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Shannon Cantrell

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Long winded, Lacks hook

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the Narrator had been different. I’ve listened to this narrator before and just to be sure I was right I pulled up the past audible performances; sure enough she sounded the same. I felt like Ms. Klett was overacting and it felt forced. I was unable to get ”lost” in the book because of her “performance”. Having said, to be fair to Ms. Klett, the material she was working with was difficult as well. As the book’s story and dialogue was overplayed and at time amateurish. But I still feel like a good narrator could have tempered a lot of that, so that the reader doesn’t notice the narrator but does see the book’s as well as the author’s flaws. This is some for which currently Ms Klett doesn’t seem to be capable of doing, as In my humble opinion Ms Klett’s performance in all FOUR audible book that I own are the same and lead to believe that she only knows how to play herself.

Would you be willing to try another book from Amanda DeWees? Why or why not?

I own her other books. I’m sort of sad that I purchased even one more book from the series based on the reviews stating that they were like Rayburn’s “Lady Julia Grey Mysteries”; for which I own all of, and I can contest that DeWees has not risen to that level as of yet.

What didn’t you like about Elizabeth Klett’s performance?

Her acting skills.

What character would you cut from Nocturne for a Widow?

The main one.

Any additional comments?

Having said the all that above, I love Historical Mysteries with British Female main characters who are strong. So I really wanted to like this book, as it would have given me a whole knew series to read. And just that It is very hard for me to NOT like a book. So with that in mind I would beware to the buyer. This book is very long winded, the main character is hard to enjoy, let alone truly like, the narrator goes overboard on the dramatics and the story takes way too long to reveal itself. There were so many things that I had to keeping putting aside to give this book a fighting chance; that in the end it just wasn’t enjoyable, and therefore worth it.

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Excellent Who Done It Ending

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

I’m a huge fan of Amanda Quick’s historical mysteries. My biggest dislikes is that there is rarely sequels to her novels. In this book just when you think you’ve nailed down at least the main suspects, Ms. Quick throws you for a loop. I really like that she never leaves you says “uh?” at the end.
I gave this book 5 stars in Overall because her two main character Calista and Trent are pretty well rounded characters, with the supporting characters of Eudora and Andrew their siblings who are constantly the catalyst for the reader getting a peek at Calista and Trent’s past. I also felt excited to get back to the book whenever I could.
I gave the book 5 stars in performance because Louise Jane Underwood does a superb job of making each character voice distinct as well as keeping the level of tense throughout the book at the right intensity, making me want to return to the book.
Lastly I would recommend this book mostly to my girlfriends who enjoy period mysteries.

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Incomplete Narration

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

Here was the second book that did not have the 2nd Epilogue. I was forced into buying this version when the other version was pulled from audible for U.S. sale. at the time of purchase I wasn't award that it didn't include the full text. I very frustrated with the publisher for doing this. Grrrr.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not Complete

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was incomplete.I sometimes buy the audio version and the book version in order to read along while listening to its companion. The book version has a 2nd Epilogue but this audiobook did not. Nor did I get any indication that it didn't before the purchase. So I was very disappointed.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Cute Story.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

All of Ms. Beaton' s books are fun. They are the kind of books to while the day away with or read on a vacation. They flow quickly & effortlessly through the each chapter. But beware you but prepare to read the whole series. For each group of series has its​ cast of characters and to see what happens to them all you must read all of the books in that group of series(i.e. The Poor Relations Series, The Six Sisters Series etc). Having said all this nothing beats listening to the Divine Davina Porter. Her rich textured voice is a rare pleasure to listen to. She has a way of making the old, young, male female, French, English or Scottish their own unique character. I have yet to come across a vocal performance of equal quality. I simply wish there were more book narrated by Davina Porter. Bravo Ms. Porter, Bravo

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Wasn't the Complete Book

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

Reviewed: 08-06-16

This version cut out large Chuck's of the actual chapters. I was unable to follow along with listening to it and reading the book. It made the experience miserable until I figured out what the problem was. Also it has no Chapter indications. So if you happen to look up and lose your place, your up a creek with no paddle; because not only do you not know what chapter your in, the wording is all of, it may have deleted whole scene altogether. It so not worth the headache.

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A++ Historical Authur

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

I look forward to each of Anna Lee Huber's new Lady Darby Mysteries. She Awesome!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful