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Irresistible

Banning Sisters Trilogy, Book 2
Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
Series: Banning Sisters, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
4 out of 5 stars (272 ratings)
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This Story Is Sexy

Publisher's Summary

Claire Banning fulfilled every debutante’s dream when she married the heir to a dukedom - only to discover he was a dissolute wastrel. Then a dark and dangerous nobleman abducts her on a journey home, and Claire’s life - and her heart - are changed forever.

Hugh Battancourt refuses to be swayed by his prisoner’s beauty. He must intercept a letter full of secrets she intends to turn over to the enemy. But soon their battle of wills sparks an irresistible attraction. Is it possible that Claire could discover the true meaning of love with this handsome stranger? One who will stop at nothing to protect her from someone who is intent on placing Claire in the path of danger?

©2002 Karen Robards (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Exhilarating... Full of swashbuckling suspense and sexual sparks.” ( Publishers Weekly)
“Grabs you from the first page.” ( Romantic Times)

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  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Story pretty good, narration pretty disappointing

I enjoyed the first book in this series and so, purchased this one. I liked Scandalous much better. In this one Ms. Robards gets pretty redundant in the telling the story. e.g. yes, yes I know, even though Hugh just shaved Claire can see the beginnings of stubble - he is such a manly man. I got it the first couple of three times I heard it. I found myself telling my iPod "I know, I know already. Let's move on!" Unfortunately, I tended to do it out loud and my dear hubby kept laughing at me. As for the story itself, it is pretty far fetched even for this genre which I usually adore so that wasn't disappointing overly much.

However, the narration was incredibly disappointing! Ms. Flosnik sounded breathy, overly excited and dramatic through out which I found irritating and distracting. I very much enjoyed her narration of To Beguile a Beast so this was really a disappointment. I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt and blame the producer/director of this recording for it's overly dramatic style.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabeth
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 11-06-10

Loved the book

Here is a case when the narrator ruined the book. I would choose to read the book myself rather than purchase another narrated by this narrator. Anne Flosnik overacts, especially during love scenes, I found myself fastforwarding through each scene where things got a little bit exciting, and I found myself wishing there were an option to return the book by the first chapter.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Loved the book, the narrator is horrible

I loved this book, however, Anne Flosnik's narration was so annoying it was almost difficult to listen to. I wish I would have just read an e-book version.

I cannot for the life of me understand why authors keep picking Anne Flosnik to narrate books. Most of her reviews are the same as mine. She ruins otherwise decent and good books.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Ruth
  • Cape Cod, MA
  • 01-01-11

Worst Narrator Ever

Karen Robards writes great books, but Anne Flosnik is the worst narrator ever. Her accent is awful and makes me want to turn off the book as soon as she starts. I have listened to other books narrated by her and had the same reaction. Much better to have it read with no accent at all rather than this one! From here on, I will buy ebooks when she is the narrator rather than listen to another one!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Jay
  • TX, USA
  • 08-18-11

Excellent!!!

I did not read this trilogy in sequence but I am glad I left this one for last. It was exhilarating, sit on the edge of your seat, great!!!!!!! I was mesmerized from beginning to the end. I absolutely love the narrator Anne Flosnik, she is one of my favorite narrator and did a wonderful job with the different characters. Karen Robards is a very good authur also.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ginger
  • Playa del Rey, CA, United States
  • 11-21-10

Grabs your attention from the beginning

This book grabbed and held onto my attention. Of course, like all of this genre, it is somewhat predictable, but so what? It is a very well told story, with a fiery protagonist. I disagree with another reviewer, Anne Flosnik does a wonderful job. She does have a melodramatic voice, this is a melodramatic genre! I love her accent, and the way she is able to give each character his or her own voice. I will choose books I may not have chosen if she is narrating.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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decent storybut,could not tolerate the narrator

when I listened to the first book I would not have started the series if I had realized flosnick was narrating the second book. her voice and inflection drive me to distraction. it is like nails on a chalkboard. grating.

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Fantastic story, couldn’t put it down🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Of course I can nitpick and find some parts of the story that I didn’t quite like but after listening to many, many of these romances I understand perfection does not exist.

This story is light escapism in its pure form: beautiful heroine in distress, kidnapping, mistaking identity and a dashing duke to the rescue...loved it ...sigh

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A mixed bag

I liked some parts of this story and some parts had me shaking my head in disblief . One of the my major objections was how long it took for Claire to bring up her husband. Yes, I know she was in a loveless marriage but her husband was second in line to a dukedom. She should have been have said that from the outset. Yes, I know in stories we have to suspend belief, however it has to make sense. There were a lot of disconnects in the story like that. Claire was supposed to be this amazing beauty, yet it seemed to only come into play when it served the storyline. i would think she would be turning heads throughout the book. And at one point I think the hero was called Solomon instead of Hugh. My ears may have deceived me but I think I heard it.
The narration at times was WAAYYYY overdone. it was as if the narrator were acting out each scene on stage. She seemed to snarl and growl through most of the actions scenes at a voulmn of 10 . It was almost painful to listen to it. Its hard to even describe.
Yet, there were parts that I liked. Turnes of pharases that made me sigh with joy. I mistakenly listened to the last story in the series first so I had hits avout the firat tow. out of all three, this was probably my least favorite. However, some may like it so I say its worth getting all three.

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Fun and Charming

The story is fun and charming. I'm not really fond of the narrator. I found her voice grating at times. I still loved the story though.