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  • My American Duchess

  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 559

The arrogant Duke of Trent intends to marry a well-bred Englishwoman. The last woman he would ever consider marrying is the adventuresome Merry Pelford - an American heiress who has infamously jilted two fiancés. But after one provocative encounter with the captivating Merry, Trent desires her more than any woman he has ever met. He is determined to have her as his wife, no matter what it takes. And Trent is a man who always gets what he wants.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A bit like a dull cocktail party

  • By harp diva on 02-02-16

What happened to Susan Duerden????

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

This one was truly a disappointment. I could not stand what the narrator did to the heroins voice. She did an excellent job with most, if not all, of the other characters but ruined the heroin by making her sound stiff and robotic. I'm assuming she was attempting to give her a Boston accent, but instead made her sound very mechanical. She would have been better off just forgoing the attempt at a Boston accent and gone with a generic American accent or whatever would have been easiest for the narrator to pull off successfully. It was so awful the book should be re-titled "My American Android Duchess".

I guess I can't blame it all on the narrator though. The story just wasn't that great either. I got almost to the last 1/3 of the book and just quit. I couldn't even see it through to the end it was that annoying and unengaging.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Descent

  • The Taker Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Alma Katsu
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

Of all the universe's forces, the most mysterious, confounding, and humbling is the power of love. Alma Katsu's acclaimed trilogy - a supernatural epic that began with The Taker and sparked a chase around the world in The Reckoning - comes to a stunning conclusion, and brings Lanore McIlvrae to a final encounter with Adair, her powerful nemesis. Dismayed by Adair's otherworldly powers and afraid of his passionate temper, Lanore has run from him across time, even imprisoning him behind a wall for two centuries to save Jonathan, her eternal love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unusual, Haunting and Poetic...

  • By Aimee on 03-13-14

Unusual, Haunting and Poetic...

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

Reviewed: 03-13-14

I'm not sure what all the low ratings I've seen for this book lately on Goodreads are about. I loved this book. I love this series, which I sometimes read and sometimes listened to in audiobook format. My favorite part of the whole thing is the author's style of writing; very elegant, very deep and poetic. So the ratings baffle me. I can only assume that people are so caught up in what's "expected" that they don't like it when something veers off course in the romance world.

This book... no, this series is different. It's emotional, cerebral and thought provoking. It lingers inside your head. Poorly written books don't bother to hang around in your spongy brain matter or imprint themselves there permanently. Unless, of course they're traumatizingly awful. Books that are different stay with you. You ponder over them and think about them for days after you've read them; even if the story made you upset. That's the sign of a good book; when it can mash at all your buttons and stir you up in some way.

This series is not like most of your other typical PNR's. In fact, labeling it is difficult because it crosses genres. I think this may be what bothers people; that they don't know what to expect from it; that it's unpredictable; that it's different. I, for one, like different, like the unexpected, like unpredictability, like books that cross genres and take you on a soul searching or philosophical journey.

But I guess people are disappointed... since there are no vampires, werewolves, zombies or shifters. The heroine isn't some kickbutt, weapon wielding femme fatale; the hero (who is actually rather depraved and debauched in the first book) is not a warrior, alpha male with rippling abs and bulging muscles; and the plot and storyline are not cookie cutter. Go figure.

I have this author, series and narrator (Laurel Lefkow) on my favorites list and wholeheartedly recommend it everyone. Different is good people! It's the best! Step out of your comfort zone!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Castle Hill

  • A Joss and Braden Novella
  • By: Samantha Young
  • Narrated by: Paula Costello
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

After trying to flee from her painful past, Joss is finally allowing herself to embrace the future. But when things start moving faster than she anticipated, she finds herself panicking over something Braden can't understand. After everything they've been through, Joss is sure that their love can survive even her worst fears. But, this time, she may push Braden too far - and risk losing everything all over again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME!

  • By Candateshia Pafford on 12-15-13

Another sweet story!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-13

Such a sweet and sexy little novella. There is some turbulence that happens between Braden and Joss, but in the end it left me feeling happy-good vibrations inside my heart. Love it!!!

  • The Cricket on the Hearth

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,456
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,790
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,829

The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why Does Everyone Call This A Christmas Story?

  • By John on 12-21-15

It's Charles Dickens... that's all I need to know

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

Reviewed: 12-29-13

Very charming Victorian era story and everything you'd expect from a Charlies Dickens story. Jim Dale's narration is very pleasant and memorable. I'm going to have to replay this for my children.

  • For My Lady's Heart

  • Medieval Hearts, Book 1
  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 701

Pursued by her enemies, flattered and courted for her lands, a powerful, devious princess is desperate to reach refuge. Haunted by the shadow of the young assassin set upon her, Princess Melanthe knows that an ice cold countenance is her only protection. To succumb to love is the greatest danger of all. She can trust only one man amid the lies, the mysterious Green Knight - a true knight who never wavers once he gives his heart; a man who cannot comprehend deceit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshingly Different

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 11-01-13

Wonderful story! Best narrator EVER!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-13

I heart Nicholas Boulton. He's absolutely at the top of my list of narrators. In the number one spot. I also heart Laura Kinsale for creating such interesting characters and throwing them into the most creative conflicts. All her stories are full of adventure and are quite unputdownable. The two main characters in this story are so unique as is the situation they both find themselves in together. You will love it! I promise!

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Prince of Midnight

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,077

He was once a legendary highwayman. Now he's a recluse in a ruined French castle, with only a half-wild wolf for a companion. When Lady Leigh Strachan comes looking for a man to aid in her revenge, she's disillusioned to find that the famed Prince of Midnight couldn't help even if he cared to - which he doesn't. S. T. Maitland wants nothing to do with his legend, or with this fierce, beautiful, broken woman... until the old thrill of living on the cutting edge of danger begins to rise in his blood again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imagine My Joy!

  • By Anonymous User on 05-26-13

One of my FAVORITES! Narration is BRILLIANT!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-13

You cannot go wrong with any of Laura Kinsale's novels. This one happens to be one of my favorites though. I think the interactions the character has with all the animals is what endears it to me the most. As always, an epic and adventurous story by Miss Kinsale and brilliant narration by Mr. Boulton. Loved it!!!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Darkness Splintered

  • A Dark Angels Novel, Book 6
  • By: Keri Arthur
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

New York Times best-selling author Keri Arthur continues her Dark Angels series as half-werewolf, half-aedh Risa Jones races to save the world from descending into ultimate chaos... Risa has angered several powerful people, and she's starting to feel the pressure from all sides. She also finds herself under the scrutiny of the vampire council, some of whom consider her a monster who should be destroyed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • must read

  • By HRStudent on 09-28-16

Becoming increasingly uninterested in this series.

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

Reviewed: 12-29-13

I love Keri Arthur and this has been one of my favorite series of hers (second only to Riley Jenson), but I've found myself rather bored with this book. I can't really put my finger on it, but it just didn't grab me like some of the others in the past. For me, this time was just... meh.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • His Absolute Attraction

  • The Billionaire's Paradigm, 2 (A BDSM Erotic Romance)
  • By: Cerys du Lys
  • Narrated by: Irma Kent
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

His forbidden desires confirmed, Elise realizes Lucent Storme is…not dangerous, yet she finds herself beguiled by him nonetheless, allured by his sordid sophistication. Hiding, shamed by her abrupt streak of wanton whimsy, Elise knows she can't face Lucent again. Except how will she accomplish that? They're stuck in a library, snow-confined. This fantasy of hers, isolation with an enthralling business magnate, isn't what she anticipated. Lucent finds her. Of course he does; they're trapped, alone. And he's…worried? He apologizes. Profusely. Is this really Lucent Storme, dominant Director of Public Relations for Landseer Enterprises; singular desires, dark needs?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • If only it weren't broken into tiny parts...

  • By Aimee on 12-15-13

If only it weren't broken into tiny parts...

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

Reviewed: 12-15-13

I want to give this story a better review. The writing and narration is good. I like the authors choice of Irma Kent as narrator. The story is enjoyable. But the fact that the book is broken into many fragments is both frustrating and disappointing because the fragments are really small. It's like purchasing several excerpts. Because lets be honest, these fragments are small enough TO BE excerpts and in the end this really jacks up the price you pay to reach the stories conclusion.

I do know that the author does plan on releasing the full unfragmented version in one audiobook and/or kindle file at a later date when it's completed. I look forward to that time so that I can give this story an unbiased review based on the writing, story and narration without worrying about the excessive fragmentation that's currently affecting my opinion.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Never Trust a Pirate

  • Scandal at the House of Russell, Book 2
  • By: Anne Stuart
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 308

Madeleine Russell counted on making a splendid match. Instead, a devastating family scandal left her orphaned and penniless...and determined to uncover the villain who disgraced and killed her father. The beautiful, quick-witted Maddy disguises herself as a household servant, vowing to work in her prime suspect’s house and learn the truth. But the closer she gets to the man who may have ruined her family, the more she feels drawn in by his wicked reputation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The 2nd book in the series as good as the 1st!

  • By Rosemary on 12-05-13

Not impressed.

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

Reviewed: 12-14-13

I'm not sure why I wasted my time and money on this one since I didn't care for the narration in the last one. But this one was just as much a disappointment. I usually LOVE Anne Stuart books. But this series, so far, has not worked for me in the least. I want to blame it solely on the narration, but with this story I am just not sure anymore. I'm thinking both the story and the narration is a failure this time.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow and the Star – Victorian Hearts, Book 2

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611

In defense of her honor, innocent Leda Etoile has burned all her bridges and taken refuge in her tiny attic room in a shabby boarding house in London. But her last safe haven is invaded when she wakes to find a man hidden in the dark - a man with golden hair and the face of a fallen angel, who moves in the night like a shadow. Will he be her savior, or her ruin? Samuel Gerard draws her inexorably into the richest circles of aristocratic England. But even as Leda falls in love with a man she can never have, she must keep his secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story - Wished it was longer!! ;-)

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 11-29-13

Another Great Adventure and Supreme Performance!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-13

THIS right here... is why Laura Kinsale is an auto-buy author for me. The pairing of her writing with the excellent narration of Nicholas Boulton is always beyond pleasing. I think they have to be one of my favorite (out of my top three) audiobook author/narrator teams. This story and the adventure it will take you on is so worth it! And seriously... is there NO accent that Mr. Boulon CAN'T do? The man is truly an artist. Love it.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful