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Publisher's Summary

Smite Turner is renowned for his single-minded devotion to his duty as a magistrate. But behind his relentless focus lies not only a determination to do what is right, but the haunting secrets of his past - secrets that he is determined to hide, even if it means keeping everyone else at arm's length. Until the day an irresistible woman shows up as a witness in his courtroom.

Miranda Darling isn't in trouble - yet. But she's close enough that when Turner threatens her with imprisonment if she puts one foot wrong, she knows she should run in the other direction. And yet no matter how forbidding the man seems on the outside, she can't bring herself to leave. Instead, when he tries to push her away, she pushes right back - straight through his famous self-control, and into the heart of the passion that he has long hidden away.

©2011 Courtney Milan (P)2012 Courtney Milan

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Good Story, poor narrator

What did you like best about Unraveled? What did you like least?

I greatly disliked the narrator. I have listened to the previous books in this series and enjoyed them, and got this one without looking at the reviews and listening to a sample. Bad, bad decision. The narrator made everyone sound like whiny old ladies, even the male characters.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nicole Quinn’s performances?

No way.

Any additional comments?

Many times I have listened to a book that wasn't that great a story just because the narration would so good. In this case, I didn't get beyond the first chapter before I stopped. I'll have to get this in ebook form and read it now. A waste of a good credit.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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What is wrong with the reader?

The others in this series were outstanding. I'm sure the story is great but I'm 10 minutes in and I can't listen to another word. It sounds like the voice has been mechanically altered. I'm returning this.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • bookworm
  • KINGSTON, NY, United States
  • 06-19-12

More than a Romance

What did you love best about Unraveled?

I thought that the level of story telling-both the writing and performance was particularly engaging. The characters were full, the love story was compelling and the sub-plot was actually intriguing and ultimately satisfying.

What about Nicole Quinn’s performance did you like?

Nicole Quinn gave life to these characters. She told the story without getting in the way of it. She was able to heighten the impact of a very dramatic plot, while keeping it very simple and real. I thoroughly enjoyed her reading and think she is a very gifted narrator.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Settle in for a wonderful story

Any additional comments?

The narrators voice is a bit unique with a nice raspy tone that worked very well with the setting of this story. Since the story is set in the working class area of London, I really appreciated hearing a narration that fit. She did a wonderful job with all the different characters--I could always tell when Miranda or Smite was speaking and that is always important to me as I get distracted by my work sometimes and miss parts of the audio. At times, some characters were harder to understand, especially the ones in the courtroom, but that dialect can be hard for me to read sometimes as well. I will admit at first I was not sure if I was going to enjoy the narration, but after I settled in, I grew to enjoy the performance. I thought her accents, both male and female, worked well with the setting of this story. Overall, I thought this was a good fit for a favorite book of mine. The dialects, romance and action all were captured in a way that I found enjoyable.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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It was a struggle

It was a real struggle but I forced my way through it. I feel like I need a medal. How sad for this author to have such a horrible narrator ruin her work. This needs a do over and I need a refund.

7 of 13 people found this review helpful

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I loved this story, but...

I loved this story, but the narrator was awful! the voices were creepy caricatures and just wrong. Additionally, she read excruciatingly slow. I increased the playback speed to 1.35×, which made it tolerable.

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Loved the narrator

Where does Unraveled rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I particularly enjoyed this audiobook.

What did you like best about this story?

This is one of my favorite Courtney Milan books and it was a pleasure to hear it come to life via audiobook. I find it hard to believe the other reviewers were listening to the same narrator. It's true she mispronounces "gaol" and the occasional other word, but I've found that fairly common in audiobooks. I loved her Miranda and Smite voices. Other reviews have mentioned technical/speed issues and I am hoping this is why so many listeners couldn't stand Nicole Quinn's voice; I thought she was lovely.

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed the scene where Smite opens up to Ash, near the end.

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

I teared up in the epilogue.

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Best Story in Series

Yes the narrator sounded like she should've been Gollum from The Lord of the Rings but the story itself was so engrossing that the poor narration can be overcome. At least she read the main characters with feeling. This story was by far my favorite in the series. Smite is so damaged that you can hardly fathom how Miranda will get through to him. Watching their story unfold was very emotional. If you like damaged and tortured heroes then this one's for you.

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Excellent Story

What did you love best about Unraveled?

What a fabulous story. Unfortunately the narrator was really bad. if she just had to read in one person, female, she was very good. As soon as she began with other characters, especially male, it was painful. I persevered however because the story was that intriguing.

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Am I insane? I loved this narrator...

Where does Unraveled rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very highly indeed. However, one should not drive while listening to that little scene right at the end of the opera (fans self vigorously).

What other book might you compare Unraveled to and why?

Any Courtney Milan book, I expect--I have come to look forward to her intensity and excellent writing, and occasional thunderbolts of humor. I also compare her work to that of Lois McMaster Bujold, who can make you laugh and break your heart in the same chapter.

What about Nicole Quinn’s performance did you like?

The different voices were especially good, though Ash's (the Duke's) voice and Dalrymple's voice were fairly close if they were in the same conversation.

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

Too intense for that, and also, I have this horrible thing called a day job that would keep me from doing it, alas.

Any additional comments?

Now I will have to spend money on all the other books in the series. My poor Visa!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful