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  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,796

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm and lovely Christmas story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 12-13-18

Thank you Audible!!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

What a nice holiday gift. The story was predictable and sweet and read by one of my favorite narrators. Actors have a special way of bringing so much to an audiobook. Thanks to Audible and Richard Armitage for this lovely story.

  • On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service

  • A Royal Spyness Mystery, Book 11
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,906
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,691

When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way - my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still good fun!

  • By Dylan on 08-03-17

One of My Favorites

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

I have enjoyed this series very much. Just good, entertaining fun with characters brought to life so well by Katherine Kellgren. This story had some serious issues with the Nazi's and Belinda's situation. I think I got into it more for that reason. I listened to this book knowing it would be the last read by Katherine Kellgren and it was bittersweet for sure. I cried at the end for the loss of this talented woman, gone too soon and who will be missed by so many.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Wallbanger

  • By: Alice Clayton
  • Narrated by: Heather Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,542
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,348
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,355

Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, Carolyn is gaining an - um - intimate knowledge of her new neighbor's nocturnal adventures. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed "dating hiatus," and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Beginnning was so GOOD!

  • By L.W. on 06-08-13

Thank goodness it's over

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

Not a bad beginning. It got progressively worse until a painful ending that I was so grateful for so I could move on. I did not like or care about the characters. I did not like the narrator and I winced more than I smiled. I thought "Nuts" was cute, but this one was not worth a credit or the time I spent listening to it.

  • The Duke's Holiday

  • The Regency Romp Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Maggie Fenton
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,158

The cold, precise Duke of Montford demands things his way: neatly ordered, in place, and adhering closely to the rules. So he is furious when he learns that the tenant of his ducal estate has been dead for a year, and a stranger has been running the Honeywell business - which, by contract, is now Montford's. When he arrives in Yorkshire to investigate, he discovers that the estate is being run by an unruly, tomboyish woman - and a bluestocking at that!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky Regency Romp

  • By 🌸DARA on 04-17-15

Very Enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 07-21-15

This book surprised me. I actually laughed out loud. It was different from others of this genre in a good way. Wonderful, quirky characters. I was Whispersyncing this one and preferred to listen which tells me I was enjoying the narration. I rarely give 5 stars to these kinds of books, but since I laughed and didn't want to stop listening I'm giving it 5 stars and recommending it to anyone who reads this review. I won't describe the book as that's been done better than I can do it. I just thought this book was worth a good review from a person who was happy she spend her time and money on it.

  • Undertow

  • By: Alessandra Torre
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

In some ways, I was so ordinary. Waking up in bed with my Paul, my surfer boyfriend, our life filled with sandy toes and tan lines. I stocked books during the day and danced with him to Bob Marley at night. In other ways, I was unordinary. I'd dust off the sand and step into Stewart's limousine. Zip up my evening gown and slide into my other life. Champagne and maid service. Orgasms and my businessman. My life was a tide, pulling me back and forth between the two men. Soothing. Peaceful. Then the undertow came, pulling my lives together, my men colliding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Read

  • By Erica on 10-17-14

Good Read

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

Reviewed: 10-17-14

I really enjoyed this book and the twists along the way. I was doing this one Whispersync so have to admit that it was easier to read than to listen to. The narrator was ok, but she used the same voice for all the characters so I was confused if I missed the beginning of a short chapter that was the story of a different character. This book would be improved by using multiple narrators, which I don't always like. I like the way the author creates something different, a bit twisted, and lets us make discoveries along the way. I felt that way with her other books that I have read or listened to: Black Lies, and The Girl in 6E. Lots of slutty sex so I would advise those who don't like that kind of stuff to stay away from this book. I thought it was good and enjoyed it very much.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Corinthian

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Georgina Sutton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906

The accomplished Corinthian Sir Richard Wyndham is wealthy, sophisticated, handsome ,and supremely bored. Tired of his aristocratic family constantly pressuring him to get married, he determines to run away after meeting the delightful, unconventional heroine Penelope Creed. Penelope - literally - falls into his life late one night as she hangs from the window of her aunt's house - she too attempting to escape the pressures of forced marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun on the Run

  • By Carol on 08-21-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-03-14

I have listened to quite a few Heyer books. I think I have given all but this one 5 stars. It just didn't have the same charm as the others. The main character was always bored, so he tended to bore me. As another reviewer wrote, this is a similar formula to other books like Sprig Muslin and The Foundling. I found those books delightful, this one not in the same class. It wasn't horrible, just not as charming and fun as the others.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Sylvester

  • Or, the Wicked Uncle
  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Rowe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109

When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She thinks he is insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and they begin to discover a new-found liking and respect for each other. But what Sylvester doesn’t know is that Phoebe is about to publish a novel - a novel in which all London will recognize him as the villainous ‘Count Ugolino’

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally!!!

  • By Bookfriend83 on 11-16-13

Another Heyer Hit For Me

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

Reviewed: 12-08-13

I listened to the abridged version and really liked it. I wanted the whole story though, so I spent a credit to get this book read by a narrator I couldn't find any other books by. So I read the reviews, which rated him very well, and dug into it right after finishing the abridged version. A credit well spent!! This narrator is fantastic and I hope to see him read more books. A wonderful story that was very fun to listen to. Funny, touching, and memorable characters with a lot of depth.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • For My Lady's Heart

  • Medieval Hearts, Book 1
  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 711

Pursued by her enemies, flattered and courted for her lands, a powerful, devious princess is desperate to reach refuge. Haunted by the shadow of the young assassin set upon her, Princess Melanthe knows that an ice cold countenance is her only protection. To succumb to love is the greatest danger of all. She can trust only one man amid the lies, the mysterious Green Knight - a true knight who never wavers once he gives his heart; a man who cannot comprehend deceit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshingly Different

  • By 🌸DARA on 11-01-13

A New Favorite

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

Reviewed: 12-08-13

I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and I honestly think this is the best narration I have ever heard. If I would have read this book I would have been stumbling over the language. The narration made it sound like poetry and it was beautiful to listen to. I loved the story and the characters and will listen to this book over and over again and recommend it to my friends. Ruck was the most wonderful hero ever and Melanthe grew on me as I learned more about her. A lovely romance that stands apart from others with the best narrator I have ever heard.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Venetia

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630

Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent woman, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: Either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalizes and horrifies the whole community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Georgette Heyer book

  • By 🌸DARA on 03-31-13

Wonderful Story!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-13

I love the story but long for an unabridged version. The only reason for an overall 4 stars. I also loved the narration and hope he does more audio narration as well as acting. Even though the story was abridged, I still enjoyed it very much, just wish there was more of it. I plan on reading the book for the full story. Venetia and Damerel are interesting characters. They are not perfect, which makes them more interesting I think. The language of the time is charming. This is my second Georgette Heyer audiobook and I have become a big fan and plan to listen to many more. An easy and fun listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,095

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Nora - Outstanding!!!!

  • By M. Davis on 04-20-12

Excellent Listen!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-12

Any additional comments?

Someone mentioned that this female character reminded her of Lisbeth Salander and I was thinking the same thing. Lisbeth is probably my favorite female character ever, so I guess I was drawn to Liz in the same way. The story was easy to listen to and follow. I was a little critical of the reader at first, as I often am, but she did really well at going from a 16 year old girl to a 28 year old woman with some accents and male characters thrown in besides. I didn't want this story to end as I loved the characters and the story so much. My favorite Nora Roberts book so far!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful