I do not like and do not want to waste my time reading "bodice rippers". I thought this was going to along the lines of Pillars of the Earth, but no way. I also don't like the narrator; she uses a bad scratchy voice for the men.
Definitely not worth two credits!
If Harlequin Romance is your thing, you will love this one.
I paid more for this book then I normally do because it was a historical fiction with great reviews. I was very disappointed. I never felt like I knew the characters. I didn't buy into who they were and got lost in all the diatribe and unnecessary verbiage.
Kate Reading did a fantastic job.
I was bored, frustrated and wondered how in the world people could give this such high reviews. I'm wondering if we read the same book. I saw it through to the end because, well because I buy books with the promise to finish it.
To me, this was like a continuation of my fav story/movie. The Last of the Mohicans. I love the references to characters from other favorite books and thought the narrator did an amazing job.
I hope to read more from this author!!! I kept picturing Daniel Day-Lewis as Nathanial, oh my!!!!!
I'm about halfway through this book and can't sing its praises enough. The character and plot development pull one in, and the narrator is a delight! I agree that Ms. Reading is equally convincing as male or female with Mohawk, English, American or Scots accents.
I could imagine Davina Porter reading this!! She might have saved it, but I was actually angry that someone decided this was worth 2 credits!! A big waste, I wish I could return it for a refund.
I always try to read the reviews prior to purchasing audiobooks. I did so for this book and (since I am missing the "Outlander" series so much) decided to purchase it. [Unfortunately, this book CANNOT and SHOULD NOT be compared to "Outlander". Yes, there is a brief reference to Jamie and Claire Fraser, but it is so minimal as to be barely noticed] I tried to like the characters. I tried to get interested in the story and I hung on, waiting for it to get good. It never did. I tried so hard because I really wanted to like this book and the subsequent books in the series. I was so looking forward to another fabulous series of books that I couldn't put down. I seriously doubt I'll waste anymore credits on them. At two credits per book one would expect them to be fantastic. IMHO, they are not even close to being worth it.
I gave this two stars because Kate Reading, who does do a good job with accents and portrays Elizabeth (the heroine) very well, is NOT good with male voices. She makes all the male characters sound scratchy and hoarse, it being obvious that her own voice just doesn't have the deeper range needed to give voice to men. Her portrayal of Nathaniel is so distracting that I find it difficult to believe any woman could fall in love with a man who sounds like that! It also makes it difficult to care about him as the hero of the story when he sounds like a woman with a hick accent. That and the fact that he's really not a very likeable character anyway, IMHO. Did Sara Donati intend to make Nathaniel Bonner a strong male lead? If so, she missed the mark. He is no Jamie Fraser!! But then again I really shouldn't try to draw comparisons.....
This was a nice listen...not complicated, however enough going on to keep me interested. I love the setting and the characters.
Outlander, in the sense of the time period and wilderness life style, as well as settling in the newly expanding America.
No, this was my first book of her narrating, and I would listen to her again. She is great with the characterizations...
No...I like stretching these historical fiction books out...
I'm ready for Book 2 in the series...
I've been searching for another series to pull me in while I wait for Dianna Gabaldon's next book. After listening to several different authors, and starting 4-5 series I had sort of given up on finding another that called to me the way Outlander does. I'm so glad I gave this a try! Worth the credit all day long! I've been up listening all night and now I'm going to purchase the next in series instead of going to sleep.