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  • The Madness of Viscount Atherbourne

  • Rescued from Ruin Series, Book 1
  • By: Elisa Braden
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Life for Victoria Lacey should be perfect. And it is - perfectly boring. Agree to marry a lord who has yet to inspire a single, solitary tingle? Why, of course. Smile as though this is not the thousandth time he's mentioned hounds and hunting? It's all in a day's work for the oh-so-proper sister of the Duke of Blackmore. Surely no one would suspect her secret longing for heart-racing, head-spinning passion. Except, perhaps, a dark stranger...on a terrace...at a ball where she should definitely not be kissing a man she has only just met.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful HR listen

  • By MVA on 12-27-17

Awful Narration Ruined this Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

The narration of this book was downright horrible. The British accent was so obviously fake, and to me, it was so distracting that I could not really follow the story. Her pronunciation of such common everyday words as 'cat', 'caught', 'back', 'caution' was utterly ridiculous. And no self-respecting Brit, or anyone at all with a familiarity of historical romances, would have pronounced 'Beau Brummel' the way this narrator did - it was absolutely appalling! On top of the hundreds of horrific pronunciations, the overall tone of the narration was just plain melancholy. And it was read at a fixed pace (rather fast) throughout. I absolutely hated it, and I will never download another book by this narrator. Needless to say, I will NOT continue the series (since all subsequent books have the same narrator), and will return this book as soon as this review is submitted.

NOT recommended.

  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,934

Georgie, or Lady Georgiana Rannoch, is busy planning her upcoming nuptials to Darcy O'Mara. Unfortunately, what has started as a simple wedding has become quite a royal headache and grand affair, thanks to a guest list that includes the queen and the appointment of princesses as Georgie's bridesmaids. “If only Darcy and I had eloped!” she thinks, as she attempts to organize her wedding and find a place for her and her husband-to-be to live. Just as she despairs of ever finding a home, her godfather offers his fully staffed country estate. But something sinister is afoot....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I loved it!

  • By Dylan on 08-13-18

Great New Narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

First, I was sad to hear of the tragic passing of Katherine Kellgren, who I thought did a fantastic job with the Royal Spyness and Bloody Jack series' and countless other audiobook narrations. She was one of the best! I knew she would be tough to replace, but I really think they did it! This new narrator is, in my opinion, even slightly better than KK (I said SLIGHTLY, so please don't think I'm speaking ill of the dead - I am NOT!). She does not shout, which was the one thing that occasionally put me off about KK, even though I always gave her 5 stars for her narration. I will have no problem continuing this series in Audio format.

And as usual, the story itself was great. It was nice to see Georgie's mom become a little more human for once. I think this is my favorite book of the series so far. Definitely worth the credit!

  • The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048

Many of us know the Black Death as a catastrophic event of the medieval world. But the Black Death was arguably the most significant event in Western history, profoundly affecting every aspect of human life, from the economic and social to the political, religious, and cultural. In its wake the plague left a world that was utterly changed, forever altering the traditional structure of European societies and forcing a rethinking of every single system of Western civilization: food production and trade, the church, political institutions, law, art, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • informative, interesting, well organized

  • By Tricia Munter on 06-12-16

Great content, annoying narration

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

This series of lectures was very interesting and informative. I learned a lot about the impact of the Black Death on society as we know it today.

However, the narration was delivered as if to sixth graders, constantly emphasizing points made just seconds earlier, and repeating almost everything numerous times throughout the lectures. I thought it was overkill, as I imagine it is adults, and not children, who are the likely listeners to these lectures. I found this condescension both annoying and distracting. The professor did have a clear voice however, and you could tell she was enthusiastic about the subject matter.

Overall, I think it was a very good investment of my time, and I am glad I downloaded it.

  • The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

  • By: Julie Klassen
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711

Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood...somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story with Lovable Characters

  • By Maryalice Davis on 02-03-18

Too Christian for me...will return it.

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

I don't mind a sweet and clean romance at all (e.g. Georgette Heyer's regency novels), but I object to those that bring so much of God and prayer into it. I listened to the first book and noticed a little of this, but not so much as to put me off from ordering the second. Big mistake. This one had a lot more of it and it totally turned me off. I don't like being preached to, and that is what it felt like. Also, this book was TOO insipid and TOO long.

I will not be continuing with this series and I will return this book. I wish Audible would identify Christian books in their synopses - if they had done so I never would have started this series. No offense intended to those of you who like this stuff, but it's just not my cup of tea.

  • Scandal and the Duchess

  • Highland Pleasures Series, Book 6.5
  • By: Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

Scandal follows Rose Barclay, young widow of the Duke of Southdown, wherever she goes. It's never her fault, but newspapers love to write about the simple girl from Scotland and the much older duke who died suddenly on their honeymoon. And now there is even more talk as the legitimacy of the marriage is being contested by the duke's son and heir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific read..

  • By Trish R. on 01-08-15

Horrible, horrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

Angela Dawe gets worse and worse every time I listen to her. Couldn’t stand it anymore so I did not finish the book. Never again.

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  • Devil of the Highlands

  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Marianna Palka
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859

They call him the Devil.... He is the most notorious laird of Scotland: fierce, cold, deadly...and maybe even worse. Yet Evelinde has just agreed to wed him. Anything, she thinks, is better than her cruel stepmother. Though Evelinde should be wary of the rumors, she can't help but be drawn to this warrior...for the Devil of the Highlands inspires a heat within her that is unlike anything she has ever known.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Eeyore

  • By Rebecca on 07-20-11

Narrator should find a new profession!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

I have never heard a more horrific narration. It is hard to believe that the director could let this pass. It is almost like it was a deliberate attempt to sabotage the audiobook or the author or Audible itself - that is just how bad it was. Absolutely disgraceful!

The story itself was OK, but I would recommend you buy the book, not the audiobook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Duchess Deal

  • Girl Meets Duke
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury's to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne'er-do-wells by night. Now there's a new item on the list. He needs an heir - which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she'll do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 100% perfect

  • By Eugenie on 09-29-17

Way too sarcastic...just awful!

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

I think everyone enjoys a bit of witty repartee, or tongue in cheek dialogue once in a while, but this was over the top. Way over! Every conversation was sarcastic or flippant or caustic, and it wasn't all humorous. Strange way to write a historical romance! This dialogue never convinced me it was real. It was OK at first, because I'd expected it to taper off, but it never did. It became downright annoying. Not much of a story either - overall I thought it was rather silly. Not sure I will every listen to another book by Tessa Dare if this is her style. Just not for me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • FREE Masked Ball at Broxley Manor

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,043

A delectable prequel to the national bestselling Royal Spyness mysteries featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch—thirty forth in line to the throne, and England’s poorest heiress. At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man—until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Halloween listen. No tricks, all treat!

  • By AudioAddict on 10-25-15

Narrator YELLED her way thru this one...awful!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-17

I have this entire series and enjoy it quite a bit. Usually, Katherine Kellgren, although a bit over he top in her dramatization, has decent voices and accents, and is overall better than someone monotone. But in this case, she was yelling and shouting so much that I had a hard time finishing it. Absolutely terrible. She sounded like she was on speed or some other drug - she spoke very fast and VERY, VERY LOUDLY! Extremely disappointing - I'm surprised the producers let it be sold like this. Just glad I got it for free.

Don't let this put you off the rest of the series though...it is vey good. Just don't start with this one...it didn't really add much to the overall story, and you'd be better off starting the series with Book 1.

  • From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History

  • By: Kenneth J. Hammond, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth J. Hammond
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766

For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.You'll learn about the powerful dynasties that ruled China for centuries; the philosophical and religious foundations-particularly Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism-that have influenced every iteration of Chinese thought, and the larger-than-life personalities, from both inside and outside its borders, of those who have shaped China's history. As you listen to these lectures, you'll see how China's politics, economics, and art reflect the forces of its past.From the "Mandate of Heaven," a theory of social contract in place by 1500 B.C.E., 3,000 years before Western philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, to the development of agriculture and writing independent of outside influence to the technologically-advanced Han Dynasty during the time of the Roman Empire, this course takes you on a journey across ground that has been largely unexplored in the history courses most of us in the West have taken.In guiding you through the five millennia of China's history, Professor Hammond tells a fascinating story with an immense scope, a welcome reminder that China is no stranger to that stage and, indeed, has more often than not been the most extraordinary player on it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Only powerful people have liberty." Sun Yat-sen

  • By Kristi R. on 07-25-15

Somewhat informative but very dry

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

Tough to listen to...the professor um'd and ah'd and okay'd his way through it when he wasn't pausing to think of what to say next. Were I attending his lectures in person, I feel sure I would have been one of many sleeping people in the audience. He certainly did not project any enthusiasm for his subject.

The content was OK, I guess, but mainly political in nature. Very little about what the culture was like. All in all, it was rather forgettable. I have come to expect more from the Great Courses - unlike most of the others I have listened to, this one was very lackluster. Not recommended.

  • Heroes and Legends

  • The Most Influential Characters of Literature
  • By: Thomas A. Shippey, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thomas A. Shippey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012

Odysseus. Robinson Crusoe. Harry Potter. What do these memorable characters have in common? Why do we turn to certain stories again and again? And what impact have they made on world history? These 24 eye-opening lectures give fresh insight into some of the greatest heroes in world literature, from warriors such as Beowulf and Odysseus to unexpected heroes such as Uncle Tom and Sancho Panza. Professor Shippey gives you an inside glimpse into the writer's process.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Look at Western Literary Characters

  • By Teri-K on 10-11-14

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

WOW! I have a lot of the Great Courses Audiobooks and this one is by far the best narrated one I have listened to to-date. The professor has a personality and a sense of humor that many of the others lack, which makes the listening very enjoyable as well as educational. Nothing dry about these lectures! This is an interesting and thought provoking series of lectures on characters from books from ancient to modern times. It will definitely be downloading some of the books that I have not read before, and re-listening to those that I have.

Very, VERY well done.