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  • A Perilous Undertaking

  • Written by: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task - saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangman's noose in a week's time if Veronica cannot find the real killer. But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great character development narration okay mystery

  • By Cynthia Johnson on 2019-04-11

great character development narration okay mystery

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-11

Again Angele was wonderful as the narrator. the character development and backstory continues to grow. I love the introduction of lady wellingtonia. I appreciate that Deanna alludes to things in previous book with out going into all the details, so that you have a general idea but it entices you to read the previous books because the history isn't rehashed every book. Again it has stolen glances and one or two near kisses between various characters to add a little romance spice. as long time Agatha fan I felt pretty certain of who was my principal suspect. So while they try to place a few red herrings to suggest other characters that are probable, in the long run I wasn't surprised by who it was and why.

  • A Curious Beginning

  • Written by: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry - and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to it twice!

  • By Jenny on 2017-10-07

a nice start to Adventure series.

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-09

I really enjoyed the narrator. She did a great job of keeping on the voice is different and her reading Pace was good. There is some fun little twist and turns in the plot. One aspect of the plot I think most people guess towards the beginning but the way it plays out is satisfactory. There are stolen glances to add a little spark. It will be interesting to see some of these characters reappear and future stories and learn more about them.

there are times where the main character has that very academic standoffishness that you also see in Sherlock Holmes but like Sherlock she is caring towards other people and in her case she also comes across a little more independent and standoffish due to being raised as a foundling child.

  • Sylvester

  • Or, the Wicked Uncle
  • Written by: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Rowe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She thinks he is insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and they begin to discover a new-found liking and respect for each other. But what Sylvester doesn’t know is that Phoebe is about to publish a novel - a novel in which all London will recognize him as the villainous ‘Count Ugolino’

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • engaging, couldn't wait to listen

  • By Cynthia Johnson on 2019-01-08

engaging, couldn't wait to listen

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-08

many of the reviews said that they were excited for the unabridged version and that it was one of their favorite stories. I can see why. While it is a Regency romance it does take some twists and turns and has nice adventures in it. The heroin is witty, and engaging mostly seems to address situations instead of just blindly turning away from them. the range of characters in this book between the grandmother and stepmother the Duke's mother all and nice facets of the story. I love Tom the best friend.

  • Ruthless

  • House of Rohan Series, Book 1
  • Written by: Anne Stuart
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Few outsiders will ever witness the dark misdeeds of the Heavenly Host. And among this secret society, where exiled Georgian aristocrats gather to indulge their carnal desires, fewer still can match the insatiable appetite of their chief provocateur, the mysterious Viscount Rohan. Pursuit of physical pleasure is both his preferred pastime and his most pressing urge, until he encounters the fascination of a woman who won't be swayed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enticing

  • By Cynthia Johnson on 2018-12-06

enticing

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

Reviewed: 2018-12-06

I enjoyed the characters and their development. The story moved at a decent pace. I enjoyed that it was a little more racy than some of the other historical romances.
I think there might have been some complaints about the narrator but I feel she did a really good job. I didn't have a problem listening to her. I do feel about chapter 22 it suddenly moved and felt a little rushed in the transition but a very good story.

  • Salt Hendon Collection

  • A Georgian Historical Romance Boxed Set
  • Written by: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 23 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

This special boxed set edition is for all the fans who requested actor Alex Wyndham's narration of two of Lucinda Brant's best-loved books, Salt Bride and its sequel Salt Redux. Also included is a 20,000-word bonus novella, Salt Angel, featuring well-loved characters from the Salt books.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • listen many times over

  • By Cynthia Johnson on 2018-12-04

listen many times over

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

Reviewed: 2018-12-04

if you listen to any other listen to Brandt's stories then you will love this one also. The pairing with Alex as the narrator can't be beat. the first salt book is my favorite but the other three are just as engaging. The attraction between the Earl and his contest and their back story as it unfolds is there any caging. Her brother Tom's defense of her is something to be admired. I highly recommend this series. Definitely worth the credit by this bundle.

  • An Infamous Army

  • Written by: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Claire Higgins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

In 1815, beneath the aegis of the Army of Occupation, Brussels is the gayest town in Europe. And the widow Lady Barbara Childe, renowned for being as outrageous as she is beautiful, is at the centre of all that is fashionable and light-hearted. When she meets Charles Audley, dashing aide-de-camp to the great Duke of Wellington himself, her joie de vivre knows no bounds - until the eve of the fateful Battle of Waterloo...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A long and interesting look at Brussels

  • By Cynthia Johnson on 2018-08-27

A long and interesting look at Brussels

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-27

this story was very long and very detailed on the Battle of Waterloo. But as it was something I was not familiar with so it was mostly interesting. I've listened to Regency Buck at least twice. I probably won't listen to this again.

  • Regency Buck

  • Written by: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: June Barrie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

It is in regrettable circumstances that beautiful Judith Taverner and her brother Peregrine first meet Julian St John Audley. The man, they both agree, is an insufferably arrogant dandy. But unfortunately for them, he's also the Fifth Earl of Worth, a friend of the Regent and, their legal guardian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • hooked on Georgette

  • By Cynthia Johnson on 2018-07-25

hooked on Georgette

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

Reviewed: 2018-07-25

I loved this story. it was engaging armed I couldn't stop listening.
Narration was excellent. I can't wait for the next one.

  • Overture to Death

  • Written by: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

It was planned as an act of charity: a new piano for the parish hall, an amusing play to finance the gift. But its execution was doomed when Miss Campanula sat down to play. A chord was struck, a shot rang out and Miss Campanula was dead. A case of sinister infatuation for the brilliant Chief Detective-Inspector Alleyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best so far

  • By Cynthia Johnson on 2018-07-20

Best so far

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

Reviewed: 2018-07-20

this is the best story so far. And this narrator does the best job so far can't recommend this book enough. It's definitely made me look forward to the next ones.

  • Death in a White Tie

  • Written by: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

A body in the back of a taxi begins an elegantly constructed mystery, perhaps the finest of Marsh’s 1930s novels. The season had begun. Débutantes and chaperones were planning their luncheons, teas, dinners, balls. And the blackmailer was planning his strategies, stalking his next victim. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew that something was up. He had already planted his friend, Lord Robert Gospell, at the scene. But someone else got there first....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • best Marsh so far.

  • By Cynthia Johnson on 2018-07-11

best Marsh so far.

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

Reviewed: 2018-07-11

the story was excellent. All the characters interesting. This one definitely gets the reader involved a little more emotionally. Narrator himself was fairly good the quality of the recording and the way it was stitched together was very poor. Some chapter seem to be louder than than others or seem like they're recorded in different years. This was such a good story and it deserves a really quality recording.

  • Artists in Crime

  • Written by: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

One of Ngaio Marsh’s most famous murder mysteries, which introduces Inspector Alleyn to his future wife, the irrepressible Agatha Troy. It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model’s pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been reenacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed forever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen. It’s a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great read

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-05-19

couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 2018-06-16

the character is in the story really bring extra depth. Appreciate in the development of the relationship between Nigel and Roderick and Fox. the narration was excellent. The introduction of Troy was well done. I thought I saw the end coming. I was pretty sure that I was right and at the end I was wrong.