Refining Felicity

The School for Manners, Book One
Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
Series: School for Manners, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.2 out of 5 stars (218 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Amy and Effy Tribble, two charming but impoverished spinster sisters, lose out on a much needed inheritance, they place an advertisement in The Morning Post and hire themselves out as professional chaperones. Vowing to prepare even the most difficult misses for marriage, the Tribble sisters will spend a London season on each client in this delightful Regency series, The School for Manners. Felicity Baronsheath, their first assignment, turns out to be more of a challenge than they could have ever imagined. Not only is Felicity indifferent to the idea of marriage, but she has been permitted to roam free on her father's estates, hunting and carousing like any young lord.

When her neighbor, the Marquess of Ravenswood, agrees to help the Tribbles set up their London town house, he confirms their observation that Felicity is a spoilt brat. And when Felicity insists on remaining unrefined, the Tribbles begin to fear that her season--and their new business venture - will end in disaster.

©1988 Marion Chesney (P)2013 AudioGO

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What a shame

Anne Flosnik has some sort of speech impediment, or is not a native English speaker, or SOMETHING. Something’s off in her diction, so much so that all I do is try to figure out what it is that’s so off, and I miss the story entirely. Unfortunately for me, she narrates more than half of my favorite books, and though I’ve tried many, many times, I’ve never been able to make it through the first chapter of her narration. I’m at the point of canceling my subscription because of her.

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Ehhhhhhh

I did not enjoy this book. The story itself I may have liked if I read it myself but I just couldnt get past the narrator. I had high hopes becuase I loved The Poor Relations series but I just really couldnt get into this one.

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Too bad

I usually enjoy M. C. Beaton books for their light, easy entertainment. But this narrator ruins it for me. This is the second one I won’t be able to finish because of her odd style.

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Funny, Sweetly Romantic Series

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Marion Chesney is great at writing historical fiction romances. School of Manners series engages the reader right away with the outrageous characters of Effie & Amy Tribble. This is a lighthearted, easy listen with a good sense of humour, sweet romance and a happy ending. Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.

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Fun Chesney book and enjoyed the narration

Very much enjoyed this book. Looking forward to the rest of the series. Puzzled by the reviewers who couldn't understand the narrator - I found the narration easy to understand the and enjoyed the different treatments for each character.

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loved it.

I Love these as much as I loved the Poor Relations series from the same author. Funny, sweet, and entertaining. The narrator did a good job with it.

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LOL Romantic Comedy

How lovely to listen to something I’ve read before, brilliantly performed by Anne Flosnik, bringing Amy Tribble, indeed both Tribble sisters, to comic heights that had me laughing uproariously. Yes I love the central romance, but the greater story which will take us through six volumes of School for Manners is the trials and ultimate jubilation of the two aged Tribble spinsters, challenged in age, looks and modern manners - and for me where Ms Flosnik’s narration sparkled.

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Wrong narrator, book too long for the story, but cute

My title about sums it up; the narrator - though having nothing objectionable in the least about her voice, per se - about put me to sleep on a number of occasions. Ok, she actually did, once, though I guess it’s partly my fault since I made the mistake of sitting down a moment while listening to her. 🙄 Truly - she is the most boring narrator I think I’ve listened to, & that’s saying quite a bit. She uses a -very- narrow range in which to read, droning on with very little emotion, change of pitch or pattern, or seemingly any interest in what she is reading (versus “narrating”; two different things, in my mind). The most passionate sentences any character spoke came across about as passionate as an adult in a “Peanuts” cartoon. As to the story; I’ve like many of this author’s other tales, but this book is one that should’ve been a novella or, even better, a short story. There was too much repetition & obvious padding in order to lengthen it, which took away from (what should’ve been) the lighthearted, cute story. I’ll probably listen to the next in the series since it comes “free” with the romance package...but there will need to be much improvement in both the story & the narrator to even tempt me to consider the third.

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Refining....hm....

I essentially just enjoyed this book... not a single complaint. But I’m not raving either and I’m not totally sure why. Anne Flosnik, the narrator you either love or hate (listen to the snippets to find out which you are) gave a perfectly typical performance, well done! There is never any heat in a Chesney/Beaton book. It’s not usually needed. Creditworthy? Yeah... I think so.! Good book!

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Voiceover was hard to keep listening

Narration was horrible. Very hard to understand so couldn't keep listening.

I couldn't even finish one chapter