Garden of Lies

  • by Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by Louise Jane Underwood
  • 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of Otherwise Engaged and The Mystery Woman presents an all-new novel of intrigue and murder set against the backdrop of Victorian London.
The Kern Secretarial Agency provides reliable professional services to its wealthy clientele, and Anne Clifton was one of the finest women in Ursula Kern's employ. But Miss Clifton has met an untimely end - and Ursula is convinced it was not due to natural causes.
Archaeologist and adventurer Slater Roxton thinks Mrs. Kern is off her head to meddle in such dangerous business. Nevertheless, he seems sensible enough to Ursula, though she does find herself unnerved by his self-possession and unreadable green-gold eyes. If this mysterious widowed beauty insists on stirring the pot, Slater intends to remain close by as they venture into the dark side of polite society.
Together they must reveal the identity of a killer - and to achieve their goal they may need to reveal their deepest secrets to each other as well.


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Miserable narration

What would have made Garden of Lies better?

The narrator makes the heroine sound like a whiny teenager. It's so bad that her accent sounds like pseudo English. Do the authors ever screen the narrators...someone should have! I honestly don't think I will be able to finish this book with the "fingernails on a blackboard" voice. I'm very, very disappointed

Has Garden of Lies turned you off from other books in this genre?

I will certainly screen any of the authors other books much more carefully. I am a strong fan of these series, but not if done by this narrator.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Louise Jane Underwood?


What character would you cut from Garden of Lies?

The narrator

Any additional comments?

Have it redone.

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- Sally S

This novel is close to the best of Amanda Quick

Jayne Ann Krentz aka Amanda Quick mostly writes books in which the female lead is cheerfully going about her business, whether the business is a tea and spice shop, an interest in decoding historical books, or even finding the rest of the animal that goes with a fossil tooth. They care about their romantic interest and the physical involvement comes as an expression of their shared interest and and affection, and that physical involvement is hot. This book has the best of the qualities of the earlier books.

So it is sad that the narrator sounds to me about twelve years old, maybe younger. Which means she makes the woman she voices sound like a vapid twit. This book is historical romance, but just because it is a romance doesn't mean the heroine should sound as if she just left nursery school. This character has started her on business at a time when women were not allowed to vote. Her accomplishments indicate she is intelligent and energetic, so the squeaky voice is jarring.

I have listened to Louise Jane Underwood narrate a work of historical nonfiction, and she definitely sounded intelligent and clear. Her voices for other characters in this book actually come out of the high registers. so it is obvious she his talented. Perhaps the producers and directors of audiobooks should be held as accountable for these weird voices as the narrators.

So I won't give up on this narrator, but I will listen to a voice sample of her work very carefully, before I risk another credit on something she narrates.

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- Barbara "Huntsville, Alabama"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-21-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books