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  • Otherwise Engaged

  • By: Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by: Louise Jane Underwood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 720
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 657
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 654

Miss Amity Doncaster, world traveler, is accustomed to adventure and risk. Benedict Stanbridge, a man of science and a spy for the Crown, has faced danger in the darker corners of foreign lands. But they are about to face a threat that is shockingly close to home . . . One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Worst Narrations

  • By Elizabeth on 04-27-14

Abysmal and Disconnected

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

This is the first book I’ve listened to as part of Audible’s Romance Package. I will not continue to subscribe to the package if the other options are as unfulfilling as this book.

The narration is decent; that is the only positive aspect of the book.

The author’s character development is one dimensional so there is no emotional connection between the characters. The plot lacks depth and pacing. And, the most glaring misstep: Ms. Quick forces the plot progression without contextual relevance.

A disconnected and abysmal listening/reading experience.

  • The Marigold Chain

  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

England, 1666; the year all the prophecies said the world would end. For Chloe Hervaux, marriage to wild, unpredictable Alex Deveril offers escape from a home she hates. For Alex, waking up with an epic hangover, the discovery that he has acquired a bride is an unwelcome shock. But while the marriage remains in name only, other forces are gathering. England is at war with the Dutch, and Prince Rupert suspects that sabotage is at work in the fleet. Instructed to find and stop the traitor, Alex enters a dark, secret labyrinth of intrigue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent romance set during the Restoration

  • By noagnes on 02-23-18

Almost Mediocre

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

This book isn’t Stella Riley’s strongest effort: character development lacks depth, the pace is plodding, and the efforts at intrigue and suspense completely fall flat. The narrator isn’t my favorite but performs adequately. I would only recommend this book halfheartedly to devoted Stella Riley fans.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Architect of Song

  • By: A. G. Howard
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

For most of her life, Juliet Emerline has subsisted, isolated by deafness, making hats in the solitude of her home. Now she's at risk of losing her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name "Hawk" on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't want this listen to end

  • By Dee on 04-04-17

Mindless Drivel

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

This book only should be read by someone hoping for complete, mindless drivel. The plot and characters lack depth and nuance. Narrator was okay. Don't waste a credit.

  • The Horse Dancer

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

A quintessential Jojo Moyes novel about a lost girl and her horse, the enduring strength of friendship, and how even the smallest choices can change everything. When Sarah's grandfather gives her a beautiful horse named Boo - hoping that one day she'll follow in his footsteps to join an elite French riding school, away from their gritty London neighborhood - she quietly trains in the city's parks and alleys. But then her grandfather falls ill, and Sarah must juggle horsemanship with school and hospital visits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry when it ended!

  • By Sharon Compton on 12-03-17

Seven Hours Too Long

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

A bland story that drags on far too long; I won't recommend it or listen again.

  • A Madness So Discreet

  • By: Mindy McGinnis
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything

  • By Nicole B. on 08-20-18

Lacks Depth and Connectivity

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

The characters lack depth and there is little connectivity between plot points. The author might have improved the plot by using foreshadowing, but I doubt it. I felt I was reading an outline not a novel. The writing is without sophistication and nuance.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dawn Study

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond - and a family - that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia. Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person's resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall - and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The 6th book of this series felt like the 1000th.

  • By Stephen Weimer on 06-10-18

Lost the Magic

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

This book was a disappointment. I'm not a dedicated fan of this author, but I have moderately enjoyed this series except for the finale. I expected familiar characters (check) and summation of plots lines (check) as this is the last book, but the characters and plots were sadly dull. Ms. Snyder's writing lacked any of the vim and vigor displayed in earlier books. I listened to the first half and skipped to the epilogue because of increasing boredom. I didn't even finish the epilogue. I felt like I was trudging through fictional sludge. I wish I hadn't bothered.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Study in Scarlet Women

  • The Lady Sherlock Series, Book 1
  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,266

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper-class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London. When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First-rate author and first-rate narrator

  • By Lady Wesley on 03-25-17

More Clever Than Expected

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

Clean writing, tight plot, and enjoyable. I was afraid this book would be another mediocre retelling, but the author adds a hint of freshness by touching on women's and children's issues on the eve of the 20th century. There are small parts that are over heavy on the character development, but that's to be expected in the first of a series. Kate Reading gives an impeccable performance. I'm not waiting impatiently for the next book, but I will certainly read it.

19 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • A Circle of Wives

  • By: Alice LaPlante
  • Narrated by: George Newbern, Betsy Zajko, Nan McNamara, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 350

When Dr. John Taylor is found dead in a hotel room in his hometown, the local police find enough incriminating evidence to suspect foul play. Detective Samantha Adams, whose Palo Alto beat usually covers small-town crimes, is innocently thrown into a high-profile murder case that is more intricately intertwined than she could ever imagine. A renowned plastic surgeon, a respected family man, and an active community spokesman, Dr. Taylor was loved and admired. But, hidden from the public eye, he led a secret life - in fact, multiple lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable until the end

  • By FatOldBroad on 01-07-15

Light On Suspense, Heavy With Maudlin Women

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

This book may have a few elements of a murder mystery, but it is actually a maudlin, biographical report of several women's lives. It's is also plagued by an uneven plot line and slightly ridiculous dialogue. Ugh! I'd only recommend this book to someone who enjoys reading about women wallowing in self-pity.

  • With This Curse

  • By: Amanda DeWees
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Can a curse strike twice in a woman's life? In 1854, 17-year-old chambermaid Clara Crofton was dismissed from Gravesend Hall for having fallen in love with Richard Blackwood, the younger son of the house. Alone in the world, Clara found a tenuous position as a seamstress, but she always blamed the Gravesend curse for the disaster that had befallen her - and for Richard's death soon after in the Crimean War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So romantic !

  • By RueRue on 05-17-16

Predictable Story, Stolid Writing, Humdrum Narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-14-16

This book has the framework of a gothic romance but the internal structures sadly are missing. The story is predictable, the writing stolid, and the narration humdrum. No aspect of the book is awful or excellent. There were a few passages that bordered on the edge of wit, but the narrator could not pull it off. Without suspense, psychological horror, or a decent love story, the book is a failed gothic romance.

  • The Family Trade

  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 425

Miriam Beckstein is happy in her life as a successful reporter. When she gets iron-clad evidence of a money-laundering scheme, Miriam thinks she's found the story of the year. But when she takes it to her editor, she's fired on the spot and gets a death threat from the criminals she's uncovered. Before the day is over, she's received a locket left by the mother she never knew - the mother who was murdered when she was an infant. The knotwork pattern within has a hypnotic effect on her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 6 books - intriguing series

  • By Norman on 06-13-16

A Techie Read A Manual On Novel Writing

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

Reviewed: 02-07-16

I think this techie author read a manual called "How To Write Sci-Fi/Fanatasy For Dummies". The resultant world building, characterizations, and plot progression are shallow and incongruent. Its like listening to a crappy first-person game with audio description. Kate Reading, the narrator, saves the book from a one star rating.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful