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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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  • In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster

  • A Cynster Novel
  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

The pleasure of your company is requested at the wedding of Miss Eliza Cynster ... but not until she’s rescued from a daring abduction by the mostunexpected of heroes! Brazenly kidnapped from her sister Heather’s engagement ball, Eliza Cynster is spirited north to Edinburgh. Desperate and determined to escape, she seizes upon the first possible champion who happens along - gentleman scholar Jeremy Carling. Villains and rescues are a far cry from Jeremy’s expertise, yet he cannot abandon a damsel in distress. But danger lurks and hurdles abound in their race....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • spoken rather than narrated

  • By Wendy on 24-12-12

Lost the plot

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-10-11

Oh dear - how sad. Stephanie Laurens was author who introduced me to the genre of historical romance, and I've most of her books - but this one has to be the worst. The plot is simply a repeat of the 'Viscount Breckenridge' book and the overblown sex scenes have become tedious, with an excessive use of superlatives. Come on Steph - do better than this or pack up writing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • True Evil

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

When an attractive new female patient walks into the surgery of Dr Chris Shepard, a busy young doctor in Natchez, Mississippi, his idyllic life is ripped inside out. Shepard's visitor is undercover FBI agent Alex Morse. She tells him his beautiful young wife of one year has been seen visiting a local divorce attorney, an attorney with a group of clients whose wives and husbands have all mysteriously died. Just as Morse suspected, Shepard knew nothing of his wife's visit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Un-put-downable!

  • By Shoshi on 29-03-08

Absolutely riveting, but...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-10

The problem I had with this book and therefore the 4 star rating is entirely due to my own fault. It is a brilliant story but I couldn't cope with the snakes - especially at bedtime. I will definitely try another of Greg Iles books. Very well written and much recommended except for those of you who have snake phobia.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Winter Garden Mystery

  • A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery
  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

In this second installment of Carola Dunn's cozy mystery series set in 1923 England, plucky Daisy Dalrymple embarks on another assignment for Town and Country magazine and discovers that daffodil bulbs aren't all that's buried in a country estate's flower bed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hear the sample before you buy...

  • By Sharon Spiteri on 14-06-11

fun story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-07-10

I have all four Daisy Dalrymple stories from Audible. I enjoyed them but the narration was erratic, to put it mildly. In addition to the mangled English pointed out by Susan, the narrator also mixed up her characters, and Daisy would occasionally speak with Alec's voice, for example.
I found myself listening for the 'mangled English'. The accents were rubbish, and she was inconsistent about pronunciation e.g. sometimes she would say Sebastian, and others it would become SebAHstian (A was sometimes a and sometimes ah, but often in the wrong place). There was certainly no northern accent for the yokels. Oh for the professional delivery of Barbara Rosenblat...
Having said all that, the stories are fun, nice and light to listen to.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Finger Lickin' Fifteen

  • Stephanie Plum, Book 15
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Unbuckle your belt and pull up a chair. It's the spiciest, sauciest, most rib-sticking Plum yet. Recipe for disaster: Celebrity chef Stanley Chipotle comes to Trenton to participate in a barbecue cook-off and loses his head --literally.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I've still got stitch!

  • By Cynthia on 27-08-09

I've still got stitch!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-08-09

I downloaded this around 10pm yesterday, put it straight onto my ipod and curled up in bed to listen. I hadn't stopped giggling at 2am! It is so sad that these books are only in abridged format, as we lose a lot of the author's humour.
Give me a couple of years and I intend to be Grandma Mazur and drive my daughters wild! As for Morelli & Ranger...
This is just a light-hearted romp. Really good if you need cheering up. Actually, just as good if you don't. The 4 stars are simply because the book is abridged.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • This Charming Man

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 26 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

Lola has every reason to be interested in who Paddy de Courcy is marrying - because although she's his girlfriend, she definitely isn't the bride. Heartbroken, she flees the city for a cottage by the sea. But will her retreat prove as idyllic as she hopes? Not if journalist Grace has anything to do with it. Grace knew Paddy a long time ago. But why can't she forget him?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating to listen to I’m 2 chapters in and done

  • By sue on 13-02-18

I was not amused.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-07-09

Oh dear this really didn't suit me at all. What a waste of money. Bits of it were interesting - but they were few and far between. I didn't like the diary style of writing, or at least not one that needed an entry every few minutes. The Marnie story was just plain boring. Perhaps I would have enjoyed an abridged version more, but I usually enjoy long books, and normally love Marian Keyes work which I find amusing and upbeat in the main. Apart from the diary, it was hard to see where Paddy fitted in. Altogether a depressing book. Not my sort of thing sadly.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • These Three Remain

  • A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman
  • By: Pamela Aidan
  • Narrated by: George Holmes
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

His proposal of marriage to the lovely, but socially inferior, Elizabeth Bennet thoroughly rejected, Darcy must come to terms with her evaluation of his character and a future without her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just loved it!

  • By Anji Dale on 29-03-11

Generally enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-08

I enjoyed the detailed background given here to Jane Austen's book. It certainly helped my understanding of the search for Wickham and Lydia, but sometimes Darcy's introspection felt a little heavy handed, and made the story move too slowly.

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  • Tell it to the Skies

  • By: Erica James
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

As a young child, Lydia and her sister were sent to live with grandparents they'd never even met. It's a cruel and loveless new world for them and it teaches Lydia to grow up fast. She learns to keep secrets and to trust sparingly. And through it all she suppresses her grief and guilt, believing she is to blame for her mother's death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favourite Erica James novel!

  • By MILACKU on 21-12-13

Frustrating but listenable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-08

I found this hard to get into, and perhaps would have done better with an abridged version, as this moved too slowly for me. Too much time was spent on the main character's childhood, and not enough on the later years. I also felt that the reason for her exile was stretched a bit thinly in places. The complete break with England by both Lydia and Joey was not quite believable either. It was frustrating, as I tried to tell her what she should do - but kept me listening.

  • Glamorous Powers

  • By: Susan Howatch
  • Narrated by: Dermont Crowley
  • Length: 19 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

In 1940, Jon Darrow, a man who has played many parts, returns to the world he once renounced. But faced with many unforeseen temptations, he fails to control his psychic powers. Corruption lies in wait for him, threatening his future as a priest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Jacqueline on 01-02-09

Compelling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-03-08

Not my normal reading, but I had met this book many years ago, and wanted to listen to it. A brilliant portrait of Jon Darrow, which dominates the whole book. I found it difficult but once started, I couldn't leave it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Cherish

  • By: Catherine Anderson
  • Narrated by: Ruth Ann Phimister
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Race Spencer leads a lonely life out west, until he stumbles upon Rebecca Morgan, the only survivor of a terrifying robbery. Sweeping the helpless beauty into his powerful arms, Race carries her away to safety. Rebecca's life is no longer in danger, but her virtue is decidedly threatened. Race arouses feelings in her she never knew she could experience, especially toward such a hardened man.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Cynthia on 29-11-07

Disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-11-07

I found the 'heroine' irritating. If I'd have been the hero I'd have dumped her halfway through the book. Sorry folks, but I didn't really care what happened to her in the end.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Family and Other Animals

  • By: Gerald Durrell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Davenport
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486

This memoir is soaked in the sunshine of Corfu, where Gerald Durrell lived as a boy, surrounded by his eccentric family - as well as puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Animal Anecdotes

  • By Kindle Customer on 21-08-07

At Last

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-08-07

I've been hoping Audible would get around to publishing books by either Gerald Durrell or David Attenborough. Although this is my least favourite of the Durrell books I've read, it is still a brilliant, interesting and witty piece - so more please!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful