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  • Midnight Angel: A Novel

  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 438

Lord Lucas Stokehurst is captivated by the gentle grace and regal beauty of “Miss Karen Billings,” who appeared seemingly out of nowhere and now stands demurely before him. Enchanted, the gallant, haunted widower impetuously offers her a position as governess to his young daughter, taking the lady of mystery into his home. But “Miss Billings” has another name, Anastasia, and a dark past that pursues her still.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read this before Prince of Dreams!

  • By Michelle on 09-11-11

Not my favorite Kleypas

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

I absolutely love Lisa and every single book that she's ever written. In fact I often reread or we listen to her books annually. However, this one just fell short from me from the very beginning. I didn't feel that there was enough time for the heroin and the hero to form a bond yet the next thing you know he's in love with her. At times the heroin was super strong, and other times the Damsel in Distress. It just didn't capture my attention so I found myself drifting off as it was playing many times forces following along with the story. I love the narrator, and again I think she's an amazing writer, this just wasn't my favorite.

  • Gentle Warrior

  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 816
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 595

In feudal England, Elizabeth Montwright barely escaped the massacre that destroyed her family and exiled her from her ancestral castle. Bent on revenge, she rode again through the fortress gates, disguised as a healer...to seek aid from Geoffrey Berkley, the powerful baron who had routed the murderers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Liked It!

  • By Lady M on 09-06-12

A bad narrator can kill a good book!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

I ADORE Julie Garwood. Let me preface this review with the fact that I have read, re-read, listened, and re-listened to every historical book of hers at least 4x. I found this book on Audible and couldn't believe I hadn't listened before.

Sigh...all I can say is you lost me at the first chapter. I couldn't follow the narrator and her super deep breathing and drawn out last word of every sentence. I couldn't distinguish between voices, and her cadence is off. Simply put, I zoned out after the first chapter and will be requesting a credit return. So disappointed because I wanted to love it. Will have to consider the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Scot in the Dark

  • Scandal & Scoundrel, Book II
  • By: Sarah MacLean
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 358

Miss Lillian Harwood has lived much of her life alone in a gilded cage, longing for love and companionship. When an artist offers her pretty promises and begs her to pose for a scandalous portrait, Lily doesn't hesitate...until the lying libertine leaves her in disgrace. With the painting now public, Lily has no choice but to turn to the one man who might save her from ruin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent enough Story, Okay narration

  • By Tracy T on 10-21-16

I wanted to love it...but I don't.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

I am a serious Sarah MacLean fan, enjoying all of her historicals. Unfortunately, the narrator is so painful it is hard to get through. I was hoping the new series would have a new voice but alas, the scratchy, overly breathless, faux British accent, and PAINFUL Scottish accent overshadowed a decent story. I felt that the female character was brash and impertinent to an unrealistic level to the person who has been financing her life for the better part of a decade sight unseen. I feel the male lead, referred to as a brute so often one could form a drinking game around the moniker, was too easily pushed over by a total brat who he has known less than a week.

To imagine this Scot would go from his rugged lifestyle of hounds and Highlands to a distinguished, patient and empathetic guardian in less than 2 chapters is just not plausible.

I pray she moves to a new narrator soon, and will continue to try new books. Just not my favorite.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Forbidden Falls

  • Virgin River, Book 8
  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139

Recently ordained minister Noah Kincaid is used to taking on new challenges, so he has no problem tackling the renovation of the long-abandoned Virgin River church. But that’s before he meets the stunningly beautiful—and stubbornly headstrong—Ellie Baldwin. She may not be exactly what Noah wants in an assistant, but she may be exactly what he needs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By LeftyMom on 05-06-10

Not a great portrayal of men of God

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

I adore the Virgin River Series, but George's womanizing, Noah's cursing and the overall portrayal of two supposed men of God was very disappointing. I know they are just men, not saints, but the men of God I surround myself with don't use profanity, have casual sex, etc. Just disappointed. The story is great though, as is narration.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Never Too Late

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by:  Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,208

Clare Wilson is starting over. She's had it with her marriage to a charming serial cheater. Even her own son thinks she's given his father too many chances. With the support of her sisters, Maggie and Sarah, she's ready to move on. Facing her 40th birthday, Clare is finally feeling the rush of unadulterated freedom.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • don't bother

  • By Morgan L. on 08-14-15

Another great book from RC and TP!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-15

As usual, the incomparable Therese Plummer does a wonderful job bringing characters to life in a distinct way so there is definition and depth in each. The story was good, the characters endearing and it was a great, easy listen. Totes worth the credit!

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Will

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 24 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,158
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,881
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,885

Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant. While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • KRISTEN ASHLEY AT HER BEST!

  • By Yvette on 03-30-15

Death by the use of Thus....it was kind of painful

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

Reviewed: 07-22-15

Dear readers, I purchased this book after diligently reading the reviews, hearing a snippet, and understanding that this female lead was a formal, uptight character and that her vocabulary was not one of a steady, regular dialogue but overly formal.

That said, wow - I forced my way through 6 hours (23 hours long for a story that should be no longer than 7) and finally gave up. The narrarator's voice is pleasant and she is reading the story as it was written. That is the painful part - the use of thus and alas, and wherefore and "narry an inch" and just ridiculous cadence and formality - coupled with the narcissistic way the female lead obsesses over peoples clothes as she is talking to herself in her head, even during what are supposed to be emotional scenes is just...painful.

She purrs (figuratively) sometimes when she is describing things and all I can picture is not a chic, mature fashionable woman but instead a bourgeois cougar-esque woman who is like "Dahling, kiss kiss".

The lead, in predictable bad boy persona, uses her nickname as "slick" like every sentence and it is nausiating. "Legs, slick, babe" Stereotype character much?!

I tried, in all earnest to give this book a chance, even skipping to the last three chapters in hopes of finding light at the tunnel only to discover it didn't improve.

A few other reviewers said this was credit worthy, and for sheer fact that someone wrote this long and comprehensive book will I say any published book is worthy. I, however, do not find it enjoyable at it's current extended length, cadence and character.

  • A New Hope

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839

After losing her child, Ginger Dysart was lost in grief. But since moving to Thunder Point, a small town on the Oregon coast, Ginger is finally moving forward. Her job at the flower shop is peaceful and fulfilling, and she's excited to be assisting with the Lacoumette wedding.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of words: Plot very thin

  • By Anne on 07-04-15

Just not that impressed on this one :o/

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

Let me preface this with the fact that I am avid Robyn Carr listener, own and have relistened to every book at least 3x honest and truly. While I prefer the VR series to TP, I have slowly embraced the new settings, characters, etc, and have enjoyed the other installments.

I just can't give this one anything more than 3 stars for story. The narration is perfect, and anyone who loves Robyn agrees Therese Plummer is without compare. However, this book lost my interest several times and there were a few things that bothered me:

- annoying scenes with HER ex husband
- the bad to good scenes with HIS ex wife
- the "we are totally NOT ready to fall in love, and then a few meets and phone calls later - in love, engaged, etc.
- No Marine buddies at Troy's wedding? Wha?! Not even a mention, as if Big Richie, or the other 2 would miss Troy's big day. It was an oversight that left my head scratching.

Just 3 stars for me. I assume from the story that we know who the next book will be about, but don't like how it is setting up the impoverished female to get swept away by a man with means. She is an educated woman, why can't she stand on her own - rescue not needed? It will likely be another down on her luck female who gets her happily ever after from a man and his financial security and all that it implies.

I am by NO MEANS a feminist, I have loved all the other books, but I just don't see the need to constantly make the girls impoverished and then get rescued by men of means in romance. Oh well, looking forward to the next one despite this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Say Yes to the Marquess

  • Castles Ever After
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Carmen Rose
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

After eight years of waiting for Piers Brandon, the wandering Marquess of Granville, to set a wedding date, Clio Whitmore has had enough. She's inherited a castle, scraped together some pride, and made plans to break her engagement. Not if Rafe Brandon can help it. A ruthless prizefighter and notorious rake, Rafe is determined that Clio will marry his brother - even if he has to plan the dratted wedding himself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My first Tessa Dare miss. I'm so sad.

  • By Heather on 12-01-16

Don't put baby (err Clio) in the corner! LOL

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

Reviewed: 01-08-15

This was a wonderful listen, with great narration from Carmen Rose. She captures male voices well, and despite 10+ characters, she did a great job moving seamlessly from one to another.

I am not the kind of reviewer to recap the entire story, suffice to say - this rough-around-the-edges Lord has the fight of his life with his childhood friend/secret sweetheart. The hero really shows his fierce loyalty, devotion and protection of the heroin and is so passionate about it. It was nice to see him rooting for her so fervently.

Often in romances, they fall in love in 2 chapters, which is unrealistic even for us hopeless romantics. What I loved about this is that it was a very believable story of love that grew since childhood, which made the friendship and romance scenes that more realistic and special.

Steamy is an understatement once the bodice comes off, whew! Overall, great story, great narration, absolutely worth a credit. Here is hoping that Clio's little sister get's her own happy ending in the next book of The Castles Ever After Series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Groom of One's Own

  • Writing Girls, Book 1
  • By: Maya Rodale
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Morris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

London, 1823: A handsome duke. His beautiful soon-to-be duchess. A whirlwind courtship. It is this author's privilege to report on the event all of London is talking about: The upcoming wedding of the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon to the only daughter of the Duke of Richmond. Every detail of the "Wedding of the Year" will be reported in these pages as a London Weekly exclusive. But I, Miss Sophie Harlow, must confess to a secret infatuation with this "double duke" that can only lead to trouble.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The historical version of The Wedding Planner

  • By Natalie on 01-06-15

The historical version of The Wedding Planner

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

Reviewed: 01-06-15

I have thoroughly enjoyed the Writing Girls series by Maya Rodale, narrarated by Carolyn Morris! This book features all the things you'll love about the series: whitty writing, clever, intelligent and independant women; an impossible match; the unlikliest of loves and a big, red bow at the end!

Not sure which came first, but this book constantly reminded me of the movie The Wedding Planner throughout. Because of that, I couldn't give it a full 5 stars, but it was a great read.

As with most audio books, narration can make or break a book and in this case, Carolyn brings the vibrant, funny and creative story to life with her seemless transition to characters, her ability to capture at least 10 different characters without skipping a beat and each having their own sense of identity. She really is a gem.

I highly recommend this book and this series, and this author....and this narrarator! Worth the credits all day long!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Tale of Two Lovers

  • Writing Girls, Book 2
  • By: Maya Rodale
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Morris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

He is notorious. Lord Simon Roxbury is a godsend to gossip columnists everywhere. This notorious rake has recently been caught in an extremely compromising position by none other than the London Weekly's Lady of Distinction. Rumor also has it that Lord R. received an ultimatum: be wed or be penniless. She is scandalous.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One's a rake, the other a gun-shy lady

  • By Kimberly on 03-29-14

Taming of the Rake!

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

Reviewed: 01-06-15

I have thoroughly enjoyed the Writing Girls series by Maya Rodale, narrarated by Carolyn Morris! This book features all the things you'll love about the series: whitty writing, clever, intelligent and independant women; rogues and rakes; the unlikliest of loves and a big, red bow at the end!

The taming of Lord Roxbury was a treat indeed!

As with most audio books, narration can make or break a book and in this case, Carolyn brings the vibrant, funny and creative story to life with her seemless transition to characters, her ability to capture at least 10 different characters without skipping a beat and each having their own sense of identity. She really is a gem.

I highly recommend this book and this series, and this author....and this narrarator! Worth the credits all day long!