Honoria Smythe-Smith is:A) a really bad violinist
Marcus Holroyd is:A) the Earl of Chatteris
Together they:A) eat quite a bit of chocolate cake
It's Julia Quinn at her best, so you know the answer is...
D) all of the above
©2011 Julie Cotler Pottinger (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
I know I will buy many more from an author when I listen to ones like this .I felt the characters come to life , I laughed out loud a few times , I listened in one sitting.Very well done .
I loved this sweet little story. Unlike a previous reviewer, I thought the characters were not flat at all. There was so much humor, and interactions between Honoria and her cousins felt so true to close family life. I liked the slowing dawning of emotions between people who had known each other almost all their lives. Rosalyn Landor is excellent as usual. Thinking there might be a story coming up between Daniel and the governess?
I listened to this book just for the whole purpose of getting to the end. Nothing exciting ever happens in the book, and it's one you'd listen to if you didn't have anything better to do. Of if you can't sleep. Lie down, relax and listen and trust me you'll be instantly asleep. Rosalyn Landor has a wonderful voice that coupled with a boring book puts you to sleep in a flash. If it wasn't for Rosalyn Landor I wouldn't have even gone through 30 mins of the book.
A mom, a wife, a friend, a happy ending addict, an audiobook junkie, a wine lover and geek wanna -be. I'm constantly looking to be blown awa
This was my first go at a Julia Quinn's book and I don't know if my expectations were to high or this wasn't her best effort, there's so many people who love her books that I don't know what to think.
I felt the characters a little flat and I never really got involved, I didn't hated it and I did like the way the romance was slow to develop, I love historicals because they call to my idealistic, romantic,tender and fairytale side, I just felt something was missing.
I love Rosalyn Landor, she has narrated some of my favorite audiobooks like: The entire Hathaway series by Lisa Kleypas.
This was a sweet regency romance. I loved the interactions between Honoria and Marcus, and how others perceived them. It was a fun adventure, seeing them fall for each other and how they dealt with it. Poor girls in that quartet though! I enjoyed the final chapters, the action was orchestrated (yep, pun intended) just right to tie up all the major threads. I found it refreshing too, since physical romance was saved for the end, as a culmination...
The only part that got to me was the too-good description of the infected wound, which I unfortunately read during dinner and I completely lost my appetite. Awful. But well written. I didn't want to put it down the whole time, made difficult by pesky things like my job. =P
I think Lady Danbury was my favorite character. Loved her attitude, and how she mischievously helped things along. A great light read.
Narration was pretty good too, but not my favorite. Mainly because, as much as I like Landor and have listened to her read many novels, she has only one real voice for men, and sometimes in order to differentiate her females some of them sound too airy and childish. But in general, her timing, flow, emotion, etc are well done.
I listen to books at times and places when I wouldn't read a book, so I don't think this question illuminates anything.
I like Julia Quinn's books. This wasn't a favorite, but a good, easy listen.
It was the first time I fast forwarded portions of a book because the dialogue was so tedious.
The development of Honoria's and Marcus' relationship- but it was way to drawn out.
As always, she was excellent
The pace of the novel was too slow and then tied up too quickly at the end
This book by Julia Quinn was very disappointing. Senseless chatter by young women and their mothers, not once by several times. The beginning was overdone emphasizing that the heroine was a nuisance when she was a child. The characters were flat and didn't have chemistry or tension.
SPOILER***The bedroom scene was just unbelievable - in her parents' house during a party? The hero was as close to a rutting pig as an author could write it.**
Very disappointing from a writer who has done much better.
The narration was well-done considering what she was given to perform.
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