Literature and Writing Examiner, author, dreamer, all round fun chickiepoo!
I remember originally reading these as a methadone for Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series -- they were recommended to me on an email list. I fell in love with the entire series, loved reading them. Read them a couple of times. But my reading time grew a little short and the audiobooks seemed to be a great idea.
I'll be honest, the stories are amazing. Moning's characters are vivid and real, manly men and strong women. My favorite is still Grim. They have faults, they have virtues. They make mistakes, they make right decisions. And they all love hard. And well. I can't help but get caught up in the books.
So overall, these books are fantastic.
But the reader leaves a lot to be desired. His Scottish accent is so bad, he should have just let it go and read it. His "female" voices are just as bad, sounding cliched and idiotic. But his heavy handed reading of the love scenes had me giggling instead of enthralled in their passion.
You have to make that decision about why you want these books. If you can get around a mediocre reader, you'll fall in love with these books too. But I'd really recommend reading them instead.
I was pleasantly surprised by how interesting this book was. It is your classical Gothic type love story. Mysterious and suspenseful as well.If this is the type of romance you like you will not be disappointed. Very well narrated.
...my finger slipped and I mistakenly touched the "rating stars".
How do I undo that?
PLEASE UNDO THIS RATING.
I love the "Outlander" series. This story was similar, but different in many ways. It was an enjoyable read.
The idea of being able to travel back to the past and the idea of true love.
When she comes back from the future.
Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...
A 20th century woman, distrusting of men, is thrust into 16th century Scotland by an evil mystical jester aimed at revenge. Forced to marry a Scottish laird and deal with some primitive 16th century marriage traditions, Adrienne deals as best she can. The foundation of the story, albeit a bit shaky initially, is consistent throughout. Both of the main characters are tormented by past experiences and their hang ups stall the romance.
Moments in the story are incredibly frustrating, even feel like it drags out at times. But all in all, Beyond the Highland Mist is a fun read. The first in the series, Beyond... seems to get mixed reviews. This is one of those books you'll have to decide for yourself... it's either love it or not.
FYI: Like other readers of the series noted previously, Books 4-7 do not have to be read after 1-3, so I opted to try reading them out of order.
The narrator does a great job of reading this novel and keeping the listener focused on the story and feeling the emotion presented.
I like the story OK--though not the best I've ever read.
I liked the parts where she is learning about her "Laird." The least interesting was the parts about the gardens etc.
I like is brogue--very well done. Unfortunately he really does not do female parts well at all--too artificial sounding. I wish there had been male and female readers. Phil is great when he does all the male roles!
I'm only 85% finished with the book--sort of lost interest. Maybe it will pick up.
This book has no substance at all - maybe it would be for someone who reads Harlequin type romances.
Phil's performance was ok - but I cringed at some of the things he had to say - all those sleek, muscular body parts, etc, etc.
Just disappointed in the lack of story development or characters in the book.
I would recommend anyone who wants a good time travel Scottish book to listen to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. The characters in Outlander are believable, well developed and there is lots of romance and laughter and drama without getting all gushy in that sickening way that this novel portrays romance.
I enjoyed the book thoroughly except for the "special effects" of the spirit voices - didn't like that "tinny" sound. But the book was fabulous! And I was sooooo excited to find out that this is only Book 1 of 7!!!!! I finished Book 2 in 1 day and I will be starting Book 3 tomorrow!
Brogue - I loved!
Spirit voices - too tinny
I like Phil Gigante...I just like how he reads...
The ending was fine...kind of knew the direction of the story
Not sure what he brings but I just know that I enjoy how he brings the male characters to life.
I wouldn't make a film of this book...sorry.