates in France, upending everything, dragging her into adventures, stealing Hubert the prize-winning bull, and flinging Callie's heart into mayhem again.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Holy Cow!! What A Lovely Romance!! ;-)"
    "CUTE COUPLE AWARD"
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    My favorite Kinsale book so far and my favorite couple. And . . surprise, surprise, neither one is impaired in any way. They are amazingly normal - a definite change from the author's usual lovers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (322)

    The New York Times best-selling author of Ransom weaves the delightful, sensual story of two lovers destined for high adventure and blissful rapture! A child bride, Sara Winchester had grown into a winsome beauty, joyfully anticipating the day when her husband Nathan, Marquess of St. James, would return to claim her heart at last. Nathan had never bared his soul to any woman, but he was soon utterly beguiled and exasperated by Sara’s sweet, defiant ways. With their future at stake, they would discover the true destiny of their passion... for all time!

    CAROLYN says: "A RIOTOUS REGENCY ADVENTURE ON THE HIGH SEAS"
    "CUTE COUPLE"
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    The lovers in this story are very cute. Their marriage is arranged as children and when they finally meet as adults, their attraction to each other is undeniable. She is such a klutz, but so well intentioned that he forgives her every time she brings about one catastrophe after another. They are the embodiment of opposites attracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (407)

    He was once a legendary highwayman. Now he's a recluse in a ruined French castle, with only a half-wild wolf for a companion. When Lady Leigh Strachan comes looking for a man to aid in her revenge, she's disillusioned to find that the famed Prince of Midnight couldn't help even if he cared to - which he doesn't. S. T. Maitland wants nothing to do with his legend, or with this fierce, beautiful, broken woman... until the old thrill of living on the cutting edge of danger begins to rise in his blood again.

    Robbie says: "Imagine My Joy!"
    "Opposites Attract"
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    Of all the Kinsale's books that I have read (so far), this is my favorite. The story is exciting, the characters are memorable, and the narrator is terrific. The hero of the story, S. T., is a charming, good natured rogue with a physical affliction (deaf in one ear) that leaves him with balance issues. The heroine, Leigh, is a beautiful strong-willed woman bent on revenge against the evil man who ruined her life and destroyed her family. She is as intense as he is easy-going. Theirs is a case of opposites attracting, but the differences in their natures also threaten to tear them apart. Although I loved S. T. and wanted to slap Leigh up the side of the head and tell her to "wake up" at times, I liked both characters and wanted them to be together.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dream Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (208)

    In search of a legendary mare, Lord Winter enters the crucible of the red sands, forging unbreakable bonds of loyalty and trust with his young companion in the desert. But hidden beneath the ragged costume of a Bedouin boy is a remarkable young woman: Zenia Stanhope, daughter of the extraordinary Queen of the Desert. Zenia wants nothing of the danger that Lord Winter lives for. She wants only to reach England, far from the blood and sand of the desert.

    Amazon Customer says: "Oh flipping WOW!"
    "Horrid Heroine"
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    Of all of Laura Kinsale's books, this is so far my least favorite. Of course, Nicholas Boulton is a wonderful narrator and the author is a great writer, but sometimes her characters leave a lot to be desired. This is especially true in this book. She likes to flush her characters out with a lot of baggage and angst. However, the heroine in this story, Zenia, is so damaged from being raised by her harridan of a mother that she takes out her insecurity on everyone around her, especially those who love her the most - her lover and her daughter. Why Winter still loves her despite her treatment of him, defies logic. I just could not feel empathy for this woman and even at the end of the story, I did not like Zenia and doubted that if this were reality and not a story, there would be no happy ending. She would continue to create her own unhappiness unless she got a lot of therapy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Weeks with Lady X: Desperate Duchesses

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (213)

    Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized facade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India. Exquisite, headstrong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks. But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them. Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option.

    Cynthia Howell says: "Finally a good regency romance again"
    "Great Writer and Great Reader"
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    I love Eloisa James' books. She has a way of making her characters come to life as if the reader was glimpsing into people's windows and watching their lives unfold. The author does not follow a scripted type of character. Each book introduces people with different types of personalities and backgrounds. She also likes to throw together unlikely love matches. India and Thorn make a great couple. And . . Susan Duerden is one of my favorite narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers from the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (534)

    He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!"
    "Maddening Maddy"
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    I've read three of Laura Kinsale's books and each one is a treasure. The story is wonderful and consistent with her damaged hero and naïve heroine, much like those of the Bronte sisters. However, the heroine "Maddy Girl" was really irritating at times. Her constant worry over how she would be perceived by her Quaker "friends" was at odds with her love and concern for her husband who needed her far more than those supposed "friends". The book was a little overlong, but well worth it. While this seems to be a favorite of most readers, it was not mine. So far, the Shadow and the Star is my favorite, but that may change as I read more of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Sweet Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (226)

    Through their innocent correspondence, a lonely young wife grows to love an imaginary man thousands of miles away. But when he returns to England from India, her idea of reality is turned upside down. Drawn from a safe world of tea and parlor chat into madness and mystery, she cannot find her own cherished Robert in the frightening stranger who claims her love. Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to voice her favorite heroine, sweet, witty Folie with her ferret, Toot.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Delightful Journey of Romance vs Reality"
    "Gothic Romance Revisited"
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    Laura Kinsale reminds me of the Bronte sisters and their tales of damaged men and the sweet naïve women who loved them. I loved the story of an unlikely romance between two very different people with a mystery of nefarious evil brewing in the background threatening to ruin their love and lives. Except for Robert's abrupt manner and terrible courtship skills, I felt his pain when he revisited his past. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the gothic romances of the 19th century women who brought their abundant skills to the printed page.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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