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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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    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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    "Great Leading Lady"

    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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather North 04-29-17 Member Since 2017
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 Member Since 2017

    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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    Dominique Cathedral City, CA 04-27-17
    Dominique Cathedral City, CA 04-27-17 Member Since 2017

    Audio books get me through my drive time, laundry time, grocery shopping, everything that would otherwise be a chore. I love audiobooks!

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    "I was hooked right away"

    I don't always love a book right away, but this one had me interested from the start. It has a good initial hook that grabs you and pulls you in. There was a great female villain I loved to hate, and there were twists I didn't see coming which I enjoyed. I consider myself a sophisticated reader so I like when an author surprises me, since I like playing the game where I guess who the culprit is before all the facts are in!

    The narrator, Elizabeth Klett, did a delightful narration of the many characters in this audiobook. She is a new favorite narrator of mine now, and I was compelled to purchase more books by this author and narrator so I could keep enjoying their pairing.

    * I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher courtesy of Audiobook Blast in exchange for an unbiased review. *

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    kcrochet 04-13-17
    kcrochet 04-13-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable"
    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    The book is primarily a romance mystery. While it had a few slow moments, over all it was an enjoyable book to listen to. The narrator has a very calming voice that suited the style of writing.

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    Nomi 04-12-17
    Nomi 04-12-17 Member Since 2016

    I like a wide range of genres. Favorites include Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Thriller, LGBT, classics and history.

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    "Good strong characters"

    I haven't read the first book but I enjoyed this one. Good strong characters and a great mystery. A bit slow at times but overall a fun read. I'll have to get the first book now.

    Not really a fan of the narrator, it was just ok.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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