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  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Formed Tale Hits the Sweet Spot

  • By Simon on 06-12-17

Amazing amazing amazing

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

This is the kind of story that keeps sending you to Wikipedia to look up peoples and events - except you can’t bear to stop listening because it’s too good to stop. A rich wonderful tale that brings 1300 London to such vivid life that you can smell it.
But what’s truly incredible is the superb performance from a 5***** cast
Particularly Miriam Margolyes and Douglas Booth
Highly recommended

  • Fire in His Kiss

  • Fireblood Dragon, Book 2
  • By: Ruby Dixon
  • Narrated by: Noelle Bridges, Jeremy York
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Bloodlust and insanity rule my existence. As a fierce drakoni warrior, this strange new world I find myself in eats at my mind until there is nothing left. There is no light or clarity...until she arrives. I save her life, plucking her from the sky. From that point on, she is mine. But the human I have chosen for my mate - Sasha - is fragile and wounded. She does not trust me and fears my presence. I will not give up, though. I will do anything to give her my fires and bond us both in body and spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • what a brilliant story

  • By Suzyplums on 05-11-18

Wonderful story, wonderful performance

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

This was even better than the first book. The plot is getting more interesting too
Loved Dakh. He was so funny. Laugh out loud funny
Can’t wait to read the next

  • British Bedmate

  • By: Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

I'm writing this letter because it's highly doubtful I'll ever garner the courage to say this to your face. So, here goes. We're totally wrong for each other. You're the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I'm just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England. But here's the thing... for some bloody reason, I can't stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Hit from Penelope & Vi

  • By Lo on 11-10-17

Great story but unconvincing British dialogue

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

Reviewed: 23-08-18

Interesting story with a warm sweet heart breaking centre. Both Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland are fantastic writers, but please don't try a British character again unless you find a British editor who can catch all the mistakes. I'm not picky but the dialogue was full (and yes I mean FULL) of words and expression an English man would never say. And please note, Loo does not mean bathroom, it mean's toilet. Brits never say 'buddy' and never ever say 'different than'
So it just jarred and was harder to believable
Likewise, the narrator made several mistakes with the accent.

  • The Real Deal

  • A Novel
  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

April Hamilton wants you to know she hasn’t been on Craigslist since that time she sold her futon after college. She doesn’t even spend that much time online. And even if she did, she would not be looking up personal ads. But going home alone for her family's summer reunion is an invitation for every single relative to butt into her personal life. She simply can’t handle another blind date with the butcher, the baker, or the candlestick maker from her hometown. So when she finds the Craigslist ad for a boyfriend-for-hire, she’s ready to pay to play.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By Book addict on 21-07-18

good story, but one narrator irritating

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

Reviewed: 23-08-18

Nice story. it starts really really well and loved the unusual characters. Past the midway point it slowed down and became a bit predictable and the male lead went form strong bad boy to a bit helpless and clueless. But Zachary Webber read the part really well which made up for it. He's a great audio narrator
Sadly the same cannot be said of Erin Mallon. She reads well, but has a sing-song way of reading that gets annoying after a while. She also puts a breathy stress on her words as if she's reading a children's book. by the end I started skipping her chapters because it just got on my nerves. That's a shame, the book would have been better with another reader

  • Breathing Fire

  • Heretic Daughters, Volume 1
  • By: Rebecca K. Lilley
  • Narrated by: Nicole Phillips
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Seven years ago, Jillian burned just about every bridge she ever had. Being a lifelong fugitive, she'd seen it as her only chance to get away clean, but it had taken its toll. In a world where those with supernatural powers must stay hidden from normal society, being a creature that even most of the supernatural community considered a myth did not make for an easy life. And when the ex she ran away from finds her again, it's about to get much harder. It doesn't help that she's still hopelessly in love with him...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Great audio, Fantastic story

  • By Happy Reader on 18-08-18

Amazing Great audio, Fantastic story

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

This was the perfect UF Romance
Full of rich magical details and a real page turner

  • Tight

  • By: Alessandra Torre
  • Narrated by: Angelo Di Loreto, Piper Goodeve
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

This is not a story of servitude. This is a story of strength. I was happy in my small town. In my life as a single, 32-year-old woman. I had a good job, wonderful friends, my independence. I also hadn't gotten laid in three years. Hadn't been on a date in two. Had stopped counting calories and wearing makeup...a while ago. Then Brett Jacobs waltzed in. Caressed my thigh, dug rough fingers into my hair, lowered his soft mouth to my skin, took sexual control of my mind, and stirred it all around with what he packed in his pants.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not a romance

  • By Happy Reader on 30-06-18

Good but not a romance

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

Reviewed: 30-06-18

It’s a good story but more a crime thriller inside a love story.
The leading lady is kidnapped by a psychopath and kept in an underground cell fir months which was pretty harrowing

  • Sonata for a Scoundrel

  • Music of the Heart, Book 1
  • By: Anthea Lawson
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Clara Becker is a supremely gifted composer - a talent of little to use to a woman in 1830s England. Her compositions only have worth when they are published under her brother's name, yet this deception barely enables them to scrape out a living in the poorest quarter of London. Meets the Master... Darien Reynard, the most celebrated musician in Europe, pursues success with a single-minded intensity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awful pantomime performance. Ruined the romance

  • By Happy Reader on 24-06-18

Awful pantomime performance. Ruined the romance

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

Reviewed: 24-06-18

I cannot decide if the story was good or terrible because the reading was so bad. The actress over-emphasised and exaggerated every word. It was like reading a book for a child. She put on voices for all the characters which made them sounded half way between a pantomime witch and a camp drag queen.
Completely ruined the story.
As for any romantic or sexual tension, forget it. Completly laughable.

  • The Sheikh's Christmas Conquest

  • The Bond of Billionaires Series, Book 2
  • By: Sharon Kendrick
  • Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Sheikh Saladin Al Mektala isn't used to being disobeyed. Incomprehensibly, the woman he summoned to help his favorite mare - the best horse "whisperer" in the world - turned his generous offer down! So he takes matters into his own hands.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story bad audio

  • By Happy Reader on 17-06-18

Good story bad audio

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

Reviewed: 17-06-18

I don’t know why Miss Fulfird Brown chosevto give this sheikh king a Rough Slavic accent he sounded like a cheep Russian gangster which spoilt the effect of him as a romantic hero
If you can’t do a realistic accent then a standard educated English would have been fine. After all he’s a king so we assume he’s had a good education
It’s a shame because the story might have been great without the sleazy effect

  • The Billionaire's Defiant Acquisition & The Sicilian's Stolen Son

  • By: Sharon Kendrick, Lynne Graham
  • Narrated by: Ione Butler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Conall Devlin is a ruthless man ready to achieve ultimate success. So, to acquire the missing piece to his property portfolio, he's willing to accept an unusual term of the contract - taming his client's wayward daughter! Party girl Amber Carter appears to live a life of luxurious frivolity, but deep down she feels lost and alone in her material world. Until one morning her new landlord turns up, every inch of him pinstripe-clad perfection, offering her an ultimatum.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • One good book, one awful.

  • By Happy Reader on 08-06-18

One good book, one awful.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

First of all let me comment on the narrator. Good voice, although the Sicilian accent sounded Russian. But she didn't know many of the words she was reading and consequently said them wrong. Very wrong. Harlequin should have better quality control.
Now the stories
Sharon Kendrick was good, as always. a bit short but engaging and great emotional tension
Lynn Graham, sadly writes in a way that gives the genre a bad name. Pages and pages of waffle, going over every internal thought five times. The purple prose was very irritating, she follows every line of dialogue with one or two hysterical verbs and adverbs. I love adverbs but not in every sentence, please!
May I suggest a writing forum - there are a few on-line which will clean up all that for you - and Harlequin need better editors!

  • The Ruthless Gentleman

  • By: Louise Bay
  • Narrated by: Shane East, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

As a chief stewardess on luxury superyachts, I massage egos, pamper the spoiled, and cater to the most outlandish desires of the rich and famous. I've never had a guest want something I can't give them. Until British businessman Hayden Wolf comes aboard - all sexy swagger and mysterious requests. But guests are strictly off limits and I've never broken a rule. Not even bent one. My family are depending on me and I can't lose my job. Only problem is Hayden Wolf is looking at me like I just changed his life. And he's touching me like he's about to change mine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet & Sexy

  • By Readers Together on 08-05-18

Hated the narrator, had to stop listening

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

It's a personal thing, obviously, how some voices really irritate
With Erin Malone, I was her performance, they way she made everything a little throaty and forced they way one would pretend to be an old person. And every line had the same tune. After 30 minutes I had to switch her off. Sorry. will return book