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The Lady by His Side Audiobook

The Lady by His Side: The Devil’s Brood Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Sebastian Cynster knows time is running out. If he doesn't choose a wife soon, his female relatives will line up to assist him. Yet the current debutantes do not appeal. Where is he to find the right lady to be his marchioness? Then Drake Varisey, eldest son of the Duke of Wolverstone, asks for Sebastian's aid.

Having assumed his father's mantle in protecting queen and country, Drake must go to Ireland in pursuit of a dangerous plot. But he's received an urgent missive from Lord Ennis, an Irish peer - Ennis has heard something Drake needs to know and insists Drake attend an upcoming house party at his Kent estate so he can reveal his information face-to-face.

Sebastian has assisted Drake before and, long ago, had a liaison with Lady Ennis. Drake insists Sebastian is just the man to be his surrogate at the house party - the guests will imagine all manner of possibilities and be blind to Sebastian's true purpose.

Unsurprisingly, Sebastian is reluctant, but Drake's need is real. And with only more debutantes on his horizon, Sebastian allows himself to be persuaded.

His first task is to inveigle Antonia Rawlings, a lady he has known all her life, to include him as her escort to the house party. Although he's seen little of Antonia in recent years, Sebastian is confident of gaining her support.

Eldest daughter of the Earl of Chillingworth, Antonia has abandoned the search for a husband and plans to use the week of the house party to decide what to do with her life. There has to be some purpose, some role, she can claim for her own.

Consequently, on hearing Sebastian's request and an explanation of what lies behind it, she seizes on the call to action. Suppressing her senses' idiotic reaction to Sebastian's nearness, she agrees to be his partner in intrigue.

But while joining the house party proves easy, the gathering is thrown into chaos when Lord Ennis is murdered - just before he was to speak with Sebastian. Worse, Ennis's last words, gasped to Sebastian, are "Gunpowder. Here."

Gunpowder? And here? Where?

With a killer continuing to stalk the halls, side by side Sebastian and Antonia search for answers, and all the while the childhood connection that has always existed between them strengthens and blooms into something so much more.

©2017 Stephanie Laurens (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Mischasmom 03-21-17
    Mischasmom 03-21-17
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    "S-T-R-U-G-G-L-E-D"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, it was not time well spent. I was easily distracted and forgot to pay attention due to the narrator. Minutes would go by and I would miss how we got to the next chapter.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the story, the character development and the underlying mystery. It was a nice change of pace for a traditional historical romance. It will be fun to see the adventures unfold with this next generation of Cynsters.


    What didn’t you like about Matthew Brenher’s performance?

    I'm sure he is a very nice man and the timber of his voice is beautiful. JUST NOT FOR A HISTORICAL ROMANCE!! He would be great for a text book. Or a non-fiction book about the government. His voice did not inflect one iota of emotion as the story unfolded. There was no excitement, no passion. Just monotone. His female voices were H-O-R-R-I-B-L-E they all sounded like drag queens. His male voices were great but there was absolutely no emotion behind them. I listen to audiobooks while cycling, working out and knitting and was so easily distracted because he did not keep me engaged. I have listed to hundreds of audiobooks and this was absolutely one of the toughest narrations I've ever suffered through. I'm so sorry Mr. Brenher to be so hard on you. Your voice is beautiful but just not for this genre!


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    A different narrator. And actually reading it on my own.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Stephanie Laurens and enjoyed all the Cynster novels so am looking forward to the adventures of the next round of Cynster kids. Any chance you can get Simon Prebble back? No one can read a passionate love scene like Simon. I use "conflagration" in a sentance when possible and that I owe to Simon lol ;)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Daphne L. Brown 03-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "This book breaks my heart!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the actual book, I would never recommend the audiobook as it ruins the story. When Simon Prebble retired I was so sad because no one can touch his narration of a Stephanie Laurens novel. I saw in interviews and newsletters that she was excited that the recording company had found a new narrator. I didn't like the first couple of times he narrated her books, but I love her writing so much, especially this series: I kept buying them. I can't take it anymore. Matthew Brenher cannot read a book of this genre. He may be brilliant in others but not for these books. He needs to feel the story more himself and not worry about enunciating the preciseness of the "Queen's English" that he is so obsessed with. He is a reader, not an actor or a narrator. It just makes me shudder with pain at how poorly these books are read to me. I wanted so much more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tied between Sebastion and Antonia. Who wouldn't love them both, look at the history their father's had: LOL. These are exactly the children I would have expected to see sired by Devil and Chillingworth.


    What didn’t you like about Matthew Brenher’s performance?

    He's too technical a reader with a complete lack of passion or feeling. He focuses more on expressing every syllable with no passion. There is no excitement during this book. It's stale.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Simon Prebble or someone such as Patrick Lawlor. If you are going to perform a book, then do it; perform it!


    Any additional comments?

    I have never before listened to a book without having read it, I am now sorry I did. The book - which I was tapping my toes waiting for, left me feeling cold. I hate that, because this is one of my 3 all time favorite series!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    KJO 03-17-17
    KJO 03-17-17
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    "My last one"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Matthew Brenher’s performances?

    No. It detracts from the story and the characters. I find my self having to go back and reconstruct sentences and phrases to get the intended meaning.


    Any additional comments?

    I own several Laurens books read by different people. I returned one read by Brenher because his reading completely destroyed the lead character. I kept others simply because I wanted the audio version, but I'm done. When the next book in the series comes out, I will get a print or kindle version. I don't trust the narrators any more. No more 'foppish' Barnaby Adair, Scottish Richard Cynster or Dalziel mispronunciations for me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David 03-15-17
    David 03-15-17
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    "😒"

    I fully expected better, since I own all the originals from the bar Cinster, because he is DEvils son, I wish his Tory was better or at least as good as Devils was, once upon a time, and I really is SImon Prebble, as the narrator, maybe the story would be better capture by his narration, and I hope in the next installment they address if the Dowager is still alive, and at least make her French accent convincing, when Prebble narrated his stories at least Francesca sounded saultry Matthew makes her sound nasal and just argh, I think next time I'll just buy the book and not waste my credit, I do love Stephanie Lauren's stories, but this one 🤔I'll re serve and wait and see what happens next, but please bring Simon Prebble, if not him some else, Mathew is good but for,these stories.

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    Kindle Customer 03-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Where is Stephanie Laurens?"

    Worse book and narrator. Cheated this must have been a ghost writer. Dead on arrival should have been the title. How could you do this to a Cynster? Can not convey the level of disappointment after waiting so lo n g for one of my favorite families to come back after such a long hiatus. I would rather you bury them than do such injustice. Do you realize that well written books stay with the reader whether a historical romance or a Pulitzer prize. If this is how you think of your loyal fans don't write again I am sure you have enough money don't degrade us or your self. If this was a ghostwriter then find someone who first of all has respects for your body of work. Talent someone who knows your characters and takes them seriously. This book was simply awful. The narrator voice had no inflection just monotone. I fell asleep more than once.



















    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Roberta 11-08-17
    Roberta 11-08-17 Member Since 2005
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    "Well written and read."

    I loved the book but I wished part of the story didn't end yet. I will get the next 2 in this series to answer my questions.

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    Amazon Customer 07-27-17
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    "Holy (or Wholly) Overused Adjectives and Adverbs!"
    Would you try another book from Stephanie Laurens and/or Matthew Brenher?

    I have listened to and read many books from Stephanie Laurens. There was no real build up of the relationship between Sebastion and Antonia, but what was more disconcerting, was the overuse of descriptive words (lists really) when they were becoming physically or emotionally close. It detracted from the scene and didn't help to develop the emotional connections. If you've seen the Friends episode where Joey presides over Monica and Chandler's wedding, you know what I mean (giving and receiving, receiving and giving, and giving to receive...). Narration was just okay, in my opinion. It didn't really draw me in. I had to keep reminding myself to pay attention, especially in the earlier parts of the book.


    Would you recommend The Lady by His Side to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not likely. There are other Stephanie Laurens books I would recommend. This one was only a lukewarm read/listen for me.


    Do you think The Lady by His Side needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It can be read as a stand alone, but.... since there is a mystery afoot, you will not find the full resolution to the mystery in this installment of the trilogy.


    Any additional comments?

    I will likely listen at least the next book in the trilogy. Hopefully, it will inspire me to listen to the third book in this trilogy.

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    Bobbi Patterson 07-27-17
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    "Reading often becomes sooo soft,....."

    it is often nigh on impossible to hear it. then other times it is almost too loud.

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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 07-15-17
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 07-15-17
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    "Good one"

    I am a Stephanie Laurens fan. I love her stories. I've read so many of them and have enjoyed all of her mysteries. This one notwithstanding. I'm anxious to read the next one, since this one ended with a question.

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    L. Brown 04-08-17
    L. Brown 04-08-17
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    "take a pass"

    I did not like anything about this book. The story was lame. reader lame. dont bother.

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    3/16/17
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    "very disappointing "

    I found this book boring from start to finish! both characters lack lustre and considering he was Devils son a big disappointment!
    I won't bother with the next book in the series.
    also the narrator was terrible. his tone and slowness made me dislike every character!
    sorry not a good word to say about this book which is a shame as I loved her earlier books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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