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  • The Ladies of Rosings Park

  • A Pride and Prejudice Sequel and Companion to The Darcys of Pemberley
  • By: Shannon Winslow
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Chapter by chapter, these ladies of Rosings Park take turns telling the tale from the moment Elizabeth Bennet sets foot in Hunsford, changing everything. Is Anne heartbroken or relieved to discover Mr. Darcy will never marry her? As an heiress, even a sickly one, she must have other suitors. Does Lady Catherine gracefully accept the defeat of her original plan or keep conniving? Will Anne’s health ever improve? And what really happened to her father? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too fun

  • By GC on 08-28-18

NOT Jane Austen

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I’m always looking for good books along the lines of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer and was encouraged by the positive reviews-this isn’t one of them. The biggest critique I have is having so many chapters given to Lady Catherine de Bourgh and her point of view. I believe Austen knew what a strong character she was and knew a little went a long way. We know what she is-hearing her go on and on does not move the story forward. She is an overbearing bully, we get that, why not develop the other characters? The point of view of the other female characters would have been interesting and creative and I feel they are overlooked because of so much time given to Lady C. The narrator does an excellent job-but so much time is spent on Lady C., it begins to grate on one’s’ nerves. Another hallmark of Jane Austen’s style is the witty dialogue-you won’t find any here (I can’t get “If he were blind, then I was blinder”) out of my head.... As for plot-in Pride and Prejudice we know who is going to end up together in the end-everyone is happy, but the scenery along the way was delightful. In this story, the ‘big secret’ isn’t one, and a minor character’s death...ehhhh. It is all predictable and not very interesting. If you are looking for a good story, I suggest sticking with the original.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,176
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,403

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

AMAZING!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

I have over 270 books in my library and this is the first book I immediately listened to again after finishing it. The beauty in the way the author tells his story, the well crafted characters and the perfect narrator has made this one of my top 5 books ever. The first time I listened, I was drawn to the Count and how he accepted his new life with so much grace and dignity. Life changed so much during this time in Russia-huge upheavals. It reminded me of our own time today. Growing up pre-technology, I am resistant to the rapid changes in our culture and I long for ‘the good old days.’ It really hit home for me the way the Count accepted the changes and adapted. I haven’t lost anything near the life he lost, I wish I could be more like him in that way. The second time I listened I appreciated the way the story was told-facts we learn of but explained as the story unfolds. Just wonderful!
I would characterize this as historic fiction-not modern historic fiction with heaving bosoms and angst ridden Dukes and Viscounts, but rather a history lesson with a spoon full of sugar. I’ll probably listen to it again in a few weeks!

  • Honoria and the Family Obligation

  • By: Alicia Cameron
  • Narrated by: Helen Taylor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

When the eligible Mr. Allison is to come to Fenton Manor to woo Honoria, there is a problem. She doesn't remember what he looked like. Crippled by her timidity, she hardly looked at him when they'd met during her first London season. But he had spoken to her father, determined to ask her for her hand. Her siblings, Serena and Benedict, find this highly amusing, but after Honoria overhears a conversation between her parents about their finances, she realises she must marry Mr. Allison.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Regency Romance - with plenty of twists & humour

  • By Clare on 11-20-17

Honoria and family

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I was able to finish it but I wasn’t in any hurry to do so. It just wasn’t that interesting. The narration is excellent and it isn’t awful, I just wasn’t emotionally invested in the characters. It filled the time driving to work and back but I was able to forget about it once I turned it off.

  • Harlequin

  • The Grail Quest, Book 1
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Cullum
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867

Thomas of Hookton is one of these archers. But he is also on a personal mission: To avenge his father's death and retrieve a stolen relic. Thomas begins a quest that will lead him through fields smeared with the smoke of fires set by the rampaging English, until at last the two armies face each other on a hillside near the village of Crécy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterful Tale Told by a Truly Gifted Narrator

  • By Syphi on 11-27-14

NOT Agincourt

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I finished ‘Agincourt’ yesterday and immediately purchased this audiobook. I was SO disappointed. I believe the story may have been a good one, but after 14 hours of listening to Charles Keating, I couldn’t stand more than an hour of this narrator. Such long pauses between phrases-he can’t read a sentence without stopping ! Not only does he speak in excited phrases-as if he is retelling a story and can’t contain his excitement, you can hear his intake of breath before every sentence. EVERY. SENTENCE. Once I heard if I could NOT un hear it. It became so distracting I had to stop. I don’t understand all of the stellar reviews about this performance-this narrator is one of the most annoying I’ve heard yet. Agincourt and Keating is a perfect marriage of a wonderful book read by an amazing narrator. Perhaps this wouldn’t have been so disappointing if the first weren’t so fresh in my mind.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Wild Hunt

  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

In the wild, windswept Welsh Marches, a noble young lord rides homewards, embittered, angry and in danger. He is Guyon, Lord of Ledworth, heir to threatened lands, husband-to-be of Judith of Ravenstow. Their union will save his lands - but they have yet to meet...for this is Wales at the turn of the 12th century. Dynasties forge and fight, and behind the precarious throne of William Rufus, political intrigue is raging.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book!

  • By Linda S. on 11-13-17

The Wild Hunt

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

I really enjoy listening to and reading Elizabeth Chadwick’s books. They are more along the lines of what historic fiction was when I was growing up-really interesting story lines with historic facts thrown in. I don’t know if this is an earlier work, but this one falls more into the romance category. The main characters may be real, there are a few actual famous people thrown in, but this just seemed more fiction and less fact and had
more contrived elements example: it is a fact that girls married young-really young-it is unreasonable to believe a husband would wait any length of time to consummate the marriage when the bride was 17 years old-12 or 13 yes, 17 yrs old, no. To prolong that event just to create sexual tension is not realistic-to our modern sensibilities it is but it isn’t realistic. I’d have preferred it was factual without the prolonged bedroom scenes-I don’t like them with adults, I wouldn’t like them when they included minors, but I prefer the marriage to be realistic without the graphic sex—that would make it more historically accurate. Like I said, I’ve read many of her other books and she deals with this situation tactfully and has A LOT more history incorporated into the tale. It is an okay romance, but if you are looking for a traditional Elizabeth Chadwick novel, you might want to skip this one. It isn’t bad enough to request a refund, it just isn’t very interesting from a historical fiction perspective.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Falcons of Montabard

  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Christopher Scott
  • Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

In the aftermath of tragedy and scandal, Sabin FitzSimon, illegitimate son of a Norman earl, leaves England for the Holy Land in search of a new beginning.

At first, it seems impossible, as the demons from his past life return to haunt him, and Sabin finds his back to the wall. In the heat and dust, magnificence and danger of Northern Syria, he must either face himself, or be vanquished.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Solid Book From Chadwick

  • By Christina on 02-01-12

Enjoyable audiobook

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

This has all the makings of a good audiobook. The story is lively, the narrator is talented and the plot isn’t so complicated that you can’t be doing something else while listening. A couple of times I fell asleep listening and had to jump back a chapter. The only negative I found was the music between chapters. I don’t like it, it is a wasted of time and it breaks up the story. I always just fast forwarded over it.

  • A Perfect Gentleman

  • By: Candace Camp
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Forced to marry an American heiress to save his family, Graeme Parr, Earl of Montclair, vowed their marriage would be in name only. Abigail Price thought handsome, aristocratic Graeme was her knight in shining armor, rescuing her from her overbearing father. But when she was spurned by her husband on their wedding night, Abigail fled home to New York. Now, years later, Abigail has returned. But this sophisticated, alluring woman is not the drab girl Graeme remembers. Appalled by her bold American ways but drawn to her beauty, Graeme follows her on a merry chase.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator couldn’t save this one

  • By susan on 05-07-18

Narrator couldn’t save this one

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

This was one of the most ridiculous books I’ve tried to listen to. I thought it would be cute-a Georgette Hayer-NOT. It is hours and hours of two people going around and around and around. He humiliated her on their wedding night and they have lived apart for 10 years and she pretends she doesn’t want him and he tried to avoid her. They are both ridiculous and the plot is silly. I’m mad at myself for wasting three hours of my life. The narrator was above average and the reason I listened as long as I did.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Baker's Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen P. Kiernan
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,515

Only 22, Emma learned to bake at the side of a master, Ezra Kuchen, the village baker since before she was born. Apprenticed to Ezra at 13, Emma watched with shame and anger as her kind mentor was forced to wear the six-pointed yellow star on his clothing. She was likewise powerless to help when they pulled Ezra from his shop at gunpoint, the first of many villagers stolen away and never seen again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Help is really on the way

  • By Georgia on 07-15-17

So SO overrated!

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

I am a fan of historical fiction and really enjoy history as well and I was shocked by how underwhelmed I was after 3 hours of this book after reading all of the rave reviews. The narrator wasn’t the worst I’ve heard but neither was she the best. She spoke slowly and it made me a little sleepy. Her accents are done well, I think maybe the plot was just too slow to do her justice.

Other people have mentioned how depressing this book was and I’d like to add predictable. It was just too formulaic and the characters were one dimensional and stereotypical. I don’t mind sad stories-that’s what I expect when it takes place during a war time. What this novel lacks is an inspirational, uplifting element-it’s just sad. He Germans are bad, the French are misused and beautiful and good people die. There are no universal truths revealed or anyone that provokes and reader to question themselves or their beliefs. This is a story of survival-and I’m not saying that is not heroic. I’m just saying over seven hours of listening to it in the car is not something I will do willingly. There is a lot of bad/evil and a dash of feel good. If that is how you view life, then ignore this review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Conceit & Concealment

  • A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • By: Abigail Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Six years after Napoleon's invasion of England. Fitzwilliam Darcy is a traitor. He even admits to collaborating with Napoleon's troops. And Elizabeth Bennet despises all traitors. But she can't make sense of Darcy. He doesn't act like a traitor. He risks his own safety to save young women from the French. And how can she despise a man who loves puppies? Something about him doesn't add up - and she finds him far too attractive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Butterflies, Goosebumps, And A Lot Of Tears!

  • By HeatherY on 07-19-17

Disappointment

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-18

I really rely on reviews to decide which audio books to buy. It was all the great reviews that caused me to purchase this one. After listening to it for awhile I went back and began reading the ones on my phone under the 'reviews' tap. As I was reading them, a great majority of them, ended by saying they received a free copy in exchange for this review. In my mind I'm thinking these must be All the friends and relatives of this author because this in NOT a five star book and the narrator is NOT like Rosyln Landor or Davina Porter, as one reviewer wrote. Perhaps this could have been a nice little beach book for me--if the reviews hadn't gotten my hopes up so high. I'm returning it because I feel manipulated and misled by the publisher or author-whoever is responsible for boosting the reviews by handing out so many free copies in exchange for good reviews. It just isn't that good, mediocre at best.

  • Enchanted

  • By: Alethea Kontis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 491

It isn’t easy being Sunday’s child, not when you’re the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true. When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night, Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming... Enchanting

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-03-12

Enchanting.....

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Last week when I was on the audible website I was saddened to read that Katherine Kellgren had passed away earlier this year. I had enjoyed her as Jackie Faber and bought this book in her memory. It is a lively and clever story with many characters and she does an amazing job (once again) bringing them to life. It is definitely a YA book that didn’t cause me to drive around the block or loose any sleep but I did enjoy it and felt rather sad knowing this talented lady isn’t with us anymore. I will probably listen to the rest of the series eventually and would definitely recommend them to a younger audience.