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  • Summer of Secrets

  • Seasons of the Heart, Book 1
  • By: Charlotte Hubbard
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

Summer has come to Willow Ridge, and Rachel Lantz is looking forward to a whole new season in her life as well - marriage to strapping carpenter Micah Brenneman, her childhood sweetheart. But when a strange Englisher arrives in the café claiming to be the long-lost sister of Rachel and her twin Rhoda, Rachel feels the sturdy foundation of her future crumbling - including Micah's steadfast love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SUCH ATTRACTIVE LIFE VALUES

  • By Lanna S. Seuret on 02-08-16

So much more than just romance . . .

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Charlotte Hubbard wrote a down-to-earth, compelling novel about very real people from a particular culture, in this case the Amish. There was romance, but even here the romance wasn’t a Cinderella story; the characters were just as complex and compelling as others in the novel. This holds true with the storyline, one that is multifaceted, that reflects the joys and sorrows of people at various stages of life. In other words highly relatable—while still full of warmth, delight, and laughter.

I can’t rate Susan Boyce’s narration highly enough. It easy to identify the different characters by her consistent portrayal of each one’s unique voice. What’s more, I was also able to easily know who was speaking because their personality came through in her narration. Another thing I really appreciated about Boyce’s narration is something I rarely hear discussed in reviews: the speed of narration. At the normal speed, I could easily take in the story and I was allowed enough time to gently envision what was happening in my mind’s eye. I know we have the choice of slowing down or speeding up the speed, but this often results in unnaturally slow or fast speeds. Here I didn’t need to worry about that. I could sit back and listen to a good story well told.

  • I, Eliza Hamilton

  • By: Susan Holloway Scott
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

As the daughter of a respected general, Elizabeth Schuyler is accustomed to socializing with dignitaries and soldiers. But no visitor to her parents' home has affected her as strongly as Alexander Hamilton, a charismatic, ambitious aide to George Washington. They marry quickly, and despite the tumult of the American Revolution, Eliza is confident in her brilliant husband and in her role as his helpmate. But it is in the aftermath of war, as Hamilton becomes one of the country's most important figures, that she truly comes into her own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not exactly what I was expecting

  • By M. Anderson on 01-23-18

Great for those who really like HISTORICAL fiction

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

I put ‘historical’ all in caps in my heading because, in addition to having a good storyline in and of itself, ‘I, Eliza Hamilton’ has lots of history built in—up close history about the latter part of the Revolutionary War through the creation of the Constitution and beyond. As far as history goes, though, it’s written in a way that pulls you in and helps you see very interesting things about the time period and behind the scenes of important events. Scott’s writing and Maarrleveld’s narration are both wonderful!

  • Arabella

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968

When Arabella first arrives in London, she has only one mission: to snare a rich husband. With a mind to beat the competition, she pretends to be a rich heiress and soon finds herself the talk of the town, pursued by the most eligible bachelors in the city. But she has her sights on one man only: the much-hunted Mr Beaumaris. Our feisty heroine puts up a fight and deals the worldly-wise Beaumaris a deft hand in the game of love; at first grudgingly charmed, he soon becomes smitten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Believe the Synopsis

  • By Carol on 10-05-14

Heartwarming & Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

While reading the initial chapters, I began to think that I would become bored with this book, as the novel’s plot line seemed to be a fairly well worn one within the Regency Romance sub genre. To my delight, as I made my way further into the book, I fell in love with the main characters and very much wanted to find out how they could ever get out the the entanglements in which they found themselves.

Typical of Georgette Heyer, she make me smile and sometimes laugh out loud during certain parts of the book. And Phyllida’s narration could not have been better!

  • Sylvester

  • Or, the Wicked Uncle
  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Rowe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944

When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She thinks he is insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and they begin to discover a new-found liking and respect for each other. But what Sylvester doesn’t know is that Phoebe is about to publish a novel - a novel in which all London will recognize him as the villainous ‘Count Ugolino’

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally!!!

  • By C. Mendez on 11-16-13

A wonderful ride!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

I understand this to be the first of Georgette Heyer’s novels, one of many to come and the one that established sub genre known as the Regency Romances.

This alone is enough to recommend this classic. Still more are her wonderful writing and storytelling skills. I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful tale woven (and often unwoven!). The narration could not have been better!

  • The Pursuit of Lady Harriett

  • Tanglewood, Book 3
  • By: Rachael Anderson
  • Narrated by: Helen Taylor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

When wills clash and hearts collide, who will reign victorious? Termed an Incomparable during her first London season, Lady Harriett Cavendish is beautiful, spirited, and confident, capturing the attention of a great many suitors. Unfortunately, they all failed to capture her attention, and she concluded the season as unattached as she'd begun it. Only weeks prior to her second season, Harriett encounters Lieutenant Christopher Jamison while visiting Tanglewood Manor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intoxicating love story

  • By Cam on 11-10-17

Light, delightful and whimsical romance . . .

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

This third book of the Tanglewood trilogy is just as delightful as the previous two. Not overly complex, the books are light and whimsical in nature, this third one even more than the others. All in all, I would describe them as beautiful fairy tales for adults. And since I am a child at heart who always loved a sweet romantic story (and still do), I enjoyed the Tanglewood novels for the fairy tales they are. If you enjoy a good fairy tale on occasion as well, then you can’t go wrong with these novels. What’s more, the narration by Helen Taylor was spot on!

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  • The Mill on the Floss

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Laura Paton
  • Length: 20 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

Maggie Tulliver has two lovers: Philip Wakem, son of her father’s enemy, and Stephen Guest, already promised to her cousin. But the love she wants most in the world is that of her brother Tom. Maggie’s struggle against her passionate and sensual nature leads her to a deeper understanding and to eventual tragedy

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great compassion

  • By nina lalumia on 12-26-16

Beautifully told lyrical classic

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

This novel is beautifully told, both by the renowned author George Eliot and by narrator Laura Paton. I recommend it for the reader who enjoys complex character studies within the genres of lyrical fiction and classic literature. The Mill on the Floss moved my heart in its joys and its sorrows.

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  • The Fall of Lord Drayson

  • Tanglewood, Book 1
  • By: Rachael Anderson
  • Narrated by: Helen Taylor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother need to vacate the house they've called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied. They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Cam on 06-04-17

Delightful, fun romance!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

The Fall of Lord Grayson was certainly a novel of no great depth. But I don’t think that it was meant to be. It was simply delightful, fun, and full of humor. A novel to be read in between other, more serious books; or as an escape from the difficulties of our times.

So, if this is what you’re looking for, you won’t go wrong with this one. Plus, Helen Taylor’s narration was wonderful. I have already put the second book in the series in my Audible library!

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  • The Secret of Pembrooke Park

  • By: Julie Klassen
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627

Abigail Foster fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry to improve her charms and the one man she thought might marry her - a longtime friend - has fallen for her younger, prettier sister. When financial problems force her family to sell their London home, a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for 18 years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A movie playing in my mind

  • By Briana on 03-09-15

Very good, Just not my favorite Julie Klassen book.

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

I have read and immensely enjoyed several of Julie Klassen’s books. Her writing, character development are all great. There is definitely romance, but there is always so much more to her novels. The romance that is there is certainly sweet and beautiful and, more realistically than most romance novels, is not based so strongly on outward appearances.

The Secret of Pembrooke Park has these characteristics as well, but I didn’t get into the mystery aspects of the novel as much as other reviewers did. It seemed a little too Gothic for me and not too believable. On the other hand, I liked that it ultimately connected to the novel’s main storyline.

As far as narration, I thought that Elizabeth Jasicki did a wonderful job. Yes, her reading was slow, but this was only in the beginning parts of the novel—and could easily be moved up to the 1.25 level without altering the sound quality. Otherwise she was a joy to listen to in every way!

  • Love Remains

  • By: Sarah M. Eden
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

Cecily Attwater specializes in hope. As a tutor to the newly blind, she has dedicated her life to helping others overcome the obstacles she herself has conquered. Her new assignment in a remote corner of Wyoming proves trickier than usual: Finbarr refuses to learn. To make matters worse, his family - and the other Irish townspeople - are less than thrilled to discover an Englishwoman in their haven. Cecily's only hope lies in securing the cooperation of her pupil's brother, Tavish, who happens to be her harshest critic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Amanda on 10-11-17

A tender story, beautifully told

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Much more than a “romance novel,” Love Remains felt as real to me as life itself. Having experienced the loss of life as I knew it through illness, I could understand—and learn—from the struggles of Finbarr, who had lost his sight in a tragic fire, and from those of Travis and Cecily as well.

It was also a compelling story in its own right. It swept me into the Wyoming plains, a place I’ve never visited but now feel as if I’ve lived there so vivid were the descriptions. During the early 1800s, of course.

Thank you, then, to author and narrator alike for the hours of enjoyment I experienced as a result of your hard, and likely joyful, work.

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  • A Noble Masquerade

  • By: Kristi Ann Hunter
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother's old school friend, a duke - with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she's heard stories about but never met.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable story!

  • By Rustin on 11-02-16

Very enjoyable. :D

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

I found A Noble Masquerade to be quite an enjoyable read. I especially liked the two main characters, who each in their own way struggled with fitting into their prescribed societal roles. The banter between them was delightful from beginning to end.

My interest in the mystery or suspense aspects of the novel varied. It created a fascinating set of circumstances in the book’s first part, when it seemed to be a secondary plot. But when it took on a larger part of the plot, I found myself losing interest. It was too vague and felt somewhat contrived.

I’m glad I hung in there though, because by the final parts of the book both plot lines were wonderfully intertwined and I found myself unable to pull myself away until I saw how the novel found its way to its conclusion.

This was my first novel by Kristi Ann Hunter and I look forward to reading other novels she has written. I greatly enjoyed the narration by Ann Marie Gideon and will also check out other books she has narrated.