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  • The Unknown Ajax

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999

Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent.

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

  • By bebe on 06-04-10

Great story with even better performance!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

The story is one of my GH favourites but Daniel Philpott does a fantastic job of reading. A Yorkshire accent is not the easiest to do, but he does a wonderful job of it. Along with a variety of accents & characters. Excellent & not to be lisses!

  • The Second Mrs. Darcy

  • By: Elizabeth Aston
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a husband. So say the friends and family of impoverished widow Octavia Darcy when she unexpectedly inherits a fortune, but she has a different view and looks forward to a new life of independence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phyllida Nash is the best narrator! Good book!

  • By Agatha Istanbul on 03-30-17

Absolutely great!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-16

Where does The Second Mrs. Darcy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was the first of the Darcy series that I listened to and I just loved it! There is something really wonderful about a spirited smart woman who is treated badly by her family who manages to turn the tables on them in such fantastic style. The performances by Phyllida Nash are wonderful - from the brothers and sisters (the worst pack of bullies) to the interesting social contacts such as the Wyttons, Pagoda, the Rutherfords (mother, sister and brother) and the servants, she really gets the whole array of people and performs them perfectly. There were a number of laugh-out loud moments along with the cringe-making moments provided by the nastiness of the members of the heroine's family, Carolyn Bingley and her horrible stepson George Warren (glad to see his nasty plans scuppered in the book).

Any additional comments?

Can someone please organise for Phyllida to perform the story of Alethea as it's the only one missing out of the audio series. The book is utterly wonderful and I'd love to hear it performed.

  • Clarissa and the Poor Relations

  • By: Alicia Cameron
  • Narrated by: Heath Miller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

In Regency England, Mrs. Thorne's School for Young Ladies is about to close due to the death of young Clarissa's mother a year ago. This leaves 18-year-old Clarissa Thorne and her three schoolmistress friends no option but to return to the bosoms of their families as despised 'poor relations' - at everyone's beck and call for all their lives. But Clarissa has just inherited Ashcroft, a large, crumbling estate, and she offers her companions an escape - to run away with her to a life of independence and adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, no sex, historical romance.

  • By susie4susie on 11-01-16

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

I'd never heard of this author but this was such a great departure from the usual girl under male control story. Horrible brother & godawful sister in law, but Clarissa & her friends bring them to rout. With the help of a fab supporting cast of friends. Funny & great read by narrator. Please could I have a Sullivan as butler on my next estate(Dream on)!

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  • A Rather Lovely Inheritance

  • By: CA Belmond
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,173

This is your life Penny Nichols...Penny Nichols is a historical researcher working on a big-budget film in the south of France when she gets an urgent call. Her Aunt Penelope has just died, and Penny's presence is required in London for the reading of the will. With only a slim recollection of her eccentric aunt, Penny is astonished to learn that not only is she the bona fide heiress - but she's also been invited to put her research skills to work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Story with Excellent Narratation

  • By AnJoMom16 on 01-13-15

Absolutely fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-16

What did you love best about A Rather Lovely Inheritance?

This is a great book, with fascinating characters and plot. Most of the mystery and intrigue revolves around the maneuverings of various family members - heirs to an inheritance. While we follow who is trying to out-maneuver each other and steal pieces of property, we also travel all over the Riviera from France to Monte Carlo and Italy, as well as Paris and London. I've also listened to Katherine Kellgren in her performance of the Royal Spyness series and she does not disappoint in this. She again does a brilliant job with a variety of accents and characters: American, French, English and Italian. The only thing I am not happy about is that the sequel to this book isn't available in Audible.

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  • Unholy Harmonies

  • A Mountjoy Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Aston
  • Narrated by: Dawn Murphy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

What if... Dionysus appeared in an English village? Justinia Fitz Odo: musician, dreamer, and would-be-dutiful wife. A wild and wicked autumn wind howls off the Eyotshire fells, bringing a mysterious stranger to the ancient town of Unthrang where she lives; a stranger who intervenes in the lives of the inhabitants in the most unpredictable and shocking ways. Meanwhile in nearby Eyot, unholy machinations in the dignified precincts of the cathedral threaten to destroy centuries of musical tradition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant!

  • By Kathie Ward on 07-26-16

Absolutely brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 07-26-16

Would you listen to Unholy Harmonies again? Why?

I loved this book when it came out and read it in the 90's, so the plot wasn't unknown but I could not believe how much better it was in audible form.

I also forgot how manipulative Digby and Justinia's mother were. In fact there were a few times that I had the feeling that I was listening to my ex-husband and my own mother (truly scary!). Notwithstanding, the reading is great with lots of different characters, interesting plot lines and Dawn Murphy does an amazing job with all of them.

  • Her Royal Spyness

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,470
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,438

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’ve Been Charmed

  • By Em on 06-11-12

Great fun!

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

Reviewed: 07-26-16

What did you love best about Her Royal Spyness?

A fun story with a good plot, very interesting characters (thank goodness I don't have a sister-in-law like Figgy!) and probably one of the funniest reads I've heard for a long time. Katherine Kellgren has a lot of accents to handle and does it very well indeed, dahling. I'm going to have to listen to the rest of the series now.

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  • Lady of Quality

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Eve Matheson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530

When spirited, independent Miss Annis Wynchwood embroils herself in the affairs of a runaway heiress, she is destined to see a good deal of Mr Carleton, Lucilla's uncivil and high-handed guardian. And, chafing at the restrictions of Bath society, Annis has to admit that at least Mr Oliver Carleton is never boring.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Romance

  • By Rebecca Roberts on 02-03-10

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

This has always been one of my favourite Georgette Heyer novels. The story of how 2 independent, strong-minded people fall in love is great. The verbal by-play is at times funny and wise. The narration and acting is superb with some of the best characterisation I've heard. Enjoy!

  • Deadly Peril

  • Alec Halsey Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

Winter 1763. Alec, Lord Halsey, is sent on a diplomatic mission to Midanich, imperial outpost of the Holy Roman Empire, to bargain for the freedom of imprisoned friends. Midanich is a place of great danger and dark secrets - a country at civil war, ruled by a family with madness in its veins. For Alec it is a place of unspeakable memories from which he barely escaped and vowed never to return. But return he must, if he is to save the lives of Emily St. Neots and Sir Cosmo Mahon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Just wow! This has to be Lucinda Brant's best

  • By Lady Wesley on 02-02-16

Great Series1

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

Reviewed: 03-13-16

Where does Deadly Peril rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I just loved this series: the characters were fascinating, the plotting very interesting, the period detail was great. I especially loved Alex Wyndham's performance. He gets the voices of the various characters perfectly - even those with foreign accents (which is not easy).

The only complaint I have of the series is that Deadly Kin hasn't been recorded yet. So when can we expect to have that book on audiobook?

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  • A Civil Contract

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562

Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very very good

  • By bebe on 04-19-10

A quiet pleasure

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

Reviewed: 10-17-15

Of all the GH novels I've read, this is a quieter more subtle story. Not high romance but a deeper more character generated story, but still lovely. Interesting people, a fantastic group of personalities. Well worth the listen!

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  • Charity Girl

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

When Fate and a chivalrous impulse combine to saddle Viscount Desford with a friendless, homeless waif in the engaging shape of Cherry Steane, who else should he turn to in such a scrape but his childhood playmate, Henrietta Silverdale? And although they refused to oblige their parents by marrying, they have always been the best of friends. But as Desford pursues Cherry's grandfather and father around the seedier fringes of society, Hetta is forced to wonder if he might not, at last, have fallen in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and Charming Heyer Classic

  • By EmilyK on 03-26-15

Los of Fun

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

Reviewed: 08-14-15

I read this book years ago and liked it then. But this reading complete with old codgers, lady housekeepers (with very heavy Yorkshire accents -and not very ladylike at all) is great. Add to this the high flown rhetoric & overblown "tender emotions"of Wilfred Steane and it's hilarious. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole package.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful