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Columbia, SC, United States
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  • Silent in the Grave

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,356

Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Happily surprised

  • By 9S on 07-04-09

The story is good. The narration, not so much

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

The storyline itself is pretty good. Granted, like many murder mysteries, the villain is exactly who you suspect it is at the beginning of the story. But the author does manage to surprise the reader with the motive. I did not suspect the motive until the story was nearly over. Unfortunately, as others have mentioned, the narration leaves a lot to be desired. I felt the narrator took what could be a fast paced storyline and made it a bedtime story. It's not just that the accent is off. The narration is actually kind of boring. It's unfortunate because with the right narrator, this could be an addictive series. But now I'm uncertain if I'll bother finishing the series.

  • Sweet Tea and Sympathy

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,824

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot's rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society and made elegance and glamour her business. She's riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she's blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start - and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Ms. Harper

  • By green ice cream garden on 11-30-17

Another great Harper and Ronconi Pairing

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I was already a big fan of Molly Harper before listening to this audiobook, so I admit my perspective is slightly skewed in her favor. That said, this was another funny, easy read by Harper. And Amanda Ronconi did an excellent job as narrator. Sweet Tea and Sympathy is somewhat of a departure from her previous novels because it is (almost) completely free from any reference to the paranormal. Yet it does follow her typical storyline of a woman who is down on her luck moving to a small town and meeting the love of her life. Also like her other books, the heroine is a smart woman who manages to surround herself with a hilarious cast of characters. This book is a good option for anyone who enjoys comedy or romance.

  • Lost Rider

  • Coming Home, Book 1
  • By: Harper Sloan
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Louise, Jason Carpenter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 371

Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after a 10-year career as a rodeo star. After one too many head injuries, he's off the circuit and in the horse farming business - something he's never taken much of a shine to, but now that it's his late father's legacy, familial duty calls. How will Maverick find his way after the only dream he ever had for himself is over? Enter Leighton Elizabeth James, an ugly duckling turned beauty from Maverick's childhood - his younger sister's best friend, to be exact.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Cowboy Romance

  • By Audio Audits on 06-14-17

WAY too much dialogue...

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

This novel had the makings for a really great love story. Maverick and Leighton have been in love since high school but never managed to make it work. But both characters sometimes came across as a bit whiny. And between the lengthy spoken dialogue and the characters' thoughts, the story loses any edge it may have had. There simply wasn't enough actual storyline. So it sometimes became a bit boring. That said, I thought the narrator did a good job. She brought life to the different characters and may have been this audiobook's saving grace.

  • 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 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411

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

Short But Sweet

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

As others have mentioned, I wish this story was a bit longer. This book is more a novella than a novel. So the author makes some big jumps in the storyline to get to the "happily ever after" that we all love in these novels. Despite, that it's an enjoyable book and an easy listen.

  • The Wicked Deeds of Daniel MacKenzie

  • Highland Pleasures, Book 6
  • By: Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739

Daniel Mackenzie lives up to the reputation of the scandalous Mackenzie family - he has wealth, looks, and talent, and women love him. When he meets Violet Bastien - one of the most famous spiritual mediums in England - he immediately knows two things: that Miss Bastien is a fraud, and that he’s wildly attracted to her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Off just a bit and frustrating reader

  • By Vinity on 10-08-13

Daniel grows up!

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

After seeing Daniel MacKenzie as a funny teenager in the previous books, it was fun to see him as a full-grown man in this one. Daniel's love story is quite different from those of his father and uncles. It's not the hot, steamy romance the previous books were. Instead, it's more of an opportunity for the reader to see Daniel as a man, rather than a playful youth.

Violet is a good match for him--a nice counter weight to his hyper-privileged lifestyle. And although Daniel is certainly her knight in shining armor, it's not because she's a silly airhead. She's a smart woman caught in a truly unfortunate circumstance.

Overall, I would say that this is one of the sweetest love stories in the series.

  • The Untamed Mackenzie

  • Highland Pleasures Series, Book 5.5
  • By: Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608

To redeem her family's disgraced name, Lady Louisa Scranton has decided to acquire a proper husband. He needs to be a man of fortune and highly respectable in order to restore both her family's lost wealth and reputation. She enters the Marriage Mart with all flags flying, determined to find the right bachelor. But Louisa's hopes are dashed when the Bishop of Hargate drops dead at her feet - and she is shockingly accused of murder!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yummy!

  • By Kimberly on 12-23-13

Lady Louisa finally gets her man!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

If you've read the previous books, you've already seen the relationship between Lady Louisa and Detective Fellows get its start. In this book we finally get to see the relationship come into fruition. The Mackenzie family is entertaining all on its own. And it's sweet to see the wealthy, elite family rooting for Louisa's relationship with a man that is not, by high society's standards, her equal. It's also nice that the author mixed up the typical historical romance novel a bit by making someone other than a duke or earl Louisa's love interest. And seeing the stern detective fall for an aristocrat makes their love story that much more appealing.

  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

  • Highland Pleasures, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,830
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,536
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,540

It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Way above my expectations!

  • By bluebelle on 05-05-12

What a Surprisingly Delightful Story!

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

What I love most about this book is that the author decided to make Ian Mackenzie a completely unconventional protagonist. I think Ian is, if not outright autistic, definitely on the spectrum. And in Beth he not only met someone who could see past his "oddities" and accept them, but a woman who saw what others would think of as a disability as a strength. Ian is different, but Beth isn't your typical high society lady. And their love story is super sweet.

  • Friends without Benefits

  • Knitting in the City, Book 2
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Devra Woodward
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Finney: 1) She suffers from severe sarcastic syndrome, especially when she's unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her like Nico Manganiello, and 3) She knows how to knit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Story was good, but the narrator ruined it!

  • By bookaddict on 12-07-17

Silly Protagonist. Subpar Narration.

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

This book has potential. The idea behind it was a good one, and I was initially really interested. But the combination of mediocre narration and an idiotic protagonist makes this book difficult to like. Elizabeth is supposed to be a smart, successful doctor. But she's pretty darn stupid when it comes to love....not naive, but stupid...exceptionally so. It's pretty much impossible to have any sympathy for her.

The narration really leaves something to be desired. She kind of sounds like a depressed robot.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Rake

  • By: Mary Jo Putney
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

Known as the despair of the Davenports, Reginald is a disinherited, disgraced alcoholic who is headed for a bad end - that is until the new Earl of Wargrave gives him one last chance at redemption by letting him take his place as the heir of Strickland, his lost ancestral estate. Masquerading as a man in order to obtain a position as estate manager of Strickland, Lady Alys Weston came to Strickland after having fled her home, her wealth, and her title due to betrayal and despair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 10 star book

  • By Cam on 08-05-17

Sweet Story. Great Narration.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

The love story between the secretive Lady Alys Weston and the alcoholic rake Reginald Davenport was a surprisingly sweet, almost innocent tale. That Mary Jo Putney was able to make an alcholic both a sympathetic and likable character is pretty impressive. And the two lead characters have really interesting back stories that help explain how two seemingly opposite people come to have so much in common. Like all good romance novels, this book features more than one subplot to help keep the reader's interests.

Mark Meadows did an excellent job as narrator. I readily admit that I don't normally like male narrators for novels. But Meadows truly brought these characters to life.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Boomerang Bride

  • By: Fiona Lowe
  • Narrated by: Tess Masters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Matilda Geoffrey risked it all for love. She left Australia to be with Barry - the man who had swept her off her virtual feet. Now, wearing a wedding dress, she's alone on Main Street in small-town Wisconsin, and things aren't working out exactly as planned.… In town for his annual family visit, Marc Olsen had never seen a bride quite like Matilda - staring into a storefront window, holding a tottering wedding cake, and looking desperately in need of a groom. He may not have any warm feelings for his hometown, but meeting Matilda just as she discovers she's been scammed by her online "fiancé" stirs something in him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love this book.

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-06-18

Lighthearted romance

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

Boomerang Bride was an enjoyable, lighthearted read. If anything, its biggest flaw was that it was really predictable, without many twists and turns. So this may not be the best option for people who need a really big arc to the story. But it does include a very likable cast of characters, a couple of really good sub-plots, and some really good laughs.