• Dancing at Midnight

  • Blydon, Book 2
  • By: Julia Quinn
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (312 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lady Arabella Blydon has beauty and a brain, and she's tired of men who can see only one without the other.

When a suitor tells Arabella he's willing to overlook her appalling bluestocking tendencies on account of her looks and fortune, she decides to take a break from the Marriage Mart. During an extended stay in the country, she never expects to meet Lord John Blackwood, a wounded war hero who intrigues her like no other man.

Lord John has lived through the worst horrors of war, but nothing could have been as terrifying to his tormented heart as Lady Arabella. She is intoxicating, infuriating, and she makes him want to live again. Suddenly he's writing bad poetry and climbing trees in the pitch-dark night just so he can dance with her as the clock strikes midnight. And even though he knows he can never be the sort of man she deserves, he can't help wanting her. But when the harsh light of day replaces the magic of midnight, can this tormented soul learn to love again?

©1995 Julie Cotler (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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good Julia Quinn story but harrible narrator,

If you could sum up Dancing at Midnight in three words, what would they be?

change the narrator

Who was your favorite character and why?

main characters were great but the narrator ruined the book. I went out and purchased a hard copy so I could finish it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Lucy Rayner’s performances?

no, I purchased two books by this performer and I want to return them. I would rather read the book myself than listen to her. If anyone chooses to listen to JQ's books narrated by Rosalyn Landor then you would understand what I'm talking about.
So please Ms. Quinn no more performances by Lucy Rayner.
I'm sorry to be so harsh but this needed to be said.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If the narrator was Rosalyn Landor

Any additional comments?

Ms. Quinn, as a loyal reader of your fine books please pay more attention to who you or Audible hires to read them...:(

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The narrator

I would not recommend this book. Julia Quinn is one of my favorite.
I would invest on a different narrator and re release this audiobook.
The narrator is overly dramatic when playing the part of the lead. I am being kind with this review.

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who let her narrate?!

the "preformance" of this was so over the top, obnoxious that I had to give up and buy the Kindle version. it was painful to listen to and changed the entire tone of the story. just terrible.

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good

the story was good but the narrator. sounded as if she was on hellium which took from the story

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Nor as good as others by this author

I couldn't wait for this story to be over. The basic story was great, and I laughed at times. The accents grinded on my nerves, though... all of the men's voices were mostly drawn out too slow and the women's voices were so bubbly and happy sounding even when they were talking about something bad. Belle's voice is like nails on a chalkboard, even in the first book. A whole book about her with this voice made me want it to hurry and be done. Dunford's voice is so slow and drawn out that I'm really thinking about not listening to the next book at all since it's all about him.

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True to Julia Quinn

This book was true to Julia Quinn. It meet expectations and I loved it very much!!

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  • 04-09-20

good story

bad narration. Rayner didn't know which character was speaking. or when the story telling began. her voice had inflection when it shouldn't and there was just no getting through it. I need to send it back. get the Kindle edition and leave this version alone.

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Was this from her early days? Wasn't up to par.

I have really enjoyed a lot of Julia Quinns books. Her other series have an assortment of supporting characters which are usually quirky to help the reader get through the slower parts of the books

I found this book was lacking in many things, especially the funny stuff. Plus the holes in the plot, ugh. 3 gunshots are exchanged in the middle of a posh neighborhood, yet nobody seems to talk about it? You'd think it would be all over town with people speculating and gossiping. Plus, how many times do the characters have impulsively do the stupidest things in life threatening situations. I kept asking myself, is this a romance novel or a cheezy horror book.

Finally, the narration is nothing compared to the reader for other series. she read everything so emphatically, like is was a play and they had to reach the back rows. I've definitely heard worse, but she just doesn't compare with the other one ( Can't remember her name).

I may listen to the last book for this series if it goes on the romance package list, but I'm not paying for it.

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Squeeze

Good story, redundant squeezing (every book, every body part), funny, not as long in the tooth (as usual).
Poor narrator keeps us hostage thru the entire series ❣️

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The Reader!!!

This could be a very funny book - however, the reader!!!
She's trying too hard and thus, made it worst!!
I only want to hear how the story end - dreadful to listen to her!!
Sorry, not my reader.

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  • Cassie
  • 11-11-17

Dancing at Midnight

Like other reviewers I enjoyed the story but the reading ruined it. The only believable voice was the American.

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  • Colin
  • 01-02-17

Love the story not the performance

This is one of my favourite Julia Quinn books. Sadly not my favourite audio. The performance is dreadful, it in no way captured the sassiness of Bell or the dryness of John, but turned them winey and annoying, it felt like the performance was mocking the characters.

The story is predictable, but I'm a way where you're happy they just get on with it rather than drawing it out. It still remains a favourite book (few Julia Quinn's aren't) but I'm not sure how much I will revisit the audio, if at all...

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  • Gwen
  • 02-05-18

Disappointed

I kept wanting to slap Belle. The narrator made her sound self centered and inconsistent. A huge disappointment. I've enjoyed other plots and characters by this author.

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  • Thor
  • 10-09-17

The narrator's voice is grating.

It might be set in England, but not the 18th century and Americanism is the language, not English.
American women were much more forward than their English counterparts, but did they really go visiting bachelors, by themselves at ridiculous hours?
I find the whole story ridiculous and childish.
I don't understand why Authors/Authoress describe a character, then have them acting contrary to description.
Sadly, I found the narrator's voice grating, so that made the whole experience awful.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-30-17

Narration very slow

Love Julia Quinn but don't know if I can finish this. The narration lacks pace and there are pauses that often make me think audible has stopped playing. Sadly disappointed.

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  • Lorraine
  • 05-02-21

Narrator

The narrator ruined the book. She was irritating and in the end laughable. Nails on a chalkboard.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-21

Desperately needs a different narrator

The voices were awful again. Not sure I'll make it to book 3 in the series

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  • Rita Garwood
  • 08-01-22

Different from most.

Was a bit different to most romance books. Worth reading as has a bit of a twist.

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