The French Revolution is at the height of its fury. Daily, hundreds of aristocratic heads fall from the guillotine. Emotions run high, and anyone suspected of sympathy toward the nobility is in mortal danger. Only one man is daring enough to lead a small band against popular opinion - the Scarlet Pimpernel. Using masterful disguises and clever strategies, the Scarlet Pimpernel smuggles noblemen and women from France to safety in England. His success is a thorn in the side of the Revolution. As he vanishes from each escapade, he leaves no trace behind except an image of the colorful flower that is his emblem.
The story was fun — a bit melodramatic, but that added rather than took away — and the narrator was fantastic!
In Hallasholm, Stig is contesting the annual Maktig competition to decide Skandia's greatest warrior. But a late-night knock on the door brings someone Stig never expected to see again, along with a request the Herons are hard-pressed to refuse: a rescue mission of epic proportions. Across the ocean, the southern city-state of Byzantos is plagued by a crew of pirates who've kidnapped the son of Empress Justina.
I have fun with this series ... the crew are like old friends (although Lydia could be named Mary Sue instead, even she doesn’t really get on my nerves anymore). I also enjoy all the sailing info scattered throughout. The Brotherband books always keep me entertained.
My only real problem with the audio version is the narrator’s dialogue. He reads the prose pretty well, but when they start talking they all sound the same — I can usually pick out Hal and Ingvar, sometimes Thorn ... but even they start to sound alike after a while. Also, a good chunk of the dialogue is read in a weird kind of sing-song that doesn’t seem to have any bearing on the situation at hand. Don’t let that stop you, as this book is a fun one ... just be prepared ...
When a financial crisis in 1850s New York leaves three orphaned sisters nearly destitute, the oldest, Elise Neumann, knows she must take action. She's had experience as a seamstress, and the New York Children's Aid Society has established a special service: placing out seamstresses and trade girls. Even though Elise doesn't want to leave her sisters for a job in Illinois, she realizes this may be their last chance.
I have mixed thoughts about this audiobook. The narrator’s voices were pretty good, but I thought the rest of her delivery was a bit ... overdone? That said, I got used to it pretty quickly.
As for the story itself ... Parts were very good, and I like the overall concept, but if I’d been reading instead of listening, I would have skimmed a lot — there were parts that just seemed too long.
That said, the main relationship was fantastic ... fun and more realistic interaction than many I’ve read. The slower parts of this book were worth it just for Elise and Thornton.
Jorgen is the forester for the wealthy margrave and must find and capture the poacher who has been killing and stealing the margrave's game. When he meets the lovely and refined Odette at the festival and shares a connection during a dance, he has no idea she is the one who has been poaching the margrave's game.
What didn’t you like about Jay O'Shea’s performance?
No inflection at all. No pauses between book title, chapter titles, sentences. Her voice was very pleasant, but because of the monotone my brain just could not latch onto anything happening.
Any additional comments?
I know that a wide range of readers exist -- but this was really disappointing. I couldn't even get through the first chapter of this Audiobook (my 'story' rating was what I expect from a Melanie Dickerson book, as it wouldn't let me proceed without). I would just like to say that Audiobooks are far too expensive for companies to expect readers to listen to an entire book in such a monotone. I usually check the 'performer' comments before I buy, and I have learned that I will definitely not buy another without doing so again.
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