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  • The Governess Affair

  • The Brothers Sinister, Book 1
  • By: Courtney Milan
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 641

Three months ago, governess Serena Barton was let go from her position. Unable to find new work, she's demanding compensation from the man who got her sacked: a petty, selfish, swinish duke. But it's not the duke she fears. It's his merciless man of business - the man known as the Wolf of Clermont. The formidable former pugilist has a black reputation for handling all the duke's dirty business, and when the duke turns her case over to him, she doesn't stand a chance. But she can't stop trying....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short But Sweet

  • By Karen on 09-11-12

Shallow, Bland, Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-26-17

Would you be willing to try another one of Rosalyn Landor’s performances?

No. I especially did not like her often sing-song narration, and the way she extended and lifted the end of words, particularly at the end of sentences or paragraphs. In honesty, the book might have had some merit were it read by a more gifted narrator.

Any additional comments?

Disappointment is an understatement, more a waste of time. There is nothing of value I can say about this book. It's just nothing. Not a good story. Not written well. Not any developed characters. Not a hint of a decent plot.
I am simply disappointed in my selection of this book, and wish I had the time back that I used in reading it.

  • Intimate Deception

  • By: Laura Landon
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 669

Lady Grace Warren will do anything to protect her sisters, even betroth herself to a man so depraved that all of London fears him. Faced with a lifetime of misery, Grace has only one chance for escape: to relinquish her virtue before her wedding. Such abandon will destroy her reputation - and ensure her freedom. But when she disguises herself as courtesan to lure a handsome nobleman, she cannot anticipate the tender surprise destiny has in store….

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 10 HRS OF LISTENING PLEASURE

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 11-01-12

Sweet Poignant Love Story

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Intimate Deception to be better than the print version?

No

What did you like best about this story?

The love between Grace and Vincent

Which character – as performed by Sarah Coomes – was your favorite?

Grace

Any additional comments?

29-year old Lady Grace Warren finally fulfilled the promise she made to her mother on her deathbed. She vowed to care for her 6 younger sisters and see them safely married. Ann, the last one to marry, has just wed at the beginning of the story. Grace's father, a greedy, selfish, uncaring man had sold each of his daughters rather than providing a dowry. Making smart deals on behalf of each sister, every one of them were happily married and loved by their husbands. Unfortunately, Ann had been chosen to wed Lord Fentington, and notoriously cruel and abusive man who drove his former wives to their deaths. Grace was able to persuade him that she would marry him instead if he would release Ann from the obligation. Grace, however, had no intention of fulfilling that promise. The Lord demanded one thing in writing before he would give her father the large sum of money he was paying to wed Grace: a sworn statement of her virginity.
Grace found herself with no other option than to barter with the only thing she had of value: her virtue. Calling on her childhood friend, Hannah, who was now one of the most elegant and successful madam's in London, Grace persuades her to allow her to "work" for her for one night. Knowing she would live out her life as a spinster was not only a small price to pay for her sisters' happiness, but also infinitely preferable to spending even 5 minutes in the company of the monster. Her plan appeared to have worked, despite her father's demand that she tell the Lord that she had lied and was indeed a virgin. When she refused, her enraged father, not receiving the money he expected, banished her from his home. Grace went to London to live with her sister, Caroline, until such time as she could determine what to do with her future.
The night at the brothel had been magical, and Grace captured the passions of her customer, the Duke of Raynor. He had lost 2 wives and their babes in childbirth, and had sworn he would never marry or love again. For the past 5 years he had visited the brothel every Thursday evening to satisfy his needs in the arms of a woman without any demands on his emotions. He took every precaution to make certain there was never a chance of pregnancy.
This is a poignant, sweet love story. Grace is full of guilt and regret and Vincent is brimming with almost paralyzing fear. How they overcome their challenges and face their perils is the story of this book. It's not a heavy, deep read, but nonetheless an enjoyable one.

  • Robinson Crusoe

  • By: Daniel Defoe
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760

Widely regarded as the first English novel, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is one of the most popular and influential adventure stories of all time. This classic tale of shipwreck and survival on an uninhabited island was an instant success when first published in 1719, and it has inspired countless imitations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story and Excellent Narration

  • By William on 03-02-11

Better than I anticipated

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

Any additional comments?

I don't know how I missed reading this while in school, but somehow I did. It was a recent selection in our book club. My perception of the book before reading it was that it was a story of a shipwrecked guy marooned on an island. Like a historic version of Gilligan's Island. I was pleasantly surprised to find the depth of emotion and introspection experienced by the main character. His continual poor choices made me want to yell, "No! What are you thinking?!?"
The character's penchant for success in whatever he faced was inspiring. Left alone on an island for about 3 decades, he spent his time working, making provisions for himself. His creativity was inspiring. Although the climax of the book was Robinson's spiritual awakening, it never felt like the author was preaching to me. It was more of an inducement to be thankful for what I have.
This was a great read that yielded some deep soul-searching.

  • Nobody's Cuter Than You

  • A Memoir About the Beauty of Friendship
  • By: Melanie Shankle
  • Narrated by: Melanie Shankle
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Written in the same comedic style as the New York Times best sellers Sparkly Green Earrings and The Antelope in the Living Room, Nobody's Cuter Than You is a laugh-out-loud look at the special bond that exists between friends and a poignant celebration of all the extraordinary people God had the good sense to bring into our lives at exactly the right moments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So so good!

  • By Jess King on 07-06-18

Sweet Memoir about the Value of True Friendship

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

Reviewed: 02-26-17

Any additional comments?

Melanie tells her story by reading it herself. It brought out several emotions in me, beginning with the importance of friends in early childhood. The author was able to provide great depth of her relationships with others her age throughout the years, and the way in which the friendships enriched her life. She shared her feelings and experiences with refreshing honesty. I cried often throughout the book, so keep some tissues handy. And by all means, don't try to listen to it while shopping in public or on your way to work unless you have fresh makeup to reapply. A nice read that I enjoyed very much.

  • The Undoing of Saint Silvanus

  • By: Beth Moore
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,050

Only God knew why Jillian Slater agreed to return to New Orleans on the news that her father had finally drunk himself to death. It's not like they were close. She hadn't seen him - or her grandmother, the ice queen - in almost 20 years. But when Adella Atwater, the manager of her grandmother's apartment house, called and said her expenses would be paid if she'd fly in for the burial, a free trip to New Orleans was too intriguing to resist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and Thrilling to the Very End

  • By Hugo Reed on 10-25-16

Good Christian Mystery

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

Reviewed: 02-26-17

Would you listen to The Undoing of Saint Silvanus again? Why?

Possibly but not likely

What aspect of Shannon McManus’s performance would you have changed?

In several instances I would have liked to hear a Louisiana Cajun accent instead of the southern drawl.

Any additional comments?

Of course you would expect Beth Moore's first novel to be a good one, being the prolific writer of best-selling Christian study books. I was not disappointed.
The story is set in New Orleans, around a lovely apartment building that was converted from a once-thriving church. Woven throughout the main story (set in modern day) is the tale of the end of the church.
Jillian Slater is a single woman living in San Francisco. Raised by her mother, Jillian was taught that her father was a worthless man who never cared for her nor wanted anything to do with her. So it was a shock when she received a message from her grandmother telling her that her father had died and requesting her visit to New Orleans, for which she would pay the travel expenses. In the midst of a personal crisis with her year-long relationship, Jillian found herself needing an escape. With no resources of her own, she takes the offered trip, only to discover that it wasn't her withdrawn grandmother who invited her, but her grandmother's personal assistant. Given the things she'd been told growing up, Jillian didn't want to be there. Worse, her grandmother Olivia didn't know she was coming and did not want her there. Awkward is the prevailing mood.
The apartment house is inhabited by a quirky group of residents, who each brings their own life to the house.
Soon a series of petty crimes and seeming pranks escalate into a fear that someone is stalking the house with evil intent.
I'm withholding spoilers, but there are plenty of surprises and turns to keep you guessing. Although the book starts a bit slowly for my taste, it is certainly worth the read. I definitely recommend it, especially if you're looking for a good Christian novel. Keep some tissues handy.

  • Unlaced by the Outlaw

  • Secrets in Silk, Book 4
  • By: Michelle Willingham
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

When straitlaced spinster Margaret Andrews tries to stop her headstrong younger sister Amelia from eloping with the wrong man, the last thing she expects is to be caught in a coach accident. Stranded in Scotland with a dangerously handsome Highlander, she must put aside her genteel sensibilities and learn to survive. Cain Sinclair rescues the prim and proper Margaret, but he knows she'll never want a man like him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review

  • By Catherine A Pressley on 02-23-17

Margaret's Story; Disappointing Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sue Pitkin?

Sue was better in the first 3 books, but this was not good. Her men's voices were never the best, but yikes. The voices she used for Henry and Beatrice was grating, seriously grating on the ears and nerves. The villains, while also grating, were understandable. The other men were just plain irritating. Cain Sinclair's voice had a sinister quality, one that I found out-of-character. Margaret's voice was not consistent, which bugged me. I keep a log of Good and Bad narrators. This book caused me to move Sue Pitkin from Good to a new category: So-So.

Any additional comments?

This is the fourth and final book in the Secrets in Silk Series. While it's predominantly the story of Margaret Andrews, the 25-year old unmarried second Andrews sister, it pulls in a lot of details from the other three books. It ties some loose ends, and even gives us a pleasant surprise in the epilogue.
Margaret is the straight-laced daughter (as in "unlaced"), the good daughter, who always obeyed all the rules, sought to please her parents, and complied with British societal mores. She gets caught up in an attempt to save her sister, Amelia, who was drugged and kidnapped by an English Lord. (Amelia's story is book 3.) However, Margaret is involved in a serious accident while searching for her sister. Book 4 tells the story of her accident, recovery, and return to her parents' home in Scotland.
This is another good book in the series. Honestly, I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. Given Margaret's personality (even though I knew the book would have some spicy parts) I thought it would be a good story to sum up the series while telling her story. Although it was all that, it had a story all its own that was full of action and intrigue. I liked it!

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  • Undressed by the Earl

  • Secrets in Silk, Book 3
  • By: Michelle Willingham
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

A man shrouded in grief…David Hartford, the Earl of Castledon, is tormented by the death of his wife. Though everyone expects him to remarry and beget an heir, he is a man living in shadows, unwilling to break out of his prison of sorrow. A spirited young woman who embraces life… Impulsive Amelia Andrews befriends Lord Castledon and decides that he would make the perfect match for her prim older sister. Though she tries to bring the pair of them together, Amelia cannot help but see the lonely man behind David’s grim exterior.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Married to save her reputation

  • By Sam on 11-07-16

Amelia's Story

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

Any additional comments?

So far, this is my favorite book in the series, probably because of Amelia. The baby of the family, Amelia Andrews is true to the reputation of the youngest sibling. She's a bit flighty, precocious, nosy about secret things, and quick to bend or disobey the rules. In the past her cute innocence has probably gotten her out of several punishments, so she isn't concerned with bending the rules.
At the age of 14 two of Amelia's three sisters were attending balls and parties with hopes of finding a suitable husband. Amelia being too young to participate, she was relegated to spend time at her mother's or aunt's side. British custom forbid her to speak to a man without a chaperone present, and preferably not at all. (Try that today!)
In her own resourceful way, Amelia strikes up an ongoing conversation with David Hartford, the Earl of Castledon, a grieving widower. It would be scandalous for a young lady to be speaking to a gentleman without a chaperone present. Ever creative, Amelia positions herself with her back to the Earl, and talks freely. Wow, does she talk freely. Amelia doesn't seem to stop talking. She's not familiar with embarrassment, sharing her thoughts and feelings without filters. The Earl is only attending the events because he has promised his daughter that he would remarry so she would have a mother.
At 33, David Hartford is 13 years Amelia's senior. His wife has been dead for 6 years, leaving him with a 5-year old daughter (now 11).
Skipping a lot of details here, Amelia was drugged and kidnapped from a ball one evening, right under everyone's nose. Her older sister, Margaret, was charged with her care that event. When she couldn't see her, Margaret enlisted the Earl's help locating her. After realizing she had been captured by an unwanted, womanizing suitor, who needed to marry a heiress to pay off his gambling debts.
Margaret took one route to Scotland and David the other, both knowing a woman could be married there without her father's permission. David found her first, beat the kidnapper, and rescued the damsel-in-distress. British societal norms being what they were, a woman was disgraced after spending a night alone with a man, no matter the circumstance. Of course the Earl agrees to marry her. His stipulations were that it would be a marriage of friendship, sans love, providing a mother for his daughter. Amelia will have his name and a title, a daughter, and enough money to buy whatever she wants. Anything but love: that's reserved for his first wife and only love. His grief causes him to often act cold, seem uncaring, and even cruel.
The story has some twists, turns, and surprises, but allows plenty of time for the characters to develop. It's a sweet story, book three of four in the series.

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  • Killing Lincoln

  • The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,260

The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • History Made Interesting

  • By Daniel on 04-11-12

Think you know everything about Lincoln's death?

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

Any additional comments?

Filled with little known facts as well as those widely known, this book brings to life the murder of Abraham Lincoln in such a way that it might have happened this morning. With clarity and the intense research reputation of Bill O'Reilly, the events are presented in an interesting as well as informative way. I cannot say it was enjoyable considering the subject, but I thoroughly enjoyed the read.
Okay, so we already know how it ends, but if you want to know details never before reported, and if you want to discover things that were misrepresented, or occurred differently than you were taught, this book will delight you. If you like to find out the intimate details of an historical event that are beyond the basics, you'll be happy to read this book. I highly recommend this to you.Mr. O'Reilly is the narrator, and it kind of felt like watching his TV program.

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  • Unraveled by the Rebel

  • Secrets in Silk, Book 2
  • By: Michelle Willingham
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 186

After being seduced and ruined by her worst enemy, Juliette Andrews has vowed to marry no man - especially not Dr. Paul Fraser, her childhood sweetheart. Content to bury herself in accounts and numbers, she refuses to let the devastatingly handsome Highlander back into her life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator makes nonsense of this already awful book

  • By Ann Hawkins on 12-11-13

Romance in 1810 UK; A Story of Enduring Love

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

Any additional comments?

This is Book 2 in the Secrets in Silk series. The author does, however, give several mentions of what happened in the previous book. The 4-book series are romances of four sisters and their hope for love and good marriages.
This book is about Juliette, a woman who loves math and numbers, because they make sense and have order. She has a close friend whose constant company she kept while they lived in Scotland. It was a platonic relationship, albeit a close one. He, Paul Fraser, had gone off to Edinburgh to study and became a physician. Although we think highly of doctors here in the USA, they are not in the same class as royalty.
The evil Earl Strathland seeks further destruction and causes trouble for the crofters in the area.
The story has more action and devastation than in the first book. For that reason I liked it even more than it.
This is a fanciful romance set in 1810 England and Scotland. It's a quick, enjoyable read.The narration is excellent.

  • Undone by the Duke

  • Secrets in Silk, Book 1
  • By: Michelle Willingham
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 279

Reclusive designer Victoria Andrews hasn't gone outside in five years, though she yearns to escape the prison of her house. She designs sensual lingerie for the most exclusive dressmaker in London, although she has never known a man's touch.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • S****L****O****W

  • By Cam on 09-20-13

A Racy Romance with Well-Developed Characters

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

Reviewed: 01-16-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Undone by the Duke to be better than the print version?

About the same as the print version

Any additional comments?

A little racy romance, I enjoyed the characters and the storyline of this book. Victoria Andrews refused to go to London with her mother and sisters for the Christmas holiday. Their Aunt Charlotte had planned a series of events in hopes of procuring husbands for 2 of the 3 remaining siblings. After a horrible experience in the Scottish Highlands 5 years before, Victoria, the eldest, had become a helpless recluse, suffering uncontrollable terrors when even thinking of going outside. She fled when windows were opened, and never dared near the door.
An earl had terrorized the highlands, burning the croft homes, killing many of the people. With wild fires burning near to their home, a gunshot was heard, followed by the family's footman bringing in the victim of the gunshot wound. His servant was dead near his horse. Victoria did what she could to stop the bleeding and mend the man's wounds until the doctor arrived. A friendship formed, followed by a more intimate relationship. Unbeknownst to her, the man was a duke, and one of the wealthiest men in the kingdom. He enjoyed the anonymity, and Victoria's fondness for him as an ordinary man. He also has a painful past. Together they try to help each other.