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Mel A

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  • An Elegant Façade

  • Hawthorne House, Book 2
  • By: Kristi Ann Hunter
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Anne Dore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Lady Georgina Hawthorne has worked tirelessly to seal her place as the Incomparable for her debut season. At her first London ball, she hopes to snag the attention of an earl. With money and business connections, but without impeccable bloodlines, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. When he first encounters the fashionable Lady Georgina, he's irritated by his attraction to a woman who concerns herself only with status and appearance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Story from Krist Ann Hunter

  • By Mel A on 24-09-18

Another Great Story from Krist Ann Hunter

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

Fun, escapism. . .Loved the characters. Both the plot and Character development was fun carrying on from the first book in the Hawthorne Series...yet nice that they would stand-alone if someone only has access to the second one. THIS AUTHOR IS A KEEPER! KUDOS to Kristi Ann Hunter!!!
HOWEVER, Warning, one MAJOR drawback is this Narrator!!! I rarely ever comment specifically on the narrator, however Anticipating my long journey, I downloaded the first two books in the series...while I LOVED 💗the STORY💖, continuity and further development, I was terribly disappointed to find that Audio Books SWITCHED Narrators on us!!!!! 😲 This one is Charlotte Anne Dore and she was dreadful, she certainly was NO MATHCH...too flat and mechanical sounding! 😢 It was a CHORE and sheer determination to persevere listening. Only because Kristi had me hooked did I slug through listening! PLEASE BRING BACK Ann Marie Gideon! 💞 Ann Marie Gideon was exceptional, she was so expressive and the distinct voices she gave each character, made you forget that there was only ONE person reading the story, She is AMAZING!!! Bravo!!!

  • A Noble Masquerade

  • By: Kristi Ann Hunter
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother's old school friend, a duke - with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she's heard stories about but never met.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, Mischievous Frolicking Escapism

  • By Mel A on 24-09-18

Fun, Mischievous Frolicking Escapism

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

Fun, Mischievous, sometimes suspenseful escapism. . .Loved the characters. Both the plot and Character development was wonderful.
I don't often comment specifically on the narrator, however Ann Marie Gideon was exceptional! 👍💞 She was so expressive and the distinct voices she gave each character, made you forget that there was only ONE person reading the story, She is AMAZING!!! Bravo!!! Anticipating my long journey, I downloaded this and the next book in the series (An Elegant Façade)...while I LOVED 💗the STORY💖 , continuity and further development, I was terribly disappointed to find that Audio Books SWITCHED Narrators on us!!!!! 😲 The other is NO MATHCH...too flat and mechanical sounding! 😢 PLEASE BRING BACK Ann Marie Gideon! 💞

  • Hawke

  • By: Ted Bell
  • Narrated by: John Shea
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Lord Alexander Hawke is a direct descendant of the legendary English pirate Blackhawke and highly skilled in the cutthroat's deadly ways himself. While still a boy, on a voyage to the Caribbean, Alex Hawke witnesses an act of unspeakable horror. Hidden in a secret compartment on his father's yacht, Alex sees his parents brutally murdered by three modern-day pirates. It is an event that will haunt him for the remainder of his life. Now, fully grown and one of England's most decorated naval heroes, Hawke is back in the same Caribbean waters on a secret mission for the American government.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Never again

  • By Mel A on 18-09-18

Never again

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

Reviewed: 18-09-18

Never again,even though I love this genre, do many other authors are captivating and great story tellers without beingvrank, this author is too graphic and too much foul language...and way way to slow...the STORY JUST D...R...A...G...S...OUT painfully!
No thank you, I will be steering clear of Ted Bell from now on.

  • A Lady Unrivaled

  • Ladies of the Manor, Book 3
  • By: Roseanna M. White
  • Narrated by: Liz Pearce
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile - even if it's just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, and she won't wait for it to strike again. She intends to take action, and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WONDERFUL! Wish there were ANOTHER to follow!

  • By Mel A on 22-08-18

WONDERFUL! Wish there were ANOTHER to follow!

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

Reviewed: 22-08-18

Wow want sure the third coukd be as goid add the first two. . . and impressed that each one is complete and strong enough as a stand-alone story... but this third book is WONDERFUL, redemptive, joyful and hopefilled...amonst the twists and turns of suspense. WELL DONE!!! KEEPNTHEM COMING!!!

  • The Reluctant Duchess

  • By: Roseanna M. White
  • Narrated by: Liz Pearce
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

While Brice has never been one to shy away from manor-born ladies, the last thing he needs is the distraction of Lady Rowena, who finds herself in a desperate situation. But when Rowena's father tries to trap Brice into marrying his daughter, Brice makes a surprising decision. Rowena wanted to escape the Highlands, but she's reluctant to marry a notorious flirt. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in questionable business with a stolen treasure, she fears she's about to end up directly in the path of everything she was trying to avoid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly, even BETTER!

  • By Mel A on 10-08-18

Amazingly, even BETTER!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

BRAVO! MAGNIFICENT, Even Better than the first of the trilogy. Stand-alone but the depth of knowing the first, as goid as it was, made this one all the more enriched and left me eager to start the third! :) Wonderful!

  • The Lost Heiress

  • Ladies of the Manor, Book 1
  • By: Roseanna M. White
  • Narrated by: Liz Pearce
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she's British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook's friend, Justin, uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea, to the estate of her supposed family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Page Turner...or Ears glued to the Story😆😉

  • By Mel A on 03-08-18

Page Turner...or Ears glued to the Story😆😉

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

From the Start you are drawn in... the storyline, the sweeping beauty described and heart pounding anticipation from start to finish. Gotta go...I just downloaded the next book in the series! 😍

  • A Song Unheard

  • By: Roseanna M. White
  • Narrated by: Liz Pearce
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I - to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales. Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he's won - until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father's work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO! Magnificent! MORE!

  • By Mel A on 26-07-18

BRAVO! Magnificent! MORE!

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

Reviewed: 26-07-18

Wow, I loved the first book so much, Ib was afraid it could not be topped, and (though both are stand - alone stories, not requiring the other) this 'chapter' of the family story is woven so well, you feel the support of the other threads, of the siblings, the geographical and political landscapes of the day. . . and you can HEAR the music that entwines my heart ad I read. BRAVO! Magnificent! MORE PLEASE!

  • A Name Unknown

  • Shadows Over England, Book 1
  • By: Roseanna M. White
  • Narrated by: Liz Pearce
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Peter Holstein writes his popular series of adventure novels under a pen name. With European politics boiling and his own neighbors suspicious of him, Peter debates whether it might be best to change his name for good. When Rosemary shows up at his door pretending to be a historian and offering to help him trace his family history, his question might be answered. But as the two work together and Rosemary sees his gracious reaction to his neighbors' scornful attacks, she wonders if her assignment is going down the wrong path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming!

  • By Mel A on 17-07-18

Heartwarming!

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

BRAVO BRAVO! Thoroughly Loved it... Can't wait for the next book! Keep them coming! Thanks for taking us with you, in these lives and their adventures!

  • The Pepper in the Gumbo

  • Men of Cane River, Book 1
  • By: Mary Jane Hathaway
  • Narrated by: Daisy Mae
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Alice Augustine runs the oldest bookstore in the historic district of Natchitoches and believes technology is the root of most problems. If only more people would turn off the TV and shut down the computer, the world wouldn't be in the mess it's in. She wishes she could get the teens she loves to step away from the screens and hold on to their Creole culture. The only person who seems to understand her passion for classic literature is the mysterious website owner, Browning Wordsworth Keats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Sweet

  • By Mel A on 18-05-18

Fantastic Sweet

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

Reviewed: 18-05-18

Was a great story that draws you in and wraps you in a hug. ... the AWFUL pay was finding that only this FIRST book in the series is available in Audio!!? WHY??? PLEASE if you can't do all of them don't torment us with only the one! #1 pet peeve!!!😢

  • Chasing Secrets

  • Elite Guardians, Book 4
  • By: Lynette Eason
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan may be in South Carolina, but when a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a 25-year-old cold case, her life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she's made a career out of taking care of others. But after an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her - and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he's not about to let Haley fight this battle alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best yet!!!

  • By Mel A on 28-02-18

Best yet!!!

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

Reviewed: 28-02-18

I LOVED ALL of the Elite Guardian Series. ..hoping there are MORE to come! ! !