• Revealed

  • By: Kate Noble
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (681 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the acclaimed author of Compromised comes a tale of love and war among the ton.

Phillippa Benning is the unrivaled beauty of the Season. But when another lady challenges her for a marquis's attentions, Phillippa entices him to a secret rendezvous only to stumble upon The Blue Raven, England's most famous spy, lurking at the site of her planned tryst.

The Blue Raven has uncovered an enemy plot directed at upcoming society functions, but he's unable to infiltrate London society. Phillippa makes an offer: In exchange for entrée among the ton, he agrees to have his true identity revealed at the Benning Ball, guaranteeing her unrivaled notoriety. As the danger draws closer, the mysterious spy and Phillippa give in to mutual desire. But when the game turns deadly, betrayal waits around the corner, and Phillippa must decide once and for all, is it the myth that captured her heart, or the man?

©2009 Kate Noble (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Really enjoyed this one — terrific listen — ignore the negative reviews

Ignore the naysayers!!!

I’m glad I listened. There are a lot of mediocre or even bad reviews and I almost skipped this one. I thought it was totally charming. Philippa didn’t bother me at all — i liked her. Granted she is a bit spoiled and veery snobby but there was a realistic quality to it (thought the story is nutty unbelievable (as always) regency romance of course). I get tired of the perfect, plucky, tough-minded, sympathetic heroines who are spunky but never narcissistic, never selfish, rarely truly bitchy. If they are any of those things, they are just young and then they learn their lessons and “grow up”. Often such heroines are inexperienced, silly and confused and a bit dumb — certainly about people and definitely about the hero (who he is and what he really thinks). If you want the foregoing type of heroine, then this book is not for you. Philippa is none of those things and is therefore extremely refreshing. She is smart along with being selfish, snobby and narcissistic and we learn to like her anyway. She is capable of love. She has a sensitive side (sometimes:)). BUT she doesn’t just become another person at the end, totally redeemed from her negative personality attributes, which is refreshing. The hero is charming too but Philippa really outshines everyone. She is one of my favorite heroines of all time and I have read scores of these regency romances over the years. I liked this one a lot. I’m starting on the next one immediately. One downside is narrator’s Philippa voice is a bit high — a bit off. Luckily I started the next one and Lady Jane’s voice is better. Narrator is generally fine, in my opinion.

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An Entertaining Regency Spy Novel

I found this audiobook an enjoyable listen because it invested sufficient time in a story beyond the romance between the protagonists. I thought the main characters' personalities were commensurate with each other, and they made a complementary couple. Phillippa was strong and witty, and she used her strengths in a way that would be acceptable for a woman of the times. However, she was slightly imbecilic when it came to her own safety, which felt contradictory to her intellect. I liked the use of secondary characters and backstory for some of the characters, but it was bothersome that there were several loose ends not tied up by the end that I can only assume will be addressed in other books of the series. This book was like going to a fun wedding of people you barely know: The food and drink, music, and atmosphere are all great, but you realize you don't know as much as you'd like about many of the people there.

The narration was fine on some accounts, but I didn't care for how the narrator made Phillppa (and several other female characters) sound. Too shrill and childish for my taste for a female protagonist.

I recommend this to fans of the author and regency romances.

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Get another narrator

Story was great but I couldn't stand the narrator's voice. The only reason I didn't give one star for performance was the fact that she did have good inflection. However, she sounded like she had too much saliva between her hard palate & her too large dentures. You could literally hear the spit moving around when she talked & I could imagine her showering the microphone as she read. I actually cringed a few times.

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I so enjoy Kate Noble!

I have read two of her books in three days! No movie, social network, fantastic music, or amazing sunny day (Costa Rica here!) could get me away! Thanks!

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Audiobook narrator was a bad fit.

I suppose this is romance, but there was no emotional draw for me.

I was bored, I wanted to quit, but I hoped it would get better. It did not. But some readers loved this. I wonder if reading the book would have made it better for me than listening to it?

Most of the book felt like meaningless chit chat, as if the author is describing a party. Phillippa attends parties, plans parties, gossips, flirts with Philip, then gets upset when someone else flirts with Philip. I wanted more character development. Friend Nora was a bore but she could have been made interesting. A romance develops but I didn’t feel anything. I was not drawn in emotionally.

Part of the plot was not supported with logic. Marcus was a British spy. Laurent was a French spy. The war is over. Marcus finds a paper which lists some society functions coming up. He believes Laurent will attend those and do bad things. His boss does not believe him. So Marcus alone attends those events to investigate. At the first event there are gun shots. At the second event Laurent does something bad, Marcus chases him, more gun shots, Marcus is shot. Three problems: 1. Marcus should carry a gun at these events. He has no weapon and has to flee from the shooter. What kind of spy goes after another spy without a weapon? 2. When Marcus is shot, he wants to keep it a secret which I did not understand. Everyone already knows about the big bad thing that happened. But Marcus won’t let anyone call a Doctor because he doesn’t want the guests to know he was shot? I did not understand. 3. Why didn’t Marcus take some gun carrying associates to help him?

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
Alison Larkin would be ok for another type of book, but she did not fit 21-year-old-party-girl Phillippa. The narrator sounds like an elderly lady.

Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: regency romance.

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never again

to be honest my review isn’t fair - i can’t rate the story at all. the narration is so terrible i didn’t even last past the first minute. glad it was free, because i’d be asking for a refund if it weren’t.

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Slow and insipid

I was so bored that I only got through the first few chapters. I kept waiting and waiting for an actual story to develop and maybe it did, but I did not find it at all enjoyable.

Additionally, the lead female character is so shallow and 1 dimensional that it’s hard to imagine how an entire series was written around her.

I just finished listening to Ms Noble’s book, ‘Compromised’, and I really enjoyed that so I expected this book would be good. I’m sorry to report that it’s not.

The narration wasn’t necessarily bad, I just didn’t care for her voice and it wasn’t enjoyable (for me) to listen to for hours and hours.

I’m sorry, I really wanted to like this one but I can’t recommend it.

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Excellent Read.

Excellent read. Well thought out plot and the characters were well constructed. Cant wait to read the next book in the series.

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Fun to see main characters get to know one another

This was a book that I hated to pause - I just wanted to keep listening right to the end. The male and female leads are both interesting characters. They are very different and play well off each other. The male, Marcus Worth, is one of the most likable male leads that I have listened to in quite a while. Philippa, the female lead, is rather mean, but she is not really mean in her heart. I liked her. There are a host of secondary characters who are also interesting. All the characters have different but distinct personalities. Their antics and banter are very entertaining.

Marcus and Philippa are working together in order for each to further their different goals. You will pull for both of them.
Really great book.

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Captured me!

Honestly when I first started the book, I wasn’t all that intrigued. I even decided early on that I’d probably not listen to the whole thing. Thank goodness I was driving through a thunderstorm and didn’t change it!! The book starts slow and you meet the characters as they are in society…. Only a character. You see the surface until it’s slowly pulled away. Love a slow burn and love that the relationship developed over time. Decent plot as well!

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  • Kindle CustomerJeni
  • 09-13-21

Ghastly, so disappointing!

This sounded so promising, what a disappointment! I couldn't bear to listen to any more of it. I just can't believe how bad it was. It might have been better as a book, but listening to that narrator was impossible. It feels wrong to leave a review like this, but it completely set my teeth on edge - screechy little girl type voices, unbelievable dialogue, and poor pronunciation - except the French surprisingly.

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