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  • Again the Magic

  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961

Lady Aline Marsden was brought up for one reason: to make an advantageous marriage to a member of her own class. Instead, she willingly gave her innocence to John McKenna, a servant on her father’s estate. Their passionate transgression was unforgivable - John was sent away, and Aline was left to live in the countryside - an exile from London society - and he took her love. Now McKenna has made his fortune, and he has returned - more boldly handsome and more mesmerizing than before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book great Narrator

  • By sharktail on 01-06-12

I don’t get it...

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

I’m stunned at how the same author can write a compelling book and also write such drivel. What... did she have a deadline and a mental block?

The book has very little plot, but lots of sex. Some might be ok with that, but I find it boring.

In a prelude of sorts, an orphan stable boy and the daughter of aristocrats are said to be attached to each other because... well, I’m not sure why. There was very little character development. It’s an unlikely scenario - we’re expected to believe that the main characters were together all the time since childhood (a stable boy and an heiress - yeah, right) and that they somehow formed a bond. We don’t know why because the relationship is developed something like this... there were two children who spent a lot of time together and yada yada yada as teenagers they became extremely horny for each other. (Must be true love.)

They fool around a lot and yada yada yada, they are caught and her mean father makes her send him away. He returns 12 years later a wealthy man and wants to take revenge by torturing her with passion. (Sounds familiar right? Except this is NO Wurthering Heights!)

This weak story is full of filler. Descriptions of longing looks and body parts. Every action has some sensuous detail that was eye-rolling. And that was between sex scenes. Lots and lots of sex. Ugg! Maybe it was because I never felt connected to the characters or relationship that it just fell flat.

And then there was a twist of events that we are just told about at the beginning that becomes a stupid impediment to the relationship. The heroine must be very VAIN or resentful in order to want to throw away the relationship because of this. I can’t abide unbelievable stupidity driving plot twists. Of course it gets straightened out, but not before some eye-rolling over acting and hand wringing.

I found myself getting more irritated by this book as it went on. I toughed it out and got through it, but was relieved when it was over.

This is apparently 1 in a series. Since I didn’t like any of the characters in the end, I won’t be reading the rest. Glad Audible has a return policy.

  • Salt Hendon Collection

  • A Georgian Historical Romance Boxed Set
  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 23 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

This special boxed set edition is for all the fans who requested actor Alex Wyndham's narration of two of Lucinda Brant's best-loved books, Salt Bride and its sequel Salt Redux. Also included is a 20,000-word bonus novella, Salt Angel, featuring well-loved characters from the Salt books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ONE OF THE BEST HISTORICAL ROMANCE

  • By sarah on 10-17-16

Thumb up for the 1st book - down for the 2nd

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

The first book is a great “page turner.” I really lived it.

The second one is like an afterthought, playing on the success of the first. It’s plot is unlikely and the author spends a lot of time trying to justify it. Just don’t think too much about it and suspend disbelief...

What got irritating and tedious was the excessive ruminating the main characters (who were side characters in the first book) engaged in. It was unnecessary to have so many extensive inner monologues. I didn’t care that much about the 2 main love interests in this one. Or maybe I would have cared more if they had bored me less with their ruminating.

The wicked antagonist is the same in both books. Wanting to see her thwarted kept me interested.

  • The Convenient Marriage

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Caroline Hunt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

When the most eligible Earl of Rule offers for the hand of the beauty of the Winwood family, he has no notion of the distress he causes his intended. For Miss Lizzie Winwood is promised to the excellent, but impoverished, Mr Edward Heron. Disaster can only be averted by the delightful impetuosity of her youngest sister, Horatia, who conceives her own, distinctly original plans . . .

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yeah! They fixed it!

  • By Yvette on 10-26-10

Glad this wasn't my first Heyer book

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

Reviewed: 01-22-17

May-be it was the way the narrator read the heroine... She was supposed to be young, but she sounded 12 with a lispy studder. And SO immature. I didn't love any of these characters. Disappointing. I own several Heyer books and thought they were a sure thing. But this one goes back.

  • Captured by a Laird

  • The Douglas Legacy, Book 1
  • By: Margaret Mallory
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848

The Douglas sisters, beauties all, are valuable pawns in their family's bitter struggle to control the Scottish Crown. But when powerful enemies threaten, each Douglas lass will find she must face them alone. Captured by a Laird Haunted by his father's violent death, David Hume, the new laird of Wedderburn, sets out to make his name so feared that no one will dare harm his family again. The treacherous ally who played on his father's weakness is dead and beyond David's vengeance, but his castle and young widow are ripe for the taking. The moment David lays eyes on the dark-haired beauty defending her wee daughters, however, he knows this frail-looking lass is the one person who could bring him to his knees. Wed at thirteen to a man who tried daily to break her spirit, Lady Alison Douglas is looking forward to a long widowhood. But when the fearsome warrior known as the Beast of Wedderburn storms her gates, she finds herself, once again, forced to wed a stranger. Alison is only a pawn to serve his vengeance, so why does this dark warrior arouse such fiery passion and an unwelcome longing in her heart? With death and danger looming, these two wounded souls must learn to trust each other; for only love can save them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Entertainment, Exciting!

  • By Lady M on 09-28-16

Is everyone in a historical romance stupid?

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

Reviewed: 11-26-16

There's nothing better than a good historical romance, but either I've gotten pickier or the plots have gotten more simple and predictable. And the characters all seem the same.

This book started out slow and I had to rewind 4 times to get the details that were droned out in the beginning. Not because it was complicated, but because it didn't hold my attention and I kept getting distracted. The story did have potential and I found myself enjoying it sporatically... And then time after time, something would happen, the plot would go sideways and I'd be screaming at my iPhone - OMG, how stupid is she!?

There were also similarities between what happens here and what happens in Outlander, which lost it some stars. This book is not up to that caliber, at all.

The heroine was humble and real for awhile and then would suddenly be giving the hero much "needed" lectures on modern morality (don't spank your kids). And of course she defied him, making her own decisions, which were stupid and resulted in her needing to be rescued. Yes, I rolled my eyes. But I will say, while the heroine seemed a little Mary Sue, she was not as extreme in the defiant, girl-power stupidity as others I've read. Characters would seem appropriately period for awhile and then would have lapses.

The hero, for the most part was good and likeable. My only gripe was the unmanly pity party he had when he jumped to conclusions, got his feelings hurt and pouted. Meh. Felt like the author was projecting feminine sensibilities onto the hero.

The narrator was fine, but sometimes I got distracted by the females sounding like drag queens. An older male reading the part of females... having angst, lusting... Sometimes that s just uncomfortable to listen to.

Its hard to know how to rate this... I'm not gushy and will only give five stars to an excellent book. I enjoyed parts of this story - enough to finish it - but it repeatedly went south and frustrated me. I've started deducting stars for every plot twist that comes from actions that no one in their right mind would make, and this book had more than one example. But the history wasn't bad... My overall experience was not a good one though and I'll probably return it. But if you're a silly girl in her 20s, who likes simple historical romances... You might like it just fine.

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  • The Chief

  • By: Monica McCarty
  • Narrated by: Robert McNab
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805

Best-selling author Monica McCarty transports listeners to the 14th-century Scottish highlands in this dazzling novel. Warrior Tor MacLeod is picked by Robert the Bruce to lead the fight against English rule. Despite Tor’s rigid disposition and devotion to his craft, his new bride is determined to warm his heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overbearing Chief meets Romantic Lass

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 08-12-13

Didn't enjoy it...

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

I wish I had listened to the other reviews that cited problems. The narrator had a pleasant voice, but he read so slowly I had to double the play speed. And imagine your grandfather reading you a story about girly fantasies and sexy times. Umm, yeah... Made me uncomfortable.

The heroine became annoying because after being with the hero for 5 minutes, she expected him to change. One could see the crisis and climax coming from a mile away.

When I start rolling my eyes and talking back to my iPod, I know it's not going to be a keeper.

  • Demelza

  • A Novel of Cornwall, 1788-1790
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,065

An impoverished miner's daughter, Demelza Carne is now married to Ross Poldark, who once rescued her from a fairground brawl. Her efforts to adapt to the ways of the gentry - and her husband - place her in hilarious and embarrassing situations, through which she becomes self-assured, mannered, and lovely, and the birth of her first child brings a joy she never experienced before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE POLDARK SAGA...CONTINUED...

  • By Janna Wong Healy on 09-11-15

Mostly I was bored...

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

There are some really enjoyable aspects to this book, but there are also long segments that bored me to tears. Unfortunately the bad outweighed the good for me with this one. Disappointed. After all the great reviews, I had really hoped to have discovered another great series in this genre, but I won't be continuing on.

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  • Ross Poldark

  • A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver Hembrough
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,724

Ross Poldark returns to Cornwall from war, looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his family and his beloved Elizabeth. But instead, he discovers that his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth, having believed Ross dead, is now engaged to his cousin. Ross must start over, building a completely new path for his life, one that takes him in exciting and unexpected directions....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hats off to the Screenwriters and Actors

  • By Donna Miller on 07-05-15

I didn't love it...

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

I was hoping to love it since I like the genre - and it had its moments - but mostly I was vaguely interested to bored. Breaking it down, Ross's personal journey and relationships were interesting but the mining business was deadly DULL. I read the next book in the series as well and combining MORE mining/business scenes with the tragedy at the end... I was glad when it was over. There is nothing that compels me to continue with the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Quiet Gentleman

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646

When Gervase Frant, 7th Earl of St Erth, returns at last from Waterloo to his family seat at Stanyon, he enjoys a less than welcome homecoming.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love It....

  • By Sharon on 05-27-12

A little TOO quiet.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-15

I love Georgette Heyer and have never had trouble getting into one of her books, till this one. It did pick up towards the end with a little mystery, but the first two thirds of the book was like watching grass grow. I had to keep rewinding because my attention wandered and I eventually slogged through it after many days. Definitely not typical of the other books I have enjoyed by Heyer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rhythm and Bluegrass

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,529

The anticipated follow up to Molly Harper's My Bluegrass Baby, which followed Sadie Hawkins as she jockeyed for the director's position at the Kentucky Tourism Commission with a sophisticated and handsome challenger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO SO SO SO SO GOOD!

  • By AmazonCustomer on 10-11-13

Fell SHORT of expectations

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

Reviewed: 09-16-14

Molly Harper's books are always funny and clever and an auto "buy" for me (except when she writes about icky witches - the only book I passed on). I especially like her vampire and werewolf stories.

This book was hysterical, as usual, and I was enjoying it alright until it hit a sour note with the very unfunny and malicious behavior of the mayor and "hero" of the story. Romance is alway a perk in Molly's stories, but this one didn't work - at all.

The author tried to create conflict in a way that was a little contrived -- the heroine tells the worse of her plans without explaining right away the solution that made it a NON problem. So of course misunderstanding flourished and seemed a little ridiculous. But the way the mayor lashed out was vicious and should have killed an attraction that was in it's infancy. Did for me. With a poison pen he tried to sabotage her project, trash her reputation and threaten her career. And just when all is about to be forgiven (amazingly), he acts like an asshat again. But the romance had ceased to be cute long before that.

The book seemed really short to me -- but I was ready for it to be over. I laughed at the authors funny lines right up to the end, but the story was not up to par. When I saw it was only 5 hours long, I got irritated. I don't waste credits on short books as a rule, so I was not happy with Rhythm and Bluegrass as an audio book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,648

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

This will ruin you for other historical romances..

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

Reviewed: 05-05-14

I rarely give 5 star reviews, but Outlander is a stand out.

The only gripe I have is that it's raised the bar so high, I don't enjoy the shallow plots, insipid silliness and lack of research that make up most historical romances these days.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful