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Mystique | [Amanda Quick]

Mystique

Lady Alice approached the fearsome Warrior who had swept into Lingwood Manor like a storm. Dark and forbidding, with hair as black as midnight and eyes of molten amber, Hugh the Relentless seemed aptly named. Yet to Alice, adept at driving off suitors and handling her insufferable relatives, Sir Hugh was not someone to dread, but the answer to her dreams. He had come for the mysterious green crystal, and would be greatly displeased to learn that it was no longer in her possession. But Alice was certain Sir Hugh could be coaxed into a deal that would benefit them both. In return for a dowry large enough to free Alice and her brother from the grasp of their conniving uncle, she would lend her powers of detection to Sir Hugh's knightly skills and together they would recover his treasured stone.With a tongue as sharp as a dagger, the flame-haired Alice filled Hugh with fury...and a growing fascination. He accepted her terms, with one alteration: Alice must agree to a temporary betrothal and spend the winter in Hugh's great stone fortress, Scarcliffe Keep.The bargain is struck and the adventure begins. But Sir Hugh's lifelong enemy is plotting against them, stirring up a whirlwind of treachery that threatens their fragile alliance.
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Lady Alice approached the fearsome Warrior who had swept into Lingwood Manor like a storm. Dark and forbidding, with hair as black as midnight and eyes of molten amber, Hugh the Relentless seemed aptly named. Yet to Alice, adept at driving off suitors and handling her insufferable relatives, Sir Hugh was not someone to dread, but the answer to her dreams. He had come for the mysterious green crystal, and would be greatly displeased to learn that it was no longer in her possession. But Alice was certain Sir Hugh could be coaxed into a deal that would benefit them both. In return for a dowry large enough to free Alice and her brother from the grasp of their conniving uncle, she would lend her powers of detection to Sir Hugh's knightly skills and together they would recover his treasured stone.

With a tongue as sharp as a dagger, the flame-haired Alice filled Hugh with fury...and a growing fascination. He accepted her terms, with one alteration: Alice must agree to a temporary betrothal and spend the winter in Hugh's great stone fortress, Scarcliffe Keep.The bargain is struck and the adventure begins. But Sir Hugh's lifelong enemy is plotting against them, stirring up a whirlwind of treachery that threatens their fragile alliance.

©1995 Amanda Quick; (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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    Shannan 03-01-04
    Shannan 03-01-04 Member Since 2013
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    "Not unabridged."

    I liked the book but was also disapointed that it was abridged. I love Amanda Quick so I really could have listened to more of this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Simi Valley, CA, USA 10-01-03
    Angela Simi Valley, CA, USA 10-01-03
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    "Enjoyable"

    I love Amanda Quick's novels, and this one was no exception. The narrator did a wonderful job and the music was perfectly timed. I was a little dissappointed when I realized that this audiobook was abridged. The title said "unabridged" and I naturally trusted that. Abridged novels tend to feel just a little hollow, not quite living up to the fullness of the story. That is why I gave this audiobook a three. Otherwise, I would have given it a five.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer RUTLAND, VT, United States 07-05-11
    Amazon Customer RUTLAND, VT, United States 07-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "VT. FAN"

    I AM A HUGH AND LOYAL FAN OF ALL AMANDA QUICK'S BOOKS, BUT NOT OF MANY OF HER AUDIOBOOKS SIMPLY BECAUSE SHE OFTEN USES FLOSNICK AS A NARRATOR AND EVEN THOUGH I HAVE TRIED TO GET THROUGH HER NARRATIVES BECAUSE I AM FOND OF THE BOOK, BUT, NO NOT HAPPENIN!. IF YOU ARE A QUICK FAN AS I AM AND FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT FLOSNICK THEN GET THE QUICK AUDIO'S , SUCH AS THIS ONE WHERE SHE USES OTHER NARRATORS. I HAVE THEM ALL AND THEY ARE VERY,VERY GOOD.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kay Nietta, Australia 12-18-13
    Kay Nietta, Australia 12-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A good Amanda Quick Novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mystique to be better than the print version?

    Unabridged would be 1000 times better! This is a funny book from beginning to end and was disappointed with how much was cut out. Please, Please do the full version!! Hopefully with Richard Armitage :)


    What other book might you compare Mystique to and why?

    If you are a fan of Amanda Quick this is up there as one of her best!


    What about Suzanne Bertish’s performance did you like?

    Slightly slow but good definition of charaters.


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

    Yes, and did! Parts made me laugh out loud, will be one I will listen to over and over again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Krista Milwaukee, WI, United States 10-18-09
    Krista Milwaukee, WI, United States 10-18-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Narrator bored"

    I've read the book, so was greatly disappointed by the abridged version. They left out the parts that built up the romance - and the juicy parts. But worst was how bored the narrator sounded. She may have attempted to sound haughty - but she came off as totally bored and monotone.
    The original story is worth reading, but this abridged version is dreadful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 01-15-08
    Marie 01-15-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Not what I was expecting..."

    I have grown to enjoy Amanda Quick's regency romance/suspense novels, although I've noticed they all have the same characters and virtually the same plot so that I often confuse them. I think she may have been trying to break out of that mold, by haphazardly moving the same characters and plot to a different era, but it doesn't work here. The romance in this one is like an afterthought to an overworked mystery that becomes very predictable once all of the characters have been introduced. My favorite Amanda Quick novel, The Paid Companion, blows out of the water everything they offer on audio here.

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