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  • Volume 1
  • By: Elisa Braden
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 39 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Rescued from Ruin

By: Elisa Braden
Narrated by: Mary Sarah
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Summary

Volume One includes four full-length novels:

Ever Yours, Annabelle: As a girl, Annabelle Huxley chased Robert Conrad with reckless abandon, and he always rescued her when she pushed too far - until the accident that cost him everything.

The Madness of Viscount Atherbourne: Victoria Lacey's life is perfect-perfectly boring. Surely no one suspects her secret longing for head-spinning passion. Except a dark stranger, on a terrace, at a ball where she should not be kissing a man she has just met. 

The Truth About Cads and Dukes: Painfully shy Jane Huxley is in a most precarious position, thanks to dissolute charmer Colin Lacey's deceitful wager. Now, his brother, the icy Duke of Blackmore, must make it right, even if it means marrying her himself. 

Desperately Seeking a Scoundrel: Tortured and hunted by a brutal criminal, Lord Colin Lacey is rescued from death's door by the stubborn, fetching Sarah Battersby. In return, she asks one small favor: Pretend to be her fiance. With danger nipping his heels, he knows it is wrong to want her, wrong to agree to her terms. But when has Colin Lacey ever done the sensible thing?

Contains mature themes.

©2019 Elisa Braden (P)2021 Tantor

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Loved the stories

The stories were really good, I loved them. To begin with I felt they were ruined by the narrator, her voice sounded depressed and so tragic most of the time and her pronunciation of her words was ridiculous and weird, back was bark, perhaps was p'hups, black was blark, fact was fuct, acceptance was arcceptance, and then she pronounced some words the other way round like blast should be pronounced blarst and answer arnswer. So any words that should have been pronounced as ah were pronounced as a, and words that were supposed to be pronounced as a were pronounced as ah. Anyway I still continued listening because the stories were really good and it was 4 books for1 credit. And by the time I got to the 2nd book I got used to the narrator but her pronunciation of her words were still very annoying, but apart from that I thought she was quite good, a lot better than some female narrators I have listened to, if only she would pronounce her words properly. I will be buying the rest of this series as I'd like to know what happens to the other characters in the series.

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  • DZM
  • 08-04-21

Narration unbearable.

Too breathy and so “affected”. Instead of back she says bock and about 20 other bizarrely affected words.

Tried speeding it up. Barely made it through book one but cannot continue. This will be returned.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-07-22

Narrator

Why, WHY, Why didn’t I listen to the reviews regarding this narrator?!?!? The worst I have ever heard. Can’t follow the story because she is so bad!

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  • C DONALDSON
  • 22-08-21

These books were wonderful.

These books was so wonderful, but I have to say my favorite was the CAD book. The Duke and Jane were my absolute favorite. I would definitely recommend the boobs. The storyline click through all four books and continue beyond these four books. What annoys me is that people are putting down the narrator, if you can do this better than she could then by all means go ahead. It’s not an easy job. So let’s give credit where credit is due. If you don’t like narrations then just buy
a book and read it yourself. ..Stay bless everyone

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  • N. Berry
  • 07-08-21

omg the narrator

I originally said: I just started chapter 2 of the first book in this set of 4 books and I seriously don't know if I can even finish chapter 2 because of this narrator.

Update: I sped up the speed of the narrarator on the first book in this set to 1.15 and it was then bearable enough to finish it. Stories 2-3 had better narraration, though I kept the faster speed throughout.

The stories were good. I'm glad I found a way to get through them. I do plan to download any further books in this series right away.

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  • Kat5
  • 16-05-21

Narration is awful stories are entertaining

I have to admit I agree with other reviewers that the narrator is not suited to the material and in fact steels the story she is so distracting. In fact I have over 2100 books across multiple genres and I have never felt this way before about narration. As to the stories, all intertwined in four books with one credit that would not be necessary except for the narration. This seems to be the author’s early work as her more recent release are funnier.

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  • Zoe
  • 13-10-22

Love the Story, Hate the Narration

As others have stated, the narration is atrocious. However I love Elisa Braden’s stories so I powered through. I will say, by the 3rd book either I was used to the weird accent or it was toned down and slightly less noticeable. Slightly. Honestly torn on if I’m going to listen to the rest of the series.

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  • Olimpia
  • 17-09-22

Worth it!

absolutely loved this series! I am going to listen to the rest of the books. Each stow unique and the hero and heroine are absolutely perfect in each and every one of the stories.

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  • Pen Name
  • 15-09-22

Worst narrator

I couldn’t even finish the first chapter. Her accent makes my skin crawl. It’s so bad. I love this author, but I’m going to have to buy the paperbacks and skip this audio book.

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  • Phx17
  • 20-08-22

Exactly what I adore in regency romance

Four books for one credit and all of them filled with the regency formulas I adore. Dark, dangerous lords and sunny, earnest ladies. Compared to my current favorite regency romance author, Tessa Dare,
this author writes stories that are heavier on the angsty side, but this author makes up for it with
sweet emotional punch. Each book gives 2-4 steamy scenes, another plus over those miserly books that slow build to a single scene. Each book builds off the previous one until the last book brings the couples together to put a final end to a series intrigue arc. From books 5 onward, the books are truly stand alone.

I recommend sampling the narration, but not dismissing it at first blush. The narration was very breathy and over-acted as well as over-accented. It took me aback and grated for the first chapter or two. However, I upped the speed to 1.3x and soon found that i actually liked the over-the-top delivery.
Similar to Lady Whistledown’s saucy sound bites in The Bridgertons, the narrator draws you into these bodice rippers with a wink and a grin. There’s even fun introductions to chapters by the Dowager Marchioness of Wellingham which would make Lady Whistledown proud.

Three minor faults: (1) I would have liked a bit more humor to balance the angst, (2) the utter inability of the lords & ladies to communicate runs over-long [I feel like 7-8 hrs would have been the perfect length for each book], and (3) how is Audible still producing collections without providing Tables of Contents? But, this 4-pack gave great value and even better grab-the-tissues love stories, so I easily forgave the faults, enjoyed the listen, and wish-listed the rest of the series.

Ch 1: Ever Yours- Annabelle & Robert
“Oh, bumblebee!”
I was hooked by the end of chapter 1, as soulmates Annabelle and Robert are ripped apart as teens.
Then, it’s the stubborn bull versus the precocious bumble bee as the two reconnect and re-combat during a London season. Features a lummox of a horse named Dewdrop and a gaggle of kittens.

Ch 24: Madness of Viscount Atherbourne - Victoria & Lucien
“If I can’t make you scream (with pleasure), I am not much of a husband.”
Lucian is a deliciously dark and broody Viscount bent on revenge. Victoria is the stereotypically sunny innocent who, chaffing at her looming marriage to a dullard, falls for the full court seductive press of Lucien’s kiss. This scandal allows the story to get right to the steam. Starting at 2.5 hrs in, there are four naughty interludes, giving great bang(s) for your buck.

Ch 58: Truth About Cads and Dukes- Jane & Harrison
Victoria “Your height doesn’t signify”
Jane “It will when my husband resembles a tree standing next to a mushroom”
Plain Jane is plump, bespectacled and dying for attention. Harrison is the biggest stick in the mud. But once she convinces him to take off his starched shirt, they combust. Another one that runs too long with two people who won’t open up and communicate.

Ch 89: Desperately Seeking a Scoundrel- Sarah & Colin
As much as I disliked Victoria and Harrison’s gambling, dishonorable brother Colin, in this book, Collin turns things around. He’s still on the whole a lesser leading man than the previous three, but I very much liked Sarah, who is the most capable leading lady so far. This one had more story and less steamy, making it more of a three star listen. Also, the first few chapters of this book have volume issues,
like someone yanks the knob up and then cranks it down, just to mess with the listener.

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  • Linda
  • 06-07-21

I couldn't finish the first book. The narrater was

so bad that I struggled to listen to any of the book. I'm not sure why she paused so much and spoke so slowly.