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  • The Bastard

  • By: Brenda Novak
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 183

Jeannette Boucher, a young French beauty from a family left penniless by the revolution, must marry against her will to save them all from ruin. But almost immediately after the vows are spoken, she learns that her old English husband is impotent - and in his desire for an heir, he plans to compromise her in the worst way. Determined to escape such a fate, she stows away on one of His Majesty’s frigates. But a woman alone is in constant danger.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story, but not the narrator.

  • By C. Macduff on 01-20-15

good story, but...

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

oh my gosh. I read this book several years ago and enjoyed it. I thought I would like having it read to me by a professional narrator. I was wrong. the reader sounded like a British-accented Captain Kirk trying to overdramatize something. Some of the chapter breaks ("Chapter Four" for example) sounded like she was having an attack of the vapors, "Giles, get my smelling salts, won't you please..." Killed the whole story, for me. While I could tell some differences between the characters' voices, all the men -- most annoyingly the Hero's -- were nasal and whiny-sounding. He sounded almost petulant, the entire book. I will avoid this reader's performances in the future. Like the plague.

  • 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 1,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023

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

I loved this story

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

The characters were so likeable, the story was very interesting, and Ms. Wells brought the characters to life in her performance.

  • Stranger in My Arms

  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,070

“Lady Hawksworth, your husband is not dead.” With those words, Lara’s life turned upside down. Hunter, Earl of Hawksworth, had been lost at sea. Or so she’d been told. Their unhappy marriage - with its cold caresses and passionless kisses – was over. But now a powerful, virile man stood before her, telling secrets only a husband could know, and vowing she would once again be his wife in every way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A steamy little romance.

  • By beth on 04-30-12

good story, though not her best

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

I liked the characters, and the villains were certainly evil enough to be feared (I love a good "bad guy"). but there were times where I felt the actions were incoungruous. one sentence tells how strongly she detests her husband, wishes he were truly dead, then "but she couldn't bear to see him in pain" and back to her mistrust. it seemed like opposite ends of a spectrum, for me, too vastly oscillating. The were a few others, but I can't recall them at this moment.

Character development was good outside that one problem I mentioned, which seemed to afflict both main players, and the other things they did send in keeping with their described personalities (she did go from one extreme to another at the end, if I can say that without spoilering anything. That would be another instance of the vascillation that could have been smoothed a bit)

Overall, an enjoyable tale and, as always, Ms Landor's performance was impeccable.

  • Ain't She Sweet?

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Kate Flemming
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530

The girl everybody loves to hate has returned to the town she'd sworn to leave behind forever. As the rich, spoiled princess of Parrish, Mississippi, Sugar Beth Carey had broken hearts, ruined friendships, and destroyed reputations. But 15 years have passed, now she's come home, broke, desperate, and too proud to show it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner from Susan Elizabeth Phillips

  • By sophie on 10-19-04

Love this story, the reader made it even better!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this particular reader for this SEP book. I was sad to see she was only chosen to do two of SEP's works. I thought she did a great job capturing what I call the 'cheeky' feel that Phillips' books seem to have, and her portrayal (along with how well it was written) of Colin and SugarBeth was perfect. I say this because I felt that I really "knew" these characters, having read the book a few times in ENglish and once in German. The attitude comes through, no matter the language, and this reader nailed it, IMO.

  • Then Came You: Gambler of Craven's Series, Book 1

  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154

Reckless, wild, and beautiful, Lily Lawson delights in shocking proper London society – and now she is determined to rescue her sister from an unwanted impending marriage to the notorious Alex, Lord Raiford, by fair means or foul. But while she succeeds outrageously, Alex is a master gamesman who is not to be undone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive

  • By MEH on 02-26-11

I wish I'd read this one before the sequel

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Where does Then Came You: Gambler of Craven's Series, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's probably up near the top of the list. I really enjoyed this story. I listened to the sequel before this one, and now I want to go back and re-read (re-listen to) Derek Craven's love story. I liked him in the sequel, but kinda fell in LOVE with him in this one, even though he was a supporting player.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked Derek best. I also liked the love story unfolding between Lilly and Alex, but it was deeper/more-layered than just the two of them, beCAUSE of Derek. It was just a really good cast in this tale.

What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

Rosalyn Landor is the BEST. She does SUCH a good job of differentiating between characters, I am never lost. (listening to one now where the reader isn't quite as good, and it really makes me appreciate Landor's gift in that regard.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Derek said anything that revealed his true feelings regarding Lilly, I was riveted.

  • Wyatt's Bounty

  • The McCades of Cheyenne, Book 2
  • By: Kim Turner
  • Narrated by: Dawson McBride
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Bounty hunter Wyatt McCade is taking down outlaws one at a time. He's been in love with Tess Sullivan for years, but she refuses to give in to her feelings. Reeling from the rejection of his marriage proposal, he chases bounties with little concern for his own safety. When word reaches him that Tess never left for Boston, he rides for Cheyenne to confront her. Instead, he is ambushed and left for dead. Doctor Tess Sullivan shattered her heart by refusing Wyatt McCade's marriage proposal and making the biggest mistake of her life, by holding onto a secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this fantastic book

  • By ReadingWench on 05-19-18

This was even better than the first!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

What made the experience of listening to Wyatt's Bounty the most enjoyable?

I still love Dawson McBride's voice, though I do put the 'speed' to 1.2 so that it's a little faster-paced for me. (I listen while I drive, and am generally in a "hurry" frame of mind, so if the reader is very laid-back, I feel impatient. That's all ME, though)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wyatt's Bounty?

Oh my gosh, her 'bad guy' is so evil. I don't want to do spoilers, but maybe it's okay if I say there has to be a rescue, and that is pretty harrowing for awhile. I was hooked BIGtime for that.

What about Dawson McBride’s performance did you like?

His voice is so mellow and smooth, it's like listening to a good friend who is welcoming and safe.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was just hooked for the whole thing. There were several good plot items that really grabbed me and it seemed nothing was easy for these two people. (some of it due to Wyatt's 'get 'er done' personality)

Any additional comments?

I cannot WAIT for the next book to come out.

  • Sawyer's Rose

  • The McCades Of Cheyenne, Book 1
  • By: Kim Turner
  • Narrated by: Dawson McBride
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 53

As if he doesn't have enough to handle between running outlaws out of Cheyenne, keeping his brothers out of trouble, and avenging his father's death, Sheriff Sawyer McCade's meddling mother just dumped a mysterious mail-order bride on his doorstep. One woman can be more trouble than a band of renegades, and while this one has him all stirred up, he'd rather get to the bottom of the story she isn't telling. Rose Parker had it all - until a web of danger and deceit sends her running to Cheyenne posing as a mail-order bride. Escaping the evils of New York seems sensible until she meets the unsuspecting sheriff who didn't ask for her, has no intention of marrying her, and won't rest until he uncovers her secret and sends her back home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Kimberly Smith on 03-31-18

I really enjoyed this story

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Where does Sawyer's Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is among some of the best. I loved the reader's 'whiskey voice' but he was just a little too laid-back for me (I listen while I drive to work and - I tend to be rushed when I'm driving - I kept thinking "Hurry up, Man!") so I set the speed to 1.2 and that was PERFECT

Who was your favorite character and why?

Probably Sawyer was my favorite, though I really enjoyed Rose's character. I liked how the author had them FINALLY come together.

Which character – as performed by Dawson McBride – was your favorite?

Probably Sawyer. That whiskey-voice Mr McBride has is awfully soothing...

  • Somebody to Love

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 495
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 442

After her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon's Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns-a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping. When her father's wingman, James Cahill, asks to go with her, she's not thrilled . . . even if he is fairly gorgeous and knows his way around a toolbox.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and horrific narration.

  • By Libella on 04-18-13

Such a good story

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

Reviewed: 05-18-17

I have read this one several times and lived it. I love getting to see the Gideon's Cove gang, and Parker and James' story is so good... and the narrator just nails it. Especially Lavinia's voice. I laughed so many times at what that old gal did.... thank you for many enjoyable hours.

  • The Debutante Queen

  • Montana Beginnings, Book 1
  • By: Angela Breidenbach
  • Narrated by: Forrest Leder, Tristan Leder
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

It's 1889 (Helena, MT): Calista Blythe enters the first Miss Snowflake Pageant celebrating Montana statehood to expose the plight of street urchins. But hiding an indentured orphan could unravel Calista's reputation and her budding romance with pageant organizer Albert Shanahan, if her secret is revealed. Will love or law prevail?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting slice of history

  • By Deb Kastner on 05-16-16

A really engaging, interesting story!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

What made the experience of listening to The Debutante Queen the most enjoyable?

At first, I wasn't sure I was going to like having two narrators, but was QUICKLY relieved of that notion. Both readers were really good, and it helped to have the male voice to 'act out' the men's roles in the story. It was also nice to have the male voice for the chapters that dealt with the goings-on of the male characters.

What did you like best about this story?

I was hooked early on, with the little lost girl, and how our heroine worked to try to help her and save her.

What about Forrest Leder and Tristan Leder ’s performance did you like?

They have good pronunciation without making it sound forced or labored. They both have really good inflection and a good ear for dialects and accents.

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  • Grace be a Lady

  • Love & War in Johnson County, Book 1
  • By: Heather Blanton
  • Narrated by: Talmadge Ragan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Banished to the dusty cow town of Misery, Wyoming, for an alleged affair, Grace Hendrick is facing the hardest decisions of her life. If she tries to return to Chicago, her husband promises to whisk their four-year-old son off to a boarding school and Grace will never see him again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grace Be A Lady is such a wonderful story

  • By Karen R G on 03-03-18

I love this story!

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

Reviewed: 11-15-15

Would you listen to Grace be a Lady again? Why?

I probably would listen to it again, but the reader enunciates SO clearly that it seems to drag just a bit, at times. There were a few times when the words almost seemed difficult to understand, because of the enunciation. But she does a really great job on vocalizing the different characters -- you always know which of them is speaking, and it's easy to tell the difference between a speaking character and just narration of the storyline.

What did you like best about this story?

The duplicity Grace was forced to maintain, and the way our author created such a menacing bad-guy.

What does Talmadge Ragan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great character-voices. Really, really great character voices.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, because it was long.

Any additional comments?

I love Blanton's books, and think that you will, too! Nice stories that end well, but there's plenty of harrowing stuff between the first-page and the last, with plenty of grit and real-life, slightly messy things going on with her characters. They're not all Pollyanna and sunshine, and I appreciate that.