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The Lady Chosen | [Stephanie Laurens]

The Lady Chosen

Stephanie Laurens' hot-blooded romances, including her New York Times best-selling Bar Cynster series, have earned her legions of loyal devotees. The beginning of an exciting new saga, The Lady Chosen introduces the distinguished war veterans of the Bastion Club, single gentlemen not entirely committed to staying that way.
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Publisher's Summary

Stephanie Laurens' hot-blooded romances, including her New York Times best-selling Bar Cynster series, have earned her legions of loyal devotees. The beginning of an exciting new saga, The Lady Chosen introduces the distinguished war veterans of the Bastion Club, single gentlemen not entirely committed to staying that way.

©2003 Stephanie Laurens; (P)2007 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Fans of Laurens's popular Cynster...romances will expect the high adventure and steamy, sensual love scenes that are her signature, and they won't be disappointed." (Publishers Weekly)

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    julia Bedford, NY, United States 07-28-08
    julia Bedford, NY, United States 07-28-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Why Jill Tanner?????"

    The story is absolutely RUINED because of this mono tone - BORING narration. I think Larry king would tell this better. There is no creative narration throughout the book and she sounds as bored reading it as she is being listened to. I LOVE Simon Prebble in the Cynster series - why change for this?
    If you have staying power and are a die hard SL fan, then grin and bare it. this is my second Jill Tanner purely out of being an SL fan, but it will be my last from this narrator. she can make a sunny day dull just by uttering a single sound.
    what a shame.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Holloway 07-04-08
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    "Narrator issues"

    The book appears to be reasonably well-written but the listening experience is marred by the narrator. She reads very s-l-o-w-l-y and does not make much of an attempt to distinguish the characters by change of voice so it is easy to get confused as to whom is speaking. This also flattens any repartee between the characters and any attempt at humor. If you like romance mysteries set in the Regency period of England, Kate Reading's readings of the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig are a much better choice.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-11-12
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2010

    bookworm

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    "First of the Bastion Club spies to fall in love"

    These are long drawn out romance novels but if you can grin and bear it then you will be rewarded with an enjoyable, fun, lighthearted and passionate listen.

    I prefer Jill Tanner to Simon Prebbles as he sounds too old for the parts he plays, but I don't particularly like her either.

    Worth the credit? Yes, it's long but, if you're a S.L. fan then you know what you're getting and you should enjoy it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stefanie Tucson, AZ, United States 08-22-11
    Stefanie Tucson, AZ, United States 08-22-11
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    "Wonderfully Good Second Half!"

    This book drove me crazy!!! First because it was frustratingly slow & then because it was fantastically fun, crazy & romantic! I have to say that never have I been more proud of myself for not giving up on a book before the second half! This book is a trial during the first four hours because everything moves at a snails pace. The same phrases are repeated endlessly to the point that I was tempted to toss my iPhone out the car window if I heard "She met his gaze" one more time, but the characters are intriguing and the female lead is no idiot so I had to stick with it because SL has never let me down before.

    Then it all clicked & the romance and mystery take off like a rocket in part two! Now I was hooked and totally invested in the tale! It is totally worth the time and sets off the B. Club quite well. I look forward to the rest of the series!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robbie Huntingdon, TN, United States 12-28-10
    Robbie Huntingdon, TN, United States 12-28-10 Member Since 2010

    I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.

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    "Not bad, but pretty average"

    As a light read in this genre, it's not bad. The romantic plot and the romantic suspense are a bit thin, and for me the hero and heroines motivations aren't always that clear. He's wife hunting, obviously besotted with our heroine, and yet it seems to take forever for it to even occur to him that she might just do. She just doesn't want to get married for some reason. I was never clear as to why not. There's some mystery in the plot, but few surprises. The narrator, Jill Tanner, started out a bit rough. I don't know if she got better or I just grew accustomed to her, but I wound up thinking she did a fair job of it. I've heard better, but heaven knows, I've heard worse. For me, both the book and the narrator were fairly average.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eddy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 05-21-12
    Eddy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 05-21-12
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    "My favorite"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lady Chosen to be better than the print version?

    Yes!!!!!! This is my favorite Bastion Club story, and I like Ms Tanner's readings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The developing relationship between Tristan and Lenora.


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

    This was my first book with Ms. Tanner as narrator. I know she's not popular with some. I really like her voice. Mr Prebbles is good but I prefer Ms. Tanner.


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

    When Lenora realizes that she may lose Tristan unless she learns to trust.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Chardon, OH, United States 04-06-12
    Lisa Chardon, OH, United States 04-06-12

    I found that since I rarely have time to actually read, listening to books while I am busy, I can enjoy the books AND complete tasks.

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    "The narration is horrible"

    I will NEVER again buy a book narrated by Jill Tanner. I was completely disappointed in her abilities! I kept hoping through the first chapter that she would inprove, no such luck. It not only was boring, but also took away from the story as a whole!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Southlake, TX, United States 12-27-07
    Susan Southlake, TX, United States 12-27-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Good story"

    I gave this audiobook 3 stars and think the strong points include an interesting plot with equally interesting characters. It got a little long towards the end, but overall, a nice story.

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Noble, OK, United States 08-09-13
    Jessica Noble, OK, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Ruined by narrator!"

    I really hate to dog a narrator but must in this case. While I didn't feel that this was one of the strongest stories by Stephanie Laurens it was done no favors by Jill Tanner. Jill's reading was slow, unenthusiastic and it was often hard to distinguish between the two main characters. I never realized how often Stephanie Laurens used the word "grimaced" until I had to sit through Jill Tanner's pronunciation of the word. It drove me up a tree! This book could only have benefited with Simon Preble.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada 08-19-10
    Michelle Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada 08-19-10
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    "Contrived"

    I know this is only a romance novel, but I found the plot to be pretty thin. The conflict keeping this 19th-century couple apart? Our heroine doesn't feel like getting married. She's not sure why. The resolution to this heart-wrenching problem? She thinks about it for a bit, then decides it would be cool to get married after all. Really. I mean, I realise there's a bad guy and all, but that doesn't excuse the lack of a romantic plot. Good narrator, though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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