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  • A Scandalous Request

  • By: Micki Miller
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

London, 1812. After fleeing the clutches of her vile brother-in-law, Rose Evans finds refuge in the home of her dear friend, Lord Ashton Sennett. They come to an agreement, a marriage of friendly convenience. Since another holds claim to Ashton's heart and body, he seeks to see that Rose experiences all life has to offer. And so to Lord Darington he makes a most scandalous request.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • historical romance with a mystery

  • By Layla on 18-03-19

Five Stars Plus!

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

Reviewed: 16-03-19

Burke has been approached by Rose's husband to seduce her. Yes! You are reading this correctly.
He decided not to but as he gets to know her socially, finds that he has in fact fallen in love with her and so as the story of attempted murders unfolds, he becomes her protector and lover.
This is a love story with a difference and not only is it well written, exciting and very entertaining with all its twists and turns, but is had been beautifully narrated by Melanie Fraser with her amazing voice acting ability. She has really put the finishing touches to this lovely story and I highly recommend it to you.
I requested and voluntarily listened to a copy of the audiobook version and this is my unbiased review.

  • A Bride for Travis

  • The Proxy Brides, Book 10
  • By: Barbara Goss
  • Narrated by: Lili Dubuque
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Travis Bentley had been conned by two mail-order brides, so he decides to stay single and concentrate on his ranch, so when his sister asks him to marry a woman in Denver by proxy so she can adopt a child, he readily agrees. What does he have to lose?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soothing the soul

  • By PATRICIA on 24-02-19

A Pleasing Story !

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

I recently looked up the word 'family' in a dictionary just because I wanted to see how it would be explained and it said something like this in one of the explanations, 'a group of people with two parents and their children'.
Well, that is exactly what this book is about. Barbara Goss has managed to capture the very essence of a family unit (and their family extensions) with all their problems and their solving of them.
Her characters, Travis, Lydia and Molly as well as their siblings, other family members and friends, all come together in support of each other just the way it should be.
I loved the emotions, thought patterns and actions of each character as well as their reasonings and ethical behavior.
Lili Dubuque, the narrator, has an unusual voice and was able to give us a good selection of male and female voices, each different from the others. She reads smoothly and entertainingly and it was a pleasure to listen to her interpretation.
Great teamwork from two very talented ladies!
I am happy to recommend the audiobook having just finished listening to it and my review is given voluntarily and is unbiased.

  • The Foundling Lady

  • The Foundling Series, Volume 2
  • By: Audrey Harrison
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Fact and fiction come together to create a compelling historical romance. Miss Emily Wallis is a bluestocking whose parents have caused enough scandal for her to retreat from society. Mrs. Agnes Jones is living a lie which she is desperately trying to keep hidden. Viscount Robert Wilding is suffering from his injuries gained at Salamanca and the loss of his brothers. They are three damaged individuals who are on life-changing journeys in ways they could never have foreseen.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Inishowen Cailin on 26-09-18

Exciting!

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

This is the exciting story about three damaged souls and how, because of their connection, they manage to turn their lives around.
It is full of many twists and turns in the plot, scenes that made me sad and many more that made me really happy.
I loved the steadfastness, strength and belief in herself of the heroine, Emily as well as the way she gently manipulated and helped the man she had fallen in love with, Viscount Robert Wilding.
There is an absolutely delightful girl, Robert's niece, who is really sweet and quite caring of character.
Then we have Emily's "Aunt" Agnes. She is really strong of character and a big support to Emily.
I really enjoyed this story by Audrey Harrison (who writes beautifully) and the way it tied in with the first book in this series.
In the audiobook version which I listened to Melanie Fraser kept me enthralled with her interesting and varied voices and I was thoroughly entertained.
So, I am happy to recommend both the story and the audio and am very sure you will too.
I voluntarily listened to a free copy of the audiobook and this is my unbiased review.

  • The Foundling Duke

  • The Foundling Series, Book 1
  • By: Audrey Harrison
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Family secrets can’t always be kept hidden. James Massey, Marquess of Avery, is hated by his mother and can’t understand why. Leonard Massey, Duke of Yarnton, has a secret that will protect his son but destroy his wife. Catherine Massey, Duchess of Yarnton, hates her husband and son and is determined they will be rejected by society. One family on an inevitable path of self-destruction. No one will come away unscathed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Layla on 27-11-18

Beautiful story

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

James meets Olivia and his feelings on love rapidly change. His past is a tangle of lies that threaten what could be a permanent relationship between the two of them but with Olivia's support, warmth, understanding and love, they slowly get to the bottom of each lie and sort out his past life.
This is a beautiful story which had me smiling at times and at others, crying but it held my attention throughout and I really didn't want it to end.
Audrey Harrison has a story-telling gift and it is alway a pleasure to read one of her books.
In the audiobook version which I listened to Melanie Fraser entertains us with her interesting voices which bring the characters to life.
These two artistes make a great team and I am happy to recommend both the story and the audio of it as very entertaining and enjoyable.
I voluntarily listened to a free copy of the audiobook version and this is my unbiased review.

  • Winter's Spy

  • Guy Winter Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: James Philip
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

In Winter's Spy, the Mystery Man is under arrest, suspected of having been an enemy agent for his whole career in the Metropolitan Police and throughout all his years working for MI5. Dammed by the evidence of a German spy whom he encountered in Paris before the war, it seems as if he must literally fight for his life. Then, transported to Camp 020, MI5’s South London interrogation center, and confronted by his accuser, the Mystery Man begins to suspect that nothing is quite what it seemed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greatly entertaining and highly recommended.

  • By Inishowen Cailin on 12-02-18

Interesting and good story

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

In this fifth book in this series Guy Winter is arrested and questioned as if he had something to do with spying .
This series just get more and more interesting and although the subject matter of this story is not my normal I will admit that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
It is well written and the narrator has really done a splendid job of helping to bring it to life. I was thoroughly entertained and am really looking forward to the last in the series.
A free copy of the audiobook was supplied at my request.

  • Winter's Return (Guy Winter Mysteries Book 4)

  • By: James Philip
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

Guy Winter and his faithful sergeant, George Ransom, are heading for the English Midlands, where on a country estate a few miles south of Coventry, Helen Chase, the nation's most famous actress, has been grievously wounded in an apparent orgy of mindless violence that has claimed several other lives in the most bizarre and gruesome of circumstances.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Self published trash

  • By Alex on 13-12-17

Cliffhanger De Luxe

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

It always upsets me when a story ends suddenly and this one did! I felt that it was just beginning to really hot up too. Oh well, maybe its just me...
The funny thing is that the book is nicely written, the story is interesting, but what happened to the rest of it? Guess I'll just have to listen to the next one to find out.
I'm loving that Winter is back at work and that he is going to be a father again. Nice personal touch there. And I'm wondering what mischief his daughter and her new beau are going to get up to.
As usual, Melanie Fraser has done a splendid job with her narration of it and I still would love to hear the outcome of Winter's new wartime adventure.
I received a free audiobook from the narrator and this is my unbiased review.

  • Masked Love

  • Beyond Boundaries, Book 1
  • By: Nicole Zoltack
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Isabelle will do anything for her lady, even accompany her to a masquerade ball. Lady Theodosia needs extra support for tomorrow she will meet the man her parents have pledged her to. Meeting an enchanting young man during the course of the evening makes Isabelle wish for a life she can never have. Imagine her shock when he shows up the next morning, announcing his claim on Lady Thedosia. Torn between duty and desire, Isabelle hopes for something more this Christmas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining

  • By Zena on 14-10-17

Very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 14-10-17

A lovely short and sweet love story about two couples falling in love and the reasons why they shouldn't, but true love prevails and this is what the story is about.
It has been beautifully written by Nicole Zoltack and narrated by Melanie Fraser with delightful sound effects in the background from time to time. All together a very entertaining production and most enjoyable.
I was supplied with a free audiobook version by the narrator and this is my unbiased review.

  • Winter's Revenge

  • Guy Winter Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: James Philip
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The Ripper continues his rampage and the last secrets of Guy Winter's life are stripped away. As the bombs fall the mystery man unravels one mystery after another, knowing that sooner rather than later he must confront his deadliest foe. This time it is not just Guy Winter's life and loyalties that are under the microscope. The past mistakes of friends and enemies alike suddenly come home to roost, but Guy Winter never stops hunting his man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Zena on 22-07-17

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 22-07-17

I love it when a story starts off with a punch and very quickly I think to myself, "I know exactly who the villain is..." or "I know what's going to happen next..." and in the very next sentence I'm proved 100% wrong.
So many twists and turns but so easy to follow them. Very clever writing by James Philip.
WWII is a reality with nightly bombings of England and Guy being called away in the middle of the night leaving his fiancee and daughter to try and solve the mystery of the Pearl murders (which are continuing) doesn't make him happy. That he can't solve this mystery which mimics the Jack the Ripper ones is driving him nuts and he can't work out what he isn't seeing.
Once again Melanie Fraser has helped make this book extremely entertaining with her excellent rendition of each voice. Both she and James Philip make an awesome and powerful team.
I received a free audiobook from the narrator and this is my unbiased review of the story which I am very happy to recommend.

  • Winter's War

  • Guy Winter Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: James Philip
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

August 1940 - Chief Inspector Guy Winter has been Fleet Street's favorite detective for over a decade. Dubbed the "Mystery Man" by his friends and enemies alike, for all his fame he cuts a lonely figure at Scotland Yard, where every newspaper story is fresh grist to an already tired mill. Laid low by personal tragedy, there are many who suspect that the great detective's career is over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Zena on 14-07-17

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 14-07-17

What has impressed itself on me is how, even though its not a subject I would normally read (a war story)  I'm totally enjoyed this book. I love it when that happens and I am taken by surprise as to how this author and his narrator have pulled me into their story and kept me there.
Included in this book is a detailed history on 'New Scotland Yard' which I found to be very interesting not having known that information before. Just a bit of trivia to educate and paint the correct picture pertaining to the book.
The story itself is gripping and entertaining and Guy Winter's fascination with Jack the Ripper and the way he ties his current murder cases in with those of the Ripper is brilliant.
In this story we have the beginning of the love affair with Guy and his 'housekeeper'. Yay!
The narration is excellent as usual and being a South African myself, I was highly amused by the Afrikaans/English accent. It has a sound that only an Afrikaner can produce and it brings a smile to my face when I recall it.
All together I can safely say that this is a book and a series I am quite willing to recommend.
I received a free audiobook from the Narrator, and this is my unbiased review.

  • Winter's Pearl

  • Prologue to the Guy Winter Mysteries Series
  • By: James Philip
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Winter's Pearl is set in London in the first months of the Second World War during the period of the so-called 'Phoney War'. It draws us into the complex world of Scotland Yard's most famous detective Guy Winter; the Mystery Man. So named because no other living detective has ever solved as many mysteries as Winter of the Yard. However, the great detective's fame and triumphs have come at a high cost. Who needs enemies when your friends are on somebody else's side?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good introduction

  • By Zena on 09-07-17

Good introduction

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

This is the prologue by James Philip, the author, and it sets the basis for us to understand Guy Winter and his life and the people he lived and worked with and who helped make him the person and great investigator that he was in this series.
It is well written and reads easily, giving the facts and descriptions necessary to whet my appetite and make me want more.
I listened to the audiobook version and have nothing but praise for the narrator, Melanie Fraser whose use of her very versatile voice helped make this an interesting and entertaining listen.
I received a free audiobook from the Narrator, and this is my unbiased review.