I enjoyed this book very much, the story is nice but the narrator is even better, the best I have come across so far, she really gives life to the characters and everyone is different, I liked it so much I went on and purchased Mine till midnight by Lisa Klaypas just because of the narrator and I am enjoying that one as well. Rosalyn Landor is hands down best narrator I have listened to, thank you!
I have to say I typically do not listen to historical romances but this book was so highly rated that I downloaded it. For me it dragged on a bit and I really got to a point where I wished it was over. The narrator was great and she is what kept me listening.
'Disappointed' is not a strong enough word. It actually made me angry how awful this book is. I must have slipped into some alternate universe while listening to this thing - that's the only way to make sense of the fact that so many people seem to have enjoyed this utterly insipid, ridiculous, mind-numbing bit of tripe. Yes, fine, in picking a historical romance I'm not expecting Tolstoy. I'm prepared for something light, hopefully a bit fun and a touch sexy, packaged in a generic but atmospheric historical setting. The Bride did start out that way. I immediately disliked the extremity of the heroine's superwoman characteristics - she is perfect and can do everything and everyone loves her and yet she is ooooh so humble and blablabla. Standard fare with these stories, I guess, so I was willing to get over it. But ugh: "She is as flawed as a clear blue sky" (gimme a break). As if this statement is not bad enough, the author apparently does not trust that her reader has enough brain cells to figure out the irony here, so she has another character ask what the speaker could possibly mean, since a clear blue sky is not flawed at all! "No," says the other, "only to a blind man". Gag.
OK, so we have the utterly perfect heroine (to make her main character 'three-dimensional' Garwood inserts an ever-so-charming flaw: the lovely Jamie has a bad sense of direction), and the gigantic, irresistibly sexy, rough, powerful Scottish laird whom said heroine is forced to marry and who cannot wait to get her in the sack. Sure, I'm with ya, fire away.On the first day of their marriage he seduces her despite her determination to keep him at arm's length unti he loves her, and he promises to never lose his temper with her. And that's it. Really. The rest of the book is about her going "haha, I'm going to make you angry but you can't be angry because you promised. Although I don't mean to be insolent, my lord." Then he is angry, making her wonder if he really cares about her. Then he shags her and tells her how much he cares about her. Then she goes "haha, I'm going to make you angry but you can't be angry because you promised..." On and on, one idiotically contrived altercation, self-pity party and boring sex scene after another, ad nauseum. It's unbelievable, really.
Sure, the narration was fine.
Pretty formulaic and by the numbers. It's like Lean Cuisine, it has all the right colors, it just doesn't taste of anything. I don't recommend it.
I chose this book because it was listed as a customer favorite so I was expecting something very special. I had just finished the last of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series (which literally took me years to finish, with a few detours along the way). I know that expecting something of that caliber was unrealistic but I thought I would give it a try. To say that it just doesn't measure up would be an understatement. So, if you've nothing else to listen to, it isn't horrible. Expect the expected in this book and you won't be disappointed. If you want something unique and enthralling, you might look somewhere else.
It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.
The sex scene were exotic!!
The tender side of Eric
Rosalyn did a good job in narrating this story. He capture my attention in the story telling.
Yes, it was perfect.
I'm not a huge fan of historical romance but Julie Garwood has a way of writting that gets to you, the story is gripping and the characters are very well developed. Although there were times when I got very frustated with the male character and wanted to slap him (really hard) just to shot him up (chauvinistic pig) but i guess that is part of a good book, when you get so wrapped up that you started empathizing with the characters.
Rosalyn Landon did an exellent job with the voices and accents, very good.
All in all I recommened this book for everyone, historical romance fan or not.
I also recommend from this author The secret and Ransom really great books.
This is my favourite book ever
The strength in Jamie and her love for Alec
She is perfect
The Good: Love this book. The narration was spot on. Rosalyn Landor does a wonderful job with multiple voices and you're never confused about who is who. The story is very entertaining and fun.
The Bad: There were a couple of silly moments but all in all this is a great love story.
The Ugly: Nothing, nada, zippo. This is one of my favorite audio listens.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
The witty character interactions between Jamie and Alec. Julie Garwood is the absolute MASTER of character conversations. Most of this book IS the back and forth between Jamie and Alec and I was CONSTANTLY making me burst out with a laugh. This book is also much more sensual & sexy than some of Garwood's other books I have read.....she does a great job of writing the scenes and making them very sexy & steamy without getting too raunchy.
I will listen to the book again and again!!!
I loved the scene in the courtyard where Jamie goes after someone (no spoilers) with a club. Overall though I enjoyed the trip from England back to Scotland. The beginning of Jamie and Alec's relationship was great.
She does a great job of making this story come alive. I felt like I was there. She plays out the scenes so perfectly! Her male voices are good...but not the very best..so I really wish I could really give the performance 4.5 stars.
Laughed constantly. Cried a few times. Smiled through it all!
The Bride is so character driven - Jamie and Alec are great characters. There wasn't a ton of other drama going on...there was very little to detract from the building of Jamie and Alec's relationship. They are the MAIN focus of the book and that is what I loved....that being said that does mean there is not really another big story going on so I have to give the 4 stars.