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The Pearl Brooch

Time Travel Romance: The Celtic Brooch, Book 9
Narrated by: Carolyn A. Lee
Series: The Celtic Brooch, Book 9
Length: 23 hrs and 58 mins
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This brooch saga begins July 14, 1789, the day French revolutionaries stormed the Bastille! And America’s ambassador to France, Thomas Jefferson, comes to Sophia Orsini's rescue....

Sophia Orsini, a time-traveling Italian artist, believes she understands how the pearl brooch magic works, but when it abandons her in the middle of an 18th century Paris mob, she realizes she was wrong. 

America’s ambassador to France, Thomas Jefferson, comes to Sophia’s rescue, but that meeting leads her down a path she otherwise wouldn’t have chosen.

Kevin Fraser and his pregnant wife, JL, fly in his Cessna to enjoy a weekend at Mallory Plantation in Virginia, but wind shear turns Kevin's textbook landing into a disaster and the plane through a chain-link fence, injuring JL and sending her into premature labor. 

Pete Parrino, VP of Global Security for MacKlenna Corporation, is in Florence on business when he stumbles upon Sophia Orsini’s art studio. Sophia is the love of Pete’s life, and he hasn’t seen or heard from her in 20 years. When he discovers she hasn’t returned from her annual two-week holiday, he breaks into her studio and finds evidence that she’s a time traveler.

When the clan discovers where she is, Pete, Matt Kelly, and Jack Mallory must decide how much of America’s history they’re willing to change in order to bring Sophia back to the future.

The Celtic Brooch Series:

  • The Ruby Brooch (Book 1): Time travel romance - Oregon Trail 1852.
  • The Last Macklenna (Book 2): Contemporary romance.
  • The Sapphire Brooch (Book 3): Time travel romance - Civil War, 1864-1865.
  • The Emerald Brooch (Book 4): Time travel romance - World War II, London, June 1944.
  • The Broken Brooch (Book 5): Contemporary romance.
  • The Three Brooches (Book 6): Time travel romance - Napa and San Francisco, 1881.
  • The Diamond Brooch (Book 7): Time travel romance - New York City, 1909.
  • The Amber Brooch (Book 8): Time travel romance - Colorado, 1878.
©2019 Katherine Lowry Logan (P)2019 Katherine Lowry Logan

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Where is Teri Schnaubelt???

Good story, but the different accents attempted by Carolyn Lee spoilt the experience, especially the Scottish and french parts were difficult to listen to, while it was a pleasure to hear Teri Schnaubelt do them brilliantly in the previous books. Quite a disappointment.

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Great story but missing Teri Schnaubelt

Excellent story and I was so looking forward to listening to it. Very dissapointed with the change of narrator.

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Perl Brooch

was looking forward to getting this book. found the story spoilt by Scottish accents read in an Irish. Galic words spoken in a French . other then that great story., which when it ends,makes you say well what happens next.

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  • Natalie Dunne
  • 15-05-2019

Almost Unbearable Narration

I am still in the process of listening but had to write this. Let me start by saying that I love this series and have listened to all the previous books twice and I had been very excited for The Pearl Brooch to be released. There is a new narrator for this book and she is awful! The accents are terrible, the Scottish keeps slipping into British and the French is painful. It is really hard to listen too, I'm so disappointed. PLEASE bring back Teri Schnaubelt!

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  • Shoppermom
  • 26-05-2019

No doubt best for long-time fans of the author

The Celtic Brooch is a complex tale not meant for those in a hurry. And while I've loved certain long audiobooks, I found this title to be too much. Too many preposterous scenarios, too many characters, too many weird accents in the narration, and just too darn long. All of this might have been endurable had the main characters grabbed my attention and support early in the book. But they didn't. Sophia is presented as brilliant, talented, multi-lingual, practical . . . but no where amongst the revelation of all these assets was there anything that really caused me to like her or route for her success. And by the time I gave up, I hadn't yet encountered any male protagonist I cared about at all. However, for those who have more patience than I do at present, there is engrossing historical detail and a deep immersion into the world of art. Other reviewers of the authors' nine novels in this series love her books and obviously had no trouble coming to care for her characters. I fully intend to give that author another try when my life is calmer and I can read one of her books at leisure. For now, though, this ninth volume, while ostensibly a standalone, failed to capture my attention quickly enough to justify a 23+hour commitment. I was gifted a copy of this audiobook from the narrator in exchange for an honest review, and I remain grateful for the 3 hours I gave it before abandoning ship.

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  • Kimberly
  • 13-05-2019

Please bring back the previous narrator

I have listened to all the Celtic Brooch books, and have loved them. Always look forward to a new one. However something is really wrong with this one. I am having a hard time listening to it. Between the whiny characters and the narrator it’s just not as enjoyable as the others.

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  • Sarah
  • 30-06-2019

Not the same...

I was disappointed in this book, 99% because of the narration. The narrator had a weird cadence, you could tell she was reading, and seemed like she was reading for the first time; taking pauses where there shouldn't be. It didn't flow like a performance like the other narrator in the previous books. Also, the various accents of the different characters were not nearly as good as the narrator of the previous 8 books. At many points the accents seemed forced and were distracting because they were so bad. Additionally, many words and names were horribly mispronounced. That said I am glad I didn't give up (though I did think about it). The story is good and I enjoyed it, though maybe not as much as the other books in the series.
I do want to note though that it seemed odd that this book had a sudden religious note that the other books didn't have. It seemed weird that the characters that we've been following for 8 books, now in the 9th book suddenly talk about praying all the time.

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  • Danielle L Oser
  • 13-05-2019

Love the series ... not this narrator

It's hard to get into a series and then have the narrator changed 8 books in ... pronunciation issues (Seamus!) ... Some storylines just felt unfinished ... like something was missing ... wanted to love it more ... still recommend the series

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  • Lisav1953
  • 15-06-2019

Like series

I’ve enjoyed this series but reader for this book is stilted and not as animated as needed. I’ve had problems differentiating between narration and character script when female characters are speaking.

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  • shelli
  • 17-05-2019

I expected better

Ok the story for me didn’t get good until about 7 hours left of this book It took me fast forwarding a lot to get through this. And then the Narrator OMG going from Terri Schnabelt to this one horrible. I look for books with her as the narrator she pulls you in the story. Overall it was ok

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  • Tamara M. De Mello
  • 16-05-2019

Disappointed in narration

I have listened to all the books in the Broach series and have loved them all. Though I enjoyed The Pearl Broach, as far as the story was concerned. I’m sure the author had a good reason for changing narrators on the 9th book. There are many characters, nationalities, dialects and age groups that are represented in these books; it’s a complex read. I found the English narration, though clear, lacked a conversational cadence, the Scottish accents, which were at the heart of the books, were downright horrible. One character who grew up in New York, but lived in Virginia was spoken with a (not so good) southern drawl. It was hard to keep track of who was speaking, unless their name was mentioned, which I didn’t find to be the case in previous books.
Regarding the story itself, I liked how the legend was developed more, and appreciated the American history elements immensely. I also loved getting caught up with the various family members and their kids. I look forward to future books, but hope the author either goes back to the original narrator, or finds someone better able to handle the complexity’s of the characters in her books.

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  • Lori D
  • 14-05-2019

Narrator almost made me give up

I love the Brooch stories and enjoyed every other audio book version. This narrator makes the story so hard to listen to. Her delivery is stilted, her phrasing is odd and her accents are completely wrong. The voices she uses for the different characters make them almost unlikable people. I really liked the story and the early American history but the narrator really ruined this one for me.

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  • Susan Seybert
  • 20-06-2019

Narration Ruins a Good Story

The narration is stiff and completely lacking in emotion. I am really struggling with this installment of The Celtic Brooch series and am considering asking for a refund. Will likely just buy the book to read in my voice. After loving every book in the series before this one, I don't think I will buy the next installment if the same narrator is used. Definitely bring back Teri Schnaubelt.

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  • Madfishlizzie
  • 07-07-2019

Great story, awful accents

oh dear, what terrible accents, a struggle to listen . please dont use her again.

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  • DavidP
  • 27-06-2019

Bring back Teri Schnaubelt

Loved the story, spoiled a bit by the new narrator. I have listened to all the previous brooch stories and enjoyed listening to Teri Schnaubelt

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  • Caroline
  • 03-06-2019

Narrator simply dreadful.

I love this series and was so disappointed with the change from the usual narrator. I’ve struggled to half way through and chosen to try and read the rest on my Kindle, because it’s that option or simply not finish the book at all. Ms Lee’s Scottish accents are truly awful, with Elliot and The chaps sounding Irish; even that’s bad. Pacing shockingly slow, with pronunciation worse.
I am hopeful that in reading this book I can drum up some enthusiasm for the characters I usually really like, never mind the new ones who I so far have no connection with at all.
Please back usual narrator and re release!

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  • Robb
  • 28-08-2019

Where is the quality control?

As a long time member of audible (over 15 years) I struggle to understand how a series if this quality was given a change of narrator at this point and, even if a change was necessary, how a supervising editor could allow such an inept and unprofessional recording to be published. The narrator is the worst I have ever heard in over 400 books, not only with the atrocious French and Scottish accents but words being over enunciated and delivered in a stop start style that breaks up the narrative and destroys the fluidity of the story. Please get this re recorded and soon!

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  • Alison
  • 19-07-2019

Dreadful Narration

I have absolutely loved the Celtic Brooch series and have devoured every book, except this one. The narrator of the first 8 books, Teri Schnaubelt was perfect, her accent and intonation just right. My love of the series was not enough to allow me to finish the Pearl Brooch narrated by Carolyn A. Lee and I am really sad about this.
The French accent is prominent in the narration and it is appalling. The accent is like a bad "Allo Allo" show or a good one! The word Monsieur is pronounced phonetically by the narrator and not "muh·syuh" Also the Scottish accent is quite unrecognisable. I very rarely leave a negative review for anything, however, when all I focus on when listening to a book is the bad narration, it takes away the joy of the story and writing. I hope this is not the end of the series for me, but I will not be buying any future Celtic Series audible books with the same Narrator. I have rated the story as a 4* based on Kathryn's previous books even though I am unable to complete the book. In a perfect world, the book would be re-recorded with Teri, I would gladly pay 4 times the price to have this book read by Teri and re-released.

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  • Sarah Singleton
  • 17-05-2019

Bring back Teri Schnaubelt

Despite Carolyn’s best endeavours the French and Scottish accents fail to convince - sorry to be painfully honest.

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  • Claire
  • 14-05-2019

Beautiful story

Beautiful storyline but preferred all the others because it lacked the steamy scenes the other stories had. As for the narrator I didn't like the voices of the men especially the Scottish men. Their voices were awful, especially Elliots. Teri Snaubelts voice for them was warmer and sexier.

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  • Cat P
  • 05-12-2019

Terrible French accent!

This series of books are very entertaining. the previosus narrator has always been great. BUT, this lady has absolutely NO idea about french accent or pronunciation, and her scottish is abysmal too! its utterly torturous to listen to!
seriously unimpressed!

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  • Georgina Nichols
  • 08-10-2019

Excellent story, disappointing performance

The story as ever is excellent, however the narration is not. The narrator has a very odd pace to her story telling and her accents are absolutely atrocious. The narration makes this a very difficult listen.

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  • Rushemp
  • 04-03-2020

Very Disappointing Narrator

I have listened to all of Katherine Lowry Logan's books and have enjoyed them all. I love the premise of interconnecting time travelers interlinked with major historical happenings. Up to now all the books have been narrated by Teri Schnaubelt to great effect. Unfortunately the narrator for the Pearl Brooch has changed and I find that I cannot enjoy the book for that reason. I am obliged to give a star rating in order to write this review and so, while I have given an overall rating of one star, the one star is purely for the narration. I intend to purchase the book and read it since I have enjoyed all the previous books and will happily give a review for the story in due course. In the meantime I feel I have no alternative but to return the book. I would love to know why Teri Schnaubelt has not continued her excellent narration.