• Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue

  • A Cynster Novel
  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (513 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

You are cordially invited to the wedding of Miss Heather Cynster... but not before she encounters kidnappers, danger, and a daring rescue at the hands of Viscount Breckenridge.

Determined to hunt down her very own hero, one who will sweep her off her feet and into wedded bliss, and despairing of finding him in London’s staid ballrooms, Heather Cynster steps out of her safe world and boldly attends a racy soiree.

But her promising hunt is ruined by the supremely interfering Viscount Breckenridge, who whisks her out of scandal - and straight into danger, when a mysterious enemy seizes her, bundles her into a coach, and conveys her out of London.

Now it’s up to the notorious Breckenridge to prove himself the hero she’s been searching for all along.... p>And coming next month, more unforgettable romance in the Cynster Sisters Trilogy.

Savor another Cynster novel.
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Simon Prebble - come back!!

I'm probably spoiled by the inflections that Mr Prebble has provided in the past. Mr Brenher has a voice that was very easy to listen to, and his characters were easily identifiable. It just wasn't what I was used to for a Cynster novel. I found myself tuning out, not keeping up with the changes in the story. I missed the enthusiasm that Mr. Prebble provided in the past. I will buy the next in the series as I enjoy the stories and listen during my housework and yard work. Change Happens, but I'll miss Simon Prebble if he doesn't return. Mr Brehner is a good narrator and made a good attempt at filling Mr Prebble's shoes; I hope to hear him narrate other novels in the future (just not Cynster novels).

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  • 07-18-12

Awful Narrator!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book, possibly. This audiobook, with this narrator, absolutely not!

Would you be willing to try another one of Matthew Brenher???s performances?

No. He does not appear to recognize the difference between a comma and a period. Too many phrases were read as if full sentences. Seems like his focus was on enunciating his words to the exclusion of all else. Slow and plodding and expressionless. I have to say he was just about the worst narrator I have ever heard on Audible. Buy the book instead.

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Started out well...

This book started off well. Heather was strong and witty. Breckenridge was hero material. Then once they arrived at the "Vale" it all fell apart. The plot went kaput and all there was was the eternal (and I mean NEVERENDING) "does s/he love me?" question. Add to that the performer did not realize that Richard Cynster was English and therefore should not have a Scottish accent and you have a story that I could not even finish despite having only 4 chapters left. I gave it three because it started off really promising. Laurens needs to fire a copyeditor. Somebody just gave up at the end of the book.

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Waste of Money

I am a huge fan of Stephanie Laurens, but this book is not worth the money. The heroine is TO STUPID TO LIVE. She's been kidnapped when her rescue come she talks him into letting her stay with her captures to solve a mystery. I turned it off after the first two hours because it was making me angry that such a good writer would put something like this out.

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Happy to be among the Cynsters again!!


I've read all of the Stephanie Laurens??? world stories, and I can see how the whole group, Cynster???s, Black Cobra, Bastion Club and Adair's characters are growing, in this first book of the trilogy the strong willed and full of pride is the talent and the obstacle for love, the psychological process of coming to terms is very well described. I wish it didn't have to take a near death experience to see what really matters. I can???t wait for the next two books of the trilogy. I miss Simon Prebble simply because I became attached to those voices and he was very consistent through the different books, but Mathew Brenher did a great job, I don't think Richard (Scandal) should have such a Scottish accent since he is English, but the pacing and intensity was very well performed.

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Happy to be among the Cynsters again!!


I've read all of the Stephanie Laurens’ world stories, and I can see how the whole group, Cynster’s, Black Cobra, Bastion Club and Adair's characters are growing, in this first book of the trilogy the strong willed and full of pride is the talent and the obstacle for love, the psychological process of coming to terms is very well described. I wish it didn't have to take a near death experience to see what really matters. I can’t wait for the next two books of the trilogy. I miss Simon Prebble simply because I became attached to those voices and he was very consistent through the different books, but Mathew Brenher did a great job, I don't think Richard (Scandal) should have such a Scottish accent since he is English, but the pacing and intensity was very well performed.

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Same old basic Stepahnie Laurens story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, I'd like to see if Stephanie Laurens could develop a different "path to love.". Every single book my Ms. Laurens is about an independent woman and a man who thinks the way to her heart is through passion. Come on, can't she come up with something a little different? Every book, even the Novellas, discusses at length the man's "primal tendencies" and "need to protect" which inevititably the woman doesn't want. She wants to be a partner and loved. I say blah, blah, blah to this story line.

Would you be willing to try another book from Stephanie Laurens? Why or why not?

I guess I'll end up listening to the other two books in this series because I've purchased them and might as well listen to them, but these will be my last.

What three words best describe Matthew Brenher’s voice?

Matthew Brenher is okay. I didn't like that he gave Richard Cynstar a slight Scottish brogue and that he did not pronounce some names correctly or at least as I'm used to hearing them, but overall it wasn't a bad performance.

Any additional comments?

I am pretty sure that these will be the last books I ever read or listen to by Ms. Laurens unless I see reviews that the male dominating and resistant female roles aren't the basis for the whole story. I have read and listened to a lot of books by other authors and mostly books in series and the authors can always come up with a different way/reason for people to fall in love, but not this author. The story changes, but the path to love NEVER does.

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Slooooooow going!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More emotional development of characters.

What could Stephanie Laurens have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The interactions between the main characters should have been more frequent, occurred earlier in the novel, and been more believable.

Which character ??? as performed by Matthew Brenher ??? was your favorite?

The Laird, but he was a minor character :(

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration!

Any additional comments?

I could not believe there was love there. The injury/vigil notwithstanding, the interactions between the characters lacked true intimacy and complexity.

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Great!

It was a great story, I enjoyed Listen to it, could not listen to it fast enough! The narration was very well done, made the story come to live, a good narration is very important to do the book justice. At first I was reluctant because it was a masculine voice but it did not take to long to win me over! Well done Mr. Brenher.

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Disappointing

The first half is fine, but the second half is so boring - who will admit that they love the other first. It went on forever.

The near death scene was really not believable.

I hope the series gets better, because I didn't like this one.

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  • R. Card
  • 07-22-21

Spoiled by the narrator :(

I enjoyed the original Cynster series narrated by Simon Prebble and in comparison, Matthew Brenher is like hearing your RE teacher reading a text book. To see that the rest of this series is also read by Matthew Benher give me pause and tbh, I don't think I'll bother buying them as I really cannot bear his-stilted-almost-robotic-manner-of-reading-the-words. Such a shame as the stories deserve better, whoever gave him these books to read should be sacked, his voice is just not suited to HR

All that being said, I do enjoy the different storylines/scenarios that Stephanie Laurens comes up with.

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  • Kevin
  • 03-03-20

Narration poor

There were several mispronunciations. One English character, Richard, was given a very poor Scottish accent.

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  • 06-26-17

Why does Richard have a Scottish brogue?

Richard was delivered as a baby to St Ives house so was brought up in England. He wouldn't have a Scottish accent! Duh!

Also - goes on a bit when basically they love each other but don't tell each other.

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  • isabella
  • 01-05-17

Viscount Breckenridge

I enjoyed the book very much however was disconcerted to hear Mr Brenher give a scots accent to the vale protector - surely he listened to the other recordings ? He was English !!!

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  • 09-06-19

The Rescue!

Heather was walking to her carriage in a huff as again Viscount Breckenridge had made her angry, when suddenly she was swept up by men into a carriage. Luckily Breckenridge saw this event and took after them.
There begins the story. Can't wait for more on the Scottish Laird hinted at in this story.
The Narrator Matthew is excellent in setting the scenes.

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