A Comfortable Wife

Narrated by: Rosalind Ashford
Series: Regency (Laurens), Book 5
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
3.8 out of 5 stars (106 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Antonia was not going to dwindle into an old maid... Miss Antonia Mannering had made plans, and Lord Philip Ruthven played a large part in them. They had been childhood friends, but had not seen each other for years. She knew Philip was popular with the ladies, but he had never married any of them. Wouldn't he now be ready for a wife? If she could prove to him that she could run his home, not disgrace him in Society and be a comfortable wife for him, surely he would be prompted to propose to her. That they might fall in love had never occurred to her!

©1997 Stephanie Laurens (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Not author's best, but reader makes it enjoyable

While IMO this isn't one of Stephanie Laurens best books, it's made enjoyable by good narration. I was disappointed by the rather unimaginative plot and predictable storyline, but the reader brought the place, time and all the characters vividly to life which saved it for me. I found her voice and delivery pleasant and easy to listen to, and just right for this gentle romance. It's not one of the Cynster novels, so by comparison it's quite tame.

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Tedious narration

I could not finish the first chapter! Narrator ruined it from the start! Might well have been a good book.

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Worst narration ever!!!

DNF narrator was awful. Could not get into it be cause the narrator was truly awful. Her voices sucked!!!

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English love story

Childhood friends..years later turns into a love story of course with on & off marriage and doubts....and of course twist and turns & a bit of mystery/intrigue....do they make it? Narrator good ...easy story to listen to. Author Lauren.... is great writer

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narrator in slow motion

Hard to listen to this narrator in normal speed. Moved the speed up, and that helped, but still not ideal. Story was ok. I was hoping to have the Lester family actually in the story but they were just an occasional mention.

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Very disappointed

i've never been disappointed about a story that was written by one of my favorite author. but i guess there's always the first.

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the narrator does it again.

What disappointed you about A Comfortable Wife?

narrator has a sing song voice that I couldn't take any longer by 50 mins into the book.

Has A Comfortable Wife turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

What didn’t you like about Rosalind Ashford’s performance?

it's more what was there to like.

Any additional comments?

I really can't review the story as the narrators performance is so bad it takes away any attention to what she was saying.

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  • KJ
  • 12-03-14

Good story but didn't finish...

I'm sure that Stephanie Laurens writes great, fun, romance as always, and her audiobooks are pretty much auto-buys for me. But wow, I am going through shock listening to this narrator. Her accent at first seems interesting -- not great -- but I can tolerate a lot that others don't. But after the first chapter, I found myself cringing. Not a lot of different in 'voices' or different characters, so that's difficult to follow, although there seems to be some quality of the main 'voices' that seem rather grandmotherly, and sorry, but I don't want romance reads to make me think of grandmothers! But it's the intonation and the almost 'gaspy' sound that really started to get on my nerves. I seriously am going to return this one and get the ebook to read instead, although I've managed to get 2 hours into the story! PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS NARRATOR EVER AGAIN!!!