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  • Poison or Protect

  • A Delightfully Deadly Novella
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Lavington
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Lady Preshea Villentia has four dead husbands and a nasty reputation. What society doesn't know is that all her husbands were marked for death by Preshea's employer. And Preshea has one final assignment. It was supposed to be easy, a house party with minimal bloodshed. Preshea hadn't anticipated Captain Gavin Ruthven - massive, Scottish, quietly irresistible, and...working for the enemy. In a battle of wits, Preshea may risk her own heart - a terrifying prospect, as she never knew she had one.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't judge the rest of her books by this one

  • By Linda on 27-05-17

Don't judge the rest of her books by this one

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

Reviewed: 27-05-17

I have read all bar one of Gail Carriger's books based in this 'world'. This is my least favourite; I will try in this review to be as objective as possible though. Maybe I am influenced by having enjoyed the last book so much that I was bound to be a bit disappointed with this one.

It is a very well written book with a clear storyline and brief appearances from 2 well-known characters from other books., I would describe it more as a romance book with espionage rather than the other way round. It does deal well with a sensitive issue - a woman being allowed to make her own choices in terms of intimacy and sexual activity after previous lack of choice and unpleasant experiences.

Do take note of the warning in the book synopsis. If you don't want to listen to descriptions of sexual activity then don't buy this book.

If this is your first Gail Carriger book and you think it doesn't have much depth of plot then try another before giving up on her as an author. It's not a bad book, it's just that her books usually have a more substantial storyline.

As for the reader, OK, but not exceptional - a few mis-pronunciations.

Still looking forward to another book from Gail Carriger even though I have been a bit negative about this one.

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  • Romancing the Inventor

  • A Supernatural Society Novella
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Imogene Hale is a lowly parlor maid with a soul-crushing secret. Seeking solace, she takes work at a local hive, only to fall desperately in love with the amazing lady inventor the vampires are keeping in the potting shed. Genevieve Lefoux is heartsick, lonely, and French. With culture, class, and the lady herself set against the match, can Imogene and her duster overcome all odds and win Genevieve's heart, or will the vampires suck both of them dry?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent short story

  • By Claire on 05-08-18

Brilliant book!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

I enjoyed this book so much. It was great to have Genevieve Lefoux's storyline expanded, to see her find love and for other main characters to make an appearance. Good to have some quality lesbian romance too - with very tastefully written intimate scenes which are not gratuitous or excessive. I have listened to all the Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol series plus 3 out of 4 of the Finishing School series, and this is definitely up there with the best. My only gripe with audible is that the readers for the various series pronounce characters' names differently - this should be checked before a new recording is made and the author consulted on correct pronunciation.

  • An Inconvenient Ward

  • Inconvenient Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Audrey Harrison
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Lord Michael Dunham is bored of society, bored of fickle women, but above all that, he is afraid. His father suffered from madness, and Michael is terrified that he will inherit the same affliction. He scrutinizes his every mood swing, his every expression, to see if he can detect any signs that he is developing the symptoms. It blights his life. He has determined that he will never marry, putting a wife through the same that his mother suffered, and he certainly will never have children. The disease will die with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another favourite!

  • By Sara Niña on 09-04-16

Amusing and light hearted listen

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

I enjoyed this book because I was looking for something light hearted and amusing - it fit the bill. I have now listened to all 3 books in the trilogy and this one, for me, is the best. It did feel like the 'does he doesn't he' and 'does she, doesn't she' element dragged out a bit too much for my taste, but that's only my personal opinion and not a reflection on the whole book. I would listen to this book again in the future if I want a bit of escape again.

  • An Inconvenient Wife

  • Inconvenient Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Audrey Harrison
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Charlotte Webster thought she was eloping with the love of her life. She did not expect it to be a ploy and a way to force her way to a marriage with a stranger, who wanted an innocent bride. Held in a house of ill repute, there is little time to act to try and escape and few options to consider.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good

  • By Inishowen Cailin on 02-05-16

Interesting follow-on to first book

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

This book is, in many ways such as the romance, as light hearted as the first in the series, but it does have more serious underlying themes such as the mis-treatment and selling of prostitutes and young women. None of this is described but is in the background of the plot and for those looking for a purely light-hearted escape may have an impact. The plot also has similar twists and turns to the first book. But for those who like to follow characters on from a previous book it may still be worth a credit.

  • An Inconvenient Companion

  • Inconvenient Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Audrey Harrison
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Martha Farfield was companion and housekeeper to Lady Dunham. Her life would be complete if it was not for the interference of Lord Dunham's man of business, Charles Anderton. At every opportunity, he undermines her and causes annoyance, Martha cannot control her anger when in his company.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Average

  • By Linda on 03-02-17

Average

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

If you like your books to be predictable (which is good if you want an assured easy listen) then this will suit you. It was interesting to see the development of the plot with the characters from previous books, but it did become a bit formulaic. Spoiler alert - for those of you who like a 100% happy ending for all characters you will be disappointed with the ending for one of the couples.

  • A Spy's Devotion

  • The Regency Spies of London, Book 1
  • By: Melanie Dickerson
  • Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

In England's Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life - but behind closed doors treason and deception thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal - and to fulfill a dying soldier's last wish by delivering his coded diary.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Promising storyline

  • By Linda on 05-10-16

Promising storyline

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

I thought this was a good story, but for me personally the whole was spoiled by too much anxt. If you don't mind a fair bit of 'I'm not good enough for him' thoughts, then hopefully you will enjoy it. Too many references to God for me too. Not a religious book, but still, a lot of 'God willing' type phrases. An interesting additional element to the romance with espionage and spying within the household. Don't want to say too much to give the story away. Maybe my review is more negative than I intended because I had high hopes of finding a series of books that are more than just romance, but the elements I have highlighted just spoiled it for me.

  • Annabel and I

  • By: Chris Anne Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Marissa Hope
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Gentle, sensual, passionate. Jenny-Wren and Annabel. Magic has woven their lives together. Destiny has bridged their worlds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gentle story of love and friendship

  • By Linda on 11-09-16

Gentle story of love and friendship

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

It is not correct to categorise this as erotica. It is a gentle, well written story of two young women who meet across a lake, and across time, become friends and fall in love. There are a couple of scenes with sex in them, but they are tastefully and wel written, not gratuitous sex for the sake of it. The story also shows how incidents that happen to us as we are growing up, the attitudes and actions of adults around us and the social expectations and constraints of the time we live in have an impact on how we develop from adolescents into adulthood. That makes the book sound more serious than it is, but I wanted this review to show that the book has more depth than just a love story. The quality of the recording leaves something to be desired, it sounds like the reader is at a distance from the microphone, but it is worth putting up with for the sake of the book.

  • To His Lady's Rescue

  • A Damsels in Breeches Regency Novella
  • By: Anne Marie Novark
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

As children, Arabella Trent and Gilbert St. John were best of friends. Wherever he led, she happily followed. Their friendship held fast until Gilbert went off to fight Napoleon and Bella stayed home. Years passed and their youthful camaraderie faded to pleasant memory. Now Gilbert is home from the wars and Bella needs his help. From the moment she climbs in his bedroom window, he knows he's in trouble. Can this beautiful desirable young lady be the same hoydenish friend from his childhood? Can Gilbert rescue Bella from her desperate circumstances even if it means... marriage.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected

  • By Linda on 14-11-14

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 14-11-14

Any additional comments?

This book should not be under the category saga; it should be under chick lit and romance or mild erotica. My rating is unfair because it reflects my personal opinion of the start of the book. All the way through there are lingering and lustful thoughts etc. which you expect from some regency novels. I don't personally enjoy this type of book but I'm sure it will be very entertaining to others. I will be returning it. If it had been listed as erotica or romance rather than saga I would have not bought it.

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  • Poetic Justice, a Traditional Regency Romance

  • Regency Escapades, Book 3
  • By: Alicia Rasley
  • Narrated by: Sherill Turner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

A play manuscript written in Shakespeare's own hand! Between rogue rare-books dealer John Dryden and his prize is an obsessed librarian who wants to destroy it... and the heiress who can lead him to it, but only if he's willing to risk his life, his freedom, and his loner's heart.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Reader disappointing

  • By Linda on 02-05-14

Reader disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-05-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The reader

Would you be willing to try another one of Sherill Turner’s performances?

No. I would avoid any more of her readings.

Any additional comments?

I am reluctant to publically criticise someone's work, but the reading spoiled the book for me. Sherril Turner needs to learn some more correct pronunciation before reading any more books. Her reading style was OK, but her pronunciation let her down. It sounded like she had not read the book before recording it, otherwise surely the context of sentences should have enabled her to read it better - I would hope.

  • Lady Audley’s Secret

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

This Victorian best seller, along with Braddon's other famous novel, Aurora Floyd, established her as the main rival of the master of the sensational novel, Wilkie Collins. A protest against the passive, insipid 19th-century heroine, Lady Audley was described by one critic of the time as "high-strung, full of passion, purpose, and movement." Her crime (the secret of the title) is shown to threaten the apparently respectable middle-class world of Victorian England.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Reading style disappointing

  • By Linda on 06-11-13

Reading style disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-11-13

What did you like best about Lady Audley's Secret? What did you like least?

If you like Victorian meladrama this is a typical book of the genre. I found the book itself entertaining.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

But ... the narrater has a dreadful reading style. I foudn that she over dramatised the reading (even considering that it is a meladrama), but more irritating than that were regular audible breaths. I ended up skipping to the end to find out what happened because I couldn't stand the reader. A shame really.

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