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Tangled Reins

Narrated by: Gayle Hendrix
Series: Regency (Laurens), Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
4 out of 5 stars (181 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Miss Dorothea Darent has no intention of ever getting married, certainly not to a rogue such as the Marquis of Hazelmere. A disreputable scoundrel, he is captivated when they meet by chance and is determined to win her heart, even while she's busy dazzling the rest of London society. Now Dorothea has a choice to make: stick with her plan to remain a respectable spinster, or run into the arms of her dashing stranger.
©2009 Stephanie Laurens (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Laurens's writing shines." ( Publishers Weekly)

What members say

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Could not listen to this narration

I have enjoyed listening my way through the Bastion Club and Cynster novels (more than once), and was excited to start the Regency novels, but absolutely could NOT listen to this narration. After 15 minutes I was done. There is just no way to become involved with a recorded book's plot or characters when the narration is below par. I immediately downloaded the book on my Kindle, so I could enjoy the story.

In my opinion, Simon Prebble should narrate all the Laurens books.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not Simon Prebble, but story is still delightful

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes; Although I prefer Simon Prebble's voice for Miss Laurens novels, this story out weighs all. The narrator's feminine voice gives us a lighter more lyrical voice than usual, but since this story is told from a more feminine point of view than most of Miss Laurens stories it works well and makes this story stand out from her more male Cynster stories.

Overall it's a delightful story!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tangled Reins?

Dorothea's first encounter with Lord Hazelmere at the berry patch.

What three words best describe Gayle Hendrix’s voice?

lighter more lyrical

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

yes

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jay
  • TX, USA
  • 04-04-11

Good book

I absolutely liked this book however, the narrator was horrible!! I had to will myself to listen just because I wanted to hear the book. At times, it was like she was reading to children and not adults. Horrible narrator but good book!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Deb
  • Fairmont, WV, United States
  • 03-21-10

Yes, it's really that bad.

I foolishly wasted a credit on this book thinking that I would go with the ratings rather than the single review posted here. I thought well, I've liked other books by this author, so I can at least use it to take my mind off my worries so I can relax and fall asleep. But this book is beyond boring. There is no plot. It could not even keep enough of my attention to enable me to sleep. It is that bad.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Please don't botther

I have enjoyed other books by this author, but this one is ploddingly slow and the narrator makes it ten times worse. I got through the first half and am probably not going to finish it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • janita
  • la porte, TX, United States
  • 08-14-10

what happened??

i have enjoyed many books by this author. i thought this would be one as well. i was so wrong. book is painfully slow. i have listened to most of it out of boredom seeing as how i am a long distance driver. i am very disappointed in this work. hope it is the only one like this. very talented writer otherwise.

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Narrator sucked

Tangled Reins, this might be an unfair rating because I couldn't listen to it past the 3rd chapter. Terrible narrator!!!!

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don't waste your time

I have read a couple of her books that were okay, unfortunately this was not one of them. I believe it is more suited to young adults then anyone else.

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  • Revati
  • Sunshine Coast, AUSTRALIA
  • 06-28-19

Good story

The story itself, while too PG for my usual tastes, was fine. However the performance was so terrible I’m surprised I managed to finish this book.

I’ve no idea who it was, but this is the only way I can think to describe her performance: think American woman who once saw and English soap opera 25 years ago and is using that memory to create an accent. The ‘posh’ accents and the way the different characters would pronounce words was ridiculous. The inability to stick to one single accent, even for the main character was non-existent. Even within a single sentence poor Dorothea seemed to be from at least three different countries. Multiple times it was impossible to discern which character was even speaking for the narrators inability to adapt multiple tones of voices and many times I could not even tell if it was meant to be the male or the female who was speaking.

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Slow Moving

I really did struggle to finish this. The plot was missing. The narrator didn't help. I feel like it was a waste of time.