First I must say I don't mind Anne Flosnik as so many other people do. Seems you either really like her narration or really hate it. I think she does fine, I've listened to many of her books. So would definitely recommend listening to a sample first before you get this one. That said, this story kept my interest. At times I got a little sick of the 'heavy handed' attitude of Royce. On the other hand, I'm sure men were even more that way back in this time period. The heroine seemed inconsistent at times. At first she was portrayed as very strong and self sufficient, but then she became too compliant at times. Otherwise I did enjoy this story. Some of the dialog had me chuckling out loud, reminded me of some of the miscommunication in my own marriage. I do like this genre of novel. They can be predictable, but then I listen to them as a getaway. Overall this author is one of my favorites.
Nicolaa is so sneaky tries hard to be so tricky but, Royce has her pin down, he's is good.
That is what I like about it. I haven't read anything like it not yet.
Yes! she did, but I have a problem with her nasally voice.
Always, when she loses her nephew and over her brother.
Royce is one of my favorite male characters.
The story is a fun, lighthearted romance with strong comedic elements set in the time of William the Conquerer. It is fluffy and sparkling with a strong, like able cast and believable (for a romance novel) characters and situations. The plot is fun, moves at a decent pace, and doesn't require too much thought, perfect for a rainy afternoon, to enjoy a few hours of mindless amusement. All this being said, the poor choice in narrator virtually ruins the story.
I loved how the protagonists were both continually trying to get the better of each other and the situation. It made for some cute, memorable scenes, and made them both interesting and likeable.
Her narration skills were poor to non-existent. I'd seen previous reviews as to the quality of her performance, but stubbornly bought the book because I wanted something lighthearted and fun for a car trip. As I have always loved the author and this book, I thought I could ignore a mediocre performance. However, the terrible voice depictions, poor timing, pacing, and delivery, all made it a chore to listen to. Flosnik's inability to make The characters sound like anything other than old women or sinister villains with a head cold was distracting, disheartening, and disturbing.
If The Prize was ever immortalized on film as a romantic period comedy, Chris Hemsworth and Margot Robbie would nicely fill the lead roles nicely.
Skip the audiobook and go straight to the paperback!
engossing, enticing, exciting
I loved when the heroine got to choose her groom.
Anne Flosnik did a great job on the narration, and as soon as I finish up the last few chapters, I'm going to get another Julie Garwood book to enjoy. It's been years since I first read this, but enjoyed it today as much as I did then - maybe even more with Anne Flosnik's narration.!
I'm still reading it- so i can't say how it ends (although, i wouldn't have started it without knowing it would probably end happily! just a sucker for happy endings!) but so far (1/2 way through) and i just can't stop listening! Its so good, and so funny! Check Mate- and all kinds of great scenes. Highly suggest. Anne Flosnik does a good enough job to keep it going, although she's not my favorite.
Two very strong individuals with strong personal & family values came together to form a solid marriage.
Loved the cleverness of both Nicholaa and Royce. They were a good match for each other.
Ann Flosnick is a very good female narrator...NOT so much a male narrator, though.
One thing that made the prize very enjoyable was the narrator. I have listened to books read by her before, and as always, she did a spectacular job. Another enjoyable thing was the way that roice kept doing sweet and romantic things in his attempt to make Nicolah happy. There was also plenty of action which kept the book interesting. Finally, there was some sex, but that was not the whole focus of the book.
One memorable moment was when Nicolah saved the king from an arrow shot. There was also the moment when Nicolah nearly fell over the banister when the rotted banister wood gave way.
Please see above for this answer. She did a very good job as always.
The moment that most moved or impacted me was when Roice was found carving a new queen to replace the chess piece that a cruel soldier ruined. That was perhaps one of the most romantic parts of the book. It really made the book woth it.
The story was charming and steamy and less predictable than many historical romances.
It was difficult to get beyond her voice. The male characters were dreadful but the worst part was when Nicholaa was drunk, it made my ears bleed.
There seemed to be two female leads Nicholaa before the wedding and Nicholaa after. I would have liked to see more of the why she was the "Prize" continue through the story.
I love Julie Garwood's books and when narrated by Rosalyn Landor, they audio book is great. This narrator, Anne Flosnik, is ruining the story. The voices she uses are aweful and her sing-song rhythm is annoying.