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  • The Earl and the Spinster

  • Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper, Book 1
  • By: Collette Cameron
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Brooke Culpepper resigned herself to spinsterhood when she turned down the only marriage proposal she'd likely ever receive to care for her family. After her father dies, a distant cousin inherits the estate and becomes their guardian but permits Brooke to act in his stead.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very short and below average romance

  • By Julia on 29-03-19

Very short and below average romance

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-19

How on earth did this get the stellar ratings?
I can not believe it.

The book is much shorter than what I usually go for but I thought that it might be worth to go for something that is really really good.
But it was not.

It is not really funny the language does seem to be wrong for the time, there is an unnecessary death as a plot device and the narrator got on my nerve, she also reads Barbara Metzgers books and there I can tolerate her, but this book by no way makes up for her shortcomings.

Not worth a credit. But I suffered to the end so I am able to warn others.

  • Minor Indiscretions

  • By: Barbara Metzger
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Though barely out of the schoolroom, Melody Ashton was determined to save her mother from scandal. Guardian of several "orphans" (in actuality the illegitimate children of the ton!) poor Mama was accused of pilfering contributions. To make matters worse, the infuriatingly handsome Lord Coe had accused them all of blackmailing his sister, whose child resided with them!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor sound quality but nice story

  • By Julia on 14-03-19

Very poor sound quality but nice story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-03-19

Very poor sound quality and stuff read twice.

Nice story with some good humour, a bit short but enjoyable. I would wish for another narrator.

  • Surrender to the Highlander

  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Sean William Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Edith Drummond owes her life to Niels Buchanan and his brothers. Waking after an illness to a castle overrun by rugged Highlanders is disconcerting, but so is learning that she's slowly being poisoned. Niels insists on staying by her side, and Edith soon discovers that even more dangerous is her wild attraction to the fierce warrior.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not good, compared to the others

  • By Julia on 05-02-19

Not good, compared to the others

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-19

This book is just not as good as other books by Lynsay Sands.
The story is dragging along und the characters are not as engaging.
Frankly the story also does not make much sense.
It felt like parts of the story were better done in other books and what was new, was not good.

  • Best Practice

  • The Larkford Series, Book 3
  • By: Penny Parkes
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Dr Alice Walker has become accomplished at presenting a façade to the world - to anyone watching, she is the epitome of style, composure and professionalism. But perhaps it was to be expected that the cracks might begin to show at some point. Thankfully Grace is on hand to offer both friendship and support when it’s needed most. Meanwhile, Dr Holly Graham has her hands full both professionally and personally. Planning a wedding with Taffy Jones is challenging enough, even before some surprising news changes everything. At least beloved Larkford resident Elsie still has a few tricks left up her sleeve!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story - narrator dreadful

  • By Always sewing on 10-07-18

Eagerly awaited but other narrator and fairy tale

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-18

It is such a pity that this book is not narrated by the same narrator as the other two.
It is just not the same.

I do sort of like to listen to it, but the negative point are highlighted now that the narration is not as good.
I am not through yet, but some things just do not seem right.
And they were wrong in the first two books too.

-not taking up the boys father on child support
-no family on Holly's side
-taking free childcare from best friend for granted
-no role (at least so far) for boy's grandmother who previously provided free childcare
-GPs who can not manage birth control
-replacing real family with choosen friends as family without a blink.
-GP who are barely managing with their income

It would be ok, if this would not pretend to be a real life story with iPhones. It is would be a fairy tale ok, but a GP who is hard pressed to live on the money earned it just taking things too far. And anyway, who actually has a relationsship with a GP like in the book, it is a fairy tale, in 9 years at my practice I still have to see a GP for the second time.

  • Someone to Wed

  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

When Alexander Westcott becomes the new Earl of Riverdale, he inherits a title he never wanted and a failing country estate he can't afford. But he fully intends to do everything in his power to undo years of neglect and give the people who depend on him a better life.... A recluse for more than 20 years, Wren Heyden wants one thing out of life: marriage. With her vast fortune, she sets her sights on buying a husband. But when she makes the desperate and oh-so-dashing earl a startlingly unexpected proposal, Alex will agree only to a proper courtship.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit slow, great narration.

  • By Julia on 17-07-18

A bit slow, great narration.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-07-18

The narration was as good as expected.

The story was slow. it was pleasant, the characters nice, but somehow I did not engage quite as much as I could have hoped for.

Also I am wondering why the subject of face paint never came up.

  • Cast in Ruin

  • Cast in Scandal, Book 2
  • By: Laura Landon
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Benjamin Waverley, second son of the Duke of Townsend, knew he'd never marry. How could he? The moment some unsuspecting female took his name, the world might find out the despicable secret his family had been keeping and he'd be ruined. As far as he was concerned, his lot was cast. He would play the rake and that would be that. Until his father forced his hand in a marriage he knew would destroy not only him but his brilliant and beautiful bride.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration, super weak story

  • By Julia on 12-07-18

Great narration, super weak story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

The narration was fantastic.

But the story used so many so strong plot devices but nothing resonated. I did bond with the characters nor found anything believable (even with the pinch of salt given to any historical romance).

There were just too many events that did not drive the plot and big stuff resolved in an unengaging way.

  • Summer at the Cornish Café

  • The Cornish Café Series, Book 1
  • By: Phillipa Ashley
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Demi doesn’t expect her summer in Cornwall to hold anything out of the ordinary. As a waitress, working all hours to make ends meet, washing dishes and serving ice creams seems to be as exciting as the holiday season is about to get. That’s until she meets Cal Penwith. An outsider like herself, Cal is persuaded to let Demi help him renovate his holiday resort, Kilhallon Park. Set above an idyllic Cornish cove, the once popular destination for tourists has now gone to rack and ruin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Weak story

  • By Anna Fern on 04-08-18

Title is somewhat misleading

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

The books story does not mainly plan at a Cornish Cafe, which I found a bit irritating.

Overall it was an easy listen and truly not too much happened. It was not dreadful but not great either.
And there are a great many open ends which would be ok, if the story would be crowded with action, which it was not.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Perfect Gentleman

  • By: Barbara Metzger
  • Narrated by: Pippa Rathborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Viscount Aubrey "Stony" Wellstone is at the end of his rope - and the end of his family's once-great fortune. Desperate, he tries his luck at the gaming tables, where an offer to exchange his debts for a gentlemanly favor leads to a profitable new profession. The fiercely independent, flame-tressed Miss Ellianne Kane would normally have no use for an upper-class attendant - even one as striking as Stony - but she needs Aubrey's help.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, awful narration

  • By Julia on 19-06-18

Great book, awful narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-06-18

I really enjoyed the story. Even though the narration was truly awful.
But the story was so varied, that I could somehow bear it.

  • Too Wilde to Wed

  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Eloisa James's dazzling new Georgian-set series continues with the Wildest hero them of all.... The handsome, rakish heir to a dukedom, Lord Roland Northbridge Wilde - known to his friends as North - left England two years ago, after being jilted by Miss Diana Belgrave. He returns from war to find that he's notorious: polite society has ruled him 'too wild to wed'. Diana never meant to tarnish North's reputation, or his heart, but in her rush to save a helpless child, there was no time to consider the consequences of working as a governess in Lindow Castle. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • awful narration..

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-06-18

No Story dreadful narrator

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-18

If you want a great book by Eloisa James turn to.
Your Wicked Ways: Duchess in Love, Book 4

I am not sure what happened here, if that was even the same author. No story, dreadful narrator.
And I honestly waited for most of the book for Horatio to be resurrected but he was not, but the plot device used in the end was possibly even worse.

I would have happily have slapped the heroine for her stupidity, for just being thoroughly unlikable. The hero was not much better.

And did I mention nothing of note happened in the book.

And what happened was uninteresting far fetched and disjointed.

Do not asked me, why I did listen to the whole. A case for not giving up hope without any reason I guess. A better narrator with have saved a bit, but with this narrator even the few funny bit did not sparkle.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Leave it to Psmith

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

The idyll of Blandings Castle is about to be disturbed, for the Hon. Freddie Threepwood is poised to make his debut as a jewel thief. Freddie, however, is not alone: Blandings is simply brimming with criminals and impostors all intent on stealing Aunt Constance's 20,000 pound diamond necklace. It is left to the debonair Psmith, with his usual aplomb, to unscramble the passion, problems, and identities, of one and all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A classic Wodehouse

  • By Ruth on 03-02-08

Poor audio quality!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Great book, great narrator. But apalling audio quality. But I still listened to the whole story, because it is a great story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful