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  • The Beast's Garden

  • By: Kate Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Vuletic
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

Ava fell in love the night the Nazis first showed their true nature to the world. A retelling of the Grimms' Beauty and the Beast, set in Nazi Germany. It's August 1939 in Germany, and Ava's world is in turmoil. To save her father, she must marry a young Nazi officer, Leo von Löwenstein, who works for Hitler's spy chief in Berlin. However, she hates and fears the brutal Nazi regime and finds herself compelled to stand against it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story and beautifully narrated

  • By kestergayle on 12-06-15

What a great book!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I finally decided to listen to this book after having it in my library for several years. The author comes across as knowledgeable of that period and her writing is so good that made a lasting impression on me. I have read many World War II books and this one is one of the best. It was hard to read about all the suffering not only of Jews, but also of anyone who dared to disagree with Hitler. The love story is sweet and tender - the ending made it worth spending 16+ hours listening.

The narrator did a wonderful job with voices and letting emotions come across in a very believable way. Really worth a credit.

  • 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 2,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,012

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

Quite good

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

Overall this is a good story. Darcy is absent from most of the book and i feel that I would have enjoyed it much better if he had been included more.

Regarding the narrator, I believe she did a good job; however, she had a big miss while portraying Darcy. He sounded like a woman and that was disappointing for me. I don’t know if this series will continue, but if there is a new installment, I hope the narrator practices so that Darcy’s voice is more masculine.

For me, it was worth a credit.

  • Take Me Back

  • By: Meghan March
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893

We fell in love on a beach, got married in paradise, and rode off into the sunset. It should have been perfect, but saying "I do" doesn't guarantee a happily ever after. Two years later, I barely recognize either of us behind the walls we've built. It's time to bring it full circle. Back to a tropical paradise. Back to find out if we can still make this work. I'm not willing to give her up, but to save us, I have to risk everything.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Should've been written under a pseudonym

  • By Mike on 03-21-17

Not a romance

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

Reading the description of this book I had the idea of a nice romantic story of a couple trying to make it in their marriage. Nothing further from the truth. There is no romance! The characters are not likable and they seem to be in lust only. The whole book is peppered with foul language, expletives and vulgarity (I’m in contact with people of all ages and walks of life, and nobody speaks like that). I’m so disappointed that I wasted my time so badly.

I bought this book without researching the author and, of course, I regret it. I learned a lesson and this author goes in my “do not buy list.”

  • Kissed by the Rain

  • By: Claudia Winter, Maria Poglitsch Bauer (translator)
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

This wildly romantic novel from the author of Apricot Kisses proves that the recipe for love sometimes needs just a dash of the unexpected - and the magic of the Scottish Highlands.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Kin or Not!"

  • By Empress Karen on 05-08-17

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

A beautiful story! Romantic, funny, full of wit and with. Great characters. The narrator is perfect for this novel. I will listen to this book again soon.

  • The Black Moth

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

When the dashing Jack Carstares is unfairly accused of cheating at cards, he leaves the country in disgrace. Returning some years later disguised as a highwayman, his reappearance heralds a dramatic chain of events that includes a Duke, a damsel, a duel, and not one, but two kidnappings. Written when she was just 17, The Black Moth was Heyer’s first novel, but it bears many of the hallmarks of her later romances, being vivid, witty, and peppered with historical insight.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heyer's First Book--Melodrama in Spades

  • By Carol on 07-10-13

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

I've had this book in my library for a very long time. I was afraid It wouldn't meet the standards of my favorite Heyer books - was I pleasantly surprised! This is a wonderful book with romance, abductions, a very likable villain and wonderful characters. As usual the dialogue is fast paced and interesting.

I liked the narration well. The narrator made me immerse in the story. I used the WS4V feature which helped me understand the old fashioned language better.

  • Where the Dead Lie

  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452

In the latest mystery from the national best-selling author of When Falcons Fall, the gruesome murder of a young boy takes Sebastian St. Cyr from the gritty streets of London to the glittering pleasure haunts of the aristocracy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the series

  • By Cheryl on 04-13-17

Another hit

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

As usual, Davina Porter did a great job with the characters voices. Makes one feel inside the action.

Any additional comments?

Even though I did like the novel, I feel that I was left "hanging " in the end. I sure hope this will be solved in the next installment. I don't mind personal cliff hangers, but I like the mystery completely solved and explained by the end of each book.

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  • The Spanish Bride

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: David Collins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

When Brigade-Major Harry Smith met the beautiful Juana María, an instant spark formed between the two fiery, energetic souls. The two fell deeply in love with one another from the first moment and the Spanish bride accompanied him throughout all his campaigns, where she rode freely among the troops. The intensity of their marriage is made all the more gripping as it is played out against the Peninsular War of Napoleon versus Wellington.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reliable Historical Fiction Heavy on Facts

  • By Lulu on 10-18-14

Loved it,

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

Reviewed: 03-29-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Spanish Bride to be better than the print version?

I can't be sure because I used the WS4V feature. But I certainly felt as if I was in the middle of the action.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Spanish Bride?

There were too many to list them here.

What about David Collins’s performance did you like?

His performance was great. His pronunciation of some Spanish words was a little off, but it didn't take anything from the story. The voices are very good.

Any additional comments?

I love historical novels and enjoyed the detailed descriptions of battles, maneuvers and the life of soldiers and their families following them. The love story is very sweet and has more impact since it is based on real events and real people.

  • Cousin Kate

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 304

When young and beautiful governess Kate Malvern finds herself unemployed, she is taken in by Minerva Broome, the aunt she has never met, and whisked away to the majestic country home of Staplewood. However, things are not as they seem: strange things start to happen in the manor and Staplewood soon turns from an inviting stately house to a cold and gloomy mansion with a dreadful secret!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narrator

  • By Patricia on 11-01-14

Great story, but spoiled by narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Not really. I'd recommend the book though.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jilly Bond?

Phylida Nash

Any additional comments?

I have stopped listening after three hours. I'll read my ebook again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Affair for the Season

  • By: Leigh Michaels
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Julia Sherwood's duty to her titled husband has been fulfilled with the birth of an heir, and Lord Sherwood seems far more interested in his political pursuits than in his wife. Despite parties and galas, Julia is bored. She must remain in London for the Season, or until Parliament is no longer in session, and time hangs heavy until a man from her past - the elegant and enigmatic James - suggests that she take him as her lover. James promises excitement, danger, and satisfaction. Julia finds she cannot say no to this fascinating man. Will she have to choose between her husband and her lover?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love it - contains spoilers

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-20-18

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 05-19-15

Very enjoyable. A very short novella with endearing characters. The narrator made it even better.. I will look for other books by this author.

  • Threat of Scandal

  • A Pride and Prejudice Sequel
  • By: Ayr Bray
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

At twenty years of age, Georgiana Darcy embarks on her third season in London hoping to find true love. Things go terribly wrong when she is implicated in a scandalous affair with the Duke of Rothford and, though she is innocent of wrongdoing, London society shuns her and her reputation is in tatters. For months the Duke has had troubles of his own; the last thing he needs is to be caught up in London's latest scandal with a perfect stranger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive and entertaining!

  • By Looking for the next great find on 07-04-15

Sweet novella

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

Any additional comments?

I liked it very much. I recognized the Georgiana we met in Pride and Prejudice - she was still shy and insecure but doing her best to cope with the problems she encountered. Darcy and Elizabeth were not completely to my liking, but this was not their story, so I did not mind.

I believe it was a plus that the whole story can be rated for any age in the Jane Austen tradition and the book can end in the next to last chapter. For readers who like steamy sex in their romances, the author wrote a last chapter with graphic, but in no way pornographic, sex scenes.

The narrator was great. I will look for other books read by her.