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  • The Duke of Defiance

  • The Untouchables, Book 5
  • By: Darcy Burke
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Difficult and defiant as a child, Bran Crowther, Earl of Knighton left England as a young man to pursue independence and adventure. He never expected to inherit the title and when duty calls him home, he still finds Society's codes constricting and others' expectations oppressive. Nevertheless, he needs a wife to be a mother to his young daughter, preferably a woman of intelligence and warmth who is, above all, immune to his idiosyncrasies - and to falling in love. Widow Joanna Shaw isn't interested in a second marriage, not after the loveless, passionless union she endured.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and awesome narration..

  • By Trish R. on 02-02-18

Came to a very quick end

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

I've listened to and enjoyed the other books in this series, but this one was very rushed. Also the 5 yr old daughter is given the vocabulary and social/emotional skills of a 10 year old. As a mother I actually found the child's dialogue pulled me out of the story. (Wait, isn't this kid 5?) Lastly the story wraps itself up too quickly. There are deep issues of possible infertility here and prior emotional abuse by the first spouse. Snap answers are not appreciated, especially since the pace went from average to very rapid. As I said, dissatisfying last few chapters sort of ruined an interesting, if slightly off beat, storyline.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,634

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

amazing read/listen!!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

What a great book. You'll smile, you'll laugh, you'll be moved to tears. This is a lifetime of love.

  • How to Sin Successfully

  • By: Bronwyn Scott
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

With his comrade rakes-in-arms succumbing to respectability, anyone might think that wicked Riordan Barrett is next. But such happy endings aren't for him - the whole of society knows there isn't a redeemable bone in his sinfully sexy body. Suddenly Riordan finds himself not only an Earl...but father to two young wards! His only experience is in the art of irresponsibility. This rake needs help - and hiring a pretty young governess won't be such a hardship!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • probably best of series

  • By Carol on 02-15-17

probably best of series

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

Reviewed: 02-15-17

although it's the same narrator as others in this series, the voices are better than the others. This aided the story for me. That aside, I enjoyed these characters.

  • The Moor's Account

  • By: Laila Lalami
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 359

In this stunning work of historical fiction, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America--a Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of the official record. In 1527 the conquistador Pnfilo de Narvez sailed from the port of Sanlcar de Barrameda with a crew of 600 men and nearly a hundred horses. His goal was to claim what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States for the Spanish crown and, in the process, become as wealthy and famous as Hernn Corts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific read evoking 16th century New World life

  • By William on 11-04-15

Wonderful epic journey

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

This is a great book, the epic journey will pull you in and keep you listening and make you think.

  • 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 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 241

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Witty dialog will make you laugh.

  • By L. Brown-Jackson on 03-11-16

humorous without much heat

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

Quick read, somewhat interesting but I figured out the plot fairly early and then the storyline dragged

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Lady's Command

  • The Adventurers Quartet, Book 1
  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

The instant Captain Declan Frobisher lays eyes on Lady Edwina Delbraith, he knows she's the woman he wants as his wife. The scion of a seafaring dynasty accustomed to success, he discovers that wooing Edwina is surprisingly straightforward - not least because she makes it plain that she wants him as much as he wants her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story and great narration, heat level= 0

  • By Carol on 01-04-16

Good story and great narration, heat level= 0

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

Reviewed: 01-04-16

The story was more well- crafted and less....formulaic?... than the usual. The narration was excellent. Stephanie Laurens fans looking for her usual heat factor will eventually realize it's 100% missing, but it is an engaging story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Sandalwood Princess

  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Capable, clever Amanda Cavencourt is retuning to England from exotic India, where she has been managing her brother's household. With her, she brings a treasured memento - a beautiful statue, carved in sandalwood - a gift from her friend, a noted Indian princess. When the statue is snatched from her, Amanda is determined to recover it and discover why the culprit, a dashing, notorious rogue known only as the Falcon, who is renowned for his dangerous skills in political intrigue, would want such an object.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Narrator

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-17-18

Not up to par

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

Reviewed: 08-27-15

A nice little tale, positively no heat. Sweet sparks of warmth in well-painted scenes but it's as if the author never really got her story together. Multiple plots lines/romances lead to, for me, a pat ending and a hitherto hero being way to sappy in the end. overall, not credit worthy. I'm considering asking for a refund due to quite boring story.. Narrator was good.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Impossible

  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033

Rupert Carsington, fourth son of the Earl of Hargate, is his aristocratic family's favorite disaster. He's irresistibly handsome and unapologetically irresponsible, & trouble follows wherever he goes. Still, Rupert somehow manages to escape entanglement - emotional or other - with maddening grace! But now he's a prisoner in Cairo's most infamous jail and his only chance out is accepting a beautiful widow's dangerous proposal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the unusual couple

  • By Enchantinc on 08-05-15

Enjoyable and different plot

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

I enjoyed this book. Unlike the usual romance, it's set in Egypt with a bookish heroine who is following her dream of decoding hieroglyphics by having her brother act as the scholar so it can be published. She meets her somewhat aimless hero, and so their adventure begins. Fun dialogue, decent narration. Not super steamy, but there's enough chemistry to keep it entertaining.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Blue Falcon

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

In love and war, some oaths are meant to be broken.… Riding into the arena under the furling blazon of the blue falcon, Sir Conan de Corbney accepts a token from the young beauty Lady Chandra, sparking a romance foretold long ago. That is, unless Conan’s mother can help it. Colluding with her son’s rival, Sir Tedric, Lady Udele secretly arranges a more lucrative marriage for her son and weds him to Edwina - Chandra’s older sister - while Sir Tedric claims the fiery Chandra for himself. Thus begins the star-crossed lovers’ quest, amidst treachery and betrayal, for the path back to each other’s arms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very detailed, picks up at end.

  • By Carol on 06-29-15

very detailed, picks up at end.

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

Reviewed: 06-29-15

The story is very detailed, which can drag. it picks up at end. good narration. totally PG.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • His Not So Sensible Miss

  • A Gentleman's Guide to Once Upon a Time, Book 3
  • By: Jane Charles
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Emily Frasier has lived as the ward of Duke Ellings since her father died when she was 15. She also knows that soon it will be time to leave his household and make her way on her own. When she discovers a cottage while visiting her aunt and uncle, she knows this is where she wants to live and become a teacher, as her father once was.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By seelk on 09-10-15

decent story, abrupt ending

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

Reviewed: 06-15-15

This is a decent enough story, maybe medium heat. Narration is fine. Ending is so stupidly abrupt, it's like the author was called away in a rush. No epilogue, and SERIOUSLY needs one to make up for the ending.