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The Last Serenade Audiobook

The Last Serenade: Sybil Ingram, Volume 2

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Publisher's Summary

When Sybil takes the stage again, murder plays the leading role.

In September 1873, medium and actress Sybil Ingram is looking forward to her new life as the wife of dashing violinist Roderick Brooke. But their plans for marriage are interrupted by a cry for help from Julia de Lioncourt, Roderick's former lover, who implores him to come to Paris to rescue her from a blackmailer, Danton Fournier.

When they arrive in Paris, the bewitching beauty proposes a daring plan: Sybil will take Julia's place in a new melodrama while Julia, her alibi thus secured, recovers the letters from Fournier's home. Knowing that Roderick still harbors guilt over killing Julia's husband in a duel, Sybil agrees to the plan for his sake - even though it's all too clear that Julia wants Roderick back in her bed. Moreover, the theater seems to harbor a ghostly presence that may foretell disaster for the masquerade.

Catastrophe strikes when Fournier's body is discovered stabbed through the heart. Suddenly Sybil needs an alibi. She must also find a way to prevent suspicion from falling on Roderick as well - while determining whether Julia knows more about Fournier's death than she is admitting. Can Sybil's abilities as a spirit medium help her discover the truth before the real killer stops her?

A delicious blend of supernatural mystery, gothic romance, and romantic comedy, the Sybil Ingram Victorian mysteries are perfect for listeners who love Victorian women sleuths like Anna Lee Huber's Lady Darby, Penny Richards's Lilly Long, Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey, and Elizabeth Peters's Amelia Peabody. And be sure not to miss Sybil's previous adventures in Nocturne for a Widow!

©2016 Amanda DeWees (P)2017 Amanda DeWees

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    LilMissMolly 07-11-17

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    "Outstanding gothic historical mystery!"
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    The Last Serenade is another thoroughly enjoyable gothic historical mystery by Amanda DeWees. This is the second story in the Sybil Ingram Mysteries and follows a few years after the first book in the series, Nocturne for a Widow, where we are introduced to Sybil, who is a spirit medium and her fiancé, Roderick Brooke, who is concert violinist. However, rather than setting this second story in the Hudson Valley of New York, The Last Serenade is set in the theatre world of 1873 Paris.

    The story primarily revolves around Roderick’s former lover, actress Julia de Lion court, who is being blackmailed by a former lover. Because Roderick still feels guilty for killing Julia's husband in a duel several years before, Julia persuades Roderick to travel to Paris to help her; and of course, Sybil comes along to help. [One of my favorite scenes is when Julia is found naked in Roderick’s bed just after Sybil and Roderick checked into the hotel.] While our main characters hatch a plan to retrieve the documents that are held over Julia’s head, the blackmailer is murdered. The rest of the story is figuring out who killed the blackmailer, in addition to keeping Sybil and Roderick from being suspects.

    DeWees writing is simply outstanding. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey that Sybil is taking to learn more about her mystical abilities to communicate with ghosts (she visits a renowned medium in Paris). And I especially enjoyed how Sybil supports Roderick to help him overcome his personal demons (guilt over the duel).

    I listened to the Audible version of this story, narrated by the outstanding Elizabeth Klett. She really brought the characters to life, using a variety of accents and giving each character their own distinct voice. In summary, I can't wait for the next book written by Amanda DeWees and narrated by Elizabeth Klett!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy 04-19-17
    Tammy 04-19-17

    I am an avid reader and listener of all types of books. I am always willing to try any book or audiobook.

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    "if you like Victoria Holt you'll love Amanda DeWee"

    I was gifted this audio ARC from the author/Narrator for a honest and unbiased review
    I'm new to the world of Amanda DeWees and am glad I was gifted this audio ARC. I loved Elizabeth Klett's voice. She did a great job.
    The story had many twists and turns, but you never felt cheated that the author had withheld any vital clues.
    I am ready to try out more audiobooks by Amanda 5and books narrated by Elizabeth Klett.
    I highly recommend this book

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    Lidia Chymkowska 04-09-17

    An avid reader since the age of 3, I read (almost) everything and everywhere... And I teach English to high school students in Poland:)

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    "A Victorian crime with a paranormal twist:)"
    Where does The Last Serenade rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook ranks among the top 5 I have listened to so far (both in English and my native Polish) - and I've listened to about 30 only in the last year.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think my two favourite characters (especially in Ms Klett's interpretation) were Sybil Ingram and Julia de Lioncourt - two completely different women: the first a proper, intelligent, romatic lady, truthful and loyal, the other a manipulative coquette, self-centered and indifferent to anyone but herself. Both were portrayed excellently through words and actions. But there are many other well-developed characters that stay with the reader/listener, although they kind of take the backseat role in this book.


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

    Ms Klett excellently brings all the characters to life, giving each one a distinctive voice.

    The thing that worked especially well in this audiobook (and which would be difficult for me to get a grasp of if I was just reading the book) was the French accent of the French characters - especially Julia's; in Ms Klett's interpretation she comes out as a brilliant manipulator.

    Generally, I loved Ms Klett's interpretation of all the characters; the emotions rang true, the way Ms Klett modulated her voice to differentiate each character from the others was spot on - I had no problem realizing who was speaking...

    And I loved Ms Klett's singing in one of the scenes describing a rehearsal of a play:) It was a great surprise and a delight to hear a song from the play being actually sung by the narrator:)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    If it was made into a film, my tagline for the book would probably be: Beware of what you do for your past actions may hunt you and cause your demise - and the ghosts of those you wronged will see to it...


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the tempo of Ms Klett's reading - it was neither too fast nor too slow, just the right pace. It was especially helpful when the French characters were speaking - as I'm not a native speaker of English, listening to "French" English would be much harder for me if the narrator spoke too quickly:)

    I will definitely look for another book read by Ms Klett.

    DISCLAIMER: I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JJLarson 04-07-17
    JJLarson 04-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    Sybil Ingram is lucky enough to take the stage again in the newest installment by Amanda DeWees. Sybil is a fearless female heroine who prefers to take action in every situation. Although I didn’t care for the circumstances around this little adventure for her and Roderick, I still was entertained. In real life if my fiancé’s ex-girlfriend needed help with anything, I would tell her to get lost. I did enjoy the many twists, turns, and guesses in this novel. I hope there are future stories featuring Sybil and Roderick.
    Elizabeth Klett did a wonderful job with the cast of characters in this audiobook. She is definitely one of my favorite narrators.
    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deedra 09-14-17
    Deedra 09-14-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo

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    "The Last Serenade"

    I liked this book just as much as the first one.Elizabeth Klett was a fine narrator.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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    Jane 08-31-17
    Jane 08-31-17
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    "THOROUGHLY ENTERTAINING - HIGHLY RECOIMMENDED"
    Would you listen to The Last Serenade again? Why?

    no .... but I usually do not listen more than once


    What other book might you compare The Last Serenade to and why?

    a good English period mystery


    Which scene was your favorite?

    too many favs to select just one


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no ... I listened over a period of days , Perfect !


    Any additional comments?

    I freely received this audio book from the author, narrator or producer and am freely offering my honest and unbiased opinion with this review

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    Felisha 05-01-17
    Felisha 05-01-17

    Professional Actress and Audiobook Narrator. Lifetime Story Teller.

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    "Mystery Done Well"

    Amanda DeWees' novel is a perfect blend of mystery and soft romance. This historical fiction was engaging with little twist and turns that had me guessing to the very end. The characters were well developed and relatable and the plot pleasingly plausible. I particularly enjoyed that the main character was a strong willed, passionate, and empathetic woman. I truly enjoyed DeWees writing style and plan to listen to more in this series.

    This was my second time listening to narrator Elizabeth Klett and I was thoroughly impressed. Her accents and dialects were superb. Although the writing included heavy amounts of French, and quick transitions from British, to American, to French speakers, Klett spoke it with ease and nothing was overdone. I plan to listen to more of her work.

    Overall, this was a great read and I would recommend it to mystery and/or romance fans.

    This audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

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    Heather North 04-29-17 Member Since 2017

    I love listening to audiobooks! I listen while I'm at work (don't worry it's allowed). I love fantasy and sci-fi, but listen/read everything

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    "Victorian mystery"
    If you could sum up The Last Serenade in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting supernatural mystery.


    Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Klett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to several. This one is every bit as good as the other's I have listened to, she's one of my favorite narrators to listen to.


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

    The scene where Sybil confronts the murderer.


    Any additional comments?

    I was gifted a copy of this audio in exchange for an honest review by the narrator via Audiobook Boom.

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    Jenniferk sc 04-29-17
    Jenniferk sc 04-29-17 Member Since 2010

    Voracious reader

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    "Mystery and romance with a bit of the paranormal"
    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Klett – was your favorite?

    The narration of the female characters was very good. I enjoyed the story on general. It was a very long and complex plot that at some points I wondered if there was a purpose to some of it. The portrayal of the main character was very good though Roderick left a little to be desired. Overall the story was good. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.


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    Athena 04-28-17
    Athena 04-28-17

    I'm in my 20s from Seattle, WA. I love reading and knitting in my free time.

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    "Slow but lovely"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, because the plot line is rare and the story is so interesting and sweet.


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

    She really brings the moments on stage alive, and she highlights the little things people do with a tone or a moment of silents.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would see it, but would like it more as a BBC series


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first book from this writer and I am in love with how interesting the plot is, lots of mystery and a good look at what things could have been like for actors at that time. I am normally not a fan of cheating but its understandable and fits the story line so well. I received this book for free in return for an unbiased review.

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