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Cate F.

Richmond, VA USA
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  • Third Son's a Charm

  • Survivors, Book 1
  • By: Shana Galen
  • Narrated by: Victoria Aston
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Fiercely loyal to his friends and comrades, Ewan Mostyn is the toughest in a group of younger sons of nobility who met as soldiers and are now trying desperately to settle back into peaceful Society. Ewan trusts his brawn more than his brains, but when he's offered a job watching the Duke of Ridlington's stubbornly independent daughter, he finds both are challenged. Lady Lorraine wants none of her father's high-handed ways, and she'll do everything in her power to avoid her distressingly attractive bodyguard - until she lands herself in real trouble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book!

  • By Tracy T on 11-27-17

Too long but still enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I yearned to put on my editor’s hat and edit about 20 minutes from this book. It felt as though scenes were repeating and making points that had already been established. I did not need to be told and shown multiple times that the h talked a lot and the H could not read. Just show it as a natural part of the story.

  • Of Valor & Vice: A Revelry's Tempest Novel

  • By: K.J. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Anais Inara Chase
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Near destitute after the sudden death of her wastrel husband, Lady Pipworth must find a way to support herself and her young nieces until her brother returns home to assume his role as head of the family. Thanks to her three brothers who raised her, Adalia's one outstanding skill in life is gambling, and with a dower house now at her disposal, plans to fill the coffers - scandal begetting or not - begin to take shape. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written & excellent narration

  • By Cate F. on 10-16-18

Well written & excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Within the conventions of historical romance, a story that is full of truth about the struggles of love, attraction, and marriage.

  • An Unsuitable Duchess

  • By: Kathleen Buckley
  • Narrated by: Fiona Honan-Bowes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

After her guardian’s death, Anne Sinclair comes to town seeking a man with broad interests rather than broad estates. She possesses a competence and a pretty face, so why did her late guardian think it might be difficult for her to make a match? The question becomes urgent when she discovers that London can be perilous for a young lady of inquiring mind - especially when she has a hidden enemy.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Book

  • By Cate F. on 09-17-18

Terrific Book

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

So glad I read the reviews and spent a credit on this book. Intelligent, well written without the glaring anachronisms infecting too many historical romances. Beautiful interpretation by narrator Fiona Honan-Bowes. Looking forward to more books from Kathleen Buckley.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Where Dreams Begin

  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577

Zachary Bronson has built an empire of wealth and power, but all London knows he is not a gentleman. He needs a wife to secure his position in society – and to warm his bed in private. But one alluring, unexpected kiss from Lady Holly Taylor awakens a powerful need within him beyond respectability. An exceptional beauty whose fierce passions match Zachary’s own, Holly always intended to play by society’s rules, even when they clashed with her bolder instincts. But now a dashing stranger has made her a scandalous offer that does not include matrimony....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite LK Book Thus Far

  • By Martha on 01-23-12

Too creepy and too long

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Maybe it was my mood but I found Zachary to be too controlling and domineering. For much of the book he seemed more like a villain and I found myself rooting for his honorable, nice guy competition. I was a bit surprised that when they finally got around to having sex that he didn’t immediately tie her to the bed. I will say I was very happy she wasn’t a virgin and the reader wasn’t forced to endure a deflowering.
The book could have used some severe editing to shorten it by about an hour, perhaps cutting the number of reminiscences about her first husband. I usually enjoy books by this author but this one didn’t hit the mark. Rosalyn Landor did her usual stellar job of reading.

  • Midsummer Magic

  • By: Catherine Coulter
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48

Philip Hawksbury, the Earl of Rothermere, obeying his father's dying wish, hies himself to Scotland to offer for one of the daughters of Alexander Kilbracken, the Earl of Ruthven. Frances Kilbracken, informed of the earl's arrival and his mission, disguises herself as a bespectacled dowd so she won't be the one selected by the young earl. But choose her he does, and for all the wrong reasons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WELL DONE!

  • By Lady M on 08-15-12

ABRIDGED! For the better? Trigger & Spoiler warnings

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Another excellent performance by Anne Flosnik. I never pick abridged books but the fact that this version was escaped my notice. There were a few spots with abrupt transitions and Coulter’s usual humor was not as evident.
The most difficult to accept were H’s treatment of h during the early period of their marriage when there were several scenes of marital rape. The attitude and actions of the H were probably more historically accurate than the emphasis on consent in more current Historical Romance. I found the scenes disturbing.
Did the abridgment omit a slower wooing of the h that would have made her acceptance of the H more believable.

  • Besotted with the Viscount

  • By: Susanna Malcolm
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Lord Gideon Birch, wounded former naval Captain and freshly minted Viscount, has a colorful history as a renowned lover of women. But a decade at war has transformed this sensual rake, and what he wants now is only to live a life on his own terms. And so, he comes to the quietest village in England, searching for serenity and instead, encounters an astonishingly enthralling pair of green eyes that unsettle his carefully constructed world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous Narrator

  • By Cate F. on 07-14-18

Marvelous Narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Nicholas Boulton has a resonant, rumbling voice and the ability to perform believable women, none with squeaky voices. An intelligent heroine although a bit contradictory. I would liked to have heard more of the hero’s back story.
All in all, an enjoyable listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress

  • Dukes of War, Book 3
  • By: Erica Ridley
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

Captain Xavier Grey's body is back amongst the beau monde, but his mind cannot break free from the horrors of war. His friends try to help him find peace. He knows he doesn't deserve it. Just like he doesn't deserve the attentions of the sultry bluestocking intent on seducing him into bed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever and well thought out

  • By Zena on 03-15-17

Perfect balance of humor and eroticism

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

What a pleasure to read such a well written and funny book. The developing relationship between Xavier and Jane with their deepening understanding of one another, gave a natural quality to their growing attraction and erotic encounters.

  • Allegra

  • A Novel Set in the Italian Renaissance
  • By: C. De Melo
  • Narrated by: Brook Van Beuren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Allegra Castagno harbors a secret so big that it can ruin her life and her father's reputation. Exceptionally talented, yet banned from the Florentine guilds, she devises a clever ruse in order to secretly ply her beloved craft. In time, the exquisite jewelry designs of "La Castagna" are being praised in noble courts from Venice to Rome.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined by the Narrator

  • By Cate F. on 06-15-18

Ruined by the Narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

Based on the Amazon reviews I took a chance on an unknown-to-me author. I spent two summers in Florence and have a love of fine crafts. Unfortunately, the reader so consistently mispronounced common words that I was too distracted to enjoy the story. Some Italian names were pronounced the way an Italian would say them, others were pronounced as if by an American. The pronunciations should be consistent. And the English mispronunciations made me wonder if anyone had listened to the audio before releasing it. I know I am a bit of a crank when it comes to my reaction to incompetent readers but they ruin what should be a pleasurable experience in the same way a printed book would if it were full of poor spelling, inconsistent punctuation, and a constant misuse of homonyms.
I hope to have other opportunities to listen to books by C. De Melo with better narrators.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Someone to Care

  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

Two years after the death of the Earl of Riverdale, his family has overcome the shame of being stripped of their titles and fortune - except for his onetime countess, Viola. With her children grown and herself no longer part of the social whirl of the ton, she is uncertain where to look for happiness - until quite by accident her path crosses once again with that of the Marquess of Dorchester, Marcel Lamarr. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous story with mature H/h

  • By Cate F. on 05-09-18

Marvelous story with mature H/h

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

Thank goodness for this book featuring two adults coming together after 20 years of being buffeted by life. I am fairly bored by 19 year old virgins these days since that time is a barely remembered 50 years in my past.
Mary Balogh creates complex characters with individual lives, products of both experiences and upbringing.
Rosalyn Landor is a gifted reader with the ability to express individual voices. I have never heard her mispronounce a word in the many, many books she has recorded that I have heard, some more than once.
Highly recommended with no reservations.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Lost to the Night

  • The Brotherhood Series, Book 1
  • By: Adele Clee
  • Narrated by: Kylie Stewart
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Alexander Cole was a man ruled by his voracious appetite for carnal pleasures until a golden-haired devil in the guise of a goddess lures him into an encounter that costs him his humanity. With nothing left but bitterness in his heart, he locks himself away in his dilapidated Elizabethan mansion and chains the gates to all intruders. When her aunt suffers an injury in a carriage accident, Evelyn Bromwell rushes through the forest in search of help. Drawn to the mysterious old mansion, she is left aghast to find such a frosty reception.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Regency Romance Meets Beauty and the Beast

  • By HeatherY on 06-18-17

Terrible narrator, bad to the point of laughter.

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

Hard to believe the narrator has had any kind of training. I could almost believe English is not her first language because of the many times she mispronounced words. My favorite was the description of hair as “bed raggled.”