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Darkwood Manor

Narrated by: Liz Bieler
Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
3.5 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

An estate haunted by over a hundred years of tragedy - and Donovan Black stood at the heart of it. Like Darkwood Manor, Donovan was an utter mystery. An FBI sharpshooter who couldn't break away from his past, he only wanted to make sure that history didn't repeat itself - especially now that the manor had a lovely new owner.

Isabella Ross had either discovered the perfect vacation spot or her final resting place. Now her only hope for survival is a man who doesn't want her around - a man she can't seem to resist. But the secrets in his family's attic threaten to consume them both, and something - or someone - won't rest until the manor house is empty....

©2011 Jenna Ryan (P)2012 Audible, Inc

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Just stay with it

I liked it and the reader is good. It reminds of a Barbara Michaels mystery/romance. It is a fun ride.

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Good story...better narration.

What did you love best about Darkwood Manor?

I enjoyed the dynamic between Isabella and Donovan.

What did you like best about this story?

The author was very descriptive. The story held my interest until the end.

What does Liz Bieler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Liz Bieler, the narrator, was wonderful! She did a great job alternating between male and female characters. Her narration was animated without sounding overdone.

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

Any additional comments?

I usually listen to non-fiction audiobooks but I plan on giving fiction another shot.

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Mystery, Intruige and Romance!

If you could sum up Darkwood Manor in three words, what would they be?

A great gothic romance to listen to!

What does Liz Bieler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I felt the voices really made the characters come to life. The narrators tone was smooth and I liked how the voices changed for each person, making it easy to engage with them. I found the narrators voice enhanced the book--- and added another layer of interest for me.

Any additional comments?

I would listen to more books by this narrator........ she allowed me to engage in a guilty pleasure-- "reading" without actually having to read!

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Old-fashioned gothic mystery

This was a very enjoyable, old-fashioned kind of gothic mystery. The story was complex and the characters were fun.

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Okay story, but great reader

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This isn't the kind of book I normally read or listen to, but a friend recommended it. I needed something light and mindless to entertain me while I cleaned out closets. The story was so-so. The heroine's cousin disappeared yet she started a romance instead of actively searching for her cousin. I only stuck with the audiobook because I enjoyed the reader.

Would you recommend Darkwood Manor to your friends? Why or why not?

With reservations because the story was weak, but the reader was good.

What about Liz Bieler’s performance did you like?

I had never heard this performer read before and was pleasantly surprised. She has a nice, confident voice and did character voices well. I'd listen to other books she reads.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was entertaining, but evoked no strong emotions.

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Meh

I wanted to like this book. I got to chapter 9 and couldn't take it. The author needs a lot more descriptive words. Characters would change location and I had no idea where they were, how they got there, what they were doing; it was very distracting from the dialog. Finally I just skipped to the last chapter, (before the epilogue), and it told me everything I needed to know. Closure!

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Good Story but

didnt want to wade thru the sex and romance to finish. I know this supposed to be a romance but the story is great but it gets washed out with the tide of passion. Oh well. On to the next book.

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amazing

awesome book would read again and will tell friends that read to read it's an amazing book

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Bad character + Bad narrator = Waste of time

Such a terrible story that could have been interesting if not for the shallow characters and terrible narration. I could not finish it as I laughed at the feeble attempt of voices and accents. Then our main heroine goes and has dinner with a stranger at his residence a few hours after her BFF disappears?! Umm...hello? Can anyone say weird?

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Really quite terrible

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

For someone wanting a simplistic romantic intrigue spiced with lustful longings and sexy imagery.

What was most disappointing about Jenna Ryan’s story?

The plot was unbelievable. The main character, Bella does not call family to let them know her cousin is missing? And within hours of her cousin's abduction, Bella is on a hot date jamming her tongue down a stranger's mouth.

What three words best describe Liz Bieler’s voice?

Light, airy, pleasant.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance.

Any additional comments?

I purchased this audio book because it was the Shivers line of Harlequin books which was supposed to be a gothic romance inspired book. I did not find it to be that at all. It is mainly a poorly written mystery with lusty thoughts and a few sex scenes interspersed between the pages.