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An estate haunted by over a hundred years of tragedy - and Donovan Black stood at the heart of it. Like Darkwood Manor, Donovan was an utter mystery. An FBI sharpshooter who couldn't break away from his past, he only wanted to make sure that history didn't repeat itself - especially now that the manor had a lovely new owner.

Isabella Ross had either discovered the perfect vacation spot or her final resting place. Now her only hope for survival is a man who doesn't want her around - a man she can't seem to resist. But the secrets in his family's attic threaten to consume them both, and something - or someone - won't rest until the manor house is empty....

©2011 Jenna Ryan (P)2012 Audible, Inc

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Good story...better narration.

What did you love best about Darkwood Manor?

I enjoyed the dynamic between Isabella and Donovan.

What did you like best about this story?

The author was very descriptive. The story held my interest until the end.

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

Liz Bieler, the narrator, was wonderful! She did a great job alternating between male and female characters. Her narration was animated without sounding overdone.

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

Any additional comments?

I usually listen to non-fiction audiobooks but I plan on giving fiction another shot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • carol
  • Purchase, NY, United States
  • 01-18-13

Mystery, Intruige and Romance!

If you could sum up Darkwood Manor in three words, what would they be?

A great gothic romance to listen to!

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

I felt the voices really made the characters come to life. The narrators tone was smooth and I liked how the voices changed for each person, making it easy to engage with them. I found the narrators voice enhanced the book--- and added another layer of interest for me.

Any additional comments?

I would listen to more books by this narrator........ she allowed me to engage in a guilty pleasure-- "reading" without actually having to read!

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Old-fashioned gothic mystery

This was a very enjoyable, old-fashioned kind of gothic mystery. The story was complex and the characters were fun.

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Okay story, but great reader

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This isn't the kind of book I normally read or listen to, but a friend recommended it. I needed something light and mindless to entertain me while I cleaned out closets. The story was so-so. The heroine's cousin disappeared yet she started a romance instead of actively searching for her cousin. I only stuck with the audiobook because I enjoyed the reader.

Would you recommend Darkwood Manor to your friends? Why or why not?

With reservations because the story was weak, but the reader was good.

What about Liz Bieler’s performance did you like?

I had never heard this performer read before and was pleasantly surprised. She has a nice, confident voice and did character voices well. I'd listen to other books she reads.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was entertaining, but evoked no strong emotions.

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Really quite terrible

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

For someone wanting a simplistic romantic intrigue spiced with lustful longings and sexy imagery.

What was most disappointing about Jenna Ryan’s story?

The plot was unbelievable. The main character, Bella does not call family to let them know her cousin is missing? And within hours of her cousin's abduction, Bella is on a hot date jamming her tongue down a stranger's mouth.

What three words best describe Liz Bieler’s voice?

Light, airy, pleasant.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance.

Any additional comments?

I purchased this audio book because it was the Shivers line of Harlequin books which was supposed to be a gothic romance inspired book. I did not find it to be that at all. It is mainly a poorly written mystery with lusty thoughts and a few sex scenes interspersed between the pages.

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  • Doria
  • Weston, FL, United States
  • 01-18-13

First time buyer

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, great for treadmill! Pleasant Surprise.

What did you like best about this story?

Easy to follow while exercising

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

Her voice was very easy to listen to and kept me engaged.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

Was surprised I liked an audio book. Will definitely order again.

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Impressive voice

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

English is my second language and I like to listen to audio books to hear it spoken by native speakers. I found this story a little hard to follow, but I enjoyed the narrator. She had a pleasant voice, was easy to understand, and did a good job of distinguishing all the characters with her voice. I would listen to her again.

Any additional comments?

Mariana from Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Totally Unbelievable

Would you try another book from Jenna Ryan and/or Liz Bieler?

Probably not

Would you ever listen to anything by Jenna Ryan again?

Probably not

Did Liz Bieler do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

The voice she used for the main female character sounded weak and whiny

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Darkwood Manor?

Most of them

Any additional comments?

This story was completely unbelievable. No one who had her cousin go missing would fail to call her family and on what planet would a deputy sheriff refuse to look for a missing person? The story was so bad it was like the author just mixed up a bunch of words and stuck some sex in the middle. <br/><br/>I never stop reading a book in the middle, just in case it's a slow starter but this one was a complete waste of time. Throughout the whole book I just wanted to slap some sense into the characters. Juvenile attempt at writing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful