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  • Midsummer Moon

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 735

When a powerful, decisive aristocrat undertakes to protect an absent-minded young inventress from England's enemies, he finds his orderly world turned into chaos. Merlin Lambourne's stubborn dream of flight puts her at risk, not to mention driving Ransom crazy. In spite of himself, he's oddly enchanted by this muddled miss and her eccentric ways... but can he overcome his own fears and realize her invention may be the answer to saving both their lives?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Kinsale's Best!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-11-16

Felt it was the author who crashed on this one!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-13

Any additional comments?

If you want to listen to an entertaining story written by Laura Kinsale, that when you finish, you feel you did not waste 13+ hours of your time or your precious audio credit, don't purchase this one! Go for "Flowers from the Storm" or "The Prince of Midnight". Sometimes I thought the female character was mentally challenged to the point of being physically taken advantage of because she was soo naive. Sure she is written as a genius inventor but something just felt wrong about her intimacy with the male character.
While I feel the author crashed on the story, her choice of NIcholas Boulton as narrator have her flying to the stars... 5 stars for "performance" rating that is!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Dream Hunter

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 562

In search of a legendary mare, Lord Winter enters the crucible of the red sands, forging unbreakable bonds of loyalty and trust with his young companion in the desert. But hidden beneath the ragged costume of a Bedouin boy is a remarkable young woman: Zenia Stanhope, daughter of the extraordinary Queen of the Desert. Zenia wants nothing of the danger that Lord Winter lives for. She wants only to reach England, far from the blood and sand of the desert.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love in anguish

  • By Janice on 09-15-13

Not Bad but Not the Best...

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

Reviewed: 08-20-13

Any additional comments?

Anyone that follows me can see a theme that I prefer male narrators so first let me say that Nicholas Boulton has to be up there with the BEST so for him, 5 Stars. But, for the story, only 4 Stars. This is based on my overall annoyance of the female characters repeating expression, mental and verbal, "you only want Elizabeth...you are going to take her... you are going to leave me..." (blah blah blah) WE GET IT!!! She is insecure and has some abandonment issues!! This went on for at least 9 of the 12+ hours of the book which became a bit tedious to me. I'm not sorry for the credit spent but while not bad, not the best of the four books.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Unidentified Redhead

  • By: Alice Clayton
  • Narrated by: Keili Lefkovitz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 744
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 683

When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actress, it's a second shot at a life-long dream. With some help from her best-friend agent, will that dream become a reality - or at 33, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? And when an unexpected sizzling romance with Jack Hamilton, the entertainment industry's newest "it" boy, threatens to shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life, how will that affect her career... and his?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, Flirty, Sexy, Smutty Book!

  • By Jordy ♡♡♡♡ on 07-17-13

No wall banger if that's what you're looking for..

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

Reviewed: 07-22-13

Any additional comments?

Glad I listened to Wallbanger first, but then again, maybe that set me up for disappointment with this AC book. In fairness, I thought the story was good enough and believe that it would have came across much better with a different narrator.
Here's my opinion why:
1 - If the premise of the male character is his "hot" British accent, how about at least TRYING to audio a British accent. Not only was this missing, there wasn't even an attempt at a MALE accent. Some of the "steamy" scenes seemed like I was listening to a lesbian couple ("not that there is anything wrong with that") In fact.. all characters were read in the same voice.
2 - The comedic narrative seemed RUSHED and FORCED. Since all the voices were the same, some of the "one liners" blended into the other characters narrative and the quip was lost.
If you are deciding between the two books offered by Alice Clayton at this time, I recommend you use your credit on Wallbanger. This one is best read instead of audio.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Prince of Midnight

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,047

He was once a legendary highwayman. Now he's a recluse in a ruined French castle, with only a half-wild wolf for a companion. When Lady Leigh Strachan comes looking for a man to aid in her revenge, she's disillusioned to find that the famed Prince of Midnight couldn't help even if he cared to - which he doesn't. S. T. Maitland wants nothing to do with his legend, or with this fierce, beautiful, broken woman... until the old thrill of living on the cutting edge of danger begins to rise in his blood again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imagine My Joy!

  • By Anonymous User on 05-26-13

Two for Two. Now on to third...

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

Reviewed: 07-21-13

Any additional comments?

Two for Two so far... Let's make it Three for Three. A Cut & Paste to my review of FLOWERS FROM THE STORM. These are stand alone books, not a series. The depth and classic writing in both are unlike others. And then there is Nicholas Boulton..LOVE his complex character voices and accents that can only be described as, well.. hummm, ahhh. Writing this review as MIDSUMMER MOON is downloading.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Flowers from the Storm

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,215

He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 10-01-13

AMAZING, COMPLEX, EMOTIONAL, CLASSIC...

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

Reviewed: 07-21-13

Any additional comments?

Author writing books that should be deemed classics. This is the kind of audio that, even after listening for 15 hours, you look at your device and feel disappointed that you only have 3 hours left. You don't want it to end because you want to listen to an embracing emotional love story, narrated by the brilliant Nicholas Boulton, all wake hours!! While many aren't, I am partial to male narrators and this guy joined my "must listen to" list. What are you waiting for? Download now!

6 of 9 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 2,485
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,304

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

Simply said...GIVE IT UP! (your credit)

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

Reviewed: 07-20-13

Any additional comments?

I am a smut glutton and a romance junkie. Combined with a funny dialog and a very expressive, talented narrator and I find my credit well spent. When reviewers state they laughed out loud with a book, I don't always find I do the same, even though I have a very healthy sense of humor. I REALLY did LOL with this one. Pure entertainment! Spend your credit. In process of downloading Clayton's only other book offered at this time and will anxiously be awaiting more releases.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Kitchen House

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Grissom
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,148

Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a must!

  • By AB on 09-04-10

"Oh, come on..."

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

Reviewed: 02-18-13

Any additional comments?

While I can't say the audio was a total bust, I found my self saying "Oh, come on.." over and over.. Unbelievable how many overlooked and missed opportunities the characters brought upon themselves. Prefer a book that has a little hope in it... not much here.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,853

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

We hope you have enjoyed this..." Really??!!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-12

Any additional comments?

Overall, book was a good listen. Narrators were excellent. I was headed to a 5 star rating until I noticed that I only had 3 minutes left until the book ended and it was no where near a tidy conclusion or time for an epilogue. Before I knew it, BAM.."we hope you have enjoyed this unabridged performance..." Major disappointment especially after 18 hours of build up. 'nough said.

5 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Thy Neighbor

  • A Novel
  • By: Norah Vincent
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 66

At 34, Nick Walsh is a broken, deeply cynical man. Since the violent deaths of his parents 13 years earlier, he has been living alone in his childhood home in the suburban Midwest, drinking, drugging, and debauching himself into oblivion. A measure of solace is provided by his newly found relationship with Monica, a mysterious woman who seems to harbor as many secrets as he does. Obsessed with understanding the circumstances surrounding his parents' deaths and deranged by his relentless sorrow, Nick begins a campaign of spying on his neighbors via hidden cameras and microphones.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing

  • By Kris on 09-01-12

STOP LOOKING... SPEND YOUR CREDIT ON THIS ONE!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

Any additional comments?

I’ve listened to many, many books which I have wanted to comment on however, I am not a master of words and feel inadequate to write a substantial review. But then I listen to a book like this and I tell myself screw it, just write something, anything, to let viewers know they won’t be wasting a credit by adding this to their library. You’ve already read the publisher's summary so you know what it is about. That is only a scratch on the surface of what you are in for with this book. And besides, it is worth a credit to hear the performance of Edoardo Ballerini who really is one of the best narrators on audible.

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Providence Rider

  • A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 4
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603

The Providence Rider is the fourth installment in the extraordinary series of historical thrillers featuring Matthew Corbett, professional problem solver. The narrative begins in the winter of 1703, with Matthew still haunted by his lethal encounter with notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter. When an unexplained series of explosions rocks his Manhattan neighborhood, Matthew finds himself forced to confront a new and unexpected problem. Someone is trying - and trying very hard - to get his attention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a fun series

  • By bionichands on 06-05-12

Good Series, EXCELLENT narrator, Edoardo Ballerini

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

Reviewed: 08-04-12

Which character ??? as performed by Edoardo Ballerini ??? was your favorite?

ALL OF THEM!!! Edoardo Ballerini is amazing as a narrator. "Performed" is an understatement. There are A LOT of characters in this series and Mr Ballerini has a unique voice for everyone of them. It is worth your credit to see his voice...not hear it but see it because that is what he does with his narration, he creates a vision of the words written. It was because of his narration of "Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter, that I searched other books by him and came across this series. Now that I've finished these, I'm on to searching some of his other works as I know my credits won't be wasted. He could make a phone book come to life!

Any additional comments?

Just finished this, the last of the series offered to date and while the stories were VERY enjoyable AND I love to get my credit's worth from a lengthy book, I would not have purchased the 2nd, 3rd or 4th book had they been as long as the 1st (30 hrs!). At times, even the shorter books seemed to drag on. Matthew Corbett ages gradually through the series both physically and mentally and it is a refreshing and somewhat realistic approach to have him fumble along the way...

3 of 5 people found this review helpful