I often have to drive for hours on end and this story paired with Ms. Archer's reading are just what I require to take my mind off the tedium. If you enjoy a well paced listen with a touch of romance and mystery, this is recommended. Bravo Ms. Raybourn! I didn't realize this was published by Harlequin and even after listening to the first two books in the Julia Grey series, I am a little surprised these are Harlequin's.
I love that the male lead, Nicholas Brisbane is dark and brooding AND half gypsy just like Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights. On top of that, Robert Downey, Jr. (in the Sherlock Holmes movies) is supposed to have been "semi" based on the way Brisbane looked and acted. Not sure about that, but Downey is so handsome! Perfect for Brisbane.I love the chemistry between Lady Julia and Brisbane. Not the usual fall into bed "their passions spent" stuff. If you like a lot of that, and quite early on in a book, then you won't like this book. I love Ellen Archer's voice. She does a terrific job with the narration and that can be the difference between whether I purchase a book or not. Some great books have unbearable narrators and it's such a waste!The mysteries do keep me guessing, but those who are used to this genre may find them not as complex. I have no comparison really.But I love this time period anyway I can get it and I am really enjoying these two and the cast of characters in their lives.
I do not know who read this book but it was NOT Ellen Archer! Ms. Archer's voice is more refined and she does the voices of the English characters with what could be her natural English accent.
Whoever read this book was American and her interpretation of Italian accents was laughable and terribly annoying! Count Fornacci sounds more like Count Dracula than a member of Italian nobility!
The story is fine but the characters are either stuffy or rebellious and the March heirs are all quite spoiled. Julia has flashes of depth and caring but she is still self absorbed. Understanding that these characters are probably a decent representation of gentility of the time, I understand that the time period shapes the personalities but there are moments when it's just too much.
Still the book is worth the listen but this series is not one of my favorites.
The best part of listening to this audiobook was the narrator Ellen Archer. Beware of the version with narration by Jennifer Van Dyck. This version was accidentally downloaded when I selected the "Enchanced" format but when I selected format 4, I got the Ellen Archer version. Ellen Archer speaks with a definite British accent which I found much better than the American accent in the other version.
This book is similar to "If Only to Deceive", the first book in the Lady Emily series by Tasha Alexander. Both are light, historical mysteries set in England. They have a similar feel to their main characters and somewhat quirky secondary characters.
Ms. Archer does a great job bringing the characters to life, particularly Lady Julia. The only voice I really did not like was for Julia's sister, Portia. The voice she used reminded me too much of Carol Kane's role in the movie "Scrooged" with the high-pitched, sing-songy cadence. Otherwise, she does a great job, even with the male characters.
This was not a book I would call a "page turner" and I had no problem putting it down between listens. However, I still looked forward to listening to it whenever I had the opportunity.
This book started off very slow and felt more like a Jane Austen book in the beginning than a mystery. There was a lot of talk between all the characters without much actually happening. A little less than halfway through the mystery actually kicked in and the story moved along at a quicker pace.
I plan to listen again in the next week or two at work. I do data entry and this is the best way to tune out talking around me and helps the day go faster. I also pick up many things I missed the first time around.
I liked Julia's first meeting in this book with Nicholas. It was funny and I can see this happening to someone in real life.
My favorite character is-of course-Nicholas
I am a big fan of the Sebastian St Cyr series by C.S.Harris too and plan on purchasing them.
Slow start, but as you get to know the characters, it is an enjoyable romance with some mystery mixed in.
I love the whoe serie's with the exception of this one... I stated my thought before on the reading being so bad and in turn was given the rivised one with Ellen Archer reading it.. then because I needed to refresh my MP3. I find the disguting reading is back on and the rivised one taken away.
I love the reading by ELLEN ARCHER. GIVE IT BACK TO ME
I have had such a hard time getting help on fixing book's that are not working right, that I feel I will no longer buy credit. and will let poeple know of the fact that you are not helped but instead given reason's that the problem is in your MP3 or other such non sence.