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Excellent semi sequel to These Old Shades.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Devil's Cub to be better than the print version?

Equal but easier to listen when one is working.

What other book might you compare Devil's Cub to and why?

This involves the son of the main characters of 'These Old Shades'. Heyer heroines are always sensible non hysterical ladies. Heyer obviously liked these characters as the link to this family appears again in an infamous army.. The latter book links 2 of her more memorable stories ,Regency Buck and again These Old Shades.

What about Michael Drew’s performance did you like?

Good interpretation of the characters.

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

Amused and enjoyed the old Monseignor's enjoyment of the heroine s account of the recent duel.

Any additional comments?

The spoilt hero is true to the characters of both his parents. He is an arrogant careless callous nobleman, who is discovered to have a softer and more agreeable side to his character. It needs the special attributes of a clever heroine to reveal his better side.

Great hero at loose in africa and the atlantic

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

Reviewed: 02-15-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I think the character is wonderful but pushing the limits of possibility in his own personal skills. This is superman and James bond together in a middle aged man.

What did you like best about this story?

The descriptions of the African political scene including black mail back stabbing and loyalty. I loved the concept of the crew and ship as an individual service to put right what no one else can do, unhampered by rules and regulations.

What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

I found his attempt at the south African accent awful. It was a bit of Scottish, plus I don't know what. Listen to Blood diamond, it is a better attempt. Simple things are easy to change eg a 'V' in Afrikaans or dutch is pronounced as an 'F'. (Visser)

Did Skeleton Coast inspire you to do anything?

Wish that the chairman and his group would bring everyone together to help to wipe out the poachers in Africa. A bit like the manhunt series only with functional guns. Help save the Rhino.

Georgette Heyer vintage

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

Reviewed: 09-01-13

A sparkling regency romance with a spunky new age heroine, one of my favourite Georgette Heyers. The production is most enjoyable. As usual the dialogue and humour is delightful. I would recommend it however in the unabridged version, as some lovely nuances and situations are lost in the abridged novel.

good historicl adventure

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

Reviewed: 06-26-13



A historical thriller /romance. This is one of 3 historical romances dealing with the same group of characters in a continuum - one is introduced to each major character in the 3 succeeding novels by Mary Jo Putney. 'No longer a Gentleman' follows the quest for a long missing colleague friend of the main characters. The action is set in France during the napoleonic wars, and the search proceeds based on clues introduced in the previous novel of ' No where near Respectable ' The main hero shows a remarkably minimal effect from years of solitary confinement! The books are well written, with interesting historical descriptions lashed however with a good dash of poetic licence. The independence of the female characters (who are in fact the main characters of each novel) would appeal to the modern feminist but like the presence of 'Indian lords' is pushing the boundaries of credibility. There is a fair amount of explicit sex which is probably unnecessary.

Overall an enjoyable light historical adventure which is enjoyable if not quite historically feasible or accurate.

The book is well read but I preferred the English accent for Lady Kieri as in the previous novels read by Mr Reynolds, to the affected 'indian' accent in this performance. A young girl,daughter of and brought up by an English aristocratic army officer , in English army camps, all be it in India, would not have had the heavy 'Indian' accent as portrayed in this performance. The English accent is far more credible for someone moving in English aristocratic society in the early 19th century.



Would enjoy another novel involving this group of friends and comrades.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

regency adventure

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

Reviewed: 04-26-13

What did you like best about this story?

The plot is good. Not quite in the league of Georgette Heyer, but good a good adventure. I I enjoy the characters being carried through the books and the development of the characters. Could do with less explicit sex. It quite spoils the flow of the story and feels contrived I would rather leave something to the imagination.

I do sense a desire to entwine modern feminism and human rights into the stories which pushes the credibility ( schools for wayward aristocrats, and indian dukes). Overall ,the story is good but does not need this level of sex to sell - Despite the latter, this is light escapism which I enjoyed and think is worthy of more than the sex image.

Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynols’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Good

Any additional comments?

Please dont put the explicit sex into the film.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

Excellent plot disappointing heroine

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

Would you try another book from Diane Fanning and/or Flora Plumb?

would probably try again.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Good plot

Could you see Bite the Moon being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes but the hero must not be so lacking in insight.

Any additional comments?

An excellent plot with lots of potential, but why is the heroine frequently so plane stupid. eg what sort of a detective would invite a known murderer to her house and refuse backup, or march unarmed outside when she suspects the baddies are in the garden. She is lucky she has friends in the police force.
The patient rush out of hospital was far fetched and could have been handled differently. Try again. A woman does not have to be a Jack Reacher type, but she can be very effective by using her brains.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

How do you listen to this = 0 stars.

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

Reviewed: 06-23-12

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Have tried several times to listen to a bizarre mix of guillotines and ghosts peppered with recent day appalling swearing. An author short of adjectives? A drug addict heroine.??????
The cover advert is misleading, or maybe I missed the fact that her durg dealer was mentioned. I even tried to get the 20 year olds to listen and they could not take it either. Wew am I sorry I downloaded this and made the double mistake of downloading the next book as well. I wish I could pass these on to someone, as if these were real books they would go immediately to a charity book sale (as there appear to be some people who appreciated swearing drug addicts for heroines), or simply be recycled. Sorry not for me.

What was most disappointing about Stacia Kane’s story?

Couldnt get past the first chapter

What didn’t you like about Bahni Turpin’s performance?

who is he?

What character would you cut from City of Ghosts?

First chapter, all the glorification of being a drug addict. Weird . Not a ghost story at all, at least not one I could get into.

Any additional comments?

Surely there are other expetives or adjectives.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful