When I saw another's reference to Darth Vader I laughed out loud. It was exactly my thought when I was listening to this novel - the more intense the scene, the more Darth Vader would have been jealous of the hissing stage whisper that turned what would have been a good listen into a comical gigglefest. She literally put the King of the Raspy voice to shame! (seriously.. there is no way to put it... I've never laughed through a sex scene like I did with this book - every mention of the word "her" sounded like a pained evil monster about to attack a fluffy bunny; it was just that out of place). I really recommend listening to the preview before purchasing.
The humour aside, the narration killed what would otherwise have been a very enjoyable romance novel with a strong male and very entertainingly wrought female character.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
If you enjoy historical romance novels, you will love this book. I think it's fair to say that no one does it better than Julie Garwood. You will enjoy getting to know the characters she writes about. Like her other historical romance novels, this book not only features a strong-minded man, but a strong-minded woman. Garwood does a wonderful job of playing with the expectations of the time period she's writing about, and pushing at them just enough to make it neither totally unbelievable, nor completely unpalatable.
Some previous people have criticized the narrator, Anne Flosnik. However in this book I thought she did a good job and enjoyed the narration. I listened to Gentle Warrior and thought Anne Flosnick was to over dramatic with that narration. I am glad I gave this book a try as I found this thoroughly enjoyable. It's the type of audiobook you don't want to end.
I thought I would give Anne Flosnick another chance...unfortunately, not any better. Will not purchase another audiobook with this narrator, period.
The story was OK - enjoyable romance from a bygone era, but the narrator absolutely ruined the experience. She was dreadful. Her voice was jarring and raspy. I will not listen to any other books that are narrated by her. Big thumbs down.
It was a good enough story but I should have listened to the reviews that said the narration has bad, because it was, her voice too dramatic for me. I was able to finish it but rolled my eyes at the narration and it took away from the love story in it. I like Julie Garwood style of writing, however I will just not listen to this narrator anymore.
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I loved reading this book when I was younger. With that said the audio leaves some to be desired due to the narrator. But no matter what I will listen to what ever Linda has to write, even though I like her older stuff better than her newer FBI stuff.
I love this story it's one of my all time favorite historical romance novels but I really dislike the way the narrator portrayed Duncan. He does not sound like the strong passionate warm man that he is in the book. And Madelyn sounds kind of kind of daft through this portrayal not like the innocent with a fiery temper. I love this book but hate this audio.
The story itself was good.The rakish hero has no trouble getting the damsel in distress to submit to his whims.She basically takes charge in that and most other areas pertaining to the plot of the story,the hero is just along for the ride and ride he does,over and over and over again.I'm surprised the heroine doesn't get pregnant within the first month.Any way,the story was fun and romantic...unfortunately the narrator who is a good narrator mind you,is a little too gushy during the heroes throes of passion making you want to do a bid eye roll.Good read,maybe not listen.
When too much of your life becomes overwhelming, curl up with any Julie Garwood historical romance novel, and be swept into the words of one of the diamonds amongst the dross of romance novelists. While Ms. Garwood's contemporary romance and mystery novels are always a good, well-written read , I hope she returns to the genre where her talent truly sparkles.
Garwood, sure, Flosnik, probably not.
I would have preferred the narrator to read instead of perform the book.