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  • The Ravenels, Book 4
  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726

Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man - why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair - until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again. But she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delicious!

  • By harp diva on 03-01-18

Great performance and good story

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

We expected the two who met in a previous book to meet again. The performance enhances the story as real chemistry exists between these characters. The story is exciting, more with its connections to other characters than the main plot, which is ok, predictable. The voices and accents are perfect in my opinion. There is some repetition of adjectives that caused me to subtract one star. An experienced writer like Kleypas can do better. Perhaps the neat ending is a bit far fetched but it is a romance novel after all.

  • A Duke in Shining Armor

  • Difficult Dukes
  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458

Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend's bride. All he's trying to do is recapture the slightly inebriated Lady Olympia Hightower and return her to her intended bridegroom. For reasons that elude her, bookish, bespectacled Olympia is supposed to marry a gorgeous rake of a duke. The ton is flabbergasted. Her family's ecstatic. And Olympia? She's climbing out of a window, bent on a getaway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully humorous and entertaining!

  • By Millicent j Hill on 12-13-17

Not on par with the author's usual

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

I love this author and I was disappointed. The first half lags and the story is completely predictable. It is a constant chase type plot with the main characters traveling under duress. They always seem to be wet and cold. If you have read or listened to her other books you know there is usually something extra special and creative about the story and the characters. That is not really the case here except for the backgrounds of the three Dukes. We are supposed to feel bad for them. The repartee or dialogue is supposed to be witty but can be boring. I did, however, want to finish it, to hear it all the way through. I am interested enough to want to hear the rest of what is likely a series. Still, I wish she had pulled it back before publication.

  • A Study in Scarlet Women

  • The Lady Sherlock Series, Book 1
  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,672

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper-class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London. When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First-rate author and first-rate narrator

  • By Lady Wesley on 03-25-17

Why another Sherlock?

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Slow start, gets better. Clever twist on Sherlock, sort of unnecessary. Could have the same things happen to newly created characters. Can be hard to follow and I started taking notes. As to performance, it understandably sounds like a Loretta Chase novel. Too bad. I do look forward to another in this series, for the love story.

  • Simply Unforgettable

  • The Simply Quartet, Book 1
  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512

Stranded together in a rustic country inn, Lucius Marshall, who is the Viscount Sinclair, and Frances Allard share a night of glorious, unforgettable passion. But Frances knows her place, and it is far from the privileged world of the sensual aristocrat. Due to begin her teaching position at Miss Martin's School in Bath, Frances must try to forget that one extraordinary night - and the man who touched her with such exquisite tenderness and abandon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a litte drawn out

  • By Kristin on 11-10-16

A favorite and terrific performance. True romance.

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

A favorite of mine by this author, I like romances where the couple do not know each other from childhood. I like that they are not perfect, and that the H is quite annoying at times, but also surprising. I like a heroine with a slightly different kind of background. I know this one doesn’t get five stars by other reviewers but I rate it at the top of Balogh’s earlier novels.

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  • Wilde in Love

  • The Wildes of Lindow Castle
  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 272

Lord Alaric Wilde, son of the Duke of Lindow, is the most celebrated man in England, revered for his dangerous adventures and rakish good looks. Arriving home from years abroad, he has no idea of his own celebrity until his boat is met by mobs of screaming ladies. Alaric escapes to his father's castle, but just as he grasps that he's not only famous but notorious, he encounters the very private, very witty Miss Willa Fynche.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Light entertainment.

  • By Ms. Terry Lunney on 11-02-17

Another winner

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

I want to say Eloisa is back. Witty characters with that bit of the bizarre or modern. Narrator sometimes misses gender.

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  • Seducing Miss Dunaway

  • By: Kate Rothwell
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldinton
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

Strong-willed Miss Mary Dunaway had a plan for her future and she would stop at nothing to reach her goal of working with the poor in London. She was even willing to ask a gentleman, a stranger, to help her. Twelve years later, the same gentleman reappears in her life. Although he doesn't seem to recall her, she remembers every detail of the kisses they shared. The attractive Lord Fellington apparently sees her as the saintly, nun-like matron of the foundling asylum.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Short novella

  • By Booklady1 on 04-17-17

Short novella

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

This is a very short and predictable novella. Not worth .99. 3 stars if it was full length.

  • A Death in Norfolk

  • Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries, Book 7
  • By: Ashley Gardner, Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: James Gillies
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Captain Gabriel Lacey travels with Lady Breckenridge to his boyhood home in northern Norfolk only to discover mysterious happenings in and around the Lacey estate. A young woman, cousin of an old friend, has gone missing, strange objects appear in Lacey's ruined house, and the dark windmills on the marshes keep pulling Lacey to them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The series gets better and better.

  • By Paul on 04-27-17

So Good

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

Consistent, suspenseful performance. Intriguing story with plenty of avenues. All the usual characters with some additional background.
If you like this series you will enjoy it.

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  • Once upon a Moonlit Night

  • A Maiden Lane Novella
  • By: Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

Hippolyta Royle is running for her life. Pursued by hounds on a cold, rainy night, the heiress flags down a passing carriage and throws herself at the mercy of the coach's occupant. Whoever this handsome traveler may be, he is her only hope to escape a terrible fate. But should he agree to escort her to safety, he's in for much more than he bargained for.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Short Story!

  • By Lady M on 07-10-16

Story falls apart

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

Reviewed: 10-14-16

Strong beginning although too pat meeting of h and h. What happened with kidnapper? Something is missing.

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  • These Old Shades

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673

Society believes the worst of Justin Alastair, the notorious Duke of Avon who is clearly proud of his Sobriquet, Satanas. It is he who buys Leon body and soul from a scoundrel in a Paris backstreet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The epitome of romance

  • By Sharon on 04-19-09

Great story. Voices disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

My favorite GH novel is always a good read. However, the voices are wrong. The Duke is supposed to be sensual and mysterious. Instead he sounds blustering. The narrator's own voice would make a better Duke. As usual with this male narrator all the women, young and old, sound like twittering 50 year old matrons.

  • Silent in the Sanctuary

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955

Fresh from a six-month sojourn in Italy, Lady Julia returns home to Sussex to find her father's estate crowded with family and friends: but dark deeds are afoot at the deconsecrated abbey, and a murderer roams the ancient cloisters.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wrong narrator listed

  • By Judy on 09-11-10

Perfectly satisfying

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

Like the first, great melodrama, mystery and sexual tension. Fascinating characters. Perfect performance except for Portia.