This is the only audiobook I've listened to twice. In a row. Just to savour the story, the narration and the characters. Mick is such a lovable character, beautifully portrayed - a down-to-earth man who cannot resist drawing out the beauty hidden inside Winnie, while she works her magic on him, transforming his external self to match his interior gentle, personable self. Her innocence is portrayed sensitively and VERY believably. I like it that she is not the perfect figure of a woman and I also like Mick's preoccupation with her legs - bordering on fetish but soooo sensually described. Quite amazing how those legs tie up the whole story. Listening to this book was a sumptuous pleasure. Steven Crossley's narration is absolutely outstanding. I'm not much of a one for male narrators (Richard Armitage excepted) but Mr Crossley's performance of this book is consummate. I daresay I will listen to it again... it's like a really tasty dish, you want to have it over and over!
Love a story w/ humor,romance,adventure, w/out a lot of bickering,& good deals.
I really enjoyed this story. It has characters with depth. It has humerous parts, sentimental parts, a touch of mystery and an all around interesting and fun book.
The Proposition was a very enjoyable "listen". The story was well written, entertaining, and fun. I loved the narrator. He was able to transition between the various English dialects so smoothly...it was a delight to listen to him. Ms. Ivory really knows how to create sexual tension without being overly crass. This book is definitely worth the credit!
Loved listening to Mick & Edwina fall in love. The characters were developed so perfectly.
I realize this is the type of thing that a lot of women like, but for me it was just too cliche. Ugly Duckling meets Pygmalion meets Librarian Takes Off Her Glasses and every man in the room suddenly realizes she is hot. The table dancing scene in the bar would have had me flinging the book at the wall if I had a hardcopy edition to fling. I'd rather that we had an ending where the issues of class and money weren't resolved in way that forced no one to make a hard decision.
Saw it coming a mile away.
Everything worthwhile about my listen. I picked this book because he was the narrator. I'm never going to marry a duke, but I would love to marry Steven Crossley's voice and/or subscribe to its newsletter.
A heroine who wasn't scared of rats and mice and ferrets.
Meh. I enjoyed it on a certain level, but I'm going to look for more substantial fare read by Crossley.
I read 2-3 books per week so naming The Proposition as my favorite is meaningful.
I first listened to Judith Ivory's book several years ago. It was one of the most delightful, tender, laugh out loud funny books I've ever had the privilege of hearing.Steven Crossley's narration could not have been improved upon. I still smile remembering. Thank you Judith Ivory and Steven Crossly for such a treasure!
I liked it. The fact that the heroine wasn't the typical drop dead beauty was a nice change of pace. The hero, while good looking, wasn't the typical rich, bored socialite either. That said it made for a good read with a small bit of mystery to keep you interested. My only complaint would be that the narrator does not do women's voices very well.
Unique Victorian romance. Loved it! Poignant, funny, smexy, with a secret suspense. Amazing narration by Steven Crossley. Just wow. However, he speaks a bit slowly, and the story itself includes few heart-thumping action scenes, so the pace feels a little slow.
It's My Fair Lady / Pygmalion -- but the hero's speech is transformed, by the heroine. Excerpt:
"I look like a bloody lord, don't I?"
Edwina cleared her throat. Well. Yes. And here stood another unwelcome bit of truth. The handsomest bloody lord she had ever seen was a ratcatcher wearing her father's outdated trousers, shirt, and vest, and wandering her house in the middle of the night.
Lady Edwina Bollash sees herself as a Plain Jane academic type, an unlovable linguist. Goodness knows why -- maybe it's the nose, or the spectacles. More likely, it's the fall-out from a cold, neglected childhood. At any rate, she's never garnered any interest in men and has stifled her dreams, become socially timid (the opposite of the hero).
She has accepted a challenge to transform the brawny, rough, irascible, devilishly handsome Mick Tremore into a gentleman. Mhaha! He's a ratcatcher! A shrewd lewd ratter, with a ferret named Freddie and a terrier named Magic, helping him support 14 siblings in Cornwall.
She must reduce Mickey's Cornish dialect, align his verbs and nouns, and teach him ton etiquette in just six weeks, so he can impersonate a Viscount and dupe a duke. (Deeper plot therein, with a twisty turn or two.)
But Mick's got something to teach his teacher. His lessons begin with a trade. He will shave off his mustache if she will raise her skirt. Just a little...
Loved this! Funny! Sexy. Sweet. Poignant, watching lonely Edwina blossom under Mickey's hot regard. Enjoyed the poignant scenes with his ferret, old Freddie.
Contents include a few smexy scenes and some swearing.
Very smooth story with wonderful characters.
So well brought to life by the narrator.
One of the most memorable scenes.......there were several.........was the one in which Mick and Winnie struck their bargain.
I laughed out loud more than once during this chapter.
I think the bargain scene.
This Author can really paint pictures with words, and can stir every emotion with her writing.
If you haven't read this one....you are missing out.
Audio books are perfect for me. In impatience, I tend to skim through my reading, but with an audio book I get to enjoy the narrative as well as the story. Historical novels are my favorite genre but I try to read a bit of everything.
Nice setting and narration, but the story was very cliche. With very few twists, it took me a long time to finish it.