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The Lioness of Morocco

Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
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Independent-minded Sibylla Spencer feels trapped in 19th-century London, where her strong will and progressive views have rendered her unmarriageable. Still single at 23, she is treated like a child and feels stifled in her controlling father's house.

When Benjamin Hopkins, an ambitious employee of her father's trading company, shows an interest in her, she realizes marriage is her only chance to escape. As Benjamin's rising career whisks them both away to exotic Morocco, Sibylla is at last a citizen of the world, reveling in her newfound freedom by striking her first business deals, befriending locals - and falling in love for the first time with a charismatic and handsome Frenchman.

But Benjamin's lust for money and influence draws him into dark dealings, pulling him ever further from Sibylla and their two young sons. When he's arrested on horrible charges, the fate of Sibylla's family rests on her shoulders, as she must decide whether she'll leave him to his fate or help him fight for his life.

©2013 Julia Peczynsky and Horst Drosten (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Translation © 2017 Christiane Galvani.

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Great Book

I really enjoyed this audible selection. The story is great and the narrator did a great job. I realize this is fiction but it was s fascinating look at life in Morocco in the mid 1800’s.

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Enjoyed it.

I was only disappointed with the ending. I understand they tried to keep to facts but I could imagine a much more satisfying end to dear Old Benjamin. I would have liked an epilogue to round out Sabilla's life. Overall well done! Narration was excellent.

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The Lioness o Morocco

Very interesting and romantic. I enjoyed narration with the different accents. I would recommend this book.

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Great read !

I enjoyed this well written book, I couldn't put it down. It moved at a nice pace but also allowed you to get to know the characters and story.

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Fantastic story!

Loved the story, the setting, the characters. Just got extremely annoyed by the narrator’s voice. I am sorry, she may be a good one but she failed this one. Her inability to differentiate the voices of men and women in multiple occasions confused me. “Who said what?” - I kept asking myself. I had to stop listening and start reading the book in kindle. Great story!

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Not what I thought it would be

It may be more for someone who likes historical books, but it wasn't for me.

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Enjoyable historical fiction

The narrator does a great job with different character voices and accents. The storyline spans several decades in 2 vastly different continents and cultures.

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Love the story and the performance

Great Book will be hearing it again!! Loved the story and the performance!! I couldn’t wait to hear more.

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Loved the story.

I loved the story and the characters! Struggled with the narrator's dull voice for the male characters. This story deserved multiple narrator's.

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It was ok not bad

It started slow but got better as the story progressed. I do not have much to say about it.

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  • Annette Williams
  • 11-13-17

Worst audio to date

I enjoyed the story for its descriptive writing, which I thought splendid and even the story a little weak was all linked together, but the person reading it was awful, the accents were laughable. It spoilt it for me I’m afraid.

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  • Siobhan Keillor
  • 02-16-19

Not super

I am a big fan of historical romances and don’t need a huge amount to keep me interested, however, this was a long hard slog of a listen. Had to keep going as it was for book club (which then got cancelled, meaning I suffered through for naught). Under developed characters, typical Mary-sue wrapped in a layer of white saviour. Huge time jumps that made it feel like the author needed to skip ahead because they were bored too. Any accent other than the narrators own is terrible. The only thing that made it mildly interesting was that I could tell the writer has done a lot of research into the areas, not that I’m interested enough to do any fact checking, but at least there was good background.