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  • The Way to a Duke's Heart

  • Truth About the Duke, Book 3
  • By: Caroline Linden
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Destined to be a duke, Charles de Lacey, Lord Gresham, has led a life of decadent pleasure, free of any care for propriety or responsibility. It comes as a terrible shock to learn that he might be stripped of everything, thanks to his father's scandalous past. He has no choice but to find the blackmailer who would ruin him - and his only link to the villain is a woman who may be part of the plot. To save his fortune and title, Charles vows to stop at nothing - in fact, he's all too eager to unravel the beautiful, tart-tongued Tessa Neville.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great series; listen to all three books!

  • By Lady Wesley on 04-01-15

The satisfying conclusion to a lovely trilogy!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Wow, I’ve truly enjoyed this series about the the three sons of the ducal DeLacey family and TWtaDH is a worthy finale!

First, praise to Gildart Jackson’s wonderful voice and narration. He was able to maintain three distinct voices for each brother which helped a lot in bringing their characters to life. I also liked his female voices tho his natural timbre is quite a low one (perhaps baritone-bass?).

Second, Linden’s overarching plot structure — the three sons of the Duke of Durham learn upon their sire’s death, and only then from his solicitor who he’d sworn to secrecy, that their father harbored a terrible secret which could easily cost them all their inheritance, legitimacy, and rightful places in London society — for the trilogy works pretty well across the three books. I was really rooting for the brothers to right their father’s wrong, confirm their legitimacy, avenge their anonymous enemy, and unmask him so they could rightly claim their bequests (and tho the oldest son Charles by right would receive the noble title & lion’s share, his father had very amply provided for middle son Edward and youngest Gerard, so ALL shared in this imperative albeit with differing motivations.)

I simply wasn’t expecting Linden to leave the majority of this herculean assignment to Charles, Lord Gresham, the bro who while oldest seemed the least capable! Remember, when we first met Charlie in Book 1, ONE NIGHT IN LONDON, he’s quietly nursing a broken leg after falling down stairs while very drunk!! In Book 2, BLAME IT ON BATH, he’s walking again, but appears mostly either in his ducal traveling carriage or quietly drinking tea from his bro Gerard’s silver service! By the time the reader/listener directly encounters Durham’s ducal scion, here in his own story the fleeting glimpses of his character seen from the two previous books present an indolent, even lazy, hyper-indulged, very wealthy, hedonistic young nobleman in his early 30’s who seems happy to fritter his life away. And his stunning, dark handsomeness seems to have only abetted a decade(!) of sybaritic life.

How the reader of as well as major characters in TWtaDH progress in their perception of Charles, from the ephemeral, haphazard, even misleading sketch of young nobleman “on the town” as seen in books 1 & 2 to an intricate, fully realized portrait of a grown man in love (this is a Romance after all!) is what makes this one of my two favs of the trilogy tho I adore listening to all three in order, and have done so more than half a dozen times since I purchased them.

Highly recommended!


  • The Lady Risks All

  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Neville Roscoe, notorious and enigmatic, lives resolutely outside society, bound only by his own code of honor - until challenged by his desire for the one woman he cannot have. Miranda Clifford is a lady imprisoned by rigid respectability - until tempted by a passion beyond her power to deny. Flung together in peril, through danger and intrigue, they discover a love impossible to ignore...or keep.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good entertaining story but disappointing narrator

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 10-14-12

Intriguing and fully realized new characters for SLaurens!

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

I’ve fallen in love with Lord Julian Roscoe Neville Galbraith just as our protective, loving and smart heroine, Miranda Clifford, ultimately will.

Since Lord Julian’s alter ego, gambler - entrepreneur - philanthropist Neville Roscoe is an ancillary, almost cartoonish character in two of the Bastion Club novels, this novel is a delight to explore a new narrative world in a different time period (1823) with the fog of Napoleon and two decades of war long gone yet still near enough; after the first generation of Cynster cousins marry but before that second younger generation of younger cousins come of age. So no Cynsters are present but a few favorites from the Bastion Club cohort so pop up!

There’s an interesting & not convoluted major plot line that forces ODC to be out of London for a substantial hunk of the story and the intro of a new raft of characters who will likely be protagonists of their own stories in the future.

Our couple is a wonderful pairing, who are each other’s match so there’s plenty of great dialogue between them. But ultimately it’s the transformation each weathers that makes this ending so worthwhile.

I’d recommend Laurens get out of her comfort zone again so she can craft believable characters like Roscoe and Miranda in future novels. While there were a few cameos from past series to remind us readers of the larger Cynster World, the story and characters were fresh!

So .....
5 stars for new, fresh story

3.5 for narration, I merely tolerate Matthew Brenher and try not to fall asleep tho his voice is great when going to sleep! In TLRA, I did like his voices for Julian-Roscoe and Miranda which made this an easier listen.

4.25 overall. Definitely worth a credit.

  • Yes, Mr. Darcy

  • A Pride and Prejudice Novella
  • By: J Dawn King
  • Narrated by: Catherine O'Brien
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57

Elizabeth Bennet's girlish dreams of love and romance are shattered. Her father has decided she will be the one to secure her family's future through a marriage of convenience to his heir. Disappointment and sadness weigh on her soul when she travels with her aunt and uncle - a consolation before she submits to duty. When she sees the reflection of her heartbreak in the face of an unknown young lady, Elizabeth reaches out to the girl, extending a hopeful outlook she herself has been denied.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love it!

  • By Aldina Tursunovic on 01-01-19

Weakish story not helped by weaker narration

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

Having just finished J Dawn King's later novel, THE ABOMINABLE MR DARCY, which I found quite enjoyable for the most part, I find myself quite disappointing ed in Ms. King's early novella.

YES, MR DARCY should only be approached if the reader has a thorough knowledge of Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and even many of the current oeuvre of variations et al since King both truncates the basic plot and adjusts the starting timeline so that Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy now first encounter each other in a graveyard in the Derbyshire town of Lambton where Elizabeth is consoling a very distraught young lady who just happens to be Darcy's little sister, Georgiana, and who upon encountering the stranger Elizabeth decides to share a scandalous secret that has the power to ruin her for her life and her family for a generation!

Everything else that occurs in this novella derives from this nearly illogical prologue. Oh, I almost forgot this little opening's finale -- after counseling the younger girl in this new scene I wish the author had extended, a worried Darcy arrives. He'd been looking all over for his sister and overhears Georgiana confess that her brother must hate her for her transgression. When unbidden Darcy appears and takes his sister in his arms to console and comfort her, Elizabeth decides this would be an ideal moment to simply disappear!!! No warning, no introductions, no reiteration that she will not break the younger girl's confidence. And Darcy's response to Elizabeth's precipitous flight is not anxiety about what she might do with this volatile information but instead only intense desire to meet his sister's mystery confessor!

The remainder of this story occurs in the typical location and setting of the Bennet Hertfordshire household in early autumn and while the narrator performs adequately more often than not (2+ ⭐️ only), the one dimensionality of her voices and a burgeoning melodramatic tone in all the dialogue between Elizabeth and Darcy renders the last hour into a singular smaltz-athon! Just add violin accompaniment.

Unfortunately, this book is one I plan to return.

  • Earning Darcy's Trust

  • A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • By: Jennifer Joy
  • Narrated by: Ms. Nano Nagle
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

He has an enemy. She holds the key to a chilling secret. Fitzwilliam Darcy's troubles only began the day he witnessed his father's murder. Betrayed by a trusted friend, he soon finds himself caught in a web of deceit and blackmail...and his little sister is in the center of it all. Will Darcy's search for answers save what's left of his family...or destroy it?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 2.5 -- 2.75 🌟🌟💫

  • By à la Silhouette on 05-16-16

2.5 -- 2.75 🌟🌟💫

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

Weakness in the first half of the story both in narrative and performance improved in both categories in second half.

Nano Nagle's work here is all over the place in terms of pacing, differentiating characters, avoiding monotone, et al. But there's only so much she can do as a performer with subpar material. Fast forwarded through most of first

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  • One Love, Two Hearts, Three Stories: A Pride and Prejudice Anthology

  • By: J Dawn King
  • Narrated by: Catherine O'Brien
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Fitzwilliam Darcy needs a wife. Elizabeth Bennet needs a husband. What occurs when two strong-minded, kind-hearted strangers unite in this most sacred state? Will love grow? In this novel, Darcy and Elizabeth are faced with frustrations and blossoming feelings of tenderness. Our favorite couple finally reaches their happily ever after. Or, do they?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, but limited scope.

  • By Blake H. Gilbert on 09-15-15

3 1/2 Stars

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

Enjoyable listen of two short stories with a longer novella sandwiched between. Novel variations, super intelligent Elizabeth (which I generally like) and an imminently reconstructible Darcy (perhaps too easy?), good group of secondary characters. As usual with the majority of these variations, endings are rushed and the conflict too easily resolved (except in the novella "Marriage"),

Bought as a kindle bundle, don't know if I'd give a full credit but on a sale -- definitely!

Btw, narrator did a very fine job and spoke at a reasonable pace. I was able to discern male and female voices and Elizabeth and Darcy.

  • Alone with Mr. Darcy: A Pride & Prejudice Variation

  • By: Abigail Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

Elizabeth Bennet can't imagine anything worse than being stranded by a blizzard in a tiny cottage with proud and unpleasant Mr. Darcy. But being trapped there for days - and nights - with an injured and confused Mr. Darcy who keeps saying the oddest things about her is even worse. At least he possesses the useful ability of lighting a fire to keep them from freezing to death. But when he puts his arms around her, she discovers the hearth isn't the only place he knows how to build a fire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bodice Ripping Alternative Tale of P&P

  • By Linda Hendrex on 08-25-15

Buy, but only thru a special deal

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

Not up to Reynolds's usual level of intriguing storyline (only two and one half 🌟), but an easy enough way to have company while doing chores (vs. a commute during which a more compelling plot would be required). The truly interesting bits are just that and never fully realized, e.g. Wickham's fate or Darcy's childhood among others. And Mr. Bennet's character is wholly misanthropic in such an arbitrary way!!! But there are some very bright, enlivening spots including snow, cousin Anne DeBourgh's physician, post-traumatic stress syndrome, Charlotte Lucas Collins and cats.

The narrator is not one of the best. Her voice is naturally high and somewhat thin so all her female characters sound much the same. Her pronunciation is good, and Darcy and Elizabeth are discernibly different.

So worth a special deal, but NOT an entire credit, unless you are an Abigail Reynolds's fan and collector.















  • The Edge of Desire

  • A Bastion Club Novel
  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

They proved their bravery fighting for His Majesty’s Secret Service and were rewarded with brides of great beauty and breeding. But one member of the Bastion Club has remained a bachelor - until now. "Christian, I need your help. There is no one else I can turn to…L.” When Christian Allardyce, sixth Marquess of Dearne, reads those words, his world turns upside down. Lady Letitia Randall is a woman like no other, and the day he left her behind to fight for king and country was the most difficult of his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where is Simon Prebble?

  • By DesignerBee on 12-07-12

Four full stars!!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

An emotional & satisfying ending for the last Bastion Club member powered by a plausible if fanciful plot, two great main characters and pleasant cameo appearances from other Club members. I was delighted that Christian earned back the love of his life, and intrigued by the late introduction of Neville Roscoe who we'll meet in THE LADY RISKS ALL.

  • The Duke's Holiday

  • The Regency Romp Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Maggie Fenton
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,138

The cold, precise Duke of Montford demands things his way: neatly ordered, in place, and adhering closely to the rules. So he is furious when he learns that the tenant of his ducal estate has been dead for a year, and a stranger has been running the Honeywell business - which, by contract, is now Montford's. When he arrives in Yorkshire to investigate, he discovers that the estate is being run by an unruly, tomboyish woman - and a bluestocking at that!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky Regency Romp

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 04-17-15

Enjoyable for first 24 chapters - skip last 3

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

Really liked writing, premise of story, intro background on characters and some character development but so much was missed in terms of initial promise! Great action scene arcs incomplete. Knowledge of characters only known thru narrator but characters act like they know everything anyway. That's why I can only give three stars for the story and it affect the overall story which I give three and a half stars but round down to three.

In 2016, trying to be constructive in my comments and scores. Not all books can earn five stars.

Those narrative issues aside, the book is really well narrated. You will laugh, chuckle, rewind to hear a funny joke again.

This is no. one in a series. I assume the duke's two scapegrace friends will star in two and three. I'll explore those but this one is worth a credit.

  • Devil's Bride

  • A Cynster Novel
  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,413

Governess Honoria Wetherby values her independence. She would rather travel the world than marry and give some man control of her life. Then, one stormy evening, fate changes all her plans. She stumbles upon a mortally wounded young man in the woods. When the stranger dies, she is trapped in a cabin with his body and with his newly arrived cousin, Devil, whom she soon learns is aptly named.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An awesome listen!

  • By Maria on 10-22-09

The best of Laurens that started it all!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-16

Laurens's Regency universe of the amazing, fabulously wealthy ducal clan PLUS Simon Prebble's magnificent baritone voice with his consummate acting skill across lines of class, region and gender & unrivaled exposition of passion EQUAL a wonderful listen and re-listen. An excellent use of a credit!

  • Sylvester

  • Or, the Wicked Uncle
  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Rowe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060

When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She thinks he is insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and they begin to discover a new-found liking and respect for each other. But what Sylvester doesn’t know is that Phoebe is about to publish a novel - a novel in which all London will recognize him as the villainous ‘Count Ugolino’

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally!!!

  • By C. Mendez on 11-16-13

Fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

What a great novel! One of the best, certainly one of Heyer's top five or ten. Nicholas Rowe's performance is outstanding, truly highlighting all the delicious humor in Sylvester & Phoebe's love story as well as the underlying pathos, but also fleshing out their characters and the long road each must travel, especially the duke, to their happy ending. Rowe's most memorable voices: Phoebe's childhood friend and son of the squire Tom, Sylvester's darling nephew Edmund among other minor but hilarious figures.

A compelling take on a Pride and Prejudice-type romance.