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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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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?

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Celia
  • Moreno Valley, CA United States
  • 01-02-17

Narrator Ruins All!!!

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

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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wonderful book

but be warned of the narration. I read this years ago and loved the story, but everything that everyone says about the narrator is true, grating!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Narration could have been better

The book was ok, not as good as the Bridgeton series but I didn't like the narration

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not the Best Narrator, Good Story

I love Julia Quinn, but this is not the best. First, Lucy Rayner narration is not the best whereas I'm use to having Rosalyn Landor doing the narration. Her narration can be irritating at times. Second, the story is not bad but not her best. Emma, the main female character, is way to stubborn and is always arguing. She lets her temper get in the way and she takes too many risks.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Is this really Julia Quinn

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I loved the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn and was looking forward to a new series to fall in love with. It almost feels like it was written by someone else. The hero sounds pompous and annoying with this narrator! Hard to like the man! The story is OK but again seems to deviate from the standards of the other series I have listened to.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Still listening, haven't made it to the end yet

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lucy Rayner?

Rosalyn Landor or Simon Prebble

What would have made this romance irresistible?

A likeable male character, not a stuffy sounding pompous man

1 of 1 people found this review helpful