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A Matter of Class

Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (446 ratings)
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Reginald Mason is wealthy, refined, and, by all accounts, a gentleman. However, he is not a gentleman by birth, a factor that pains him and his father, Bernard Mason, within the Regency society that upholds station over all else. That is, until an opportunity for social advancement arises, namely, Lady Annabelle Ashton. Daughter of the Earl of Havercroft, a neighbor and enemy of the Mason family, Annabelle finds herself disgraced by a scandal, one that has left her branded as damaged goods. Besmirched by shame, the earl is only too happy to marry Annabelle off to anyone willing to have her.

Though Bernard wishes to use Annabelle to propel his family up the social ladder, his son does not wish to marry her, preferring instead to live the wild, single life he is accustomed to. With this, Bernard serves his son an ultimatum: marry Annabelle, or make do without family funds. Having no choice, Reginald consents, and enters into a hostile engagement in which the prospective bride and groom are openly antagonistic, each one resenting the other for their current state of affairs while their respective fathers revel in their suffering.

So begins an intoxicating tale rife with dark secrets, deception, and the trials of love - a story in which very little is as it seems.

©2009 Mary Balogh (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Wonderful romance with a twist

I am a long-time Mary Balogh fan and have been getting a little tired of her stories of late. However, this book reminded me of why she is so great. Wonderful romance with a twist. The narrator did take a little getting used to, but I quickly got passed that and would happily listen to Anne Flosnik again. Well worth the purchase price and four of my happiest hours spent this Christmas...

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Frustrating narrator

I loved the story, but the narrator’s voice was so irritating. She doesn’t do men’s voices well and her pace was so slow, like watching paint dry. I would have enjoyed it more with a different narrator.

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One of my favorite Balogh books

Would you consider the audio edition of A Matter of Class to be better than the print version?

Not so much. Though the narrator wasn't awful, she definitely is not one of my favorites.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the characters and the twists and turns.

What three words best describe Anne Flosnik’s performance?

Oh... just didn't much care for her style.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending.

Any additional comments?

It's one of those stories I enjoyed as much, if not more, the second time around.

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The performance was not up to scratch

I usually love the easy flow and perfect narration of Rosalyn Landor. This whole book was spoiled by the “ not so splendid “ narrator. What a pity.

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Short and sweet :)

Loved it! Short and sweet with unexpected turns . Loved the mail characters . I would really reccomand it :)

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Short and Sweet

This is a lovely little tale. Good narration. I'm glad Balaogh did not embellish this with a lot of uncecessary details.

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Worst narrator EVER!

I’ve listened to ALL of Mary Balogh’s novels. She’s an amazing writer. But this narrator is so bad I can’t finish the book. I really tried! I’m going to get it in print and read it instead of listen to it. PLEASE Audible ... fire this narrator!!!!!!

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Annaaaa

Say it like you're trying to have BM. Sums it up. I'll have to read this on my own and hopefully I can banish that voice from my head. It's a slightly clever story. I wish I had read it instead.

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Another Mary Balogh masterpiece

I'm really growing to like Mary Balogh quite a bit. She writes sweet love stories that have witty characters. And, although she includes a steamy scene or two, she doesn't rely too heavily on sex to write a convincing love story. This story was really fun. The ending put a spin on how historical fiction-romance normally plays out. I only wish it was longer!

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Clever plot, but

A clever plot and with sympathetic characters, but too much repetition. The latter seemed a attempt to stretch out the story...to 4 hours. The reader chose to change voices and her switch to a male character’s voice was very conscious.

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  • The Artful Dodger
  • 03-01-20

Mediocre story, awful narration

The story is okay although the characters seem quite one-dimensional. The narration however, is awful! The narrator sounds like a speaker system at a train station. «The. next. train. to arrive. on platform. three. is the. 15:43. train. to. Bristol.» Ruins the whole book!

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  • Thor
  • 10-31-19

Boring

In the second chapter you realise where this story is going. Then it is stretched out, to make it tedious.
The problem with Mary Balogh is, her books are either good or they are frustratingly disappointing.

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  • Roslyn Jane
  • 08-02-18

Mildly irritating delivery

Nice story with an interesting structure but the ponderous delivery was all wrong for me.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-22-17

Excellent

What made the experience of listening to A Matter of Class the most enjoyable?

An excellent format with the back story alternated in chapters with the current .

What did you like best about this story?

I always enjoy a happy ending

What about Anne Flosnik’s performance did you like?

The overall style was good and easy listening

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Where the fathers interacted with their children before the ceremony

Any additional comments?

I always enjoy books by this author and this one did not disappoint