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  • The Heroes' Welcome

  • A Novel
  • By: Louisa Young
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Only 23, former soldier Riley Purefoy and his bride, Nadine Waveney, have their whole lives ahead of them. But Riley's injuries from the war have created awkward tensions between the couple, scars that threaten to shatter their marriage before it has truly begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great sequel to My Dear I wanted to tell you

  • By Judith on 04-30-15

SUPERB! Dan Steven's reading touches our hearts.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Heroes' Welcome to be better than the print version?

absolutely !

Who was your favorite character and why?

Riley. His perseverance in the face of adversity. His war wounds, both mental and physical as a result of WW I never hold him back from being a successful and functioning human being. His efforts are so noble.

What does Dan Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His exceptional talent as a reader makes the characters more distinct and alive ! He is the best reader in the industry of audible books.

Any additional comments?

Please hire Dan Stevens to read as many books as possible and I'd also like to see more works by Louisa Young put into audio form.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Triple Knot

  • By: Emma Campion
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Joan of Kent, renowned beauty and cousin to King Edward III, is destined for a politically strategic marriage. As the king begins a long dynastic struggle to claim the crown of France, plunging England into the Hundred Years' War, he negotiates her betrothal to a potential ally and heir of a powerful lordship. But Joan, haunted by nightmares of her father's execution at the hands of her treacherous royal kin, fears the king's selection and is not resigned to her fate. She secretly pledges herself to one of the king's own knights, one who has become a trusted friend...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ok story, Annoying narration

  • By KC on 01-20-15

Emma Campion + Heather Wilds = Excellant !!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-14

What other book might you compare A Triple Knot to and why?

elizabeth chadwick's books ... I love them, but audible is too slow in added new books by theses 2 fabulous historical romance writers to the "list of new books to buy"!!!

What about Heather Wilds’s performance did you like?

honest, emotional & very moving

Any additional comments?

pleaseeeee more emma campion !!!!!!!!!!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Tea Rose

  • By: Jennifer Donnelly
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 28 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057

East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. Wow wow wow!

  • By I like to shop on 04-26-16

Please complete the trilogy with "THE WINTER ROSE"

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

Reviewed: 04-14-14

Where does The Tea Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

IT IS IN THE TOP TEN !

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tea Rose?

THE EXCITING FINALE THAT TAKES PLACE IN THE WAREHOUSE AT THE END.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Historical romance at it's best !

Any additional comments?

Please, release the final book of the rose triology, "The Winter Rose" which has already been produced by Recorded Books !!!!!!!!!!!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Midnight Rose

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Anjana Srinivasan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705

In the heyday of the British Raj, Anahita becomes Princess Indira’s official companion, and accompanies her to England just before the outbreak of the Great War. There, she meets the young Donald Astbury – reluctant heir to a magnificent, estate – and his scheming mother. Eighty years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. Her latest role, playing a 1920s debutante, takes her to the now-crumbling Astbury Hall…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Story with a Superb Performance!

  • By Catherine on 02-26-14

Historical romance at It's BEST !!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-14

What did you love best about The Midnight Rose?

I love the format of "then" (1918) and now and how gracefully Lucinda Riley's words dance between the two separate time periods. Midnight Rose provides a perfect balance of historical facts mixed in with a heavy dose of romance !!!!!!!!!!

What does Anjana Srinivasan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She has a wide range of charater voices and does of perfect job bouncing between the tight repressed voices of the Brits and the emotionally abadoned voices of the indian characters.

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

YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Any additional comments?

How long to we have to wait for the next Lucinda Riley book ???

She is on my list of FAV's !!!!!!!!!!!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Graham Joyce
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 510
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 509

Twenty years ago, 16-year-old Tara Martin disappeared from a small town in the heart of England. Now, her sudden return and the mind-bending tale of where she’s been will challenge our very perception of the truth. For 20 years after Tara Martin disappeared, her parents and her brother, Peter, lived in denial of the grim fact that she was gone for good. Then suddenly on Christmas Day, the doorbell rings at her parents’ home, and there, dishevelled and slightly peculiar looking, Tara stands. It’s a miracle, but alarm bells are ringing for Peter. Tara’s story just does not add up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely Well Done

  • By Amanda on 07-11-12

Graham Joyce: Not To Be Missed !

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

Reviewed: 07-21-13

If you could sum up Some Kind of Fairy Tale in three words, what would they be?

Modern Day Fairytale !

What did you like best about this story?

It is an adult fairy tale meant to challenge, inspire and lead the reader down creative paths that have never been followed.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

John Lee is ALWAYS good. But since he read Ken Folletts' "Pillars Of The Earth" so well and with such distiction, there were times when I felt like I was back in the world of Follett rather than Joyce.

Any additional comments?

Graham Joyce is an important writer for our time and none of his books should go un-read.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Lords of the White Castle

  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Christopher Scott
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Westminster, 1184. As a reward for loyalty to the crown, Fulke FitzWarin becomes companion to Prince John. But the FitzWarins are as proud as they are true, so when John accuses Fulke of cheating at chess, his response is inevitable - and disastrous. Thus begins a bitter and life-long personal rivalry. The FitzWarins dream of returning to their family home, Whittington, taken from them during a war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Long but worth it!

  • By susan on 07-04-14

Bravo! Another fun escape from elizabeth chadwick

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

Reviewed: 04-15-13

If you could sum up Lords of the White Castle in three words, what would they be?

Adventure, Romance amongst VERY interesting characters!

Which character – as performed by Christopher Scott – was your favorite?

Christopher Scott is fast becoming one of my favorite readers !!!

Any additional comments?

elizabeth chadwick's stories of chilvary & romance never disappoint, her books are so delicious to read !!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Prince of Tides

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,363

Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "Prince" amongst novels

  • By Ella on 11-24-09

A southern tale need's a southern narrator!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-13

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

I loved the writing, but even though the author was in awe of Frank Muller's narration, it drove me crazy. It's such a traditional southern gothic tale.

It screams to be read with a southern accent!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The characters. Southern gothic a la Tennesee Williams ...

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Made it impossible to read!

Could you see The Prince of Tides being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It was and I hated B. Streisand as the therapist !!!!!!! Nick Nolte should have had
a southern accent as well !

Any additional comments?

In spite of the sale price, I still wish I had not wasted my time attempting to read it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fingersmith

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,988
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,989

Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs. Sucksby, “mother” to a host of pickpockets and con artists. To pay her debt, she joins legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritence. But the two women form an unanticipated bond and the events that follow will surprise every listener. Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize, and was chosen as book of the year 2002 by more organizations than any other novel. Sarah Waters was named Author of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The BEST BOOK I"ve read this year!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-30-11

Juanita McMahon is a great reader !!!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

Where does Fingersmith rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's in my top ten listening list !

Have you listened to any of Juanita McMahon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I intend to, very soon !

Any additional comments?

It's a long book, but thanks to Juanita McMahon's performance, I flew through the story.

It's just great writing, I'm going to check out all of Sarah Walter's other books!

  • A Vintage Affair

  • A Novel
  • By: Isabel Wolff
  • Narrated by: Violet Mathieson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

Her friends are stunned when Phoebe Swift abruptly leaves a plum job at the prestigious Sotheby’s auction house to open her own vintage clothing shop in London—but to Phoebe, it’s the fulfillment of a dream. In the sunlight-flooded interior of Village Vintage, surrounded by Yves Saint Laurent silk scarves, Vivienne Westwood bustle skirts, cupcake dresses, and satin gowns, Phoebe hopes to make her store the hot new place to shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vintage is New New

  • By Mon on 05-20-12

An accesible read, easy to jump into the story.

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

Reviewed: 12-19-12

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

maybe, I think it is more appropiate for the 20 to 38 year old audience.

What did you like best about this story?

The colorful topic.

  • Fox's Earth

  • By: Anne River Siddons
  • Narrated by: Sally Darling
  • Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

When beautiful, dirt-poor Ruth Yancey rises to become mistress of Sparta, Georgia's finest mansion, she reveals a heart of pure evil. For three generations, she rules the mansion through cruel manipulation and insinuation, breaking hearts and shattering souls - until one courageous woman decides to match her madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrated litrature at its best

  • By Douglas on 01-18-10

Anne River Siddons' southern gothic masterpeice

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

Reviewed: 12-19-12

What other book might you compare Fox's Earth to and why?

Barbara Kingslover's "The Poisenwood Bible". Both seem to be the most important book of their career.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful