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  • Quadrille

  • The Love and Temptation Series, Book 5
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36

Love and jealousy abound in this playful romance, set during the British Regency. Everyone in the ton knew that Lord Hubert Challenge had married country mouse Mary Tyre for her dowry, but no one had yet guessed that Mary had actually fallen in love with her husband! And she was willing to try anything - sumptuous clothes, a saucy manner, even flirting with another man - to get her handsome husband's attention…until she learned that two could play at that particular game.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Idid not like the characters

  • By Dorte S. Poyner on 07-02-18

Awful

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

I've almost read all of Chesneys regency period novels I have about ten more to go. This one was just terrible!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Paper Princess

  • Royal Ambition, Book 7
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

London was all on edge and astir to have in its midst the exquisite Princess Felicity of Brasnia. What scandal would ensue should society discover that the bejeweled heir to a royal throne was in truth Miss Felicity Channing of Cornwall, fleeing a match she did not want and that had been arranged by her conniving stepfather! It was questionable how long Felicity could carry off this lively masquerade before she would falter, especially since the dark, raffish eyes of Lord Arthur Bessamy seemed to look right through her disguise - and set her spirited heart to pounding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All about the Wicked StepFather

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-18-18

Never again

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

Reviewed: 01-14-15

This book was only around four hours long and I had to suffer through it. It was completely unrealistic. I love MC Beaton but this book was so not my cup of tea. AND the narrator was terrible.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Spanish Bride

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: David Collins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

When Brigade-Major Harry Smith met the beautiful Juana María, an instant spark formed between the two fiery, energetic souls. The two fell deeply in love with one another from the first moment and the Spanish bride accompanied him throughout all his campaigns, where she rode freely among the troops. The intensity of their marriage is made all the more gripping as it is played out against the Peninsular War of Napoleon versus Wellington.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reliable Historical Fiction Heavy on Facts

  • By Lulu on 10-18-14

Couldn't even make it through....

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

Reviewed: 12-01-14

Any additional comments?

I love Georgette Heyer's regency novels. I think she is a better and more interesting writer than Jane Austen. That being said, I decided to give all her regency novels a shot and made a list of them in order to be sure I read each one. This book however, missed the mark. I'll have to try it again later. It was so slow and so confusing. I trudged through the first seven chapters, forcing myself to keep listening, and finally called it quits.

Heyer likes to use real places and events in some of her books. In this one she uses the war in Spain. She goes into great detail to describe things in detail, which is what makes it so monotonous.

If you're looking for an amazing book by Heyer don't choose this one. I've almost completed my list of reading all her regency books.
I would recommend:
Black Sheep, Lady of Quality, The Grand Sophy, or The Nonesuch. She has many good ones but these are my favorites.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Lord of Scoundrels

  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,307

Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes

  • By Marcheta on 01-30-14

Another Porno posing as a regency novel

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

Reviewed: 03-01-14

What disappointed you about Lord of Scoundrels?

It is very frustrating to read a few reviews on a book, all saying the book is wonderful, but none mentioning the fact that it is a bunch of raunchy sex scenes with a story thrown in there.

Would you ever listen to anything by Loretta Chase again?

No

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

I have listened to Kate Reading before. She is a fantastic narrator.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lord of Scoundrels?

I would have cut all the raunch. It's in poor taste.

Any additional comments?

One of the reviews I read before listening compared Loretta Chase's writing style to Georgette Heyer's. I guarantee Georgette would be spinning in her grave at that comment.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Longing for Home

  • By: Sarah M. Eden
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

Twenty-six-year-old Katie Macauley has placed all her hope in Hope Springs, a small town in the 1870 Wyoming Territory. But if she wants to return home to Ireland to make amends with her estranged family, she’ll need to convince the influential Joseph Archer to hold true to his word and keep her on his payroll as his housekeeper - despite her Irish roots. When Joseph agrees to keep Katie on ash is housekeeper, the feud erupts anew, and Katie becomes the reluctant figurehead for the Irish townsfolk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A sweet love story.

  • By Sheila on 02-02-16

LOVED IT!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-13

Where does Longing for Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As far as audiobooks go this one was fantastic. The narrator did a great job. I love Sarah's books but I think this one was one of the best. (And it's going to have a sequel so the story keeps going) which makes it even better!

What other book might you compare Longing for Home to and why?

It was similar to any of Sarah's other books, except that this happened in the American West and not regency England. I wouldn't compare it to the others I've read about the west, this one was infinitely better.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked what Tavish was willing to give up for Katie. But I won't say more because I don't want to spoil anything. The book is still left wide open and a lot of the issues weren't resolved and I"m guessing won't be until the sequel comes in Spring 2014.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It's Amazing Sauce! ;) I'm no good at tag lines

Any additional comments?

I'm from Wyoming so I could appreciate a lot of the descriptions Sarah used. Plus I am also a regency writer so I follow her work closely (and love it.) I think she did a wonderful job jumping over to a new style of historical romance. She is a wonderfully uplifting writer and I enjoy her stories more than any other historical romance novelist out there right now.


The narrator did a great job. I think capturing the irish accent was tough but she did okay doing it! I'll definitely look for other books by her.

  • Lady of Milkweed Manor

  • By: Julie Klassen
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

A vicar's 20-year-old daughter pays dearly for a single lapse in judgment. To avoid the scorn of local villagers, Charlotte Lamb wends her way to the forbidding Milkweed Manor on the outskirts of London. Concealing her identity, she finds refuge within the dank confines of this mysterious bastion of old secrets and new life. She soon encounters a former suitor, harboring secrets of his own. Firmly relying on God's strength, both resolve to protect their loved ones.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • PART MISSING!!

  • By Wendy on 02-09-11

So depressing.....

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

Reviewed: 08-09-13

What disappointed you about Lady of Milkweed Manor?

I have read all of Julie Klassen's books. This one was the worst. It was so depressing. But because I was determined to finish it out I kept going. The information the author collected was good. You could tell she put a lot of effort into gathering historical facts etc. It talks a lot about and describes breast feeding in great detail. My husband walked in while I was listening to a particular section on nursing and asked, "What the heck are you listening too?"

What do you think your next listen will be?

My next audiobook will be by Sarah M. Eden called Longing For Home.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I thought the narrator was fine. He had a nice strong voice. However, when he did the voices of female characters (which was a lot) it was almost comical. Definitely would have been better read by a woman.

What character would you cut from Lady of Milkweed Manor?

That's a dumb question. I wouldn't "cut" out characters. It wasn't the characters that were the issue.

Any additional comments?

I believe this was the first or one of the first books Julie Klassen wrote. Her writing style and stories have gotten better with time. She definitely does her research when she writes a historical romance, which I can appreciate, and am sure takes a lot of time and effort. I hate books that are depressing and this one topped the list.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful