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Band Sinister

Narrated by: Cornell Collins
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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Summary

Sir Philip Rookwood is the disgrace of the county. He's a rake and an atheist, and the rumors about his hellfire club, the Murder, can only be spoken in whispers. (Orgies. It's orgies.)  

Guy Frisby and his sister, Amanda, live in rural seclusion after a family scandal. But when Amanda breaks her leg in a riding accident, she's forced to recuperate at Rookwood Hall, where Sir Philip is hosting the Murder.  

Guy rushes to protect her, but the Murder aren't what he expects. They're educated, fascinating people, and the notorious Sir Philip turns out to be charming, kind - and dangerously attractive.  

In this private space where anything goes, the longings Guy has stifled all his life are impossible to resist...and so is Philip. But all too soon, the rural rumor mill threatens both Guy and Amanda. The innocent country gentleman has lost his heart to the bastard baronet - but does he dare lose his reputation too?  

Contains mature themes.

©2018 KJ Charles (P)2019 Tantor
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Brilliant!!

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Well done Cornell Collins aka Matthew Lloyd Davies for restoring my faith in narrators. I loved this story so much, and to be honest, was quite annoyed when I saw who was narrating it BUT pulled up my big girl pants and decided to take a chance on it. FAB-U-LOUS!! I particularly liked his voice for Lord Corvin, although his West Indian accent for John Raven could do with some work [sounded more Welsh than anything 😉]. Aunt Beatrice was suitably awful...as was her dreadful husband, and the Reverend whatever his name was, predictably boring. I absolutely ADORE Guy, Sir Philip and especially that little strumpet of a sister Amanda. Fantastic.

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5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 from me...oh, and 5 💜💛💙💚🧡 too for Philip and Guy's lovely, gentle romance.

The laughs, the sarcasm, the naughty Latin words [former bored Latin scholar here hehe], the comeuppance for the dreadful Aunt Beatrice 😝, but most of all the brilliant Murder [read the story, you'll then understand the reference] Hellfire Club and more importantly its witty members, who were supportive of Philip to a man.

Lots of authors try to imitate KJ Charles, but she reigns supreme as far as this reader is concerned for her marvellous wit and delicious characters. Bravo!!

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Delightful

Like always with KJ Charles this story leaves you feeling happy and light hearted. I enjoyed it immensely.

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I think this is my absolute favourite audiobook!

Love this story and the narration. Love, friendship, debauching, tree-climbing, portrait-painting, stone monsters and more.

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  • 20-03-19

KJ and Cornell Collins winning combo.

What a great combination of
Narrator and Author.
I Very much liked this.
He also narrated the Magpie Lord series so this reminds me a bit of that.

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  • Jennifer Smith
  • 20-03-19

A Delicious MM Regency Tale

KJ Charles does a beautiful job with this sweet Regency tale of an honorable and virginal country gentleman and the disreputable man he falls in love with. I loved the narrator's voices, especially Guy's.

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 04-02-20

Good about consent

Low angst house party - after a leg injury is on the mend. I like the author but only picked this up (not being in my audible package) after seeing a tweet commenting on how ‘spraining an ankle turned into an extensive visit leading to marriage, back in the day.’ This is that plot🤣. It also takes on the feuding families & virgin/whore dynamics - more sensibly than most.

It’s fine but less adventurous than some others they’ve written. Some of the secondary characters were a little thin but I guess that leaves room for the author to flesh them out more fully in future books. (Plus a 6-fingered man!) What it excels at is consent, informed discussion, personal passions, & found family.I was very relieved when the “we need to split up for appearances” talk squashed any misunderstanding immediately. Soul cleansing sensibility there.

Steam: Medium-low. Despite starring an “oh hey, I’m gay? Guess so” virgin, there is low drama about the fact of it. The book concentrates more on the pleasure of discovery than the fears, which helps the low angst vibe. M/M/M is discussed but not shown on page. M/M action happens on page but remains low key, for all the neighborhood’s speculation about degeneracy. There’s some budding d/s kink starting out but these guys go a little slow since Guy is new to romance of any sort.

Narration: Good, except there are several instances where phrase endings audibly fall off as if the microphone got out of range. Some reviewers questioned the Jewish doctor’s accent but I didn’t find it heavy handed & it helped to differentiate speakers. I usually like the narrator, though, so consider that.

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  • Tsuf Plotkin
  • 26-12-19

David <br />

one thing I dont understand, is why david has a russian accent?
He is Jewish but that doesn't mean he's from Russia or eastern europe, especially when his last name is Martello.

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  • John W. Adams
  • 20-12-19

Charming / a fun read

I agree with the comments / reviews that have already been made. This book is charming and fun and takes you away to another time and place. It is not action-filled but it has a nice plot. I can't help wishing there had been a great murder mystery mixed in. Oh well. Great relaxing read. The narrator, Cornell Collins, is wonderful!

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  • Ijw
  • 20-10-19

Standard romance

First love, troubled past, surprise: neighbors aren't evil. Lackluster plot.
A nice read if if you want relaxing, little drama, read.

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  • Lesekaninchen
  • 04-10-19

Wonderful story of love in its many forms

This is a period book in which modern morality prevailes. A hint of menage that happens offscreen. The writing is fantastic and the narration supperb!
KJ Charles and Cornell Collins are my go to when in search for a great listen

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  • David Daniels
  • 10-05-19

just a light fun and enjoyable little tale.

All was as it should've been. I recommend for something light with a great performance.

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  • Dee Slate
  • 09-04-19

Fantastic all around!

Absolutely loved the story! But the narration was perfect! Cornell Collins captured all the tones - ranging from Phillip's sardonic amusement, Guy's innocent outrage to Corvin's rakishness and John's long suffering tolerance of the foibles of his friends. Mr Collins was the perfect choice to perform the story.

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  • t
  • 23-03-19

Absolutely brilliant

I loved Band Sinister when it came out. I've been anxiously waiting for the audiobook and I must say - it does NOT disappoint. Cornell Collins is a perfect narrator for KJ Charles's wit. The voices for each character are wonderful (though I'll admit that Phillip's voice took some time to get used to). Corvin's is probably my favorite. "Make cheese!"

If you take the sex out of it, it reminds me of historical romances I read in my teens. Charles did an exceptional job of creating an MM Romance within the bounds of those older historicals. Absolutely fantastic.

I highly suggest it. Join Guy, Phillip, Amanda and the Murder for a wonderful tale.