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  • Duke of Midnight

  • Maiden Lane
  • By: Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated by: Claudia Harris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

Twenty years ago Maximus Batten witnessed the brutal murders of his parents. Now the autocratic Duke of Wakefield, he spends his days ruling Parliament. But by night, disguised as the Ghost of St. Giles, he prowls the grim alleys of St. Giles, ever on the hunt for the murderer. One night he finds a fiery woman who meets him toe-to-toe-and won't back down…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This one didn't work for me

  • By Lisa on 11-10-13

This one didn't work for me

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

Reviewed: 11-10-13

Although I've loved just about everything else E. Hoyt has written, this novel seemed very different from the others. It didn't feel like it should be part of the Maiden Lane series. The way Maximus spoke to Artemis was so melodramatic it distracted me and took me out of the story. It might not be the narrator's fault since the writing called for it. My all-time Hoyt favorite is Scandalous Desires, with Mickey O'Connor and Silence Hollingbrook. BTW, I e-mailed Hatchette Audio to ask why Ashford MacNab isn't narrating these books anymore, and they said they couldn't comment on contractual issues. I ran across the fact that Ashford M. has a pseudonym, Polly Lee--just found 25 books on Audible!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • How the Light Gets In

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,598
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,293

Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome Home!

  • By Nancy J on 09-06-13

Wow, LP wrapped up one part a little too fast

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

Reviewed: 09-05-13

I love ALL of Louise Penny's books and Ralph Cosham's narrations. I usually give 5 stars, but this is the first one where I thought --without a spoiler-- that the murder plot line wasn't probable (murderer's motivation) and that Beauvoir's private relationship, developed in some depth in The Beautiful Mystery, got wrapped up head-spinningly fast with a bow on top at the end. Such an important part of B's life deserved more handling, such as a plot line in a next book, rather than throwing it away by giving it such short shrift in this book and tacking the resolution into the ending.

14 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • The Cruelest Month

  • A Three Pines Mystery
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501

It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees, and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life. When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil - until one of their party dies of fright.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gamache Under Attack

  • By Charles Atkinson on 12-11-14

A wonderful series, but read the books in order!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-13

The Cruelest Month is wonderfully spooky, but I think my favorite part is the way the Sûreté du Québec's cruel manipulations of Gamache unfold. I'm listening to the whole series a second time (third for some of the books) IN ORDER. It is a brilliant series, and for me has gotten better with each successive book. Ralph Cosham’s narration is enhances the books tremendously. I love the way Louise Penny writes complex parallel and intersecting plot lines. Although the author states that the books are meant to be stand-alone, I disagree. I read Bury Your Dead (book 6) before The Brutal Telling (book 5), and found that Bury Your Dead had given away the ending of The Brutal Telling! My favorite character is the complex, surly, needy Beauvoir.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Scandalous Desires

  • Maiden Lane, Book 3
  • By: Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709

Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind - and nine months ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back... and he's asking for her help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent Journey!

  • By Angela on 11-09-11

The perfect narrator for this fascinating series

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

Reviewed: 03-09-12

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

Yes, but only a VERY CLOSE friend! The sex is so graphic, I'd want to be sure the friend wouldn't be offended.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Scandalous Desires?

When they are all in the kitchen giving the dog a bath in his tub, then Micky walks in.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to choose from.

Any additional comments?

I know not everyone likes the narrator, but to me she is the PERFECT narrator for this series. Her narration is quiet, deliberate, and somber, which reflects the seriousness of the character (and her entire family) as well as the atmosphere of the whole book. She complements the atmosphere created by the author. Her Irish accent is fantastic.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Scandalous

  • By: Karen Robards
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 300

When Lady Gabriella Banning receives word that her half brother, the Earl of Wickham, has died on his tea plantation, she faces the reality that she and her younger sisters are suddenly penniless - unless she thinks fast. Arranging Claire’s London season, Gabby pretends that Marcus is still alive, just until Claire can marry a fabulously wealthy nobleman. But when a handsome gentleman arrives claiming to be Marcus, Gabby’s plan backfires. If she exposes this mysterious stranger’s deceit, she exposes her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected plot twists

  • By Karen on 10-24-10

Rushed, impersonal narration ruins a good story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-11

Sometimes you have to be patient until your ear grows accustomed to the narrator, but this time it was impossible. The narration is rushed and impersonal, with little inflection unless she speaks in a character's voice, for which she has to slow down a little. It made the story kind of embarrassing, if you know what I mean. I'm a long-time audio book reader (since tapes!) and this is the first book I've ever listened to that has destroyed the story. I read "Shameless" first so I know the writer is great.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful