My name is Andie, I am a stay at home mom of 4 kids : ) ages 9,7,4 and 3. I love old timey romance novels!
I love all the historical romances by Julie Garwood. The Prize is one of my favorites by Julie Garwood; I love the heroin and hero in this story, they are perfect. I def recommend!
The book was good and the narrator was fab. as always, but, I wish there was more of a story line as the other Garwood novels. Her history was well done and her decriptions were great but I wish there was a little more twist and turns as in previous reads. It was kind of predictable. I wouldnt of missed the book because Garwood and Flosnik are 2 of my favorites but with as long as it was there could of been more to the book. Still worth getting and a decent price.
I thought The Bride and Gentle Warrior were slightly better although I do like the hero in this book. The narrator is really bad. I don't expect female narrators do to a great job with male voices, but it really bad. and all the enuciation and breathy-ness at the end of sentences it awful. Julie Garwood writes the true trashy romance, but she flows the standard romance novel formula.
I need more ears!
This is one for Kindle. Anne Flosnik's weird interpretation of speaking English is so painful to listen to I just couldn't stand it. I LOVED her in the Kushiel books, but this is a book worthy of someone who doesn't sound like her jaws are mechanical and run by steam.
I may try to read it on ebook at some point. maybe.
Wish publishers would take the hint about Flosnik before she ruins more books.
Say something about yourself!
This was a book I loved reading but I couldn't make it through a chapter. Narration took away from a wonderful story.
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.
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.!