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Stanthorpe, Australia
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  • Tempted by a Rogue

  • By: Lauren Smith
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Morris
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Gemma Haverford knows exactly who she will marry: James Randolph, the man she's had a secret understanding with for the last 11 years. With every letter written between them while he's been off at sea, their love has grown. Now they will be reunited with his return to England. There's just one problem. The man whose words she'd fallen in love with isn't James at all....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet story, well read

  • By Fiona on 11-28-15

Sweet story, well read

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

Reviewed: 11-28-15

I listened to this on Audiobook courtesy of Caroline Morris the narrator after I mentioned how much I liked her reading of a Tessa Dare novel. I listen to quite a lot of historical romance and it was lovely to have a fresh, young sounding voice. She did a great job differentiating the different characters also.

The story itself was very enjoyable. Who doesn't love a case of mistaken identity romance. It was a novella so we don't get a great deal of depth but it was a fun read to while away a long road trip.

Gemma has been writing to James for eleven years and in those days it was tantamount to a declaration. What was a teenage crush with a very young girl has matured into something more. The only problem is that James asked his friend Jasper to give her the flick but Jasper kept writing, year after year.

This was a sweet story, with some warmish bits. I liked the premise and the story was easy and fun.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Duplicate Death: Inspector Hemingway Series, Book 3

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

Inspector Hemingway has his work cut out for him when a seemingly civilised game of Duplicate Bridge leads to a double murder. The crimes seem identical, but were they carried out by the same hand? Things become even more complicated when the fiancée of the inspector's young friend, Timothy Kane, becomes Hemingway's prime suspect. Kane is determined to prove the lady's innocence – but when he begins digging into her past, he finds it's more than a little bit shady.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Fine Heyer Mystery

  • By Kindle Customer on 01-03-15

Murder and romance what more could I want

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

Reviewed: 07-02-15

I love this story and have read it several times and now I've listened twice. The narrator does a great job differentiating the voices which I enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Regency Buck

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: June Barrie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469

It is in regrettable circumstances that beautiful Judith Taverner and her brother Peregrine first meet Julian St John Audley. The man, they both agree, is an insufferably arrogant dandy. But unfortunately for them, he's also the Fifth Earl of Worth, a friend of the Regent and, their legal guardian.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Early Heyer and it shows

  • By A. Hawley on 10-09-14

The original Regency romance

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

Reviewed: 01-13-15

A classic ward guardian romance with the enigmatic hero and traditional feisty heroine. There is a mystery to complicate matters but it is simple in itself. It is naturally a sweet romance with minimal kissing.

  • The Nonesuch

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Eve Matheson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850

Sir Waldo Hawkridge, wealthy, handsome, eligible, illustrious, and known as The Nonesuch for his athletic prowess, believes he is past the age of falling in love. But when he comes north to inspect his unusual inheritance at Broom Hall in the West Riding, his arrival leads to the most entertaining of ramifications.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple pleasure

  • By Carl Smith on 10-28-09

Enjoyable listen with great dialogue

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

Reviewed: 06-15-14

I'm enjoying rediscovering Heyer in audiobook. The dialogue lends itself to this medium and with a good narrator can keep you smiling.

Some people complain that Waldo is almost too good. I like that in a hero. Especially when he can be a manly man at the same time. Cos Waldo is very much a man. He is 'top-of-the-trees' in most forms of sport he undertakes so he will be *cough* well built and physically fit with lots of stamina.

Ancilla is rather adorable, having put aside her hopes and dreams of love and marriage to be an independent woman and not be a burden on her family. She deserves the best of happy endings. I love how Waldo brings out the mischievous side of her and her sense of humour which no-one else has ever really appreciated.

Some have criticise her reaction to the misinformation about Waldo's secret. I think her reaction and reluctant belief is very credible. Heyer makes sure we understand that Ancilla's only real experience with the Corinthian Set of which Waldo is a leader, is though her cousin Bernard and his friends. These are very likely the kind of loose young men who would do what Ancilla believes Waldo to have done and not see it as very wrong. Combine this with the kindly meant warnings of Mrs Chartley, the half understood ramblings of Waldo's nephew, and it's not surprising that Ancilla is forced to believe the worst.

The romance itself is very sweet, growing day by day to it's natural conclusion rather than a thunder-clap of Love at first sight. We can see how perfectly matched they are which makes it doubly hard when things go wrong.

Ancilla's charge, Tiffany, is annoying and irritating but not enough to spoil the book, especially as we are meant to find her so. The other characters are well drawn and enjoyable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Accidentally Expecting!

  • By: Lucy Gordon
  • Narrated by: Simone Phillips
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

RITA Award-winning novelist Lucy Gordon captures the hearts and imaginations of her many fans with complex and passionate tales. While in Italy, Ferne Edmunds falls for handsome Dante Rinucci. This charmer lives a life of carefree ease, while harboring the sobering truth that each new day could be his last. But when Ferne learns she’s pregnant, this casual relationship takes a deeper turn, and Dante discovers a reason to fight for his own life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Karen on 10-23-11

Typical Lucy Gordon Fare

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

Reviewed: 07-02-12

A nice little romance with believable characters. Ms Gordon always delivers. Easy to listen to.

  • To Tame a Sheikh

  • By: Olivia Gates
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21

He'd noticed her across a crowded room, and in that instant Sheikh Shaheen wanted her. With just a few words, Shaheen had his mystery woman in his bed, where she awakened passions he'd long denied. Then the sheikh discovered his lover's true identity. She was Johara, his childhood friend, now fully blossomed into a vision he could not do without. But his lineage demanded he take a wife of the throne's choosing. Anything else would have catastrophic results.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Cinderella story for grownups

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 06-15-12

Wonderful story of love against adversity.

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

Reviewed: 03-15-12

What can you say about a book where the hero loves and believes in his true love almost from the first moment? Olivia Gates takes her lovers, Shaheen and Johara, and places their romance in a situation where things like a sense of duty and external influences threaten to tear them apart. In a genre where misunderstanding and angst between the protagonists is the usual way to drive the conflict this book came as a pleasant surprise. There was plenty of tension and anxiety but the relationship between Hero and Heroine remained a shining light throughout. Olivia writes great prose and brings out emotions that engage and sex scenes that sizzle. I listened to this book on audio on my kindle while driving and became so involved I continued to listen once I arrived home against my usual practice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Italian's Suitable Wife

  • By: Lucy Monroe
  • Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 169

Enrico DiRinaldi wants a wife and children, even though an accident has left him unable to walk. So he proposes a marriage of convenience to Gianna Lakewood. Having secretly always loved Rico, Gianna can't say no.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • honesty

  • By Jill on 04-25-06

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 01-19-12

What made the experience of listening to The Italian's Suitable Wife the most enjoyable?

Clear and wel read

What did you like best about this story?

It was a nice story with just a good amount of angst.

Which character – as performed by Lindsay Ellison – was your favorite?

The hero. Sometimes the heroine sounded a little too whiny.

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

When the hero overcame his adversity.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Possessed by the Sheikh

  • By: Penny Jordan
  • Narrated by: Juani Tantillo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 98

Stranded in the sands, Katrina is rescued by the Sheikh and taken back to his lavish desert camp. But in order to protect her, he will have to wed her. Then he discovers that she is untouched, a virgin. He is a desert sheikh who lives by a strict code of honor: Katrina must become his wife! Her time will be spent at the Sheikh's pleasure...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Stockholm Syndrome, sex, and too-stupid-to-live

  • By A on 03-12-07

Penny Jordan always a winner

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

Reviewed: 01-09-12

Where does Possessed by the Sheikh rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Excellent story and well read. My first from Audio and very well worth it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The hero and heroine were very appealing

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

This is my first audibook of this type. As an Australian listening to a book by an English author I found the American accent strange at first but she did very well with the arabian feel of the language.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was very enjoyable. Good humour in places and moving as well.

Any additional comments?

My first time listening to romantic scenes and found some words a little jarring but only because I wasn't expecting them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful