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  • The Other Miss Bridgerton

  • A Bridgertons Prequel
  • By: Julia Quinn
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

Fiercely independent and adventurous, Poppy Bridgerton will only wed a suitor whose keen intellect and interests match her own. Sadly, none of the fools from her London season qualify. While visiting a friend on the Dorset coast, Poppy is surprised to discover a smugglers’ hideaway tucked inside a cave. But her delight turns to dismay when two pirates kidnap her and take her aboard a ship, leaving her bound and gagged on the captain’s bed. Known to society as a rascal and reckless privateer, Captain Andrew Rokesby actually transports essential documents for the British government.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Period Love Story

  • By J. LeFebvre on 02-08-19

I Forgot

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

I forgot Julia Quinn's novels are enjoyable reads - 'reads' being the important word. Because in my opinion Rosalyn Landor's narrations are overly dramatic, the men all sound 2 decades older than written and the story is ruined. Not a fan. I forgot and used a credit to listen rather than borrow it from my local library. The story was enjoyable and uniquely different. Worth a reread in the future.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,142

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

Fine Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

Being a fan of Mark Twain and a foodie, this audio production appealed to me. What delighted me was the sprinkling of the recorded investigations, from speaking with various Twain experts to a recording of a prairie chicken hunt. Those recordings of men gathered to hunt, speaking plainly to each other, teasing each other. just took me back to my girlhood. (Yes, I was so quiet, the men forgot I was there and I treasure those glimpses of men being men ) . Learning what these foods meant to Twain, not just in flavor but his emotional memory is moving. I throughly enjoyed this recording, it's laugh out loud fun.

  • The Very First Damned Thing

  • An Author-Read Audio Exclusive
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jodi Taylor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,355

Jodi Taylor reads the long-awaited prequel in her Chronicles of St Mary’s series, as Dr Bairstow struggles to set up St Mary’s as we know it in a world still scarred by the ravages of civil war. Ever wondered how it all began? It’s two years since the final victory at the Battersea Barricades. The fighting might be finished, but for Dr Bairstow, just now setting up St Mary's, the struggle is only beginning. How will he assemble his team? From where will his funding come?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story. The narration was ehh...

  • By Krista on 12-09-15

Author Narration Perfect

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

What did you love best about The Very First Damned Thing?

Funny. Jodi Taylor read her own book as no one else could, with all the dry humor intact. Totally enjoyed this short story, a fine piece of entertainment.

Any additional comments?

As soon as I finish this review I'll be searching to make sure I haven't missed reading any of Jodi Taylor's books. What fun her writing is, enjoy.

  • The Duchess Deal

  • Girl Meets Duke
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury's to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne'er-do-wells by night. Now there's a new item on the list. He needs an heir - which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she'll do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 100% perfect

  • By Eugenie on 09-29-17

Excellent Fun

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

What did you love best about The Duchess Deal?

Tessa Dare writes fun plots with interesting characters, lots of dialog and little mind babble. If you've enjoyed Tessa Dare's books in the past, you'll love this book. And if you haven't read Tessa Dare's books, you'll read this one and then go looking for her other books.

What does Mary Jane Wells bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mary Jane Wells is one of my favorite narrators, she brings a story to life without over doing the drama. Love her narrations and when searching for a new book, I've used Audible's search function for other books Mary Jane Wells has narrated Yes, searched not by author but narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Day of the Duchess

  • Scandal & Scoundrel, Book III
  • By: Sarah MacLean
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer's end. There is only one problem - he already has one.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator just ruined the book for me

  • By Linda on 07-05-17

Narrator just ruined the book for me

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Perhaps in print but not in audio version.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Justine Eyre?

No, her over dramatization prevents me from actually getting into the story. The male voices are the worst. Usually I complete a book before moving on to another, but this book required breaks. Just couldn't listen for very long even though I've enjoyed Sarah MacLean's books in the past.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Must Love Chainmail

  • Must Love Series, Book 2
  • By: Angela Quarles
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 197

Trapped in the wrong time, she needs a knight in shining armor, but this damsel in distress might be the real savior. With a day planner attached to her hip, the last thing Katy Tolson wants is a romance that threatens her well-ordered life. She's set to marry the safe - but bland - guy, but something's not quite...right. A careless wish thrusts her through time into medieval Wales and into the arms of a knight in somewhat shining armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Same premise as Outlander, shorter, less complex

  • By Love2Dive on 02-07-17

Wow unexpected FIND

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Must Love Chainmail to be better than the print version?

Yes! Just love Mary Jane Wells's narration. In fact when I'm ready for a book I search by her name, rather than an author, which is how I discovered Angela Quarles's books.

What about Mary Jane Wells’s performance did you like?

Everything

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Truly enjoy Angela Quarles's writing skills. A little wit, a little suspension of reality and characters that are well developed make a good read! Can't wait for her future works. Impressed that's she's rather new to writing and has won a Rita already.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Four Weddings and a Sixpence

  • An Anthology
  • By: Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, and others
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

Beloved authors Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane deliver the stories of four friends from Madame Rochambeaux's Gentle School for Girls who find an old sixpence in their bedchamber and decide that it will be the lucky coin for each of their weddings…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Linda on 12-29-16

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

What did you love best about Four Weddings and a Sixpence?

Delightful quick interwoven stories that led to 11 hours of pleasure.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Four Weddings and a Sixpence?

Most memorable was none of the stories suffered through being stretched to a full length book by use of dumb misunderstandings. The stories just marched on, most pleasantly.

Which character – as performed by Mary Jane Wells – was your favorite?

Love Mary Jane Wells, both her female voices, her male voices most especially and even her elderly voices. She's my favorite

Any additional comments?

I'll be listening to this one again. And checking out the books of the books of those authors new to me.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Most to Lose

  • By: Laura Landon
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 207

When Jonah Armstrong, the Earl of Haywood, returns to London after a three year absence, his plan is simple: reenter society, find a wealthy bride, and save the Haywood name from ruin. He has no time for distractions. Yet when he encounters Lady Cecelia Randolph, Jonah can’t resist a flirtation. After all, his feud with her brother, the Duke of Hadleigh, necessitated Jonah’s recent exile; he’s entitled to his revenge. But within seconds Jonah realizes he’s underestimated Cecelia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ANOTHER GOOD BOOK NEARLY RUINED BY THE NARRATION

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 10-26-12

Narration ruined this book

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

Reviewed: 11-05-16

Would you try another book from Laura Landon and/or Sarah Coomes?

Anothoer book by Laura Landon - Yes.
Another book by Sarah Coomes - No

Would you be willing to try another book from Laura Landon? Why or why not?

See above

Would you be willing to try another one of Sarah Coomes’s performances?

No, Sarah over dramatizes to the point that I just couldn't listen any longer. She has a pleasant voice and her accent is a plus. She needs to believe the story can carry itself and she doesn't need to over dramatize. No one enjoys listening to a drama queen. Her male voice is poor also.

Was The Most to Lose worth the listening time?

The story, yes. But I just couldn't finish the book due to the narrator.

Any additional comments?

Glad I bought this book through Kindle Unlimited and paid just a few dollars. Wait, the book was free and I PAID only for the narration! How ironic!

  • How to Capture a Duke

  • Matchmaking for Wallflowers, Book 1
  • By: Bianca Blythe
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 203

Fiona Amberly is more intrigued by the Roman ruins near her manor house than she is by balls. When her dying grandmother worries about Fiona's future, Fiona stammers that she's secretly engaged. Soon she finds herself promising that she will introduce her husband-to-be by Christmas.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad but...

  • By I like to shop on 03-22-18

Immature Writing

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, I couldn't recommend this book. The premise is a bit of a romantic comedy and not all of it is poorly written, but not one I'd recommend to friends.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Rewrite the areas where the author asks us to believe the H & H miscommunicate and use such poor logic for their decisions. In affect making them both glaringly stupid rather than in love and funny. It was an easy out for the author and needed more effort.

What three words best describe Rosalyn Landor’s voice?

Personally I don't care for her male voices, they are annoying and total ruin the comedy. The more books I listen to in which she's the narrator, the more I like her less. I'm jarred out of the story when the male lead speaks.

Did How to Capture a Duke inspire you to do anything?

Inspire me to do anything? Other than to avoid the author and the narrator in the future? It did make me wonder if this is a new author and if so, her editor let her down.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Do You Want to Start a Scandal

  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Carmen Rose
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library. Was it Lord Canby, with the maid, on the divan? Or Miss Fairchild, with a rake, against the wall? Perhaps the butler did it. All Charlotte Highwood knows is this: It wasn't her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers' true identity, she'll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Granville - the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she's ever had the misfortune to embrace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, awful awful narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-07-16

Don't waste a credit

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

What would have made Do You Want to Start a Scandal better?

Horrible narration, perhaps the story line would have held my attention if the narration wasn't so poorly done.

What could Tessa Dare have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Selected another narrator

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Carmen Rose?

Kate Reading

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

Disappointment. I would return this book if I didn't feel responsible for selecting it after I had heard the sample.

Any additional comments?

I'll never purchase or borrow another book narrated by Carmen Rose.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful