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Silent on the Moor

Narrated by: Ellen Archer
Series: Lady Julia Grey, Book 3
Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,160 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In Grimsgrave Hall, enigmatic Nicholas Brisbane has inherited a ruined estate, replete with uncanny tenants and one unwanted houseguest: Lady Julia Grey. Despite his admonitions to stay away, Lady Julia arrives in Yorkshire to find Brisbane as remote and maddeningly attractive as ever. Cloistered together, they share the moldering house with the proud but impoverished remnants of an ancient family: the sort that keeps their bloodline pure and their secrets close. Lady Allenby and her daughters, dependent upon Brisbane and devastated by their fall in society, seem adrift on the moor winds, powerless to change their fortunes. But poison does not discriminate between classes.... A mystery unfolds from the rotten heart of Grimsgrave, one Lady Julia may have to solve alone, as Brisbane appears inextricably tangled in its heinous twists and turns. But blood will out, and before spring touches the craggy northern landscape, Lady Julia will have uncovered a Gypsy witch, a dark rider, and a long-buried legacy of malevolence and evil. Deanna Raybourn spins a gripping tale of loyalty and lust, set against the wild beauty of the Yorkshire moors.
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Critic Reviews

"Fans of romantic mystery could ask no more." ( Kirkus )

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    4 out of 5 stars

Compelling romance continues

This is a satisfying continuation of the relationship between Lady Julia Gray and the enigmatic Nicholas Brisbane. This was first issued with a different reader who was not good but has been reissued with Ellen Archer as reader and this is a great improvement. Nice light listening.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Great Gothic Mystery! Best of the series!

I was entertained, but lukewarm to the first book of this series. I liked the 2nd book well enough, but I'm so glad I stuck with this series and purchased this 3rd novel. What a great book! Deanna Raybourn has achieved something very rare -- a book that is every bit as fun, dark and thrillingly entertaining as any by the Bronte sisters. Well done! And Ellen Archer has softened her delivery for the principle character, which is a great improvement. (All her other characters were perfect from the first book.) I Really, really loved this one!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Love This Series!

I love this series! These historical/romantic suspense novels are so well written, with complex characters, that I hate when the story ends. For me the romance between Brisbon and Lady Julia is hotter than some of the more explicitly sexual romances I have read. It took a while for them to decide, one way or the other, to be together. But the wait was worth it. The mystery of what was really going on in Grimsgrave Hall was also executed well and kept me guessing. If you haven't read the first two books in this series, "Silent In The Grave" and "Silent In The Sanctuary", I recommend reading these books first to truly appreciate this series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable story; easy to listen to

What made the experience of listening to Silent on the Moor the most enjoyable?

I did not listen to the first book in the series, but started with a later book, and enjoyed it so much that I am backtracking to listen to the other books in the series.

What about Ellen Archer’s performance did you like?

Unlike other reviewers, I enjoy Ellen Archer as a narrator. Her voice is very pleasant and she gives a distinct voice to each of the major characters.

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

This book was easy to listen to in stages - a bit at a time. The story stays with you, so you can pace yourself.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Better on tape

I love Julia Grey, but this one the first one I read as opposed to listened to and it left me feeling a little disappointed. Sometime later I went back and re-listened to all the previous books and I decided to get this audiobook too. So glad I did! I don't know why, but I found it much better on tape than in print. True story ...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful, imaginative, and thrilling

This is a fabulous read. Lady J and her dashing man are at it again! Right up to the end, I was surprised by the events. It's a fantastic book by Deanna Raybourn, whose imagination, character development and story lines never cease to entertain me. I need more Lady Julia in my reading life!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Sometimes The Reader Is Everything

I like this series very much mostly due to the reader's ability to bring the characters to life - and make them likeable. Some female readers make men's voices gruff when trying to make them masculine - sort of like Billy Goat Gruff - which effects the listeners perspecitve of what the man is like. Ms. Archer has perfected tones to indicate masculinity which is very effective. The mysteries themselves are a bit light weight but the stories and characters make them very enjoyable. Great beach/pool books!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good narrator makes a difference

The narrator does make the audiobook and Ellen Archer is a perfect fit for this author's work. Really enjoyed listening to the diversity of characters (especially Portia) without being distracted from the story by horridly done accents that don't fit the character. If you've read the other two Brisbane and Grey mysteries, you will enjoy Silent on the Moor and await the next installment eagerly.

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Poorly written

I chose this book because I read a review that said it was like an Elizabeth Peters. I didn’t feel it was better written than any other cheap romance novel, so I was definitely disappointed. A lot of what the characters said and thought was absurd, like the book wasn’t fully edited. It just wasn’t well written. I gave the performance a poor review mainly because her choice of voice for the sister of the heroine was awful and made her sound so annoying, even though I don’t think she was supposed to be.

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darkly enchanting

While I enjoyed the story, this installment of the Lady Julia series seemed to chase its tale a bit.

I liked that they mystery pulled in some of Brisbane's history, but felt like his attitude toward Julia was awful. Maybe the author was trying to capture the vibe of Heathcliff and his asshat ways. Brisbane's habit of pulling Julia close one minute, then pushing her away the next got old. I am glad that is out of the way, so perhaps the stories can focus more on mystery.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful