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The Lady Chosen

Narrated by: Jill Tanner
Series: Bastion Club, Book 2
Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.8 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Stephanie Laurens' hot-blooded romances, including her New York Times best-selling Bar Cynster series, have earned her legions of loyal devotees. The beginning of an exciting new saga, The Lady Chosen introduces the distinguished war veterans of the Bastion Club, single gentlemen not entirely committed to staying that way.
©2003 Stephanie Laurens (P)2007 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Fans of Laurens's popular Cynster...romances will expect the high adventure and steamy, sensual love scenes that are her signature, and they won't be disappointed." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 11-06-2012

First of the Bastion Club spies to fall in love

These are long drawn out romance novels but if you can grin and bear it then you will be rewarded with an enjoyable, fun, lighthearted and passionate listen.

I prefer Jill Tanner to Simon Prebbles as he sounds too old for the parts he plays, but I don't particularly like her either.

Worth the credit? Yes, it's long but, if you're a S.L. fan then you know what you're getting and you should enjoy it.

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  • Julia Aryeh
  • 28-07-2008

Why Jill Tanner?????

The story is absolutely RUINED because of this mono tone - BORING narration. I think Larry king would tell this better. There is no creative narration throughout the book and she sounds as bored reading it as she is being listened to. I LOVE Simon Prebble in the Cynster series - why change for this?
If you have staying power and are a die hard SL fan, then grin and bare it. this is my second Jill Tanner purely out of being an SL fan, but it will be my last from this narrator. she can make a sunny day dull just by uttering a single sound.
what a shame.

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  • SSH
  • 04-07-2008

Narrator issues

The book appears to be reasonably well-written but the listening experience is marred by the narrator. She reads very s-l-o-w-l-y and does not make much of an attempt to distinguish the characters by change of voice so it is easy to get confused as to whom is speaking. This also flattens any repartee between the characters and any attempt at humor. If you like romance mysteries set in the Regency period of England, Kate Reading's readings of the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig are a much better choice.

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  • Lisa
  • 06-04-2012

The narration is horrible

I will NEVER again buy a book narrated by Jill Tanner. I was completely disappointed in her abilities! I kept hoping through the first chapter that she would inprove, no such luck. It not only was boring, but also took away from the story as a whole!!!!

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  • Stefanie
  • 22-08-2011

Wonderfully Good Second Half!

This book drove me crazy!!! First because it was frustratingly slow & then because it was fantastically fun, crazy & romantic! I have to say that never have I been more proud of myself for not giving up on a book before the second half! This book is a trial during the first four hours because everything moves at a snails pace. The same phrases are repeated endlessly to the point that I was tempted to toss my iPhone out the car window if I heard "She met his gaze" one more time, but the characters are intriguing and the female lead is no idiot so I had to stick with it because SL has never let me down before.

Then it all clicked & the romance and mystery take off like a rocket in part two! Now I was hooked and totally invested in the tale! It is totally worth the time and sets off the B. Club quite well. I look forward to the rest of the series!

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  • Robbie
  • 28-12-2010

Not bad, but pretty average

As a light read in this genre, it's not bad. The romantic plot and the romantic suspense are a bit thin, and for me the hero and heroines motivations aren't always that clear. He's wife hunting, obviously besotted with our heroine, and yet it seems to take forever for it to even occur to him that she might just do. She just doesn't want to get married for some reason. I was never clear as to why not. There's some mystery in the plot, but few surprises. The narrator, Jill Tanner, started out a bit rough. I don't know if she got better or I just grew accustomed to her, but I wound up thinking she did a fair job of it. I've heard better, but heaven knows, I've heard worse. For me, both the book and the narrator were fairly average.

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  • beak224
  • 30-10-2015

Great story but dreadful narrator

I loved this story but the narrator was difficult to listen to. Pauses were awkward and it was difficult to distinguish character dialogue.

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  • Jan
  • 09-07-2016

Start here, and don't miss this series!


The book begins with the former spies for the crown meeting after Waterloo and banding together as the Bastion Club to take control of what comes next in their lives.
The publisher's blurb gives clues as to the plot. This is the first in the series, and is not the strongest, but is a very interesting read, nonetheless. It does stand up to the rereading test, as well as the "filched by friends" test. I gave up and got the audio, so I could keep a copy.
Jill Tanner does a good job as narrator, but I would have preferred a baritone.

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  • Eddy
  • 21-05-2012

My favorite

Would you consider the audio edition of The Lady Chosen to be better than the print version?

Yes!!!!!! This is my favorite Bastion Club story, and I like Ms Tanner's readings.

What did you like best about this story?

The developing relationship between Tristan and Lenora.

Have you listened to any of Jill Tanner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first book with Ms. Tanner as narrator. I know she's not popular with some. I really like her voice. Mr Prebbles is good but I prefer Ms. Tanner.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Lenora realizes that she may lose Tristan unless she learns to trust.

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  • Susan
  • 27-12-2007

Good story

I gave this audiobook 3 stars and think the strong points include an interesting plot with equally interesting characters. It got a little long towards the end, but overall, a nice story.

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  • Thor
  • 26-10-2018

The End Ruins The Story.

Like most books of this author, you must wade through/fast forward chapters of gratuitous sex. It is sad as her first books (Tangled Reins or A Lady of Expectations) were not so plagued, but the latest books get worse. Sadly I bought my audio books on what I previously thought I knew about the author. So the Hero, having lived a lonley and dangerous life for the last ten years. Has only one plea/request for the woman he loves, DON'T PUT YOURSELF IN DANGER. She naturally promises, then blithely walks open eyed into said danger. When questioned about her stupidity, her reply is "that it proves she trusts him, as she knows he will always save her". Up to that point I thought her a rational woman, but there is nothing you can do with stupid. He should have packed his bags and left, as no doubt the stress will lead to a heart attack in the long run. You are introduced to all the supporting characters of the series and they all are well described. The story was solid, if you can ignore the sex, but the end was so stupid I turned it off.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-04-2017

Boring

In my opinion the first book of this serie is briliant but the second one is boring, without any action, much to long

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