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Jan M. Reber

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  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,286

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm and lovely Christmas story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 12-13-18

Wonderful old story

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

A wonderful old Victorian story, masterfully read by Richard Armitage. Just the right length for the long holiday weekend.

  • The Grand Sophy

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sarah Woodward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,875

Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Full Sophy

  • By Carol on 10-17-13

A great Georgette Heyer!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

This is one of my favorite Georgette Heyer novels, and it is a particularly wonderful audible version.

  • Satyr's Son: A Georgian Historical Romance

  • Roxton Family Saga, Book 5
  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

London, 1786. Lord Henri-Antoine has returned from the Grand Tour to a life of privilege and excess. A vast inheritance allows him every indulgence, free from responsibility. Yet, Henri-Antoine maintains a well-ordered existence, going to great lengths to conceal an affliction few understand and many fear. Miss Lisa Crisp is a penniless orphan who relies on the charity of relatives to keep her from the poorhouse. Intelligent and unflappable, Lisa will not allow poverty to define her. She leads a useful life working among the sick poor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lucinda Brant + Alex Wyndham = Truly Marvelous

  • By Cate F. on 12-10-17

Worthy to the last word

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

This is the last of the Roxton Family Saga and a worthy final installment. All of the books in this series were masterfully written and excellently delivered. This series is one of my top three series I have ever read or listened to.

  • Dair Devil: A Georgian Historical Romance

  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

Opposites attract. Appearances can deceive. A dashing and rugged façade hides the vulnerable man within. He will gamble with his life, but never his heart. Always the observer, never the observed, her fragility hides conviction. She will risk everything for love. One fateful night they collide. The attraction is immediate, the consequences profound.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Lucinda Brant winner

  • By Cam on 10-26-15

Another fantastic Roxton Family book

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I have read the entire Roxton Family Saga series and this is my favorite book, though I LOVE them all. Excellent story with deep characters and engaging storytelling. Last but not least, narrator Alex Wyndham is FABULOUS. I highly recommend every book in the series. #HappyEnding #GeorgianEngland #HistoricalRomance #Swoonworthy #Rereadable #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Red Queen

  • By: Victoria Aveyard
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,628

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own--an ability she didn't know she had.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Story, Better Writing

  • By FanB14 on 09-04-15

As exciting as Hinger Games

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

Excellent story and narration. Victoria Aveyard creates a world you can see, feel and even taste.

  • The Medieval World

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,867

Far from being a time of darkness, the Middle Ages was an essential period in the grand narrative of Western history. But what was it like to actually live in those extraordinary times? Now you can find out.These 36 lectures provide a different perspective on the society and culture of the Middle Ages: one that entrenches you in the daily human experience of living during this underappreciated era.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prof. Armstrong is an rockstar. Loved her class.

  • By Rocco on 10-04-13

Excellent series of lectures

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Both interesting and instructive; educational yet highly entertaining!
Would recommend for any history buff or writer interested in the medieval period.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,326

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Excellent writing, wonderful narration

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

Listened to this book on a very long trip and I was mesmerized. My two grown daughters and I were pulled into the story and when we arrived home with two hours of audio left, we sat down at the kitchen table to listen to the rest.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Player

  • Rockliffe, Volume 3
  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Tragedy drove him into unwilling exile. Death demands his reluctant return. In the decade between, he has answered to many names and amassed a variety of secrets. Now the actor known to Paris as L'Inconnu must resume his real identity and become Francis Adrian Sinclair Devereux, Earl of Sarre...a man he no longer knows how to be and whose name, thanks to the malice of a friend turned enemy, remains tarnished by an old scandal. Revenge, so long avoided, slithers temptingly from the shadows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Story & 5+ Narration Stars!

  • By BJ's Reviews on 06-23-16

Another heart-melting page turner from Stella Riley and Alex Wyndham!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I have loved all of the Rockliffe books and this is certainly no exception. Stella creates characters with uncommon depth and emotion. The story lines are crisp and the dialogue remarkably delivered. Alex Wyndham is a delight to listen to, making the characters come to life and almost walk in the room.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fall of Lord Drayson

  • Tanglewood, Book 1
  • By: Rachael Anderson
  • Narrated by: Helen Taylor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465

When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother need to vacate the house they've called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied. They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Cam on 06-04-17

Absolutely loved it!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

Sweet traditional Regency romance. Well narrated and very enjoyable. I would buy another book from this author and narrator combination.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Laiden's Daughter

  • Clan MacDougall, Book 1
  • By: Suzan Tisdale
  • Narrated by: Erin Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 882

Betrayed by lies told before her birth, Aishlinn is raised by a harsh and cruel stepfather. Her life is forever changed one horrifying night when she is forced to flee England for the safety of the Scottish Highlands. Rescued by a fierce band of highland warriors, Aishlinn soon learns that honorable men do exist. She finds a strength she never knew she possessed and it will be tested to the limits when she is forced to make a heart-wrenching decision…allow the English to kill those she loves, or surrender for the crime she committed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 01-09-18

Flat narration makes for boring listening.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

Would you try another book from Suzan Tisdale and/or Erin Jones?

Did not enjoy what little of this book I could sit through. Very poor narration and there were times either the narrator or the author didn't understand some of the Scottish phrases they were using. (More than once a character said, "Ye ken know." Since "ken" means "know," it is a redundant statement.)

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Don't know if the book got better - I couldn't even get through the second chapter.