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Loretta Chase is historical romance royalty, in my opinion, and her many fans have waited patiently for her books to finally appear in audio. Her magnum opus, Lord of Scoundrels, appeared earlier this year, as well as the three volumes of the Dressmakers series.
Those titles had first-class production values, but Isabella, sadly, does not. The narrator is good, but the sound quality is very poor. Blackstone Audio produced LOS and the Dressmakers, whereas Isabella and Knave's Wager (which also suffers from poor sound) are self-published. These are among Chase's earliest titles, so perhaps no publisher was interested in producing them in audio.
I've been hoping that the Carsington series would appear in audio, but I certainly hope that Ms. Chase either does not self-publish those titles or finds a better producer for them.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
The story was quite fine. Toward the end I'm not sure why but I got a bit confused. Things went very quickly but they also seemed a bit disjointed. However, I enjoyed the story.
I liked the narrator, too, but the audio production was abysmal. It sounded like it was recorded in the bottom of a barrel. That's horribly unfair to the author and can't be blamed on the narrator either.
I like Loretta Chase's work and I'm sorry this production wasn't up to the standards we've come to expect in audiobooks.
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Would you try another book written by Loretta Chase or narrated by Stevie Zimmerman?
Yes sure, it was the sound quality that made the experience questionable
Who was your favorite character and why?
Lucy, I always like vivid supporting characters.
Would you be willing to try another one of Stevie Zimmerman’s performances?
If it would be a better sound quality she might not be so bad after all.
Do you think Isabella needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
It was a very short book. I do not think it has room for follow-ups.