• Marry in Haste

  • Marriage of Convenience Series, Book 1
  • By: Anne Gracie
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Anne Dore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (325 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Major Calborne Rutherford returns to England on the trail of an assassin, only to find he's become Lord Ashendon, with the responsibility for vast estates and dependent relatives. Cal can command the toughest of men, but his wild half-sisters are quite another matter. They might just be his undoing.

When he discovers that Miss Emmaline Westwood, the girls' former teacher, guides them with ease, Cal offers her a marriage of convenience. But strong-minded and independent Emm is neither as compliant nor as proper as he expected, and Cal finds himself most inconveniently seduced by his convenient wife.

Emm knows they didn't marry for love, yet beneath her husband's austere facade, she catches glimpses of a man who takes her breath away. As pride, duty, and passion clash, will these two stubborn hearts find more than they ever dreamed of?

©2017 Anne Gracie (P)2017 Tantor

What listeners say about Marry in Haste

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Ruined by the robotic narrator.

What disappointed you about Marry in Haste?

I couldn't even begin to appreciate the book. I enjoyed Anne Gracie's previous books but the narrator was so terrible that I couldn't even listen for an hour.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

No need to change the story if there had been a better narrator.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Charlotte Anne Dore?

Susan Duerden, Simon Prebble, Alex Wyndham, Kate Redding.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The reason I gave it 3 stars was due to the narrator.

Any additional comments?

I read the poor reviews of the narrator before purchasing but gave her the benefit of the doubt only because of Audible's return policy.

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Couldn't listen to this horrible narration

I don't actually know if this story is any good or not. I returned the audible book after listening to about 30 minutes which was all I could stand of this horrible narrator. Her fake British accent is so uncomfortable that it set my teeth on edge! It reminded me of my 2nd year French students trying to stumble through reading a text. It's sad, too, because Anne Gracie's stories are always fun and enjoyable but this is one that I'll have to enjoy in the print version!

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Narrator is awful.

She takes weird d pauses and no emotion. Story was ok but narration took away from it.

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Wonderful story, narration is not as good

I love Anne Gracie! This story definitely has her signature wonderful dialogs and witty banter. I really enjoyed the story. A special bonus was getting to see the proprietress of the House of Chance once again! I think this would have been a full 5 star listen if the same narrator who narrated the Chance sisters had narrated this one.

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The narration makes or breaks a story!

After listening to the "Bride" series by the same author I decided to purchase this book. The narration was wonderful for the "Bride" series. The narration on Marry In Haste was a real disappointment. The book would be better with a different narrator. A real disappointment.

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Good Story, Narrator needs to relax!

Enjoyed the story, but the Narrator really seemed to struggle. Hard, clipped pronunciation of just about every word. Made me struggle to keep listening, but glad I stayed with it.

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Not as good as the Chance sisters

This book really dragged, and it was hard to believe why they fell in love. The narrator is ponderous and hard to listen to.

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great book

Loved book, reader was pretty good, her voice was pleasant but she read just a little too static, a little more emotion and less perfect pronunciation was have been better

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Mechanical narration

I am not sure if this was edited and that why it was so mechanical or if it was just a poor narration. The story was good, the
author packed a lot in the first book of the series. There was nothing hasty about the story development. But the narration was mechanical and SLOW. I had to put it on 1.25 to get through it. I made it half way and then found the book online at my library to finish. It was worth finishing.

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Could've been better...

I enjoyed the story. However, the narrator was very stiff and wooden. It distracted from the story. Especially the male lead character.

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  • J. Simms
  • 05-28-20

A plot of twists and humour, a good story

The story is fun, a typical quality romance from Gracie.
I read this story some years ago, and was rather disappointed in the readers voice.it seemed almost robotic, hesitant, the voice lacked flow where it was needed. Sounding more like the speaking clock than an actor.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-21

Thoroughly enjoyed

Another gem from Anne Gracie who consistently delivers writing that is entertaining. Charlotte Dare adds to the book with a great narrative.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-20

Ann.


I LIKED THE STORY BUT IT WAS SPOILT BY THE NARRATOR THE SPEECH WAS SO STILTED IT SOUNDED LIKE SHE NEVER USED ANY PUNCTUATION.


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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-17-20

Worst narrator ever, can’t get past first two chapters

I’m sorry but I can’t listen to this book anymore due to the narrator. I know we should be happy that people are willing to do the narration, but not when it is completely ruins a good book to the point that you have to stop after a couple of chapters.

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  • Louise Foster
  • 09-02-22

Love the story

narration seems a little slow at times. but I like the story this is a brilliant series I hope Netflix turns it into a move franchise lol

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  • Mo Bass
  • 11-01-21

Good overall but.......

Why oh why must a mawkish obligatory sex scene be included in an otherwise enjoyable story. They're all the same and authors seem to cut and paste them altering the occasional word.

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  • Suzyplums
  • 10-03-21

Get ready to fall asleep

The story is good but the narrator is not the best.

she reads the book very slowly, in fits and starts, it's hard to figure out which character is speaking. (Even the men).

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  • C.Gray
  • 09-26-21

I enjoyed it

I love Anne Gracie stories, this one is let down by the narrator.
I don’t know if I just got used to it or if she did actually improve by half way! But it got easier to listen to around half way for me.

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  • ssm
  • 09-21-21

Great story

Loved the story and looking forward to the rest in this series. I have read another two of Gracie's series and was happy to see the return of Daisy Chance in this one. Not a fan of the narrator though, nice voice but too stilted and hesitant which leaves too many pauses.

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  • Jane R.
  • 09-20-21

Shame about the narration

I really wanted to listen to the first book in series and have happily enjoyed the other stories & where they go from here. It took 4 attempts to listen to this book. The narration is off putting and robotic and some of the pronunciation is very strange indeed! Enjoyed the story, have it re-recorded please

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  • ally57
  • 04-15-18

Narration!

I enjoy Anne Gracie’s books but the narration was really awful. It was almost robotic in style because the narrator stopped after almost every word so it didn’t flow at all. It was most peculiar and so irritating I almost didn’t finish the book.

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  • Di Edwards
  • 04-13-21

Worst narrator

I can't tell you what I liked about this book because the awful narrative meant I couldn't read past Chapter 2. I loved the Merrydew Sisters series and the narrator for them but this first book in the Marriage of Convenience has put me off reading any more.