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  • Always Proper, Suddenly Scandalous

  • Scandalous Seasons, Book 3
  • By: Christi Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

To distance herself from a personal scandal, Abigail Stone flees America to visit her uncle, the Duke of Somerset. She finds herself helplessly intrigued by the hard, too proper Geoffrey. With his strict appreciation for decorum and order, he's nothing like the man she's always dreamed of.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating and Predictable

  • By Thor on 16-10-18

Frustrating and Predictable

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

I struggled to finish, I hate books are based on the premise of "I shouldn't do this, but I will do it anyway". So story line is stretched beyond belief. It should have been based in America, as all the rules of English society were ignored. Truly tedious, not worth buying.

  • Marry in Scandal

  • Marriage of Convenience Series, Book 2
  • By: Anne Gracie
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Shy, young heiress Lady Lily Rutherford is in no hurry to marry. She dreams of true love and a real courtship. But when disaster strikes, she finds herself facing a scandal-forced marriage to her rescuer, Edward Galbraith, a well-known rake. Despite his reputation, Lily is drawn to the handsome Galbraith. In the gamble of her life, she agrees to marry him, hoping to turn a convenient marriage into a love match. As heir to a title, Galbraith knows he must wed, so a convenient marriage suits him perfectly. But there is a darkness in his past.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Irrationality

  • By Thor on 07-10-18

Irrationality

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

The fact she can't read or write is irrelevant. She is a "sweet young think", who say "I shouldn't do this it is stupid/dangerous", but does it anyway. She gets what she deserves, and ends up marrying a guy she knows doesn't what her. All because she wants him and will make him, "the best wife". As the book is so much twaddle, the quotations are really irritating.

  • The Winter Bride

  • Chance Sisters Romance, Book 2
  • By: Anne Gracie
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Damaris Chance's unhappy past has turned her off the idea of marriage forever. But her guardian, Lady Beatrice Davenham, convinces her to make her coming out anyway - and have a season of carefree, uncomplicated fun. When Damaris finds herself trapped in a compromising situation with the handsome rake Freddy Monkton-Coombes, she has no choice but to agree to wed him - as long as it's in name only. Her new husband seems to accept her terms, but Freddy has a plan of his own: To seduce his reluctant winter bride.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Insecure or Arrogant

  • By Thor on 04-10-18

Insecure or Arrogant

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I am unsure of the Author's motive of always quoting passages from other books. Is it to say that though she writes "romantic novels", she is still widely read; it's not just Jane Austen she quote. Is she boasting or embarrassed?
I am an avid read of most genera; except for horror, as I am a coward. However I am never embarrassed or feel the need to explain, my choice of reading matter to anyone.
It is extremely annoying having quotations at the beginning of every chapter, it totally distracts you from the story. It also highlights other problems such as pronunciations.
Such a pity as the story is funny, plausible and the characters enjoyable.

  • Jack

  • Jaded Gentlemen Series, Book 4
  • By: Grace Burrowes
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Sir John Dewey Fanning (Jack to his familiars) is magistrate in a corner of Oxfordshire plagued by one incident of petty mischief after another. To add to his aggravation, his matchmaking mama is due for a prolonged visit, just when his domestic staff is at sixes and sevens. Jack turns to Miss Madeline Hennessey both to organize his household and to serve as his mother's temporary companion, despite the fact that he's long harbored feelings for the ever-competent (and lovely!) Miss Hennessey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy to read, Easy to listen to.

  • By Thor on 16-08-18

Easy to read, Easy to listen to.

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

Reviewed: 16-08-18

Typically cross-section of village life, where people who have known each other all their lives live and squabble. In the middle of all this the hero and heroine get to know each other, rather than being nodding strangers. As there story develops, the village is also genital take some lessons., supposed theft is the root of all the problems.

  • Unseen Academicals

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: David Jason, Jon Culshaw, Mathew Horne, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 489

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This is an extremely poor adaption of one of Terry Pratchett's best books.

  • By Grandad on 14-07-18

Awful, Don't Buy

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

Reviewed: 14-07-18

This a good example of how to totally ruin a good story. The characters might have same names as in the book, but that is all they have in common. Pratchett's subtle sense of humour, is turn into "slapstick humour " totally missing the mark. I struggled to finish as, I just couldn't believe, it could be that bad, but it deteriorated into the pits of hell. My daughter couldn't get past the second chapter. We thought that with David Jason, being on board it should've been good, but it was a travesty.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

  • Highland Pleasures, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 stars

  • By Book addict on 10-10-18

Worth reading

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

The story is different and shows disability and the response of doctors and families during that time period.

This makes an unusual love story, but intriguing and pulls you along with the plot.

  • The Courtship

  • Windham Series, Book 0.5
  • By: Grace Burrowes
  • Narrated by: Roger Hampton
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

Percival Windham is a second son and a cavalry officer acclaimed and respected by his men. He is immensely attractive and distracts himself with the women who seem to throw themselves at him at every turn. At a country house party, Percy meets beautiful, retiring Esther Himmelfarb. Esther's wealthier relations are taking shameless advantage of her dependence on them, and only Percy seems to see the striking intelligence beneath her modest demeanor.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • NOT WORTH BUYING

  • By Thor on 25-06-18

NOT WORTH BUYING

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

Reviewed: 25-06-18

It has four chapters, as I was getting bored, I decided to skip a few only to find I was on the last one. so it rushed into the end, totally unbelievable. Imagine my surprise, when I find out that there is another book to buy, telling their story after she has had four sons and the marriage has lost it's zest, totally rip-off. it is true that the narrator's female voice is not good, but then the material was rubbish.

  • The Reluctant Bride Collection - The Complete Box Set

  • By: Megan Bryce
  • Narrated by: Maureen Cavanaugh
  • Length: 21 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

Come back to a time when manners are everything and rules are made to never be broken. Come back to a time when men are in charge and women do what they are told. Yeah, that never happened. Welcome to Megan Bryce's Regencyland, where ladies with backbone get what they want. Where a woman can thumb her nose at rules and care little for convention, and yet somehow, unexpectedly and most reluctantly, find love.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor quality

  • By The Book Worm! on 08-07-18

I liked the stories, I disliked the narrator.

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

Reviewed: 21-04-18

I admit to jumping chapters as the voice of the narrator was jarring.
She seemed unable to produce a believable male voice ; occasionally she even tried to mimic an English accent.
it was terrible.
This made it hard to listen to stories.

  • The Marigold Chain

  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32

England, 1666; the year all the prophecies said the world would end. For Chloe Hervaux, marriage to wild, unpredictable Alex Deveril offers escape from a home she hates. For Alex, waking up with an epic hangover, the discovery that he has acquired a bride is an unwelcome shock. But while the marriage remains in name only, other forces are gathering. England is at war with the Dutch, and Prince Rupert suspects that sabotage is at work in the fleet. Instructed to find and stop the traitor, Alex enters a dark, secret labyrinth of intrigue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner from the Riley/Wyndham team!

  • By Caz on 18-02-18

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 30-03-18

The story is well balanced and believable.
The hero and heroin are no more than the should be and the other characters add to the enjoyment.
The story is intriguing and keeps you hoped to the end.
Well worth reading or listening to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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

Good story, pity it was dragged out.

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

Reviewed: 30-03-18

I liked the content of the story and felt it was true to the times.
However; the hero sulked and stormed about reason why he would not marry.
The heroine though admitting she had been naive, seemed to be unable, not to repeat her mistakes.
The supporting characters were good, but obviously in an effort to extend the book an incident from a previous book is dragged into this story.
Then the heroine lost her memory etc.
I felt that the author had an requirement of so many works to complete the book. Then when that was achieved it stopped. Pity as it made it tedious towards the end.