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Unraveled

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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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    Vinity 06-18-13
    Vinity 06-18-13 Member Since 2017

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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
    bookworm KINGSTON, NY, United States 06-19-12
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    "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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    Lisa Wolff WI 07-01-12
    Lisa Wolff WI 07-01-12
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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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    MickeyMarie Narnia 12-24-12
    MickeyMarie Narnia 12-24-12 Member Since 2016
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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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    L. Hsia 08-12-17
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cate F. Richmond, VA USA 10-07-15
    Cate F. Richmond, VA USA 10-07-15

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    "Milan does not gloss over the dark side in her books"

    Another well written story that doesn't hide the grim prospects for a young woman on her own in 19th Century Bristol. Her hero has been damaged by a childhood filled with trauma. They manage to come together in a tale filled with surprising humor and tense moments.
    While I mostly enjoyed the narrator's gravelly voice, her mispronunciation of gaol (not gowel, it should be jail), grated on my nerves.

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    Laura 04-01-15
    Laura 04-01-15
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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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    Christina Nebraska 10-26-14
    Christina Nebraska 10-26-14 Member Since 2014
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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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    Amazon Customer Klamath Falls, OR, USA 04-18-14
    Amazon Customer Klamath Falls, OR, USA 04-18-14 Member Since 2006

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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
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    Rio Missouri 08-29-13
    Rio Missouri 08-29-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Lord Justice prevails"

    Smite Turner is cold and seemingly straight-laced. He serves as a magistrate and is duty bound to a fault. He carries a lot of baggage from the past and is unlikely to relinquish the memories to any one aside from his brother Mark who knows all.

    Miranda Darling has stepped one too many times out of line and has caught the eye of Lord Justice. Try as she might to stay away from him and stay on the right side of the law, events around her force her to seek his help.

    I wanted so much more from this book. I really wanted to like it because Smite was so intriguing in the last two books, but I didn't connect with the characters as well as the previous books. There was nothing more to Smite than what was glimpsed in the last two books and Miranda was not as likable nor did she have anything interesting about her like the other two females in the series. There were very little to no clever dialogues between the two main characters and the chemistry between them seemed not enough to sustain the romance they eventually had. Also, the main plot was flat and not well constructed.

    Overall it was an okay read and if you've gotten through the first two books then this book would be a nice finish to the series.

    Narration
    Narrator: Nicole Quinn
    Performance: 1/5
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    Quinn was terrible and I probably didn't like the book as much as I should've in part to her narration. She made the characters sound old and screechy. It was difficult to tell which were the male characters and which were the female characters because of the high pitched voices she used. She also read Richard Dullwimple's(sp?) voice as if her were daft and I get that some of the things he did were not honorable, but I believe Milan was trying to redeem him in the book in which case Quinn didn't help his cause.

    My advice would be to stick with the same narrators in a series and even in a spin-off series because it helps with continuity. Unless, of course, your first narrator was awful, in which case you want to switch immediately because a narrator can make or break a book

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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