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  • The Lion's Lady

  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477

Christina Bennett had taken London society by storm. The ravishing beauty guarded the secret of her mysterious past until the night Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, stole a searching, sensuous kiss. An arrogant nobleman with a pirate's passions, he tasted the wildfire smoldering beneath Christina's cool charm and swore to possess her.... But the feisty and defiant Christina would not be so easily conquered. Mistress of her heart and of her fortune, she resisted Lyon's sensuous caresses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved everything about this book!

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 06-03-13

Shaking my head...

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

Any additional comments?

As a real life Dakota woman, the use of my cultural background is disturbing. It might've been nice had JG did some research instead of casually flinging stereotypes on the page. Seriously, I wouldn't have minded if she had at least tried to show some effort toward authenticity. I bought this book long ago and couldn't remember hearing it. Now I know why I didn't finish it. I've read other Julie Garwood books and they were good. This one just made me a bit angry.

Also, Susan Duerden's narration is truly cringe inducing. Her attempt at accents and the weird intonation she uses really irritated me. With other books she's read, I've listened at 1.25x and it was ok. This one was not.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Thief of Shadows

  • Maiden Lane, Book 4
  • By: Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557

Winter Makepeace lives a double life. By day he's the stoic headmaster of a home for foundling children. But the night brings out a darker side of Winter. As the moon rises, so does the Ghost of St. Giles-protector, judge, fugitive. When the Ghost, beaten and wounded, is rescued by a beautiful aristocrat, Winter has no idea that his two worlds are about to collide. Lady Isabel Beckinhall enjoys nothing more than a challenge. Yet when she's asked to tutor the Home's dour manager in the ways of society, Isabel can't help wondering why his eyes seem so familiar - and his lips so tempting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two thumbs way up.

  • By Sidonie on 06-29-12

Elizabeth Hoyt is at her best!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

Would you listen to Thief of Shadows again? Why?

Yes. I love the idea of a Merry Widdow taking on a slightly younger, straight-laced, mysterious man.

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

Her voice has an element of innocence that is deceptive when it comes to Elizabeth Hoyt's writing.

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

Winter is Hot!

  • The Temptation of the Night Jasmine

  • By: Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

The much- anticipated fifth installment in the inventive and original Pink Carnation series.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disapointing Reader

  • By Bethany on 01-27-09

Can we please get a redo with Kate Reading?

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

What would have made The Temptation of the Night Jasmine better?

A different narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Temptation of the Night Jasmine?

The rooftop scene.

What didn’t you like about Justine Eyre’s performance?

Her pronunciation of Eloise. Her British accent. Her stilted performance. It's obvious I'm not a fan of hers. With other books she has narrated, I could disguise her voice by listening at 1.25 speed, but even that didn't work here. Seriously, I have passed on more than one HR simply because she is the narrator.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, certainly. I love this series! I love the characters! Sadness; because every time I go through the series, I struggle to even finish listening to this one. In fact, this time I've just skipped it; which makes me ANGRY, because it's such a lovely, romantic story! I can't say this book ruins the series, but it is very frustrating because it is integral to the series.

Any additional comments?

Kate Reading is probably my favorite narrator. She reads the other books in this series, and her accents are so good with both the modern parts, and the historical ones. I just wish it was possible to have a redo.

  • A Wallflower Christmas

  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624

It’s Christmastime in London and Rafe Bowman has arrived from America for his arranged meeting with Natalie Blandford, the very proper and beautiful daughter of Lady and Lord Blandford. His chiseled good looks and imposing physique are sure to impress the lady-in-waiting, and if it weren’t for his shocking American ways and wild reputation, her hand would already be guaranteed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable addition to the series

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 05-26-13

A New, Honorary Wallflower

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

Reviewed: 10-29-16

I've listened to this series time and again, and finally, I downloaded the Christmas edition.

A rather shorter story than the others, it nevertheless has all the passion and romance. As was said in other reviews, the story is fairly predictable. But meeting the Wallflowers again was like seeing old friends; very cozy and warm.

I do like Hannah. She is very proper and very kind. Her sense of obligation to chaperone lady Natalie reminded me of my being the third wheel on countless dates with my sisters. ☺️

Rafe turns out to be a nice guy. His struggle to please his father gives his character depth and the letter he writes would make anyone swoon! I was a bit taken aback, however, that he begins with such aggressiveness toward Hannah. His behavior came off like that of a frat boy; which was a bit cringy for me. I suppose that's a bit hypocritical because I loved Lillian and Marcus' story.

Rosalyn Landor is always a lovely narrator. Although I'm not fond of her American accents, I do enjoy listening to her voice.

  • Slightly Married

  • Bedwyn Saga Series, Book 1
  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050

Like all the Bedwyn men, Aidan has a reputation for cool arrogance. But this proud nobleman also possesses a loyal, passionate heart - and it is this fierce loyalty that has brought Colonel Lord Aidan to Ringwood Manor to honor a dying soldier's request. Having promised to comfort and protect the man's sister, Aidan never expected to find a headstrong, fiercely independent woman who wants no part of his protection, nor did he expect the feelings this beguiling creature would ignite in his guarded heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Bedwyns have arrived!

  • By L. Brown-Jackson on 10-01-16

At last! The Bedwyns are coming to Audible!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-16

The 'Slightly' series was my introduction to Mary Balogh's splendid writing. Every story is unique, and well told.

In this book, Aiden Bedwyn is an honor-bound soldier who finds love.
Eve Morris is a open-hearted, unpretentious woman who also has obligations she needs to honor.
There is a beautiful, mutual respect between them that slowly blossoms into love.
It's such a lovely story.

Mary Balogh is, as always, brilliant in her writing, and Rosalyn Landor's narration is always easy to listen to.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Talk Sweetly to Me

  • The Brothers Sinister, Book 5
  • By: Courtney Milan
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 241

Nobody knows who Miss Rose Sweetly is, and she prefers it that way. She’s a shy, mathematically-minded shopkeeper’s daughter who dreams of the stars. Women like her only ever come to attention through scandal. She’ll take obscurity, thank you very much. All of England knows who Stephen Shaughnessy is. He’s an infamous advice columnist and a known rake.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice, but too idealistic...

  • By H Daisy on 06-28-16

Nice, but too idealistic...

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

Any additional comments?

The shorter length of this book didn't work. The complexity of an interracial relationship in this era needs a lot more exploration. Both in the character development, and in the explanation of the racial climate of the time.

I felt like I kind of knew Stephen from his appearance in the last book, but even then, he has obviously lived through his share of struggles. It's sweet that he is truly in love with Rose, but up until the very end, he seems oblivious to her day to day challenges. As a 'radical' journalist, one would think he would be a bit more in touch with reality. I don't think it would've harmed his 'happy go lucky' image for him to recognize how much Rose has to do to fit into the dominant culture.

Rose is amazing, but I didn't get a sense of who she is and why she fears what she fears. There are huge holes in her story that would've helped to round out her character.
Here are a few questions:
Why isn't her genius more of a big deal? There was a WHOLE book in this series about a woman scientist and all the controversy surrounding that idea; a Black, female astronomist/mathematician is equally amazing.
Why wasn't her history mentioned? Sure, her grandfather is talked about, but certainly there is a story behind how her family became shopkeepers--BLACK shopkeepers.
Why isn't there more of a description of her physically? Surely Stephen's attraction is physical as well as intellectual. Perhaps the author skipped past this in order to avoid the idea that he is only attracted to her exoticism. (kudos if that's the case)

I applaud Courtney Milan for attempting to tackle interracial relationships in this era and in this genre. However, as someone who lives the controversy of an interracial marriage everyday, the brevity of the book is almost an insult. I realize that historical romance is all about fantasy, but this story is a bit too unrealistic.

As always, Rosalyn Landor is great!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Duke of Sin

  • By: Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys. A notorious rake and blackmailer, Montgomery has returned from exile intent on seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. But what he finds in his own bedroom may lay waste to all his plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sinfully Delicious

  • By 1CheekyLass on 06-06-16

Elizabeth Hoyt at her Best

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

Reviewed: 06-22-16

What did you love best about Duke of Sin?

The Duke's total lack of concern for anyone but himself. It allows him to say such audacious and funny things.
"...have mercy, I plead, oh siren of chatelaines and unlovely bonnets..."

What other book might you compare Duke of Sin to and why?

Dangerous in Diamonds by Madeline Hunter. It also has a desolate, hilarious, potentially redeemable Duke. Although,Montgomery's goodness is buried a bit deeper than Castleford's, they share the ability to shock and cajole in equal parts.

Which character – as performed by Ashford McNab – was your favorite?

The Duke of Montgomery

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely! As it is with every new Elizabeth Hoyt book.

Any additional comments?

I think Elizabeth Hoyt and Ashford McNab are a perfect match. Even though the stories were excellent, I was a bit disappointed with the two books in this series that were voiced by other performers. There is an element of romantic innocence in Ashford McNab's voice that is a wonderful counterpoint to the eroticism of Elizabeth Hoyt's writing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Her Wanton Wager

  • Mayhem in Mayfair, Volume 2
  • By: Grace Callaway
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

When her brother falls into the clutches of gamester Gavin Hunt, feisty heiress Persephone Fines will do whatever it takes to save him. Hunt offers her an outrageous proposition: he will release her brother ... if she can resist six nights of seduction. Can she withstand the scoundrel's wicked charm - and the shocking desire he rouses with each touch?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Maine Knitter on 11-08-14

Great series

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

I loved this series so much I was able to endure the irritating narrator.
I found that if I listened at x1.25 speed it was much better.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Gentleman and the Rogue

  • By: Summer Devon, Bonnie Dee
  • Narrated by: Jasper de Montfort
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

When Sir Alan Watleigh goes searching for sex, he never imagines the street rat he brings home for one last bit of pleasure in his darkest hour will be the man who hauls him back from the edge of the grave. A single night of meaningless sex turns into an offer of permanent employment. Jem acts as Alan's valet, but offers him so much more than polished boots and starched cravats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such Heart-swelling Romance💝

  • By H Daisy on 02-14-16

Such Heart-swelling Romance💝

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

Reviewed: 02-14-16

This story has everything!
A brooding, principled, handsome hero who struggles with his wounds and needs.
A delicious, unfettered young man who's wit and beauty barely disguise his wisdom and depth of character.
A sadistic and perverse villain who is in possession of a little girl needing rescuing.
And a lot of ROMANCE with very EROTIC love scenes!

This is a beautifully written love story. It would make any reader sigh with giddiness by the end. It is, obviously, a gay romance. But I wish it were listed next to all the other Historical Romances. More people need to hear it.
Yay for love!!

Other reviewers may not have liked the narrator, but I enjoyed him very much.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347

Why we think it’s a great listen: It is a truth universally acknowledged that anyone looking for a great listen won’t be able to resist Jane Austen’s delightful classic of love and manners in Regency England. Jane Austen's story of Mrs. Bennet's finding husbands for her daughters is told with wit and charm. A must for lovers of good literature. Commuters Library presents Pride and Prejudice read by Kate Reading.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narrator

  • By C. A. Likely on 03-12-07

A Classic that Holds Up

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

Reviewed: 10-31-15

This book is so well written, and romantic!

Also, ALL HAIL KATE READING!!
She always brings a story to life with her magnificent ability to define each character.
Her narration also brings out the comedy in this story without sounding cheesy.

This is a wonderful marriage of a timeless author, and a gifted narrator!