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  • Mistress Grim

  • By: Jane Redd, Heather B. Moore
  • Narrated by: Steve West, Katharine McEwan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Cora Grim, daughter of the Grim Reaper, is suddenly thrust into her father’s role. Leaving the Underworld on her own to bring back the dead souls, she discovers that the Master of Death neglected to tell her one thing. She can still fall in love. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great world building!

  • By Ballet in AK on 07-15-18

Great world building!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-18

Wow! Those readers’ voices are amazing! I’ll search out other books they’ve narrated...

The story is a wonderful YA fantasy with a very romantic hero and heroine. Magic and immortality and love all wrapped up in an enjoyable package!

YA is my favorite genre, but this story is great for any age person who wants a clean, romantic escape from reality.

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  • Back in Society: A Regency Romance

  • The Poor Relation, Book 6
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

Life is finally looking up for the poor relations. The Prince of Wales’ coat of arms gleams over the hotel entrance. All but one of the rooms are filled by the open-handed Prince Hugo and his entourage. They have finally reached a position comfortable enough to allow them to consider offers to buy the hotel. The poor relations’ hard-earned success, however, is in stark contrast to the plight of their latest guest, Lady Jane Fremney. The slight, beautiful youngest daughter of the Earl of Durby has been cast out of her family for refusing to marry the man her father has chosen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All is well that ends well

  • By Marie on 05-07-13

Satisfying conclusion!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-18

A satisfying ending to a wonderful series!

So well-written and teaming with wonderful characters!

The reader is amazing and has a wealth of accents in her arsenal!

  • Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue

  • The Poor Relation, Book 5
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

Owing to an unfortunate wager made by Sir Philip, the poor relations are once again scrounging around for a plan for solvency. This time it is Colonel Sandhurst to the rescue. After happening on Sir Randolph’s lovely daughter Frederica, who is running away to escape an awful marriage to Lord Bewley, the Colonel devises a plan to force Sir Randolph to settle his bill for six month’s stay and to save Frederica from her fate. The clever plan is thwarted when Lord Bewley shows up at the drop point instead of Sir Randolph.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series!

  • By ILoveAmazon on 02-09-18

Wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

The continuing saga is so fun! The main characters are so real and we, as readers, have become so caught up in their lives, that we want HEA’s even for the foul, but highly amusing, sir Philip!

I loved how (spoiler alert) even the servants got their HEA!

Marvelous reader!!

*poor, ** ok, *** good, ****very good, *****something special

  • Sir Philip's Folly

  • The Poor Relation, Book 4
  • By: M. C. Beaton, Marion Chesney
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

Just when everything at the Poor Relation Hotel seems to be running smoothly, Sir Philip brings in another poor relation, Mrs. Budge. When Sir Philip presents his paramour, Lady Fortescue swears great oaths and says the woman is probably related to half the costermongers in London and certainly does not possess one rich relative. Mrs. Budge does nothing but eat all day and refused to do any work around the hotel. Worst of all, Miss Tonks seems to be taking the romance between Sir Philip and Mrs. Budge quite hard.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An engaging listen

  • By James on 06-17-17

Another wonderful installment!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-18

This series has been so enjoyable! Even though I am listening to them as audiobooks, I can’t, to coin the phrase, “put the book down!”

These characters are so full of depth and so real, that I feel like I know how they will react in any given situation.

*poor, **ok, ***good, ****very good, *****something special

  • Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace

  • The Poor Relation, Book 3
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Poter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629

Eliza Budley is a beautiful widow whose husband gambled away his fortune. Lady Fortescue reminds the others that, to be fair, Mrs. Budley has no relatives on whom she can call. Gentle Mrs. Budley thinks she has escaped her fate until Sir Philip comes up with a plan: He has heard that the elderly Marquess of Peterhouse is senile, a widower, extremely rich, and unlikely to remember whether Mrs. Budley is a relative or not. So off Mrs. Budley goes. But the marquess turns out to be not so old, hardly senile, and, in fact, quite handsome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good series, but predictable

  • By Marie on 03-29-13

Enjoyable!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-18

Mrs. Budley is a delight and it is enjoyable to watch her character grow in confidence.

Whatever will happen to the remaining 4?

The reader is amazing!

I love the quotes the author puts at the beginning of each chapter and the facts about the Regency that she smoothly and cleverly weaves into her stories.

*poor, **ok, ***good, ****very good, *****something special

  • Miss Tonks Turns to Crime

  • The Poor Relation, Book 2
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826

The poor relations, those genteel paupers of society who live on little more than their dignity, have banded together and started The Poor Relation hotel, hoping to be bought out by their embarrassed relations - but as the hotel prospered, they began to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Now once more they are in need of funds. To stoop to crime in their days of poverty was one thing, but to turn to it again when they have enjoyed a certain amount of success is quite another. But they all agree: the hotel must go on.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More Regency Fun! Miss Tonks Saves the Day!

  • By Clare on 05-13-12

Every bit as fun and interesting as the first!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-18

I thoroughly enjoy the Poor Relation hotel and it’s characters! The reader does a great job, and the facts about the regency are interesting and funny and, sometimes, a tad grotesque!

The reader is excellent and has become one of my favorites.

* poor, **ok, ***good, ****very good, *****something special

  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out

  • The Poor Relation, Book 1
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,315

Life is not easy for the poor relations of England’s upper crust, but fate and clever schemes bring them together. Lady Fortescue and Colonel Sandhurst hatch a plan: What if they were to transform her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering their guests the pleasure of being waited upon by nobility? With the help of other down-and-out aristocrats, they do just that, and London’s newest hotel, The Poor Relation, is born. The establishment is an immediate hit with London’s most illustrious citizens, save the Duke of Rowcester....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming Regency Fun - Romance & Adventure

  • By Clare on 05-04-12

Clever and interesting!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-18

What a truly unique book!! Full of interesting facts about the Regency. A cast of interesting and believable characters. Can’t wait to read the next one!

The reader (Davinia Porter) is fabulous and does a very believable voice for both her male and female characters.

* poor, ** ok, *** good,**** very good, ***** something special.

  • Erasing Time

  • By: C. J. Hill
  • Narrated by: Alexander Doddy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

The 25th-century government transported Sheridan and Taylor to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The same government has implanted tracking devices in the citizens, limiting and examining everything they do. To complicate matters, the mob-like Dakine has interest in getting hold of them, too. The only way for the girls to elude their pursuers is to put their trust in Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good time travel for young adults

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-14-18

Amazing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I am sparing with the 5-Star ratings I give our, but this book deserves it!

CJ Hill’s world-building is incredible! She’s created a future that is believable and so very possible. The book starts with a bang and just keeps going from there!

Her writing is wonderful and the humor that peaks through gives depth to the characters.

I highly recommend this book!

* poor, ** ok, *** good, **** very good, *****something special

  • Echo in Time

  • Erasing Time
  • By: C. J. Hill
  • Narrated by: Alexander Doddy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Taylor and an ally, Joseph, are selected to go on a mission to destroy the time machine and weapon. But their actions before they do may have major consequences for the future and the past. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than the first

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-14-18

Every bit as incredible as Erasing Time!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I had my doubts about the sequel to Erasing Time. Where could she possibly go from the end of that book? Everything was tied up tightly and resolved.

Wow. Was I ever wrong! An amazing sequel!

CJ Hill (aka Janette Rallison) is a talented and humorous Young Adult novelist. She has such twists and turns in her story and has done such a good job of world-building that she is free to develop her characters.

I love her sense of humor! It is so rare to find a novelist who can write humor, that when you find one, you treasure her.

I rarely give 5 stars, but this book is something special!

  • The Ice Captain's Daughter

  • By: S.G. Rogers
  • Narrated by: Rachel F. Hirsch
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

En route to her first season in London, however, a failed kidnapping sends Miss Jillian Roring into the arms of the most jaded bachelor in England. When Logan and Jillian unwittingly violate the rigid rules of propriety in Victorian-era England, he is obliged to make her an offer of marriage. Because she aspires to be more than an obligation, Jillian refuses the match. Logan follows her to London to woo her properly, but his scheming ex-fiance has other plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Character Role

  • By Daniel Smith on 09-23-14

Good, but not great...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-18

Writing is good, but not great. I wonder if this is one of the author’s earlier works. I enjoy her books for a light read, though, and this one was ok. (A little too much description of the heroine’s gowns...)

The reader was ok, but I didn’t like the way she voiced the lead man—she made him sound monotone and bored, even when he wasn’t. I didn’t really like any of her male voices, come to think of it. They were too high-pitched and whiny. She did a good job with the female voices, though.