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The Most to Lose

Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
4 out of 5 stars (229 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A High-Stakes Courtship

When Jonah Armstrong, the Earl of Haywood, returns to London after a three year absence, his plan is simple: reenter society, find a wealthy bride, and save the Haywood name from ruin. He has no time for distractions. Yet when he encounters Lady Cecelia Randolph, Jonah can’t resist a flirtation. After all, his feud with her brother, the Duke of Hadleigh, necessitated Jonah’s recent exile; he’s entitled to his revenge. But within seconds Jonah realizes he’s underestimated Cecelia. The gangly girl he once knew has blossomed into a beauty of rare intellect and character. He can’t possibly marry the Duke of Hadleigh’s sister...can he?

A Gamble of the Heart

Cecelia has loved Jonah forever, but she’s no fool. His attentions are motivated not by passion but by her generous dowry - and his thirst for vengeance against her brother. Yet when Jonah risks everything to protect her from her brother’s crazed fury, Cecelia dares to hope true love is within her reach at last.

©2012 Laura Landon (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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ANOTHER GOOD BOOK NEARLY RUINED BY THE NARRATION

My first venture with this author and it was all nice. A nice plot, a nice romance but not earthshattering and some nice characters - all just 'nice'! Penniless hero must marry rich heroine, she has always loved him but he hadn't noticed her - that is until his return from the war - but her brother hates him and wants revenge (but you know what they say about revenge - 2 graves).

I felt it lacked passion, especially between the two lovers, right up until near the end which could have been due to the narrator's voice. Her female voices were terrible they all sounded rich spoilt and arrogant and her male voices weren't much better. I think this book would've been so much better if it had been read by more talented narrators like Anne Flosnik or Rosalyn Landor so a star, sadly, was dropped off for this. I'm glad to see another of her books has been narrated by R.L.

Worth a credit? Mmmmmm because of the price, it's one of those debatable ones, but I'd put it in your Wish List and wait for a sale. But with a different narrator then I would have said it was worth buying.

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  • SIMARA
  • Bayamon, Puerto Rico
  • 08-11-15

The narrator nearly ruined the story

This is a story about how terrible revenge can be and how true love conquers all obstacles. This love story will appeal to people who enjoys a romance that takes time to develop and is not full of descriptive sex scenes. The story per se is pretty good and the ending is very satisfying. The secondary character (Celia's brother the duke) is despicable and is so full of grief and blinded by vengeance that uses his sister as pawn for revenge against his ex best friend and Celia's love interest. For those of you who like this story I did some research to see if there was a second book because the dynamic between Celia's brother and best friend is so explosive that I knew the author wouldn't leave it unresolved and I found that there is a second book: The Dark Duke that is the love story between them. That book is not currently available in audiobook format but hopefully it will be added since I'm curious and would like to know their story.

Narration: Terrible. I don't know what happened to Ms. Coomes but she did not do her best work. I've listened to other books narrated by her and this is not her level of work. Her male voices were winny. Amanda's voice sounded just like the men and sometimes it was difficult to know which character was speaking because they sounded the same. The narrator emphasized the drama and bitterness and not the tender moments between the main couple which really took away from the story.

This is love story for people who like their books rated PG-13 and that can stand barely passable narration. If you get it via Whispersync it will be quite inexpensive so you don't have to wait for a sale. I listened to the whole book and found it ok. My rating most likely would have been higher with a better narrator so you may want to try it.

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Great Female Lead

Enjoyed the story but loved the main female's character and attitude. So refreshing to have a positive happy female character. Enjoyed all of the characters in the book, not bad.

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Good book but badly narrated

if you like a love story this is the one for you but read it don't listen. The story is well written and you will love the primary characters. And maybe hate the Duke a little. The narrator was not very good at all. She couldn't handle the different voices and at times sounded like she was screeching.

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Great story ok narration

I enjoyed the story, though the narration didn’t really do it justice. Only one of the voices fit the character and the narration didn’t dramatize the dramatic situation as much as it was while reading it. I’m glad I read it and listened

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Fell short

The accents were not those of the upper crust English , very lower cast which took away from the story line . Not enough of a variance between the different characters .

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story is good, narrator bad

As soon as I saw the name of the narrator I was unsure I wanted to listen to this book, but I like this author so I tried. I ended up reading the Kindle version instead. You'd think a woman with a British accent would be perfect for this type of story, and her regular narration voice is perfectly fine. Her character voices are terrible. She somehow manages to make every character unlikable and makes them come across completely different than intended. Every character has an annoying, sour type voice. She also emphasises words incorrectly which makes everything worse. The characters in this particular story are supposed to be quick witted and intelligent, but the narrator makes them sound ridiculous.

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The Most to Lose

Great characters in an interesting times and situations.
Will get more from this author soon.

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  • 02-14-17

terrible narrator

What disappointed you about The Most to Lose?

Horrible narration. The women either sound unbearably snobbish or like they are 12 or both. Men are not much better, they pretty much all sound the same.
Story was so-so, but the narrator made it much worse

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sarah Coomes?

Rosalyn Landor does a great job on Historical romances

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Narration ruined this book

Would you try another book from Laura Landon and/or Sarah Coomes?

Anothoer book by Laura Landon - Yes.
Another book by Sarah Coomes - No

Would you be willing to try another book from Laura Landon? Why or why not?

See above

Would you be willing to try another one of Sarah Coomes’s performances?

No, Sarah over dramatizes to the point that I just couldn't listen any longer. She has a pleasant voice and her accent is a plus. She needs to believe the story can carry itself and she doesn't need to over dramatize. No one enjoys listening to a drama queen. Her male voice is poor also.

Was The Most to Lose worth the listening time?

The story, yes. But I just couldn't finish the book due to the narrator.

Any additional comments?

Glad I bought this book through Kindle Unlimited and paid just a few dollars. Wait, the book was free and I PAID only for the narration! How ironic!