I have read ever book written by Julia Quinn and thought I would try the audiobook version of one of them for a change. This turned out to be a mistake in this case. I remember at the time I read the book thinking that it was not one of Quinn's best but I did not have the desire to wring the heroines neck as i did when listening to this narrator. She managed to make most of the characters sound either insipid or annoying which is a talent in itself I suppose but not one that will make me want to download other books she has read.
the story is quite depressing in essence and becomes a little far fetched in its execution. the relationship between hero and damsel is a bit thin to be involving such a dramatic story line. not very believable. the good thing is the heroine is a really likable character - has a good sense of humor and is smart and sensible.
the hero is tormented and just plain angry, and after some really insensitive moves, it makes it very difficult to accept that his behavior would be tolerated in this era.
over all it is flat in the development of their relationship. Narration was good though, so that helped.