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  • The Darcys of Derbyshire

  • By: Abigail Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Elizabeth Bennet longs to see the view from the famous Black Rocks in Derbyshire, but her aunt and uncle refuse to allow her to climb to the highest rock outcroppings alone. Elizabeth's distress is only worsened by a chance encounter with Mr. Darcy - at least until he offers to escort her to the top. But unbeknownst to her, the Black Rocks have a very special meaning for him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quick, enjoyable listen

  • By TheNameless on 29-09-18

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I think this is my favourite of this authors stories, which is really saying something.
I would love to see a full length sequel as there are so many thoings that remain unresolved; did the Darcy tradition skip Georgiana, or is she even now pining for Wickham? Will Lydia think better of eloping? Will Jane end up with Bingley, or will s her letter to Elizabeth bring news of her engagement to another? Will Lady Catherine be pleased for Darcy for once?
If one of the signs of a good story is not wanting it to end, then this is one of the best.

  • To Capture Mr. Darcy

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Ann West
  • Narrated by: Nina Price
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Nature's a fickle thing. When four days of rain occur earlier in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to trap Jane and Elizabeth Bennet at Netherfield Park, new romances, misunderstandings, and alignments are made. Volatile tempers never did well cooped up together. Not even when there's a chessboard to help pass the time. Fall in love with the romance of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet all over again in this new variation by author Elizabeth Ann West.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Binka on 14-05-18

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 14-05-18

I have loved this story since first reading it on the internet and was thrilled to find it on audible. While the narrator is not my first choice for a Darcy and Elizabeth story, I find that making use of the Narration Speed function in the audible player Has made listening to her much more enjoyable.
I do hope the rest of ms West’s books become available on audible soon, particularly the rest of the moralities of marriage series, as I don’t want to purchase the first two only to find I won’t be able to finish the story.
For those hesitating to bye this book due to the concerns raised by other reviewers over the choice of narrator, I urge you to give it a try, for with such superb story telling narration is secondary, even for a picky person like me.

  • An Argumentation of Historians

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 9
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

They say you shouldn't push your luck. Max gives her own luck a massive shove every day - and it's only a matter of time until luck pushes back.... January, 1536 - the day of Henry VIII's infamous jousting accident. Historians from St Mary's are there in force, recording and documenting. And arguing - obviously. A chance meeting between Max and the Time Police leads to a plan of action. And it's one that will have very serious consequences - especially for Max.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost for words

  • By Binka on 11-04-18

Lost for words

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I didn’t think that there were any more ways to torture a historian, boy was I wrong.
I’m always apprehensive when a new StMarys book comes out because I’m terrified Max and the team will end up in a situation they won’t get out of. I think this book was the scariest yet.
Like leon I’m wishing for the good old days.
Having finished this episode in one day, because it was impossible to put down, I’m now left in suspense for the next year or so until the next in the series is written and released.
I didn’t give this the whole five stars because despite the brilliant storyline and the A’s ever incomparable narration, the ending frustrated me to no end.
Unless audible have accidentally left out a final chapter or epilogue, then Jodi Taylor is one cruel woman.;)

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Very Merry Mischief

  • A Pride and Prejudice Novella Variation
  • By: Elizabeth Ann West
  • Narrated by: Nina Price
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

When Mr. Darcy left Hertfordshire after Charles Bingley's proposal to Jane Bennet, he promised to return in 10 days. When he breaks that promise due to events outside of his control, Elizabeth Bennet is left abandoned for over a year, finally joining the Bingley household as the second unmarried sister under Charles' protection. An invitation to Pemberley brings out the merry match-making mischief as everyone has a plan for their future happiness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart warming

  • By Binka on 21-12-17

Heart warming

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

Reviewed: 21-12-17

A perfect tale to ward off the gloom of dark winter days and leave you with a beaming smile just in time for Christmas. While I originally found the narrator’s voice distracting, I found speeding up the narration slightly improved things immeasurably and greatly heightened my enjoyment of the story. I do hope that all of Ms West’s audiobooks become available on audible very soon. Thank you for the escape. :>)

  • Dead Ringer

  • Rosato and Associates, Book 10
  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Bennie Rosato's all-female Philadelphia law firm has seen better days, so it's no surprise when she jumps at the chance to represent Robert St. Amien, a debonair French businessman whose US interests are being stolen. Though Bennie sees dollar signs, there is a group of similarly situated foreign businesses also seeking damages, which brings the case to class-action status, something Bennie and her associates know very little about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By nevtrav on 23-11-18

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 13-12-17

I first read this book a few years ago when I borrowed it from my local library. I was absolutely thrilled when I found it was available on audible. The narration and the plot are both first rate and had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I hope that the entire series will be available from audible soon, unabridged naturally, the writing is too good to miss out on any of it.

  • Mr. Darcy's Mail-Order Bride

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • By: J Dawn King
  • Narrated by: Wendy Rich Stetson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

In 1869, females are in short supply in the west, while a single man in want of a wife is rare in the east. When lonely Charles Bingley convinces his good friend, Will Darcy, to write a letter offering marriage to Miss Jane Bennet, she likewise convinces her sister, Elizabeth, to pen the reply. Elizabeth is struck by the beauty of the letter and responds by opening her heart to the Oregon wordsmith, who she believes to be Mr. Bingley. It's love at first letter for both the couples. Misunderstandings and bad impressions abound, as the true identities of the authors are discovered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Binka on 19-09-17

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 19-09-17

I have loved all of Ms King's variations on pride and prejudice, but I found this one particularly refreshing. Being set in America brought a whole new flavour to the story and yet despite this none of the characters personalities were lost. For some reason when reading this James Stewart comes to mind every time Will Darcy is mentioned. I am eagerly awaiting this author's next book. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good regency story and not only Austen fans.
I am sad to see the free sneak peaks at Ms Kings stories have come to an end, but I am grateful the opportunity lasted as long as it did. I do hope that this author does continue publishing these audiobooks, as each one is like taking a little holiday away from reality and leaves me with peace in my heart and a smile on my face.
Love you Joy, best wishes, Binka;)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Long and the Short of It

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Follow the disaster magnets of St Mary's as they hurtle around history! The ninth book in The Chronicles of St Mary's Series collects the best-selling short stories in audio for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very unfair for people to complain

  • By Hevpais on 13-06-17

Excellent It is so nice to have all the short stories in one place, not to mention all read by our favourite narrator.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

The new addition to the series is absolutely hilarious! Just what I needed to put a smile on my face after the succession of awful headlines we've been bombarded by lately. Thank you Jodie.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Phantom of Pemberley

  • A Pride and Prejudice Murder Mystery
  • By: Regina Jeffers
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Courtney
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Happily married for over a year and more in love than ever, Darcy and Elizabeth can’t imagine anything interrupting their bliss-filled days. Then an intense snowstorm strands a group of travelers at Pemberley, and terrifying accidents and mysterious deaths begin to plague the manor. Everyone seems convinced that it is the work of a phantom - a Shadow Man who is haunting the Darcy family’s grand estate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Phantom of Pemberley

  • By Mrs. Linda Gleave on 02-04-18

Goose bumps

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

Reviewed: 16-04-17

An excellent plot, kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat. I did struggle with the narrator who often distracted me from the story. I lost count of the number of times I had to reread a passage because of another weird voice. Having been spoiled by narrators like stevie Zimmerman I will allow that such things are down to personal preference and would urge anyone who enjoys a good mystery and to be scared out of there wits to buy this book, whether a pride and prejudice fan or not.