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  • Of Paupers and Peers

  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Margaret Darrington is no stranger to genteel poverty herself, since the death of her father has left her in charge of her two younger siblings and feather-brained aunt. But Margaret has a plan: To salvage the family's finances, she has only to put her beautiful younger sister, Amanda, in the way of marrying a wealthy man - perhaps the new Duke of Montford, who is expected to arrive any day. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightfully sweet

  • By Shilo on 01-26-19

A Cute Regency

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

I am a huge Sheri Cobb South fan. I've read all of her books, my favorites being the John Pickett series. So I was happy to give this one a try. This turned out to be a cute regency with all of the fluff and frills of the era. Sheri has a magical way of writing. The plot was simple, not many surprises yet enjoyable. The characters were mostly likable, especially James and flighty Aunt Hattie. Margaret was a bit of a stiff though. At times, a part me felt that James was too good for her. She was a bit too practical and prideful for me. There was however a sweet side love story as well--I was so happy for this HEA. This varied from the normal amnesia plot just a bit. Only two issues for me: The extended misunderstanding and I did feel like last hour was a bit rushed. All in all, it was a fun, quick read with the expected HEA. 4 stars for story and narration.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Queen of the North

  • By: Anne O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Beth Eyre
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

1399: England’s crown is under threat. King Richard II holds on to his power by an ever-weakening thread, with exiled Henry of Lancaster back to reclaim his place on the throne. For Elizabeth Mortimer, there is only one rightful King - her eight-year-old nephew, Edmund. Only he can guarantee her fortunes and protect her family’s rule over the precious northern lands bordering Scotland.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive at times

  • By J. White on 07-13-18

I've read better...

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Whoa, Elizabeth the so called Queen of the North was insufferable. So selfish, bitter, self centered and really clueless. The intrigues by The Queen of the North and her family are what made the book for me--not the characters. Although I admit the intrigues were ill thought out. I was aghast by her expectations when they committed treason. I actually liked Henry IV in this book more so than I did in The Queens Choice--which isn't saying much.

3.5 for story and narration.

P. S. I've enjoyed this authors other books immensely.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,119
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,025

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, fairly bi-partisan if you're into that.

  • By Alex Fuller on 12-11-18

A Higher Loyalty Indeed

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

I've been eagerly anticipating this book for quiet some time. I first heard of James Comey during the 2016 election. I remember initially being furious when he reopened the Clinton investigation two weeks before the election. Reason won out and I realized not only was he in between a rock and a hard place but that he was simply doing his job but I still had a little anger towards him that eventually evaporated the more I learned about him.

I found this book interesting for many reasons. Obviously my initial curiosity was more towards the Trump aspect but I soon became more interested in Mr. Comey, his career and insights to his personal relationships. I was struck by his dedication and love for this country. There's an earnestness that is sincere and endearing.

He never proclaimed to be perfect or without flaws, he openly says he must be open to criticism. There's an air about him that screams "I want to do the right thing." The irony is the right thing sometimes produces a wrong result.

One of the most interesting aspects of this book was Comey's description of his time during the Bush (43) WH! I knew there had been controversies but I was a 19-early 20'ish girl who wasn't as interested in politics as I am today. Thus, this was in part a history lesson for me. The Stellar Wind crisis had me on the edge of my seat and breathless by the end of it! I'm eager to learn more about this time in history.

I don't know much about Mr. Ashcroft but I'm glad that he appeared to respect the separation and independence between DOJ and the Whitehouse. I was particularly impressed by Mueller, Comey and other FBI members who took a stand at Ashcroft's bedside! Although I've heard many media accounts of this, we are offered a different perspective by someone who was 'in the room where it happened'.

Another intriguing aspect was the CIA Torture program from Comey's perspective. I do remember following this issue closer as I find torture abhorrent. But I didn't know or care to understand the politics of the issue. I'm thankful that Comey and others tried to fight against this type of vile torture. Alas the good guys don't always win. After reading this, I was sad that so many of our government and elected officials made a choice to go against our morals and ideals. I was saddened that driven by ambition (and no doubt VP Cheney), Bush decided to replace Ashcroft with a Gonzalez as he would be willing to do his bidding.

In this book, one can see the love he had for his family, close friends and the country. It shines through like a bright light. His wife Patrice sounds like a heck of a woman, one I would love to sit down and have coffee with. His description of the trials and tribulations with his son Colin tugged at my heart strings.

He also strikes me as a very thoughtful and open man and director. I love that he immediately realized that the FBI was not diverse (minorities and women) and set out to change that with the rewording of the mission statement and by recruiting more diverse agents knowing it would be hard due to the mistrust between law enforcement and minorities yet he persisted.

There's a note of humbleness in his reflections. He seemed to deeply care about his agents and wants about making them feel more at ease. He took on a more caring, hands on approach to the FBI. Personally, I prefer bosses like this and I gather many agents appreciated this approach.

His interactions with Trump were things those of us who follow politics are familiar with. The only difference is we get more insight into his thoughts. The same is true for the Hillary Clinton investigation. You get the sense of why he made certain decisions and that the decisions were not made lightly nor was he unaware of the possible consequences. I don't think his decisions about HRC were at all done with malicious intent. I don't still wonder: Why was the investigation into the Trump campaign not divulged?

His observations and limited interactions with President Obama were some of my favorite. Primarily because of the pre-conceived notions he had about him going into the job. Over the course of four years, I think he grew to really admire and respect Obama. Also, when the you know what hit the fan, I was fascinated by the people who tried to lift him up, knowing that the decision was tough and may have had some impact on the outcome of the election.

I do think in some regards, he had an "I alone can fix it attitude" that got him in trouble. However, I'm a fixer myself and often have this view in my job but the difference is my decision might impact a couple thousand, not millions. I can't safely say it's easy to judge when you're not the one making the decisions... I definitely don't envy him in that regard.

My biggest takeaway was despite the lofty positions he held, despite his notorious reputation in some circles, he's just a regular person. He faced the same problems as we do. Bullying, loss, financial trouble, unhappiness in his job etc. He struggled with confronting certain issues/people, struggled with making decisions and when those decisions were made, constantly questioning if the right decision had been made. He has a sense of humor too. I laughed out loud on many occasions. My assessment is that he is fair, caring, flawed, humble, thoughtful, honest and a bit of a boy scout....the later goes with the "I alone attitude" that caused him so much grief. The attacks from my party and the GOP are vicious and not entirely accurate or fair IMO.

Narration was great. I would highly recommend this book. For me, it gave me some comfort as I could better understand what was in his head when crucial decisions were made. If you do read this go into it with an open mind, try to put the shoe on the other foot before passing judgement.

5 stars!

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  • French Leave

  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Forced by bankruptcy and scandal into exile in France, Lord Waverly expects never to return to his homeland until, staggering home from a gaming hell in the wee hours of the morning, he encounters a young novice escaping from a convent. When she asks him to take her to England, promising him that her English grandfather will reward him handsomely for her safe conveyance, Waverly reluctantly agrees. Alas, Waverly soon realizes the enormity of his task.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lord Waverly redeemed

  • By Felicia J on 03-01-18

Fun little read :)

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

I wasn't sure what to expect when I read that Lord Waverly--a villain in my eyes would be the hero I would have to wish a HEA. Paired with a young, French nun? Pish-posh! No way Jose!

Lord Waverly, who is in self appointed exhile in France is still as drawl, arrogant, and as infuriating as ever. But there's something different about him...Could it be a wee soft spot is forming despite his best efforts? The character development that Sheri weaves (no pun intended) from bad guy to good guy was similar to Helen's in The Weaver Takes a Wife. It was slow, believable and made you root for a person who was previously really unlikable.

Lissett, our French nun who is the total opposite of Waverly. Open, unassuming, sweet and rather innocent. Her backstory is unfortunately typical for women during this time period. She had a naivety about her that was at times annoying yet enduring. She was eager to please, eager to catch the eye (and love) of a man who has sworn that their marriage will be one of convenience. Yet she is determined to have more.

Ethan and Helen are prevalent in this story as well, a fact that made me smile--for the most part. We get an update on their little family. Both sets of couples have issues that are intertwined within the plot so I dare not go any further but suffice to say, I was ready to pull my hair out at times! However, all in all, I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it more than Honeymoon in Brighton.

Narration was great. Really enjoyable.

4 stars!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Brighton Honeymoon

  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Sir Aubrey Tabor began with the most altruistic of motives. When the Brundys' seaside wedding trip is interrupted by a young woman claiming to be Mr. Brundy's sister, Sir Aubrey promises to do what he can in order to relieve his friend of an imposter whose presence poses a threat to marital bliss. But golden-haired Polly proves to be more than a match for Sir Aubrey, and with each encounter, he finds himself thinking less of his friend's honeymoon, and more about having one of his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sir Aubrey’s tale & more of the Bundys!

  • By Loves2Read on 02-23-18

Absolutely Awful

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Where to start?

I did not like Polly one iota. One can't help but feel for her situation but she was a manipulative bit of goods. Although she was not malicious, the blatant lies were wearying. In addition to being naive (you will see what I mean when you hear her motives for going to London & her subsequent behaviour with the older gentleman in Brighton), she was haughty and testy at times. I liked Sir Aubrey but the romance between him and Polly was not believable so it was hard to cheer for a HEA.

Even the beautiful dynamics between Ethan and Helen were not the same. To be honest, this entire story felt rushed and didn't flow well--dull is an understatement. The secondary characters were not endearing. Sigh, this was a poor sequel to The Weaver Takes a Wife--Aubrey really deserved better. I can not recommend this. Save yourself the time. -_-

2 stars for Ethan & Helen
5 stars for narration

  • The Weaver Takes a Wife

  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

Haughty Lady Helen Radney is one of London's most beautiful women, and the daughter of a duke, but her sharp tongue has frightened away most of her suitors. When her father gambles away his fortune, the duke's only chance for recouping his losses lies in marrying off Lady Helen to any man wealthy enough to take a bride with nothing to recommend her but a lovely face and an 800-year-old pedigree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful treat

  • By Bookaholic on 12-06-16

ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

I admit, going into this story I was unsure if I would enjoy. After reading the synopsis, I cringed at the thought of Ethan being berated by the ton for 5 hours and 29 minutes, at the thought of the shrewish lady Helen and possible misunderstandings. I'm happy to report that this is one of the best books I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. Ethan may not be a gentleman by birth but he's a gentleman, hands down. He's kind, understanding and loyal--the man also has thick skin. The most amazing part off this story was the transformation of Lady Helen! The character development was top notch. Mary Balogh performed the forward of this book. Everything she said was true. I implore you to read/listen to this book and become enchanted by the weaver. You will not be disappointed.

5 star narration as well, absolutely perfect!

  • The Sculthorpe Murder

  • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644

Northamptonshire, 1810: As a new canal network snakes across the landscape, a vicious mob stakes its claim to the county. Every local constable is out on the hunt for the ruthless Panther Gang. When an elderly man is robbed and murdered in sleepy Middleton, the beleaguered magistrates send for help from London's Bow Street Police Office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Based in historical fact

  • By Through a Golden Eye on 09-11-16

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

I really enjoyed this one! This was a great way for the author to bounce back after book 2's disaster for me. Less romance and more of Lavender and Woods. Can I just say how much I love Constable Woods? I like Lavender too but something about Woods just makes me smile.

There were so much going on in this little sleepy town. So many secrets, mystery and obviously murder. Some of the secrets/mystery were obvious for me but I wanted to know the history and how would it come about. I hope that she continues with this series.

Fantastic narration as well. ♥

  • Injured Sensibilities

  • By: Ilene Withers
  • Narrated by: Eugenie Watson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Julian Warfeld, Marquess of Knolton, travels to his minor estate when he learns the land steward is a crook. Referred to a nearby farm to see Marty Robinson about his sickly cattle, Julian is shocked to find a beautiful woman dressed in trousers and doing a man's work. Yet he finds himself fascinated with her. Miss Marty Robinson saved her family's estate from bankruptcy by working like a man and gaining a wealth of knowledge about animals. When Lord Knolton asks for her advice, she knows he is shocked to find she is a woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love clean reads like this!

  • By Raissa on 04-04-18

A lovely read

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

This was such a light, fun and enthralling read. It is a clean romance with a bit of mystery.

The heroin, Marty Robinson is absolutely delightful as she is beautiful but is alas firmly on the shelf in the country. She's been running her younger brothers estate for the past 10 years--an estate she has brought back from ruin. As you've likely guessed, she's a bit of a tomboy'ish but has a soft, ladylike side. She can help a cow deliver a calf, shoot better than most men and host an afternoon tea all in a days work-alternating from breeches to gowns in minutes. She is well respected and loved by the local towns people and has a heart of gold. Although, as her brother will be home permanently come summer, he will eventually take over the duties of his estate and marry. What will become of her then?

Simon, the Marquess of Knolton, is under pressure from his overbearing mother to marry. He understands that a love match is unlikely but would like someone who he can respect, someone he could be fond of. As he's brooding over his future at a ball, he is informed that one of his land steward's, Liam Crowley is a crook and running his estate in North Devon into the ground. Eager to get away from his mother and to check on his estate, he sets out.

He was unprepared by the state of his estate--primarily the animals and the elderly staff. Eager to set things to rights, he determines to find a new land steward and begin fixing the wrongs of Mr. Crowley. As his cattle are in poor shape, he's referred to Marty Robinson for assistance. Expecting "Marty" to be a man, he was shocked to realize Marty is a woman, a woman in breeches out in the barn with her hand in a cow helping to deliver a calf no doubt! His sensibilities were so offended, he turned to leave. *I found Simon to be prudish at times but with a good heart. He truly cared about the estate and fixing the damage caused over the years. He was likable.*

Marty who is aware of the sad state of his estate and animals is eager to help. She's also not blind to how handsome Lord Knolton is. She coaxes him to stay and quickly makes a transition into hostess. Sparks fly a bit as he makes his displeasure about her farm attire known but they soon settle into amiable conversation and he starts to realize how extraordinary Marty really is. It's easy to see that a friendship will blossom into something more intimate.

Soon, Liam Crowley is found murdered on Marty's estates. There's gossip that Marty may have killed him although Simon does not believe the rumors. They set out to try and solve the murder of the detestable Mr. Crowley and thus, become closer and closer. It's obvious that they have feelings for each other but with reservations.

Simon is impressed by her ladylike grace but disapproves strongly of her manly pursuits in breeches. Marty is equally impressed by Simon's good heart and kindness but fears she would never be good enough to be a Marchioness Also, she feels that she would have to change who she is if they have any chance of being together. Can they solve the murder? Can they overcome their reservations for one another? Read to find out.

In addition to a great hero, heroin and plot, there are many secondary characters who are utterly charming. This was a fun little read that I finished in less than 24 hours. I would highly recommend.

Narration: Eugenie Watson was perfect for this time period. The tones and voices of the characters were spot on. I felt that she conveyed the emotions of the characters perfectly.

Story: 4.5
Narration: 5

P.S. I think there are connections to previous books. Although this isn't listed as a series, some of the names mentioned are the lead of this authors previous books. I wish that the author would clarify this so that we can read in order if necessary.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Forever Remain: Roxton Letters Volume Two

  • Roxton Family Saga, Book 7
  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

This second volume of previously unpublished letters from the private correspondence of the Roxton family spans a 20-year period, from the 1760s to the late 1780s, and includes extracts from the diaries of Antonia, Duchess of Kinross, and her younger son Lord Henri-Antoine Hesham. Also included are letters by the fifth Duke of Roxton, written in the final stages of his illness, and addressed to his youngest son, Lord Henri-Antoine. The volume concludes with a letter by the latter’s wife, Lady Henri-Antoine Hesham, to her mother-in-law, the Duchess of Kinross.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a peek behind closed doors.

  • By jerelyn on 04-12-18

The Roxton's at their best

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

I always enjoy the dialogue between the characters in the Roxton family. However, what I love about this is we get a chance to see their inner most thoughts which is more genuine in my opinion. I already feel connected to this fictional family but this makes me feel even more connected. I think my favorite correspondence was those penned by the Old Duke' - I love that man! This will endear you to the Roxton's even more. A very delightful read. Lucinda Brant does it again. I hope that we will get more of the letters volume. ♥

Alex Wyndham is, as always narration perfection. He will go down in history as one of the best narrators, hands down. I hope to hear him in more books.

5 stars all around!

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  • Why Kill the Innocent

  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347

London, 1814. As a cruel winter holds the city in its icy grip, the bloody body of a beautiful young musician is found half-buried in a snowdrift. Jane Ambrose's ties to Princess Charlotte, the only child of the Prince Regent and heir presumptive to the throne, panic the palace, which moves quickly to shut down any investigation into the death of the talented pianist. But Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and his wife Hero refuse to allow Jane's murderer to escape justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like history...

  • By Heather on 04-12-18

Another Winner!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

What can I say? This is typical C.S. Harris and probably one of her best from a mystery perspective. It was great to catch up with Sebastian, Hero, Tom, Lovejoy and yes, even that omniscient endearing bad guy, Jarvis. These books only come out once a year, so it was like a birthday when Sebastian had a confrontation with Lord Jarvis--a staple event of this series. I fall more in love with Sebastian each book. Sebastian nor Hero did not disappoint.

This story took so many turns. I admit, I did not see the ending coming. I highly recommend this book. My only complaint is I wish that there had been more of Tom, Lovejoy, Hendon and Kat. I missed Lovejoy's overreactions to dead bodies, Tom's belligerence and Hendon working his jaw in 'that way'. Maybe next time? I don't want this series to end!

Narration:
Davina Porter...What can I say? She will forever be a 5 star narrator. Perfection!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful