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  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it!

  • By Anonymous User on 12-11-18

Make it a Movie

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I Loved it! Would give it 10 stars!
Wasn't quite sure, told myself it's a freebee how good can it be? but boy am I glad I got it!
Those little ones where great, fun and really lovable. And what about Uncle Danby's big heart?
They should make this as a Christmas special movie of the week!

  • A Splendid Defiance

  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

For two years, England has been in the grip of Civil War. In Banbury, Oxfordshire, the Cavaliers hold the castle, the Roundheads want it back and the town is full of zealous Puritans. Consequently, the gulf between Captain Justin Ambrose and Abigail Radford, the sister of a fanatically religious shopkeeper, ought to be unbridgeable. The key to both the fate of the castle and that of Justin and Abigail lies in defiance...but will it be enough?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare reader's gift

  • By Felicia J on 01-08-17

Really not my taste

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

I didn't finish...To much war and treachery and it drags to much for my taste.

  • Queen of Lost Stars

  • Dragonblade Series/House of St. Hever
  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Brad Wills
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

Kaspian is tended by a woman who offers him her breasts as way of sustaining his life. At first, he looks at the situation as a necessity, but he soon comes to crave it. He struggles to keep his feelings from the widowed woman, but it becomes increasingly difficult. For a man who has known little compassion or kindness in his life, Madelayne comes to represent everything he has been missing. She soon becomes to represent everything he wants, and he wants her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Lady M on 10-03-16

Audio not working

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Can't say if good or not...the audio is not working!
I was told that this was second in the series or more like a second prequel to the series,guess I won't know until the audio get fix.

  • Nighthawk: Sons of de Wolfe

  • de Wolfe Pack, Book 7
  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Brad Wills
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Join Patrick and Brigantia as they overcome politics, wars, prejudices, and most of all, resistance to each other. Some loves are unexpected, some are instantly realized. But their love is something that comes from a deeper place of understanding and attraction, a powerful love that cannot be denied.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I could give it 100 stars!

  • By Virginia on 05-09-17

AUDIO ON THE BLINK

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Audio would not work...this one is the only one I have not read from the series.
Hope it gets fix I would very much like to hear it.

  • A Wolfe Among Dragons

  • Sons of de Wolfe (De Wolfe Pack, Book 8)
  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Brad Wills
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

In AD 1282, James de Wolfe, the endearing and gentle brother, is killed in Wales as the Welsh rebel against Henry III...or was he? Five years later, tales of a Welsh warrior known as Blaidd Cryf, or Blayth the Strong, are making way to English ears along the Welsh Marches. A Welsh warrior who can somehow read the minds of the English armies is rising to power among the last princes of Wales. Rumors come from Wales that Blayth the Strong is none other than James de Wolfe. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, Fantastic!

  • By Virginia on 07-20-18

Story & Narrator=Perfection

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Wow! What an amazing and awesome story read by an amazing and awesome narrator.
This is really worth the credit and time...All in one sitting right till 6:30 am.

  • The Wolfe

  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Guy Veryzer
  • Length: 37 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

1231 A.D. After a nasty skirmish along the England/Scotland border at Bog Wood, a badly wounded knight has crawled off to die. As women from the Clan Scott fan out across the battlefield to collect the spoils of war, one woman breaks off from the pack. She is sickened by the tradition of stealing valuables off the dead and runs off to hide. In her hiding place, however, lingers the badly wounded knight. The young woman is frightened at first but her natural instinct to lend aid takes over. She tends the knight and saves his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Epic Romance

  • By Lee111 on 04-04-14

Didn't finish

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I tried but after 6hrs in the narrators voice was the worst I ever heard. He speaks like he was stuck in molasses in the winter time...He always keeps his tone of voice on the same level no emotion what so ever. His female voices sound like old ladies.

  • A Viking for the Viscountess

  • A Most Peculiar Season, Book 1
  • By: Michelle Willingham
  • Narrated by: Brad Wills
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Juliana Arthur, the Viscountess Hawthorne, has been thrown out of her husband's estate and her marriage declared invalid. With a small son to care for, she desperately needs a strong hero to rescue them from poverty and suffering. A Viking wasn't quite what she had in mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Viking Time Travel 😁

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 03-11-17

Audio on the Blink

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Can't really give a review as the audio stopped working about 30 minutes in.
Not the first time this happens.

  • Lord of War

  • Black Angel
  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Daniel Dorse
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

1356 A.D. - It is warring times for England as the Black Prince sweeps his way through France, waging nasty warfare on the population. Masterminding this brutal strategy is the knight they call the Black Angel. Brandt de Russe, Duke of Exeter, is the brains behind the prince’s war machine, a mountain of a man who is as cunning as he is frightening. In battle, no man is his equal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • review of lord of war: black angel

  • By Roslynn on 01-09-14

Worse narration ever

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Don't know what the story is about after only 6 minutes into it couldn't stand that voice.
Glad KLV change for better after this one.

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  • Once Upon a Marquess

  • Worth Saga, Volume 1
  • By: Courtney Milan
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 215

The last man Judith Worth wants to see again is Christian Trent, the Marquess of Ashford - the man who spent summers at her family home, who kissed her one magical night...and then heartlessly ruined her father. But when a tricky business matter arises, he's the only one she can ask for help. With any luck, he'll engage a servant to take care of the matter, and she won't even have to talk with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not your typical H & H - And well written.

  • By Cate F. on 03-12-16

Slow going but really Good

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

Rosalyn Landor Love all of her work!
Rosalyn Landor Love all of her work!
This one was a bit slow going in the beginning even thought to give up on it but...Really glad I stuck with it. Now to wait for the next one about Lady Camilla.

  • Lucianna

  • The Silk Merchant's Daughters, Book 3
  • By: Bertrice Small
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

After her two elder sisters become the scandals of Florence, Lucianna Pietro d' Angelo is in the difficult position of finding a wealthy man who will have her for his wife. She has little choice but to accept the proposal of an aging bookseller. Later, Lucianna is content with comfortable widowhood - until Robert Minton, Earl of Lisle, visits her bookshop. The Englishman is not only dashing and handsome - he's a trusted courtier of Henry VII.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not great

  • By XmasMom on 04-13-18

Good but not great

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Narrator: Jill Tanner as usual does one heck of a job.
This one wasn't as good as the 2 first one but still enjoyable.
Lucianna is much more biddable then her 2 older sister. Did like her father's hand in this one.