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Scandalous

By: Karen Robards
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
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Publisher's Summary

When Lady Gabriella Banning receives word that her half brother, the Earl of Wickham, has died on his tea plantation, she faces the reality that she and her younger sisters are suddenly penniless - unless she thinks fast. Arranging Claire’s London season, Gabby pretends that Marcus is still alive, just until Claire can marry a fabulously wealthy nobleman. But when a handsome gentleman arrives claiming to be Marcus, Gabby’s plan backfires. If she exposes this mysterious stranger’s deceit, she exposes her own. Bound by secrets and lies, Gabby and the roguish adventurer strike sparks - and soon London society is abuzz over the scandalous “siblings” who appear to be falling in love....

©2010 Karen Robards (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Fast-paced....so much fun to read.” ( Midwest Book Review)
>“Robards is one terrific storyteller.” ( Chicago Tribune)

What listeners say about Scandalous

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Unexpected plot twists

As a romance novel junkie for over 30 years, I was actually pleasantly surprised by a couple of the plot changes in this book. Robards did a good job on this story. Well worth the listen. Good narrator.

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Good Story!

Unlike some I've listen to lately, "Scandalous" actually has a story worth listening to ... intrigue, scandal and romance.

It seems Justine Eyre's performance depends on the book she's reading -- she did well narrating "Scandalous".

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unsuitable Narrator

Story was worth the listen but the narrator voice tone and inflections sounded like a 17th century valley girl. Very grating.

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Narrator ruined the book

What would have made Scandalous better?

different narrator

Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Robards again?

I usually love Karen Robards books but I tried several times unsuccessfully to finish this book ... all because of the narrator. She talks to fast and has no emotion in her reading.

How could the performance have been better?

see above

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Scandalous?

didn't finish

Any additional comments?

I'll never get another book with Justine Eyre as the narrator

4 people found this helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Keep the Surprises Coming

This was the 1st Karen Robards Book I ever read and I go back to it again and again. The twists and turns in the plot keep the pages turning way past "lights out time" and I'm always biting my nails by the end I am just so nervous.
This is a great addition to any Historical Romance fans collection.

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Typical Regency Romance.

I had read this book as a teenager and thought I really liked it. While I did enjoyed this book, it was nowhere as good as I thought it was when I was younger. Overall this is a typical regency romance. 3.5 overall it was and enjoyable story and would be a good book for a sale. I probably won't read the other two in the series. I tend to enjoy Karen Robards newer books that have more mystery in them. My favorites being Whisper at Midnight, One Summer, and Walking after Midnight. Narrator does a fairly good job.

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Rushed, impersonal narration ruins a good story

Sometimes you have to be patient until your ear grows accustomed to the narrator, but this time it was impossible. The narration is rushed and impersonal, with little inflection unless she speaks in a character's voice, for which she has to slow down a little. It made the story kind of embarrassing, if you know what I mean. I'm a long-time audio book reader (since tapes!) and this is the first book I've ever listened to that has destroyed the story. I read "Shameless" first so I know the writer is great.

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Enjoyed

Call me a hopeless romantic, it is true. I enjoyed this book very much and am lookiing for more by Ms Robards. I thought the narration was excellent. All in all, it did not disappoint.

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Edge of seat story

I really loved the story line and the narration was excellent too. I loved the ending especially.

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I loved it!

I loved this story. I finished it in one day. A love story with intrigue and a twist. Justine Eyre did a great job narrating. I recommend this book. I don't think you will be sorry.

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