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  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,157

Georgie, or Lady Georgiana Rannoch, is busy planning her upcoming nuptials to Darcy O'Mara. Unfortunately, what has started as a simple wedding has become quite a royal headache and grand affair, thanks to a guest list that includes the queen and the appointment of princesses as Georgie's bridesmaids. “If only Darcy and I had eloped!” she thinks, as she attempts to organize her wedding and find a place for her and her husband-to-be to live. Just as she despairs of ever finding a home, her godfather offers his fully staffed country estate. But something sinister is afoot....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I loved it!

  • By Dylan on 08-13-18

Not my favorite in the series, but still enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

I love this series and this installment didn’t deter me from that, but definitely not the best of Georgie.
No one can replace Kathleen Kellgren’s narration of this series and these characters, but the selection of a new narrator could have been disastrous...it was not. Ms. Blackborrow did credit to the Story and the characters even if I personally found her Georgie a touch too whiney, newcomers to this series will find the same smart narration that the rest of us have been enjoying for years. Well done!
Look forward to many more.

  • Named of the Dragon

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 504

The charm of spending the Christmas holidays in South Wales, with its crumbling castles and ancient myths, seems the perfect distraction from the nightmares that have plagued literary agent Lyn Ravenshaw since the loss of her baby five years ago. Instead she meets an emotionally fragile young widow who's convinced that Lyn's recurring dreams have drawn her to Castle Farm for an important purpose - and she's running out of time.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Kearsley's best

  • By Fuzzy on 06-27-16

Not her best, but still a beautiful story by Kearsley

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

I began reading Kearsley with The Winter Sea and have loved every book she's written since. Storytelling is truly her craft and you can tell each one is weaved with love and attention. This was no my favorite book by Kearsley, but it is still a lovely way to spend a few hours. Her characters grab me, and the lighthearted supporting cast balances what could be a dreary storyline. The twists and turn never really develop leaving the climax somewhat anticlimactic. I don't regret the purchase and will be purchasing whatever she puts out next.
Katherine Kellgren is one of my favorite narrators. I get so easily sucked into her voice and often forget I am only listening to one person, she makes each voice so distinctive. That said, this was not her best either. I had to speed up the narration to feel comfortable listening. Too many pauses and lengthy descriptions.
Still, enjoyed the book and think fans of Susanna and Katherine will too, even if this isn't their best showing.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Because of Miss Bridgerton

  • The Bridgerton Series
  • By: Julia Quinn
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974

Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband...someday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My first Julia Quinn Novel -- I loved it!

  • By Renee C. on 04-06-16

Julia Quinn's books are your favorite treat.

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

Always worth the wait and nothing else ever quite compares. As always this is a fun, light-hearted read. Sometimes Regency romances tend to have one-dimensional characters, but not from Ms. Quinn. Billie and George are strong, but flawed and charming without being pretentious. This will be one I listen to again.

Rosalyn Landor is perfect and I expect nothing less from her narrations.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Longing

  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

The illegitimate daughter of an English lord, Sian Jones abandoned her heritage to live in a stalwart coal-mining community in South Wales. Empowered by their cause, she's engaged to be married to the leader of a revolutionary movement that is bracing itself against the tyranny of English mine owners. But Sian's principles are unexpectedly shaken when she accepts a job as governess under Alexander Hyatt, the mysterious marquess of Craille, the oppressive symbol of everything she has come to resist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful writing frustrating characters

  • By Kim Moore on 11-25-15

Good, but repetitious

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

It was a good story and I always enjoy her characters, but the love scenes a tad painful and she tends to repeat the same words and phrases over and over again. Rosalyn Landor did a wonderful job of narrating, but I would expect no less. I'd listen to her read the dictionary.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Call the Midwife

  • A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
  • By: Jennifer Worth
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,581

At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I've listened to this year

  • By Richard on 06-12-13

Fascinating, but heart-wrenching in parts

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

Reviewed: 11-05-13

This was an amazing glimpse into nursing care in the 50s. I admired the author's unflinching honesty both of the situations she found herself in and her own character through the trials she experienced.

There were some spots that were so graphically horrid that I had to leave the book for a few days before returning. Again, it was just honestly, but how anyone lived through seeing some of what she saw and heard is beyond my comprehension. I've always had great respect for nurses, but these women were more than nurses, they were heroes and saviors to those they helped.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House of Hades

  • The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Nick Chamian
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,624

At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I really HATE it when narrators are switched

  • By amyrex2 on 10-08-13

Wow...way to kill a series.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-13

I've read every one of Rick Riordan's YA books starting with Percy Jackson. I've really enjoyed the Heroes of Olympus series...and then there was this one. It started slow and ended confusing. He took strange turns with characters I've grown to love (his choice, his characters, but really?) all in an effort to...well I'm not sure but some decision came out of nowhere it seems.

The narration was okay, but sometime the narrator seemed to be speaking in the wrong characters voice.

Probably time to end this series and move on. I wasted a credit and over 10 hours on this one.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Witch

  • The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,292
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,800

With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Turn the volume down!

  • By J. Gilbert on 10-30-13

Meh.Take it or leave it.

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

Reviewed: 11-05-13

I have been an avid NR reader for almost 15 years and have always thought her one of the best in the business at creating characters that you believe in, love and want to fight for by the end of the book. Her last couple of novels, however, have left a bad taste in my mouth. I either just don't care how the story ends or honestly wish the two main characters would break up before the book ends because they have "divorced in 5 years" written all over them.

The story here started off intriguing with melding of generations and powers, and the descriptions of the Irish countryside made me want to book a ticket to Dublin post-haste, but the characters never really developed for me. I know this is a trilogy so at least part of the time you're setting up the story's for the next two characters, but I felt like that's ALL this book was. I found Iona annoying and Boyle lacking in the substance she usually gives her male characters. I'm intrigued by Branna and Finn and really hope the story picks up by the time it gets to their story...if formula holds that is likely to be the last book in the trilogy.

Katherine Kellgren apparently is an acquired taste as I've seen some unkind reviews of her narration. I LOVE her! I think she gives each character a unique voice and I've been introduced to authors I'd never have picked up on my own except I wanted to listen to another book she'd read. Overall, her Irish accents sounded great (American as apple-pie here, so keep that in mind), but her modulation of the American Iona when she got excited was a bit over the top.

I could take it or leave it with this one. If you've never read Nora Roberts I'd recommend starting with a book like Tribute, or The Search. If you like her series I thought the Bride Quartet was a lot of fun, particularly books 1 and 2.

  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,543

Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to a new series.

  • By Ezinwanyi on 11-12-13

Hilarious Listen!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-13

I listened to this book on a business trip and laughed until I thought I'd get booted off the plane. I couldn't help it, Molly's wit and Amanda Ronconi's voice could give any stand-up comedian a run for their money. I am not a big fan of the paranormal genre, but after reading Bluegrass Baby by Molly Harper, I had to listen to something else she'd written. This one did not dissapoint!

If you like good, sexy fun, you won't waste a credit with this one (or anything else by Molly Harper)

  • The Governess Affair

  • The Brothers Sinister, Book 1
  • By: Courtney Milan
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 738

Three months ago, governess Serena Barton was let go from her position. Unable to find new work, she's demanding compensation from the man who got her sacked: a petty, selfish, swinish duke. But it's not the duke she fears. It's his merciless man of business - the man known as the Wolf of Clermont. The formidable former pugilist has a black reputation for handling all the duke's dirty business, and when the duke turns her case over to him, she doesn't stand a chance. But she can't stop trying....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short But Sweet

  • By Karen on 09-11-12

Wish this had been longer!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-13

Great quick listen. It's amazing how she developed the characters and the story in so few words, but it was captivating and quick. Now I want to read the others in this series!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ruined by Rumor

  • By: Alyssa Everett
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 155

Who could possibly throw over a woman as beautiful and vivacious as Roxana? Certainly not Alex Winslow, the Earl of Ayersley, who has spent years trying in vain to forget his unrequited love. When he learns she's been abandoned by her cad of a fiancé, he finds himself offering a shoulder for her to cry on. Comfort soon turns into a passionate kiss—and scandal when they are caught in an embrace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • MORE ALYSSA EVERETT PLEASE!!!

  • By Michelle on 06-27-12

Not a bad book, but the angst was draining

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

Reviewed: 07-02-13

The characters were well plotted, and you can't go wrong with Rosalyn Landor reading, but this was 10 hours of angst. At some point I wanted to reach out and shake the characters begging them to get their act together.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful