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Splendid: Blydon, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Based on the phenomenal growth of Quinn's popularity and her four-week stint on the New York Times best-seller list with Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, it's the perfect time to revisit Ms. Quinn's "splendid" storytelling.

American heiress Emma Dunster has always been fun-loving and independent, with no wish to settle into marriage. She plans to enjoy her Season in London in more unconventional ways than husband hunting. But this time Emma's high jinks lead her into dangerous temptation.

Alexander Ridgely, the Duke of Ashbourne, is a notorious rake who carefully avoids the risk of love until he plants one reckless kiss on the sensuous lips of this high-spirited innocent and condemns himself to delicious torment. Little does he know that his passion has touched the very soul of the lovely enchantress and committed them both to a lifetime of splendid ecstasy.

©1995 Julie Cotler (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Joan M. Taylor 12-18-16
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    "Murdered by Horrible Narration"
    Would you try another book from Julia Quinn and/or Lucy Rayner?

    Julia Quinn, certainly. Lucy Rainer, no way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Couldn't listen. I will dig out my print version.


    What didn’t you like about Lucy Rayner’s performance?

    Da da da dah. Da da da dah. Add a completely unnatural pattern of intonation with some underlying shrieking, and you've got the fingernails on blackboard performance of Lucy Rayner. Was her producer even listening as she recorded this? The narrator has no ear for narrative. Maybe she can sing. Or mime.


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

    Irritation that a book I had looked forward to hearing was destroyed by poor narration. Who hired this woman?


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    M&M 02-02-17
    M&M 02-02-17
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    "Dreadful narrator ruins the story"

    I love Julia Quinn's books, including this one, but I had to stop listening because the narrator was so awful. I'm sorry to say bad things about Ms. Raynor, but OMG, I just couldn't continue. I stopped after wincing through about seven chapters. What is so upsetting is that this same narrator has done all three Blydon books (Splendid, Dancing at Midnight, and Minx) all of which I bought before realizing how annoying her voice is. Julia - how could you have chosen her? It appears I wasted three credits.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Celia Moreno Valley, CA United States 01-02-17
    Celia Moreno Valley, CA United States 01-02-17 Member Since 2011

    Celia

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    "Narrator Ruins All!!!"

    SHAME on Audible !!! Good trilogy, Incredibly Substandard narration. C'mon, how about some Quality Control???

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    SUSAN C. 02-19-17
    SUSAN C. 02-19-17
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    "Narrator is awful."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had a very hard time finishing this book mainly because of the narration. I was also disappointed in the dialog. I have enjoyed all of Julie Quins other books but this one is disappointing. I bought all 3 in the series but I don't think I can listen to the other 2 because of the narrator.


    Has Splendid turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lucy Rayner’s performances?

    No


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

    no


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Helene 01-24-17
    Helene 01-24-17 Member Since 2010
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    "horrible narrator, could not get through it"
    How could the performance have been better?

    change the narrator


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I'm buying the hard copy to read myself as the narrator was terrible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-10-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Disappointed"

    I've really enjoyed Julia Quinn's books in the past, but this one for me was really lacking. The dialogue at the beginning was trite and somewhat irritating, nothing like I've seen from Julia Quinn in the past. For me, the two main characters just didn't mesh and the heroin was annoying and a total contradiction. The consistency problem Ms. Quinn has been having with her other books appears to be continuing in this one as well. For example, Alex never acknowledges he's courting Emma and never formally asked to court her, but later in the story he says he's courting her, but doesn't want to marry her. At that time period, in England, if he said he was courting her, then he had stated his intention to her guardian and he would have had every intention of marrying her. I actually stopped the recording twice to see if this WAS actually the author because it didn't seem like her at all. Her last few books totally lack her personality and I miss the Julia Quinn who wrote Romancing Mr. Briderton. I just hope the author goes back to her original writing style because I don't think I'll be purchasing any more of her books if they're anything like this one; she just seems like she's writing them to meet a deadline. I'm sadly disappointed, because this used to be one of my favorite authors.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Mccormick 05-10-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Bad accent"

    The narrator's voice was shrill and unpleasant. The American had a modern California accent and sounded spoiled. She should have had an educated Boston accent and sounded intelligent. The story line was okay, or I would have returned it by the end of the first chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susynne hartland, VT, United States 12-14-16
    Susynne hartland, VT, United States 12-14-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Splendid indeed....."

    A tiny bit slow and a wee bit sedate but in the end so very good.

    Narrator: Very good. A splendid performance.

    Heat factor: tepid with a few steaming scenes.

    Creditworthy? I say yes, a comfortable listen.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jodiod Bay area ca 12-19-16
    jodiod Bay area ca 12-19-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Well written"

    Really enjoyed this story. But the narration was just OK. I'm spoiled by Rosalyn Landor.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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