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  • The Enchanting of an Earl

  • Scandalous Spinsters, Book 5
  • By: Emma Locke
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

The second of five impoverished sisters, Miss Elinor Conley knows her dream of becoming a lady is farfetched. When an unmarried gentleman happens by her brother's smithy, it is up to her to act quickly - and rashly - to secure his interest. But Grantham Wendell, Earl Chelford, isn't in the market for anything more than a new horseshoe. What's a bachelor to do when an innocent miss turns up at his Christmas Eve bacchanalia? He ought to make her leave, but his Twelfth Night party just became more entertaining.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Crashing into Xmas love Regency-style...literally

  • By Sam on 08-20-16

Ends Far To Abruptly. As If Ms Lock Gave Up

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

Reviewed: 08-15-16

What did you like best about The Cheer in Charming an Earl? What did you like least?

Not a Great Book. Lacking the usual detail and emotion expected from this author. No feelings. Nothing to grab you. Flat characters not usual for this author. ABRUPT ending just when it seemed like plot tension was building. It was alike a slap of cold water in the face. Not even an epilogue. No resolution to the book... it was really a poor ending to a flat storyline. Felt as if the Ms Locke was writing on an airplane trip and the plane was landing so she had to end it and thought, lets wrap it up in this single paragraph here.. no real answers to anything.. just end here. THE END... I can't believe I wasted a credit on this waste of time.... I feel like I got HALF A BOOK...HALF A STORY...Very disappointed... I LOVED THE REST OF THE SERIES....This one is just... well.. don't bother. Don't waste a perfectly good credit on it. It's hard to believe it was written by the same author.

If you’ve listened to books by Emma Locke before, how does this one compare?

I LOVED the rest of the Naught Girls series.. this one is TERRIBLE.. It doesn't compare. No character development. No real tension. Barely any plot. No feelings. FLAT.

What about Marian Hussey’s performance did you like?

The READER WAS EXCELLENT... she made the book. If not for the reader the book would have been ZERO stars.

Was The Cheer in Charming an Earl worth the listening time?

NO. By the time you begin to get involved in what seems to be plot tenson.. it's over! And with a shocking Cold Cut.. Not even an epilogue!

Any additional comments?

WASTE OF A CREDIT

  • Notorious

  • By: Virginia Henley
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Virginia Henley's historical romances have won praise for their ability to "illuminate and entertain" ( Publishers Weekly). It is 1322, and the Marcher lords are rebelling against King Edward II. Lady Brianna de Beauchamp, daughter of a powerful Marcher, knows she should not involve herself in the battle. But when she meets dangerously handsome Wolf Mortimer, who has the gift of second sight, she cannot deny her passions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very sweet...

  • By Marie on 07-13-09

Couldn't even listen to the first 50 minutes

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-09

Horrible reader!

I have never given a book such a low review...but I tried several times and couldn't get past the TERRIBLE voices! The WORSE. The main female character's voice sounded like that of a cartoon 3 year old! The handsome "wolf" sounded like the craggy old bridge keeper from the old monthy python film. For that matter so did ALL the males.

Just the thought of that little child's voice being romantically involved with that of the craggy old man made me sick to my stomach, regardless of how old the author wrote them to be.

It might be a great story but I'll never know because the voices and reading was just so bad... I wish I could get my credits back on the listen.

TERRIBLE... is the only word for it.

:(

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Bone Garden

  • A Novel
  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052

Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous story with excellent narration

  • By Rae on 03-02-08

It was worth the time and money

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-08

For the most part I enjoyed this book and the reader very much. I simply could have done without some of the more detailed autopsy descriptions. But I tend to prefer innuendo in what I read than actual "bit by bit" detail of gore. If you don't mine all the detailed gore, the story line is very good. The characters are interesting and engaging and it makes for a good listen.

:)
Mikki

  • The Forsyte Saga

  • By: John Galsworthy
  • Narrated by: Fred Williams
  • Length: 42 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

The three novels that make up The Forsyte Saga chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle class Forsyte family through three generations, beginning in Victorian London during the 1880s and ending in the early 1920s. Galsworthy's masterly narrative examines not only their fortunes but also the wider developments within society, particularly the changing position of women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great work.

  • By EJH on 07-06-05

AUGH!!!! This Reader is TERRIBLE

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-08

I was so looking forward to this months credit because I have wanted to listen to this book.. it has everything I love in an audio book.. and the reviews seemed good...

the story may be good.. but I will never know! I can't stand the reader. My computer voice simulator has more expression and tone and LIFE.

There is no life to the reading... no feeling... no emotion. The reader would be better suited to a technical manual.

I hate to give a poor review to a story with such promise. But the reader makes it impossible to do otherwise.

This is the 1st audio book from the hundreds i own that I am sure I will not listen to. I couldn't past the first 35 minutes.. how can I do 42 hours of this.

:(
Mikki

26 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,332

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Take My Buds Out

  • By Judith on 11-08-07

Excellent...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-08

I really enjoyed very minute of the 44 hours of this audio book.

A great story. Wonderful detail. Loved the author's forward... and of course, John Lee is one of the best narrators I have listened too.

Excellent all the way.
Mikki

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • World Without End

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 45 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,589
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,534

In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 hours too short ...

  • By Henrik on 11-03-07

Excellent Return to Kingsbridge!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-08

It was a wonderful continuation.... although since I listened to both books back to back, it was easy to see that some of the characters in this book were basically very much the same people as some in the first book. Such as William (book 1) and Ralph (book 2)....

But all in all, it was 44 hours well worth the time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blasphemy

  • By: Douglas Preston
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,451
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 540

The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling!

  • By Mary R on 01-17-08

Slow Start, Didn't Like Reader... But got better

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-08

I really should have listened to the sample before I started this book. The reader had very little in the way of expression for most of his character voices and thus they sounded so much the same that in any scene with several people in it, it was hard to know which one was talking. (and there were many scenes with lots of people together).

The story started slow.... and I was tempted to start a different book several times. But somewhere before half way through, it began to get more interesting and I stuck with it.

From the point where it picked up and through the few last chapters moved fast and it was hard to put my ipod down to go to bed. I found these chapters exciting and felt they were worth the wait.... But the ending was predictable. I was let down to discover I guess the correct villain at like chapter 3. I just expected something more witty & innovative. But it might not have been the entirely the story's fault. I really believe I would have enjoyed this book a lot more with a different reader.

All in all, I would say it is an alright book to listen to, so long as you can deal with the reader and don't mind a slow build up to the exciting apex... then to be let down by the ending you knew it would have from the beginning.

Mikki

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Golden One

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 14
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

New York Times best-selling Grand Master Elizabeth Peters is at her stylish and suspenseful best in a richly woven tale of greed, treachery, and murder set against the tumultuous backdrop of wartime intrigue.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Golden One

  • By Suzanne on 05-29-05

BOOO to abridged version

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-07

I wish I could give it 5 stars.. but...
So SO SO much is lost. I really love the AP series, and I love Barbara R. as a narrator... but it breaks my heart to lose so much in these abridged versions. I love the family stuff... I love the detail... I love to know what everyone is doing.

I wish these books were offered unabridged. I would get them in a heart beat to "hear" what I missed.

:(
Mikki

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Bleak House

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 32 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

First published in monthly parts from March 1852 to September 1853, this novel follows the fortunes of three pedestrian characters; Esther Summerson, Ada Clare, and Richard Carstone. The story they tell embondies Dickens' merciless indictment of the Court of Chancery and its bungling, morally corrupt handling of the endless case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, giving the novel its scope and meaning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 30 hours was too short for me

  • By UU Ma on 01-08-03

Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-07

Not only is this a wonderful story, being Dickens how could it be any less, but the reader was EXCELLENT!

I will be searching for my next book by reader. He performed Dickens so perfectly!

Excellent all around!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Silent in the Grave

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,354

Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Happily surprised

  • By 9S on 07-04-09

I can't wait for the next one

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-07

I loved this book. It was a great story with some very interesting people. I changed my mind about who was "it" so many times... it keep my interest and then some!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful