Lord of Darkness : Maiden Lane

  • by Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated by Emma Taylor
  • Series: Maiden Lane
  • 12 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Three men who made a sacred pact years before: to defend and protect the innocent of St. Giles - no matter the cost to themselves...
Since the death of his first wife, Godric St. John has devoted his nights to protecting the innocent of London disguised as the notorious Ghost of St. Giles. When Lord Griffin Reading discovers Godric's secret double life he presents him with an offer he can't refuse, and Godric finds himself married to a young - and pregnant - stranger.
Two years ago Lady Margaret "Megs" Reading lost both her lover and her unborn child - but not before being forced into a marriage of convenience with Godric St. John, an older, dour gentleman she barely knew. No longer content to spend her days at her husband's country estate, Megs leaves for London to get the two things she wants most: to find and bring to justice the man who murdered Roger, her lover, and to have a child of her own. But in order to conceive a baby, she's going to have to seduce the husband she hasn't seen since their marriage breakfast. (Maiden Lane, Book 5)

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Most Helpful

BRING BACK ASHFORD MCNAB - PLEASE!!!

Would you try another book from Elizabeth Hoyt and/or Emma Taylor?

No - I'll never buy another book narrated by Emma Taylor. She's terrible.


What did you like best about this story?

I didn't enjoy the story very much at all because the narration was so bad. I've still got 4 hrs to go and I'm looking into the buying the book on my Nook to finish it. I'm just not sure I can suffer through 4 more hours.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emma Taylor?

Ashford McNab, Rosalyn Landor, Helen Stern, Rebecca DeLeeuw, Anne Flosnik


Was Lord of Darkness worth the listening time?

Not really. I seriously doubt that I ever listen to this book again. That's unfortunate because I've listened to the other books in this series several times each. I've thought about returning this book, but I guess I'll keep it.


Any additional comments?

I'm not sure that I like the fact that more and more people are aware of who the Ghost of St. Giles really are. There are just too many people who know now. That makes it unrealistic for me. How can that many people keep this kind of secret?

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- J-9

Annoying narration ruins an otherwise great story

I was so looking forward to this installment, and when I saw that the narrator was no longer Ashford McNab I was worried. But I had some faith having listened to other series that had changed narrators and really enjoyed them, thought the different narrations added to the books depth. That was not the case here. The narrator sounds like a snotty older woman pretending to be a teenager with a giant brick stuck in an inconvenient place.

Her voices are terrible, if I had not listened to the other books in this series I would have ended up hating several of the characters,Temperance from the first book sounded like she was constantly smelling cat litter. Hero sounded like she was a timid bird and Lazarus, Lord Caire sounded ridiculous. I don't think there was a single male voice that sounded convincing or enjoyable.

At times I felt like she was in a rush to get through the book and at other times she would slow down to a crawl. Conversations were bunched, paragraphs became run on sentences. She had issues with pronunciation, and you could tell she didn't have a clue about the story.

I am tempted to return the audio book. I will most definitely not pick up the next audio book in this series if she is narrating it, not unless she gets some reading skills.

If there really was a need for a narrator change could it at least have been a good one? There are so many to choose from.

I think this will be the second time I have not wanted to finish a good story because of the narration.

The story is good, the characters are some of my favorites and Elizabeth Hoyt is entertaining and has fast become one of my go to romance authors. I will be buying the book in a different format and hoping that the publisher gets a different narrator for the next book in this series.

I am not happy that I am giving this book so few stars and that it has nothing to do with the story and everything to do with the narration. The whole point of an audio book is to be swept away in a story telling, not be driven to tears of boredom, frustration and annoyance.

Some tips for the narrator, try to sound less bored by the material, try not to sound like you are better than the material you are given, speak like you care about the people you are reading too. Speak with passion, and even pacing, pause between sentences and if you cannot do voices don't do voices, just speak with slight inflections to help the listener get the idea that a different person is talking.

Anyway, I think I have expressed my dislike for the narration enough. Buy the book in kindle or hardbound form, forgo this format at least unless they get a new narrator for it.


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- Elizabeth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-26-2013
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio