The Number of Love

Narrated by: Susan Lyons
Series: The Codebreakers, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (149 ratings)

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Three years into the Great War, England's greatest asset is their intelligence network - field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren't enough. 

Drake Elton returns wounded form the field, followed by an enemy who just won't give up. He's smitten quickly by the intelligent Margot, but how can he convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life's answers lie in the heart? 

Amid biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save themselves form the very secrets that brought them together.

©2019 Roseanna M. White (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Narrators can make or break a book

I have read and listened to every book by Roseanna M. White and have loved all of them. This one, however, has been my least favorite. Not necessarily because of the storyline, but because of the narration.

I absolutely MISSED the voice that Liz Pearce brought to each story. She had a way of bringing the characters to life, giving them their own unique personality through the narration. One was distinguishable from the other. I didn't feel that this narrator did that.

Throughout the story, there were many times that it was hard to tell who was talking - Margot, Drake, Dot, Willa - they all sounded too much alike. And unfortunately, Drake's abuelo had a decidedly non-Spanish accent.

I am hoping that the narrator will be back to Liz Pearce with the next book in this series.

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A wonderful story

Okay, I had two issues with this. One was about the book itself. I felt like femininity and being "just a housewife was either mocked or made to sound unappealing by just about everybody in the story. While I personally have no issues with characters who want to do something different with their life (I even appreciated Margot's struggle on the subject), It felt like no one appreciated being feminine or homemakers, with the exception of perhaps Dot.
It was very jarring to have a new narrator with a lot of the same characters from two of White's series. While Lyons's voice was pleasant she didn't have the skill with accents the last narrator did. I'd say skip the audiobook and go-to book.

Alright, are you ready for the Positives? So am I.

1. Margot knows what she wants and knows what she needs to sacrifice to get there. Margot doesn't want to get married or have children because she wants a life in academia. I appreciated that she had thought through what she wanted and weighed the cost.

2. Margot struggles spiritually after a devastating event. There are very few of us who will go through life without having a time when we feel God is far away and wonder if He made a mistake. I felt like Margot's struggle was very real, very honest. I also loved that while it was a crisis of faith, she still clung to her faith.

3. Drake Elton is pretty awesome! He's a spy, which is pretty cool to start with, but I love how he went about winning Margot.

4. I loved seeing all the old characters! Aside from the Shadows Over London characters that I expected. There was also a couple of appearances of Brook! It made me very happy.

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Great read and listen!

Wonderful book by one of my favorite authors!

I also rather liked the narrator. While she was different from the other narrator, so it took a bit to get used to her, I found her voice soothing and easy to listen to. I didn't have trouble differentiating who was speaking and while soothing she still had emotion.

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Intriguing

For some reason, I had not read a book by Ms. White before this one. However, I have already purchased its sequel, and am anxious to begin. Roseanna White is an intelligent and gifted writer, who can weave an intriguing story that feels both plausible and warm. She creates mystery without hyperbole and develops a love story without exaggeration. The reader is drawn into the family of characters as naturally as forming a personal relationship in person. The story flows more smoothly and naturally, never feeling forced or contrived, than any I’ve read in a very long time. The tension created by the plot is comfortable while still keeping you completely engaged. I’m looking forward to the reading journey ahead as I enjoy the remainder of Ms. White’s books.

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Interesting, Engaging Story

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I fell in love with the characters almost immediately. It's been a while since I read a romance novel and this... well, it's very tame compared to many. However, it was just my speed. Of course, with that little #1, that means I'll probably have to be looking for more of the series coming along later.

There were parts where I was surprised, but I can't mention them directly without spoiling the ending. Other parts... well, I can remember looking at them and saying, "I knew it! I knew it!" That's enjoyable for me in an entirely different manner.

Susan Lyons did the narrating and I found that she did a perfectly wonderful job. She was able to shift her voice just enough for me to easily tell who was speaking. She did some of the accents, which I always love.

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Roseanna M. White comes through again

Ms Whites’s knowledge and cleverness is amazing! I feel as though I am right there in the story. Susan Lyon’s performance brings the characters’ emotions to life.

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Exciting with wonderful characters!

I have read several of Roseanna M. White’s books and enjoyed every one, but “The Number of Love” is my favorite so far! Romantic suspense! The narrator, Susan Lyons, is excellent, even with a French accent at times. I highly recommend - - 10 STARS

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Surprizingly wonderful.

I've never been a fan of WWI as a time period. I hate to say it, but I felt it was almost boring compared to other times. Roseanna M. White and Susan Lyons have completely changed my perspective with this delightfully intriguing book. It flows beautifully, keeps true to the characters personalities and fascinates. I noticed it was book 1 and can't wait for the next and the next!

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Yummy Intrigue Again

This author creates the most interesting characters. In this plot, the mathematics are far beyond my understanding. However my admiration for anyone like Margo is pure awe. In the last White book I read, I loved the narrator and noted how important the narrator is in an audible book. This narrator captured Margo and the essence of code breakers. But the monotone of so many of the characters and the narrative took a little from the story. It is still a great read. I look forward to the next one.

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The Best of White in this series.

I wasn't sure I would like this one. It is odd. But after the first two chapters, I caught the charm and just enjoyed letting the story take me where it would. Good one for a rainy day, and a few cups of coffee.