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  • Someone to Love

  • A Westcott Novel, Book 1
  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 845

Anna Snow grew up in an orphanage in Bath knowing nothing of the family she came from. Now she discovers that the late Earl of Riverdale was her father and that she has inherited his fortune. She is also overjoyed to learn she has siblings. However, they want nothing to do with her or her attempts to share her new wealth. But the new earl's guardian is interested in Anna.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Other side of the blanket

  • By MVA on 11-19-16

Could have been a good listen

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

This book started out pretty slow due to introduction of so many characters. Picked up a bit in the middle and then fell flat at the end, seemed to wrap up too quickly after so many lengthy fillers in the rest of the book. Where it needed to get meaty it was just suddenly over. Did seem to have a lot of repetition and retelling of the story that really took up a lot of time. I didn't find it to be steamy at all, not much physical contact between the two main characters. Didn't find the male character to be very appealing and not because of the physical description but more the use of snuff box and eyeglass. Those seemed to be habits usually ascribed to the unlikeable people in a story, not the one that is supposed to make you like him. The story line held a lot of promise but at times it was almost tedious to listen to. I like Rosalyn Landor as a narrator, she has done some of my favorites so I don't think that is where the problem lies. This is my first Mary Balogh book however and I will give her another try.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Devil in Spring

  • The Ravenels, Book 3
  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146

Most debutantes dream of finding husbands. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she's ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Adorable heroine

  • By Cam on 03-22-17

My favorite of Lisa Kleypas to date.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

I absolutely loved this story. I have listened twice. I always enjoy being able to revisit characters from a previous series, in this case the Wallflower series. The narrator does a fabulous job bringing out the quirkiness of the main female character and making the main male character very appealing. Eagerly looking forward to the next in this series!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Splendid

  • Blydon, Book 1
  • By: Julia Quinn
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

American heiress Emma Dunster has always been fun-loving and independent, with no wish to settle into marriage. She plans to enjoy her Season in London in more unconventional ways than husband hunting. But this time Emma's high jinks lead her into dangerous temptation. Alexander Ridgely, the Duke of Ashbourne, is a notorious rake who carefully avoids the risk of love until he plants one reckless kiss on the sensuous lips of this high-spirited innocent and condemns himself to delicious torment.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Murdered by Horrible Narration

  • By Joan M. Taylor on 12-18-16

Is this really Julia Quinn

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I loved the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn and was looking forward to a new series to fall in love with. It almost feels like it was written by someone else. The hero sounds pompous and annoying with this narrator! Hard to like the man! The story is OK but again seems to deviate from the standards of the other series I have listened to.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Still listening, haven't made it to the end yet

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lucy Rayner?

Rosalyn Landor or Simon Prebble

What would have made this romance irresistible?

A likeable male character, not a stuffy sounding pompous man

2 of 2 people found this review helpful