• Sweet Revenge

  • A Lady Arianna Regency Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Andrea Penrose
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (190 ratings)

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By: Andrea Penrose
Narrated by: Mary Sarah
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Lady Arianna Hadley's desire for revenge has brought her back to London from exile in the West Indies. Determined to find the men responsible for her disgraced father's murder, she disguises herself as a man and contrives to be hired as a chef in one of London's aristocratic households. But when the prince regent is poisoned by Arianna's special chocolate dessert, she finds her own quest has become intertwined with a far more deadly intrigue.  

Because of his expertise in chocolate, the earl of Saybrook is asked by the government to investigate the crime. Though he, too, is fighting inner demons, he reluctantly agrees. His first confrontation with Arianna has them at daggers drawn. But when someone tries to kill them both, they become reluctant allies in the hunt to discover what evil is afoot.   

As their investigation takes them from the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the slums of St. Giles, they uncover a cunning plan of fraud that could throw the government into chaos. Determined to bring the culprits to justice, they set an elaborate trap, but they find themselves dancing on a razor's edge - and one false step will prove fatal....

©2011 Andrea DaRif (P)2018 Tantor

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Ugh! Horrible narration

Narration swings from whispering so low you cannot hear to shouting. Narrator struggles with male voices. The ‘hero’ sounds as if he has a vocal impediment. I think he was supposed to sound soft, gruff and masculine ....NOT!! The heroine sounds like a shrew... the roller coaster of conversation volume combined with the monotone of descriptive passages is very annoying. I have lost interest in how this one ends ....good luck!

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I couldn't get past the narrator's voice

I tried....I really did....but, I just couldn't get past the narration. Half the time I couldn't hear what the narrator was saying and the other times I couldn't understand what the narrator was saying. I just cut it off.

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A Captivating Complex Story

Andrea Penrose created fully developed characters, each of whom not only has their own story but their own life. These lives entwine like a basket of snakes, yet as they wrap around each other they maintain their individuality. The life experience of these characters compliments or conflicts with the others to various degrees, advancing the plot. This is not a simple story and if the references to Shakespear's As You Like It and the character of Rosalind is missed by an unfocused reader, much of the early story will appear fuzzy; through no fault of the author. This book rewards a conscientious reader. The intricate plot is masterfully created.

Mary Smith's narration is a theatrical force. I was warned by a few of the reviews so I listened to the sample. The characters do have foreign accents. After the first and second chapter my ear was attuned and I understood every word. Mary Smith uses expression and some volume to portray stress and excitement, this is theatrical not annoying. Since the characters are not only English, French, Scottish and Spanish, they also speak those languages with the Caribbean island lilt. These accents are unusual, not incorrect.

Do not be put off by other reviews, listen to the sample. If you enjoy an intelligent reading experience and are willing to be involved with the story, you will be rewarded.

I will recommend this book to my friends who love to read.

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Great Story

Loves the book and the characters- was only slightly annoyed by the terrible Spanish accent used for Dona Maria Castellano- otherwise- excellent!

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Interesting story horrible narrator

The story is good but the narrator is horrible. She drags out every word and the accents are horrible. I plodded through it but found my mind wandering and fast forwarding because the narrator was so boring

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good story, but distracting narration

I've never left a negative review before, but the narration here was so dramatic that it distracted from the story. Alternatively whispered, then shouting. If you do choose to listen to this book, may I recommend speakers (with remote control) rather than ear buds? I'm fairly sure the book itself is worth reading...but I kept finding myself so annoyed with the volume and theatrical hysteria; I couldn't concentrate on the words.

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Horrible Narration

This is actually a decent story, but the narrator drove me crazy. Her voice was so calm and consciously mellifluous that it became its own distraction. No matter what was going on in the story, the narrator never varied her tone or her speed of delivery. Also, each chapter begins with an excerpt from the memoirs of a Spanish countess who was an expert in chocolate. The voice the narrator used for these excerpts was cringeworthy -- a fake Spanish accent that was like listening to fingernails on a blackboard. Halfway through the book, I gave up on the audible and read the kindle edition. Much better!

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Good story, but....

I liked the story and would be looking forward to the next one, except the narrator is terrible. I can't put myself through that again.

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boring

just couldn't get into it. listened to the first hour but it doesn't hold my attention

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Penrose & Sarah are WONDERFUL!!!

This was a great book read by a great voice! I thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so that I have purchased the rest of the series. I was familiar with the Rexford & Sloane series so I knew Penrose was a marvel, but I am rather difficult to please when it comes to narrators. I read some of the reviews and since a narrator who doesn’t suit one’s taste makes it difficult to even finish a book, I usually listen to bad experiences in that area. Fortunately for me, I think Mary Sarah gave an Oscar winning performance - full of life and emotion and clearly defining each character. There was just one tiny thing that made me smile: the word “gel” came up a few times and Ms. Sarah pronounced it “jell”. For years I have mimicked Maggie Smith in “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” saying, “Little gels! Little gels!” or I wouldn’t have noticed it. It did nothing to detract from her marvelous job! I hope Ms. Penrose writes at least a dozen more and Ms. Sarah narrates them all!

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  • Carôle
  • 05-16-19

Takes getting used to...

I like mysteries, intrigues and who dunnits. Yet this was so disjointed that it took several relistens to the first 3 chapters to bed itself in me. I confess that I soon tired of the ‘Chocolate Diary’ introduction to each chapter - I found that it didn’t add anything to the story for me - I fast forwarded by 30 seconds each time.

The plot was (unnecessarily) complicated & unsatisfying. That said, I shall read the next book to make up my mind on whether I should continue with this series. I can only urge you to try this for yourself to determine if we think alike...

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  • lucy-lou
  • 09-14-18

Annoying narrator

I loved the story but the narration spoiled it for me. It was extremely distracting. I would have returned it but couldn’t find how. But not because of the storyline.

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  • Charlotte
  • 09-02-18

A Regency suspense filled rollercoaster!

Superb book. A Regency delight packed full of murder, suspense, Mystery and Romance. The Narrator was seductive in both Male & Female form...Lovers of Captain Lacey Mysteries will equally be enthralled by this book. Please Ms Penrose, keep on writing! ;-)