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What Angels Fear Audiobook

What Angels Fear: Sebastian St. Cyr, Book 1

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It's 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III's England. Then a beautiful young woman is found savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church near Westminster Abbey. A dueling pistol found at the scene and the damning testimony of a witness both point to one man - Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, a brilliant young nobleman shattered by his experience in the Napoleonic Wars.

©2005 The Two Talers, LLC (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    Harry W. Hennessey Jr. The Villages, FL 08-06-15
    Harry W. Hennessey Jr. The Villages, FL 08-06-15 Member Since 2016

    Retired professor. Vision-impaired, so I listen to a fair number of audiobooks. Prefer mysteries, thrillers, history.

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    "Romance novel disguised as a mystery"
    Would you try another book from C. S. Harris and/or Davina Porter?

    I probably will not listen to another C.S. Harris book. Davina Porter is a good reader, even though my American ears sometimes misunderstand an occasional word. This is perhaps due to her British accent, but she does perform in a wide variety of character voices and speech patterns. I may just be missing some of that.


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

    Not really. The pace of the novel was rather slow in places. More time was spent on the emotions of the characters than I thought necessary.

    I was a little disappointed that the author carries the narrative on the Prince of Wales' attempt to be appointed Regent up the supposed day of the House Of Lords vote on the Regency bill and then stopped. I would have enjoyed a description of the Prince's frustration when George III recovered "in the nick of time" and thwarted the attempt.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It is hard to pick one scene. I suppose the confrontation between Lord Hendon and his Daughter Amanda wouold be one. There was some drama in that.


    Do you think What Angels Fear needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Since I know it is the first in a series of novels, this question is moot.


    33 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Marcheta 12-26-14
    Marcheta 12-26-14 Member Since 2007

    love audio books - Anglophile

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    "Great start to Sebastian St. Cyr series"
    Would you listen to What Angels Fear again? Why?

    Absolutely. The book has an engaging storyline with lots of adventure and a large cast of characters from all classes of Regency England. The plot is cleverly woven around the imminent transfer of government from the mad King George III to his son, the foppish and dissolute Prinny


    What other book might you compare What Angels Fear to and why?

    This series and Ashley Gardner's Captain Lacey series are my favorites. They both have strong heroes, are set in Regency England, and have involving story lines and characters. Audible doesn't have all the titles in each of these series yet, and I hope the rest will be added as they become available.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Tom, the street urchin, who first picks St. Cyr's pocket and then becomes his eyes and ears during the hunt for the person who murdered Rachel York.


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

    No extreme reaction, but it kept me listening and trying to figure out who killed Miss York. I thought the chase scenes and the hide & seek sequences were well done.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to audiobooks 6, 7, 8, and 9 from this series, and I was so glad that audible released the first book on Christmas Eve - great Christmas present. There are several story lines and characters referred to in books 6 and beyond that originate in the earlier books. Now I'd like to see books 2, 3, 4, and 5 released on audio. There is also a 10th book due out 2015-03-03.

    46 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    KIM 01-02-15
    KIM 01-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "BRILLIANT"
    If you could sum up What Angels Fear in three words, what would they be?

    This series is the absolute best. The maticulus detail throughout the book is amazing, its like watching a movie. Not to mention the narrator is truly the best story teller with the amazing accents and voices so much so you forget that its all one person.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its hard to say who was my favorite character but I think it would have to be Tom or Cat. Tom comes from nothing but appreciates the little things and Cat truly and I mean truly loves Sebastian. If that kind of love ever did exist there is not so much of it in our society.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Davina Porter performed everyone so well but again Cat and Tom with the Irish accent and the boy Tom she has really out done herself in this series.


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

    There was a moment in the book when you find out that Sebatians mother actually made an affidavit out about her affair with the horseman and I was so concerned that Sebastian would find it and I didn't want him to be disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    Please keep the series going along with Davina narrating. I can't wait for the next one to come out.

    27 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Alliston, Ontario, Canada 01-08-15
    Heather Alliston, Ontario, Canada 01-08-15
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    "Love C S Harris"

    I was excited when I found another CS Harris novel had been added to your selections. There have only been four books available for the longest time. I enjoy the series immensely and Davina Porter is one of the very best narrators. My first St Cyr book was chosen only because I was searching for Davina Porter. I got hooked immediately on the series and check regularly for new releases! Please make more available in Audible!!

    32 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Sandberg 08-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Murder, Mystery, Action & 2D people"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not a total waste but I didn't ever really get past the surface of any of the characters. Plenty of action, a little too much about the gory details, but mostly I didn't care about the main character. Yes, he was a nice guy that respected women and could somehow hear and see things others couldn't but over all it is a dark story with a lot of sad lives. I REALLY WANTED to love this book. Ms. Harris is intelligent and talented but maybe not my cup of tea in her choice of protagonists.


    Would you be willing to try another book from C. S. Harris? Why or why not?

    One more, maybe. More light, more morals more hope and fully fleshed out characters with personalities and purposes I can really engage with. Did I fall asleep when she explains where the golden eyes, night vision and super hearing come from? I need a bit of fantasy mixed in to keep it interesting!


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

    YES!! The Outlander series, I followed her to this series and really wanted to love it. She does a fantastic job of character differentiation and the accents are superb. Her Jamie and Claire are beyond compare.


    Was What Angels Fear worth the listening time?

    Yes. I listen while I clean and organize on weekends. My house looks great. It got me through a lot of routine chores.


    Any additional comments?

    These are just one readers ideas. Ms. Harris is successful in her chosen fields and I am not a writer, just a lover of good historical fiction and maybe some fantasy mixed in. Davina Porter makes every writers words come to life in extraordinary ways!

    30 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Sally 04-07-16
    Sally 04-07-16
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    "More bodice ripper than mystery"

    The narrator did a good job, but the story has problems--cheesy dialogue, too much repetition of the grisly details of the murder, sex scenes with too much unnecessary detail, and historical inaccuracies.

    47 of 54 people found this review helpful
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    Menon Florida, US 03-30-15
    Menon Florida, US 03-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazingly Beautiful!!"

    Absolutely brilliant, It gives you a look and appreciation of Crime Scene Investigation without the modern day perks of computer analysis, finger prints and DNA. There is a certain dark humor which I really enjoyed, very strong characters which I wouldn't have been able to read without. The story is gripping, the characters move you, and the best of all Davina Porters narration and voice makes your toes curl with ecstasy.

    I can't download the second in the series fast enough!!!

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 04-13-16
    Ruth Bain 04-13-16

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    "A waste of time"

    Even a decent narrator, Davina Porter, couldn't redeem this mish mash, an attempt to combine history, romance and political intrigue. The plot is implausible and convoluted, the characters are flat and unsympathetic. Don't bother, there are too many good books to waste time on this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Nearer the end than the beginning 05-21-15
    Amazon Customer Nearer the end than the beginning 05-21-15 Member Since 2015

    A reader....and now a listener!

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    "The Beginning of a Wonderful "Biography". . ."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I did not know when I began to listen, that this was the first of a series. I'm very new to the audio experience so I didn't think to check. I was very pleasantly surprised both by the story and particularly by the reader. It is well worth the time spent. It is pure pleasure!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously, the main character (the Viscount) is the "star of the show", but Kat (or "Cat") if you prefer is wonderful as well. And dare I forget Tom!
    Now that I know this is a series, I look for big things from all of them!
    These seem like real people with real issues, pain, pleasure, and promise. And that is a credit to the author


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in the warehouse near the end of the book is great. When listening, you can almost "smell" the place. Too much more I won't say because it would be a spoiler!


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

    If I'd had the time, I think I could have done it. But breaking off to resume one's normal life left one with a definite desire to return to the story as quickly as possible.


    Any additional comments?

    As a new audio listener, I could not have begun in a better way.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Vivian 01-21-15
    Vivian 01-21-15
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    "Blah"

    I do not get the ratings. Is this writer really Anne Perry. Typical light reading , no in-depth physiological analyst, repetitious 'it could have been so and so' to expand book, romance ugh. I will listen to it again some day just to see if I change my mind. I just found it a boring read and I could not picture or like characters.
    Reader is excellent.

    30 of 40 people found this review helpful

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