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Hartland, VT, United States
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  • Lady Bridget's Diary

  • By: Maya Rodale
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Lord Darcy is the quintessential Englishman: wealthy, titled, impossibly proper, and horrified that a pack of Americans has inherited one of England's most respected dukedoms. But his manners, his infamous self-restraint, and his better judgment fly out the window when he finds himself with the maddening American girl next door.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By kestergayle on 02-25-16

A winning combo!

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

Saskia Maarleveld brought Lady Bridgets Diary to life. I remembered this book being a bit of a romp, humorous, entertaining and just fun! This holds true in audio as well. This was such a fun listen that it is on my ‘repeatable’ list, and I enjoy it every time.

#regencyromp #humorous #romcom #tagsgiving #sweepstakes #excellentnarration

  • Fool Me Twice

  • Rules for the Reckless, Book 2
  • By: Meredith Duran
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Sensible and lonely, Olivia Mather survives by her wits - and her strict policy of avoiding trouble. But when she realizes that the Duke of Marwick might hold the secrets of her family's past, she does the unthinkable, infiltrating his household as a maid. She'll clean his study and rifle through his papers looking for information. Alastair de Grey has a single reason to live: vengeance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite entertaining

  • By Maine Knitter on 03-18-15

Oddest narration ever!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Note that I didn’t say worst! It was truly the oddest and possibly most bizarre narrative experience ever recorded! The cadence, the odd inflection, the crazy accent.... it wasn’t stilted, or boring, and male female individuals were all distinct but the WAY that they all talked was weird!

Other than that it was truly well written, creatively plotted and developed and executed. What little sex there was was rip roaring hot.

Please, please, listen to her snippets, lots of them, before you spend the money or credit on the Audible version of this story. You are probably better off reading it than listening to Allison Larkin giving everyone crazy speech patterns and bizarre enunciation!

#bizarrenarration #regency #clever #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Her Perfect Rogue

  • By: Amanda Mariel
  • Narrated by: Mathias Holt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

When Julia Honeyfield is sent away to a brothel, she runs away...only to find herself in the Duke of Selkirk's arms. Dare she trust him to protect her?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Historical fiction

  • By Zoe on 04-20-18

Cheesy easy!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Short, cheesy, outlandish.... Cinderella story.... almost acceptable slightly odd narration.
I’d rather have my money.

#cheesy #outlandish #unreliablenarration #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • My Fair Duchess

  • A Once Upon a Rogue Novel, Book 1
  • By: Julie Johnstone
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

After years of playing the rake to hide a dark family secret, the Duke of Aversley feels tainted beyond redemption and cynical beyond repair. Never does he imagine hope will come in the form of a quirky, quick-witted lady determined to win the heart of another gentleman. Thanks to a painfully awkward past, Lady Amelia De Vere long ago relinquished the notion she was a flower that had yet to blossom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forgot about my life's tribulations reading it. LOVED IT

  • By Cam on 06-17-15

Good book!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I’ve listened to this book more than once and enjoyed it every time. It’s fun, but serious, humorous and heartwarming yet angsty and a bit gritty....

Excellent narration!

Worth it!

  • Devil's Desire

  • By: Laurie McBain
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

They called him the devil.... With his seductive golden eyes and sin-black hair, it's no wonder Lord Alex Trevegne has earned himself the sinister title - not to mention his reputation as one of the most notorious rakes in England. And she's the only one who can conquer him.... When fate throws Alex and Elysia into a scandalous situation, Alex suddenly finds it surprisingly difficult to tear himself away from her. As an unexpected passion blossoms between them, Elysia begins to wonder if she's finally found heaven....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable!

  • By 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿 on 11-06-18

Enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Well written, well narrated! I did not get the feeling that this was written in the 70’s... but I wasn’t reading romance novels then either..., but still. It’s told with great back story to each element or character in the tale. There’s sex but it’s not graphic... it’s just part of the story.

I give this book my recommendation, it’s a little different but isn’t that what makes it unique?

Worth it!

  • London's Wicked Affair

  • Midnight Secrets, Book 1
  • By: Anabelle Bryant
  • Narrated by: Victoria Aston
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Lunden Beckford, duke of Scarsdale, has chosen to exile himself far from London, with its painful memories and cruel gossip. Forced back to town on business, he's eager to make his stay as brief as possible. But first, he must honor his promise to find a suitable husband for his friend's little sister. Though duty-bound to marry, Amelia longs to secretly enjoy some of life's freedoms first. In this, as in many things, Lunden proves an excellent guide. In fact, Amelia's girlhood admiration for her brother's friend is fast becoming something far less innocent. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One moment changes everything....

  • By 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿 on 10-30-18

One moment changes everything....

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

One reviewer had nothing but complaints, she obviously doesn’t pay much attention when listening to a book because each of her complaints were actually effectively dealt with as part of the story line! That’s how it’s done.... creating the plot, filling it out, making reason for action and choice... that’s called writing. But you have to actually read or listen before you state opinions on only a small perception of what the story was....

This was a good book. Not a very good book or a great book or an ok book, but a good book. There was room for more... I kind of missed that more. It made me mad at one point, I mean quite angry!.... I wanted that nasty man to get his comeuppance! but it all works out in the end, the HEA that makes a romance a romance.

Touchy subject for the time, handled well.

Not much heat, plenty of angst.

Definitely don’t regret it, neither will you I hope.

Good narration too.

  • The Duke Buys a Bride

  • The Rogue Files
  • By: Sophie Jordan
  • Narrated by: Carmen Rose
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

The last thing Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, expects to see after sleeping off a night’s drunken shenanigans is a woman being auctioned in the village square. Before he can think about the ramifications, he buys her, thinking he’s winning the girl her freedom. Instead, he discovers he’s bought a wife. Alyse Bell is almost rid of the shackles that bound her in a name-only marriage, but the day her friend promised to purchase her in a wife auction, he vanishes, leaving her to face a mob of unsavory bachelors. But the appearance of a wicked, wealthy stranger changes her path forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5⭐️’s, but.....

  • By 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿 on 10-29-18

5⭐️’s, but.....

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I like this book, third so far in this series, but....

Let’s start with book one, totally unoriginal but okay.
Book 2 was really good.
Book 3 took on the Duke... and was a very good book. I just felt... kinda of a shoulder shrug, head bobble, and long drawn out okaaaaaayyyy... sort of ending. Hurriedly they introduced the premise for book four however the end, as good as it was, was kind of anti climatic. It could be because I listened to all three in order boom boom boom, and didn’t feel a bang, I suppose.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked it and do recommend it! It was interesting and expertly narrated. It was steamy hot and kept my attention.

I think that the Duke and his explosive personality just needed more resolution. He was a underlying influence in the first two. Some of that drama even used in this book. Yet it just resolved with little reflection and no excitement or fanfare, he needed more!

#Regency #excellentnarration #Cinderella #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • The Scandal of It All

  • The Rogue Files
  • By: Sophie Jordan
  • Narrated by: Carmen Rose
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

What kind of woman ventures into London's most notorious pleasure club? An outsider like Graciela, the Duchess of Autenberry, snubbed time and time again by society because of her Spanish roots. Ela longs to take a lover for a single wild night, and within the walls of Sodom there are gentlemen to suit every forbidden taste. If only she were not so drawn to the smoldering Lord Strickland...a dangerous man who sees beyond her mask and could ruin her reputation with a mere whisper.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • May-September Romance (not quite December)

  • By Felicia The Geeky Blogger on 07-25-17

A great second book to this series!

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

Especially after the unoriginal first installment! This was much more on track with what I’ve come to expect from Sophie Jordan. She’s been an auto by for me since Rosalie, or was it Aralia? Both were so good!

  • While the Duke Was Sleeping

  • The Rogue Files
  • By: Sophie Jordan
  • Narrated by: Carmen Rose
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Shopgirl Poppy Fairchurch knows it's pointless fantasizing about the Duke of Autenberry. Still, dreams can't hurt anyone, unlike the carriage Poppy spies bearing down upon the unsuspecting duke. After she pulls him to safety, the duke lapses into a coma, and Poppy is mistaken for his fiancée. But one person isn't fooled: his arrogant and much too handsome half brother, Struan Mackenzie. Soon Poppy isn't sure what she wants more: the fantasy of her duke or the reality of one smoldering Scot who challenges her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Remake

  • By Minks on 10-31-16

While you were sleeping

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

Almost a duplicate of the most recent movie, except set in regency era London... no originality but really good all the same. I always kind of liked Struan McKenzie... in previous books from this author. I enjoyed this book, regardless.

  • What the Duke Wants

  • Greenford Waters Legacy, Book 1
  • By: Kristin Vayden
  • Narrated by: Eugenie Watson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

What the duke wants is not three young ladies for wards. Nor is the responsibility for finding them a governess. Thankfully, that is delegated to his housekeeper, who, he might add, is blind as a bat. That really could be the only excuse she has for hiring Carlotta. Because Carlotta is far too beautiful to be a governess.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration ruins a good book! (Again)

  • By 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿 on 10-25-18

Narration ruins a good book! (Again)

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I just don’t understand how anyone can choose to have something they’re trying to sell (this book) so poorly represented on purpose? I mean, how does this happen? This book was a good regency romance.... totally ruined by narration that verges on utterly intolerable and cringingly comical. It I got thru it, but it was interesting.... it sounded like an old woman who thought a mans voice had to be booming, unexpressed, deep and well booming!!! It’s just wrong? Who did this to this author? Why bother putting something on audio only to undermine the whole thing by making it bad, unsalable, useless.
Again, I got through this, no ears bleeding, no out and out tearing off of earbuds or swearing. It was tolerable.... would I ever use a credit to purchase something with this narrator again? Hell NO! Do I regret THIS purchase, well, no!

Heat Factor: Luke warm at best....