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Cate F.

Richmond, VA USA
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  • Besotted with the Viscount

  • By: Susanna Malcolm
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

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.

1 of 1 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 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

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

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.

  • Someone to Care

  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

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 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

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
  • A BEAUTIFULLY DARK LOVE STORY!

  • By Renae Goddard on 05-14-18

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.”

  • The Weight of Ink

  • By: Rachel Kadish
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 23 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927

Set in the London of the 1660s and of the early 21st century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city, and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of 17th-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling characters question life choices, ethics, religious rules, love and desire

  • By CHRISTINE on 11-02-17

Challenging, Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

The Weight of Ink required my intense concentration to follow the parts that were Esther’s philosophical thoughts and letters. In many ways the book reminded me of The Name of The Rose and An Instance of the Fingerpost. All three have serious discussion of theology and philosophy along with gripping stories of characters very much of their times.
The modern story of the scholars who are discovering Esther’s revolutionary writing was also one of dedication and, ultimately, passion although any romance was rejected by them.
This is a terrific book for those who love good writing and intelligent stories.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • An Arrangement of Sorts

  • Arrangements, Book 1
  • By: Rebecca Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jessica Elisa Boyd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

He was intrigued...Nathaniel Hammond, Earl of Beverton, is working to restore his new estate and aid his tenants. But everything changes when he meets the beautiful and mysterious Moira Dennison, a bold young woman who offers to hire him, unaware of his title, to help her find her fiancé. Curious and unable to resist, Nathan accepts her offer, keeping his true identity a secret, never dreaming of what the future held for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Intriguing and Hilarious Romantic Adventure

  • By Patiotoole on 07-03-17

Enjoyable Road Trip Story

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

Just the book for the times when you want a well written, well narrated story with a minimal amount of angst.

  • Her Husband's Harlot

  • Mayhem in Mayfair, Book 1
  • By: Grace Callaway
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 284

After a disastrous wedding night, proper Lady Helena Harteford fears for the fate of her new marriage. Disguised as a doxy, she tracks her husband down at a bawdy house to reason with him...and instead discovers the thrill of forbidden passion. An innocent ruse turns into a risky deception; how far will this once-wallflower go to win her husband's love?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love, love, love this hot romance!!!

  • By Bettina on 11-19-12

Incorrect pronunciations abound

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

Readers who mispronounce commonly used words from the Romance genre should either be better edited or fired! The weird Mid-Atlantic accent doesn’t help. I could have enjoyed this somewhat silly & unbelievable story if it had a good reader. As it was, I just couldn’t finish it when there are so many better books out there.

  • Lessons in French

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690

Trevelyan d'Augustin and Lady Callista Talliafaire were secret sweethearts, until the day her father dismissed him with a whip across the face. Ten years and three jiltings later, shy Callie is resigned to a quiet village life as the late earl's spinster daughter. But now Trev has returned from his estates in France, upending everything, dragging her into adventures, stealing Hubert the prize-winning bull, and flinging Callie's heart into mayhem again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy Cow!! What A Lovely Romance!! ;-)

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 07-24-14

Two’s a Charm

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

It just goes to show that sometimes rethinking an opinion is for the best. My mood just wasn’t right the first time I tried this book. I remember telling the Audible customer service person I was returning Lessons in French because it was too stupid to finish. She was very surprised and remarked that most people seemed to love Laura Kinsale’s books.
I went on to read/listen and enjoy everything else she has written. Recently I thought why not give it another try?
Thank goodness I did. This book is just as touching and well written as all the other and has the added virtue of being very funny.

  • The Marigold Chain

  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

England, 1666; the year all the prophecies said the world would end. For Chloe Hervaux, marriage to wild, unpredictable Alex Deveril offers escape from a home she hates. For Alex, waking up with an epic hangover, the discovery that he has acquired a bride is an unwelcome shock. But while the marriage remains in name only, other forces are gathering. England is at war with the Dutch, and Prince Rupert suspects that sabotage is at work in the fleet. Instructed to find and stop the traitor, Alex enters a dark, secret labyrinth of intrigue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent romance set during the Restoration

  • By noagnes on 02-23-18

Another Terrific Book from the Riley-Wyndham Team

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

Stella Riley manages to create an endearing hero out of a man who initially seems to be set on taking on every immature risk available. He is even willing to wager for the possession of another man’s stepsister, marrying her while he is so drunk that he has no memory of doing so the next day.
The bride is unhappy enough in her situation that marrying a stranger seems preferable to living with her stepbrother. She remains outwardly calm and pragmatic through months of emotional ordeals that wear away the shields both characters have carried for self preservation.
The tumultuous events of the late 17th Century provide plenty of opportunity for intrigue and disaster - attempted betrayal of the country and the Great Fire. Riley’s characters and story are further enhanced by the interpretation of Alex Wyndham who uses his voice to convey the richness and excitement of The Marigold Chain.
I did find myself wishing for a map of London to follow all the comings and goings of the characters but was too absorbed in the book to look for one on the internet.
I’m looking forward eagerly to more books from this perfect team.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful