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The Complicated Earl

A Regency Romance
Narrated by: Nano Nagle
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Tom Fulwood, the future Earl of Standish, discovers at the age of 15 that marriage can destroy a man, namely his father. His mother prefers entertaining men in her bedroom, while her husband sits downstairs, unable or unwilling to respond to his wife's inappropriate behavior. From that day on Tom vows that no woman will hurt him the way his mother hurt his father. For the next 17 years, Tom works hard to become one of the most notorious rakes London society has ever seen, successfully keeping all the women of his acquaintance at a distance.

In 1810, 24-year-old Isabelle Crawford had been brought up hearing stories of how much in love her dead parents were, and had expected to find similar happiness when she came out in society. Reality was different to what she had imagined though; instead of love, she found fortune hunters and as a result left London to set up home in Bath. Her two elder brothers had supported her decision, although they would have rather seen their sister married instead of choosing what was seen by the town as an eccentric decision, a young woman living a single life in Bath with a cousin as chaperone.

A potential marriage between Tom and Isabelle's respective brother and sister throws the couple together and sets in motion a chain of events that will see Tom fighting for his life and Isabelle being kidnapped by the very man that Tom had found in his mother's bedchamber all those years ago.

©2013 Audrey Harrison (P)2015 Audrey Harrison

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Mainly frustrating!

This is first audio book I listened to where the narrator ( although having pleasant voice) had obviously not even proof read or looked at it before recording - or at least that's how it sounded to me. She fumbled over and mispronounced words & misread sentences. I quit listening a few times when I got frustrated but I have this thing about finishing what I start so made myself finish.
Story was ok but grew tired also - no communication, keeping secrets, and selfish self sacrificing gets old - fast!
Sorry to be so negative- maybe I've just changed my taste!

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Worst narration EVER!!

What would have made The Complicated Earl better?

A Different narrator first of all. One who doesn't take a breath in the middle of a sentence, one who can do both male and female voices, voices that sound different from character to character. A narrator who understand inflection, who doesn't have a breathy voice, and one who has read the book at least once before attempting to record the book.

Would you recommend The Complicated Earl to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Story was very weak, narration was the worst I've ever heard.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It was so bad that it made it hard to concentrate on the story.

What character would you cut from The Complicated Earl?

Mary, the h's companion.

Any additional comments?

Please re-record this disaster, or stop selling it. It's truly god-awful, and since the story is pretty weak it needs all the help possible.

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Regency Romance

The narrator makes it difficult to enjoy the story. Better if I read the book myself.

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Bad narrator!

Actually.... the word narrator is wrong, this book was poorly read by someone whose mind must have kept wandering. There can be no other excuse for how horrible this was. Add to that foot steps, phones ringing and traffic like noises and put a unfamiliar reader in front of a strange book and you've got it!

The sad thing is that the book is actually rather interesting.....

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Narrator sounded as if she hadn't read the book!

I liked the story but the performance of the nareator was terrible. There was no colour in her story telling and she actually sounded as if she was reading the book for the first time often pausing as if to make sense of what she was reading. It's a shame as I found the story to be quite entertaining.

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Childhood trauma shadows adult behavior

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

I've recommended this audio book to my sister.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complicated Earl?

The recurring theme of how childhood disillusion kept getting in the way of present relationships.

Have you listened to any of Nano Nagle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't heard any of her other performances. Her cadence was a bit unusual at times, but it didn't get in the way of my enjoyment of the story.

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

More like wanting to get back to it as time permitted

Any additional comments?

I liked how the author linked childhood emotional trauma to adult dysfunctional behavior and the expected social behavior for that time.

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Terrible narration

This was the worst narrated book I have ever listen to, and I’ve listened to a good many. It sounded like the reader was just learning how to punctuate vocally. The story was good, but because of the narration, was tainted. If i was the author, I would be insulted. It would be better to read this book on your own in my opinion.

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Loved it!

Love it. The story was very refreshing. My daughter and I shared reading of this book

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I pity the author for the narrator’s ruining her work!

This was a huge disappointment, and I feel badly for the author, because the problem was the narrator who read it.

By listening to audiobooks I can read as much as I like without being tied down, so I like to switch between reading and listening to a book.

This narrator did a disservice to the author with her utterly inappropriate voices, mispronunciations, and pauses where there should have been none.

The narration was so appalling that the story was overshadowed by it.

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Good story, but unoriginal

If you’ve ever listened to or read Heyer’s Venetia you’ve heard this story before. I enjoyed it overall, and have listened to it at least twice.

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  • Caroline P
  • 12-28-17

Decent story but poor narrator

Such a shame that the narrator fumbled her words so much and at one point a phone could be heard....

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  • LettyBIRD
  • 05-06-17

The reader butchers what maybe a good book.

I have never heard someone read an audiobook so badly. She pauses and stresses words at random, which completely confuses the listener. There are many mistakes in her reading which lead me to conclude that she had never seen the text before she started reading it into the mike. I don't know why the mistakes weren't edited out, perhaps they didn't have a budget. It really grates.

I am giving the author the benefit of the doubt on the story, I have listened to another of her novels (thankfully read by someone else) and her attention to Regency detail is very impressive. Such a pity what could be a good book has been ritually murdered by the reader.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-15

a good listen

calm and sexy voice told the story it made me want to listen more. Well done.