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  • Shields of Pride

  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Unable to inherit his father's title, Joscelin de Gael, the beloved bastard son of William Ironheart, is serving Henry II when he encounters the lady Linnet de Montsorrel. On her husband's death, Linnet is bestowed on Joscelin as a reward for his loyalty. While Joscelin's half-brothers plot to overthrow their own father, revelations of past loves and family secrets threaten Linnet and Joscelin's relationship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely superb

  • By Ann on 01-21-16

Absolutely superb

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Shields of Pride to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the book but thoroughly enjoyed listening.
Jonathan Oliver brought the characters to life and the accents were excellent.

What other book might you compare Shields of Pride to and why?

None.............this book is unique

Any additional comments?

I am now a dyed in the wool Elizabeth Chadwick fan.

  • Serpent

  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Brad Wills
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

Edward I is in the midst of his campaign to tame the Welsh, but rising from the chaos is a Welsh knight known as the Serpent. Bhrodi ap Gaerwen de Shera is a warrior of tremendous range and power. Descended from the kings of Anglesey on his mother's side and the earls of Coventry on his father's, Bhrodi is in the unique position of having Welsh royalty and English nobility. Edward knows he must make an alliance with de Shera.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing

  • By Lady M on 10-02-16

Should have been five stars all the way!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

Would you try another book from Kathryn Le Veque and/or Brad Wills?

I am always avidly waiting for Kathryn le Veque's audio books.
Always great medieval tales, made greater by the family names running through to connect each story.
I have listened to Brad Wills narrating some of these stories and enjoyed them but, in this case, that would be the worst attempt at a Welsh accent EVER.
It sounds Scottish/Irish,,,,,,,,,,,not remotely Welsh and, for someone who IS Welsh, it is quite painful to listen to..Having said that the story is great as is usual for this talented Author..

What was one of the most memorable moments of Serpent?

The first appearance of the Serpent.The scene was so well painted.......makes you almost look up to see the head!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brad Wills?

Except for the Welsh accent, Brad was fine............maybe Brian J Gill?

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Rise of the Defender

  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Brian J. Gill
  • Length: 32 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

AD 1192 - Sir Christopher de Lohr is Richard the Lion Heart's champion, a man the Muslims nicknamed "The Lion's Claw". Blond, battle scarred, and powerful, he is what all men fear. After the fall of Acre, Christopher makes a promise at the deathbed of a dying comrade to marry the man's incorrigible but wealthy daughter. Christopher returns home to marry the woman, but the only thing he is interested in is her substantial dowry. He has no use for a wife and resents being forced into the marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shame on Audible for not checking the producer's wk

  • By Cam on 08-19-15

Superbly written and narrated

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

Reviewed: 03-29-15

Would you listen to Rise of the Defender again? Why?

Absolutely!I always listen to Kathryn Le Vequs wonderful books more than once............I seem to hear it a little differently each time as I get to know the different families.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the flow of Kathryn's books..........easily imagined as the author has a knack of painting a picture with words

Have you listened to any of Brian J. Gill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I prefer Brian J Gill's reading of these Medieval books.I have said this before, that since the author has been careful with the history in these stories, I feel that they should be read in the British accent to do them justice.Brian does this really well. He doesn't 'overdo' the aristocratic voice and doesn't 'spit' out exaggerated consonants at the end of every word.His characterizations and dialects are brilliant and he seems to take care with British County names which are difficult to pronounce ie Leicester is pronounced Lester, Gloucester is Gloster etc.I think Brian is the best choice for the longer books as he stays in character right to the end and I look forward to his next narration.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Loved the whole story

Any additional comments?

Waiting impatiently for the next one!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Louisiana Dawn

  • By: Jennifer Blake
  • Narrated by: Catherine Hyland
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Cyrene Nolte's two brothers were fiercely protective of her. Because she was a virgin, no man was allowed near her. But when she rescued Rene Lemonnier from certain death and nursed him back to health in her stark little chamber, he aroused more than her interest. Once in his arms, Cyrene knew that the wickedness the brothers had sought to protect her from was a passion too exquisite to deny....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-09-18

Spoilt by narration

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

Reviewed: 11-19-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I have just made my third attempt at listening to this book I have listened to almost all of the audio books by this author and thoroughly enjoyed them, but I just can't get through this one.Constant gasping breaths every few words, shouting, whispering....and 'mouth sounds'

Who was your favorite character and why?

The characterization was so poor....no chance to choose a favourite character which doesn't do justice to the book.

How could the performance have been better?

PLEASE a re-read by a different narrator.

Did Louisiana Dawn inspire you to do anything?

Look for a re-read!

  • The Bride Insists

  • By: Jane Ashford
  • Narrated by: Christine Rendel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Sparks fly in this sexy, fast-paced Regency romance by acclaimed, best-selling author Jane Ashford. When governess Clare Greenough learns she's inherited a fortune, the good news comes with a catch: it will be held by her cousin until Clare can find a husband. To stave off ruin, Jamie Boleigh, the seventh Baron of Trehearth, agrees to marry Clare under the condition that she controls the money, a provision he hopes to overturn. Their passionate relationship becomes a battle of wills. When the cousin tricks Jamie into betraying his wife, he'll have to prove the truth or lose her forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story.....boring narration

  • By Ann on 08-30-14

Great story.....boring narration

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

Reviewed: 08-30-14

Would you try another book from Jane Ashford and/or Christine Rendel?

Have purchased heaps of this Author's books and thoroughly enjoyed them.
Would buy again........not with this narrator though as I found it very 'flat'.
In my opinion the book was read and not really narrated as, for a lot of the book, there were no strong characterizations at all.Very disappointed as I listened to a sample and thought it would be OK.

How could the performance have been better?

Different narrator

Did The Bride Insists inspire you to do anything?

Check the narrators before purchase

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Salt Redux: Sequel to Salt Bride

  • Salt Hendon, Book 2
  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

How does a brother cope with life knowing his sister is a murderess? How can a nobleman have the life he has always wanted when a lurking evil consumes his thoughts and haunts his dreams? What will it take for good to triumph over evil?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Powerful Duo of Author & Narrator!

  • By BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN on 11-16-15

Another excellent book from Lucinda Brant

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

Reviewed: 08-17-14

What made the experience of listening to Salt Redux: Sequel to Salt Bride the most enjoyable?

I recognized characters from Salt Bride.The story was fast-paced yet unpredictable.It evokes many emotions....a lot of tension.Great attention to detail.

What other book might you compare Salt Redux: Sequel to Salt Bride to and why?

I can honestly think of no comparable book.........totally individual.

Have you listened to any of Marian Hussey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to Marian Hussey before and now she is one of my favourites.I have checked which books she has narrated so I can purchase.What I like is that she has a 'natural' accent....unforced .....unlike many others. Great, believable characters, excellent dialects.

Any additional comments?

Impatiently awaiting more from this collaboration of author and narrator.Brilliant.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Salt Bride: A Georgian Historical Romance

  • Salt Hendon Series, Book 1
  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

England, 1763. The Earl of Salt Hendon and squire's daughter Jane Despard share a secret past of mistrust, heartache, and misery. Forced into a marriage neither wants, the patient and ever optimistic Jane believes love conquers all; the Earl will take some convincing. Enter Diana St. John, who will go to extreme lengths, even murder, to hold the Earl's attention. Can the newlyweds overcome past prejudices and sinister opposition to fall in love all over again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful dark romance with lurking villain

  • By BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN on 11-05-15

A must listen!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Salt Bride: A Georgian Historical Romance to be better than the print version?

I haven't read this book

What was one of the most memorable moments of Salt Bride: A Georgian Historical Romance?

I couldn't pick just one. The story is one that is constantly moving.

Any additional comments?

This was my first experience of this Author.
I just couldn't stop listening......then I was disappointed when it was over.
Lucinda Brant is an author who has made a very considered selection of narrator when choosing Marian Hussey........a faultless reading with great characterization

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Gorgon

  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Tristan Hunt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Bose was the Captain of the Guard for King Henry III until Bose's wife's untimely death in childbirth. Blaming himself and wanting to be free of the memories, he resigns his post and joins the tournament circuit to compete for money and fame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Ann on 05-03-14

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-14

If you could sum up The Gorgon in three words, what would they be?

An absolute must listen

What did you like best about this story?

So very different. Unexpected twists, couldn't stop listening.

What does Tristan Hunt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As a recent fan of Kathryn le Veque, I was getting used to male voices with some difficulty as I am normally someone who prefers a female reader.Then along comes Tristan Hunt! An amazing narrator who does justice to the Author.A silly comment maybe......but this is the first time I have heard a narrator 'read' a stutter and make it so 'natural'.Excellent...........I would love to hear Tristan read more of Kathryn's Books.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think there was a moving moment in evert chapter........can't really choose.

Any additional comments?

Thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyable

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Proposition

  • By: Judith Ivory
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 237

Lady Edwina Bollash is a woman of importance and distinction who has never been the object of any man's affection. However, when she meets Mick Tremore, a tall, handsome young man from the bottommost rung of society, she instantly attracts his attention. As Mick wants desperately to become a gentleman, Edwina decides to transform him into a man with class.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable as well as fun

  • By M. Gould on 05-05-09

A Great listen!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely!
Very smooth story with wonderful characters.
So well brought to life by the narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Proposition?

One of the most memorable scenes.......there were several.........was the one in which Mick and Winnie struck their bargain.
I laughed out loud more than once during this chapter.

Which scene was your favorite?

I think the bargain scene.
This Author can really paint pictures with words, and can stir every emotion with her writing.

Any additional comments?

If you haven't read this one....you are missing out.

  • The Masquerade

  • By: Brenda Joyce
  • Narrated by: Christina Thurmond
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

On the evening of her first masquerade, shy Elizabeth Anne Fitzgerald is stunned by Tyrell de Warenne's whispered suggestion of a midnight rendezvous in the gardens. Lizzie has secretly worshipped the unattainable lord for years. When fortune takes a maddening turn, she is prevented from meeting Tyrell, but she cannot foresee that this night is only the beginning....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator ruined it

  • By Eunice Ruiz on 01-16-18

Horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 01-10-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Since this is a story situated in Ireland, I truly think that unless a narrator can guarantee at least a reasonable attempt at an Irish accent, it should be left alone.Grating.

What could Brenda Joyce have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I dont understand the selection of narrators........but such a talented author should have some input.I just couldn't listen to it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christina Thurmond?

Someone whose accent wouldn't detract from the story.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I expect that it would have been a good listen......I just couldn't stand it.