I might try another Julie Garwood book, but not with the same narrator. The story was passable and I might have enjoyed it better if I'd found the narration believable. The voice of Duncan was awful and unbelievable and Madelyne sounded like a stuck up spinster.
This may be a great story, Garwood has been a favorite author for 15+ years. But the reading is terrible! Seriously, since when did Uppercrust and Limey Englishmen mix in the middle ages? Some stories can be pleasantly read without acting them out so poorly. I regret this purchase.
This was the first book by Julie Garwood that I've listened to, but I did have one in my Kindle library. I can barely stand to finish this book listening to this narrator there is NO WAY I would subject myself to her again. Half the time she sounds like Ginger from Gilligan's Island- breathy and overly dramatic. It is an auditory train wreck.
I'm not a prude. I like a trashy romance every now and then, but when a book opens with a scripture and quotes them within the story I have certain expectations. There are just too many "muscular thighs", breasts and throbbing groins if this book is attempting to be a Christian novel and if it isn't, why keep throwing out scripture? I keep thinking to myself. "So. Many. Words" she uses so many words to describe things that have no value in progressing the story line I keep thinking " why is she saying this-it's been said before." The Greek mythology connection is week and kind of silly. It seem so me to be more of a window dressing-an attempt to elevate the story to "literature". Finally, I don't think I get offended easily but it made me uncomfortable to see a victim of rape slapped and forcibly bathed- I don't care if it was by another woman-poor decision my the author to go that route in my opinion.
Maybe I am a LITTLE picky because I am coming off a Diana Gabaldon/Davina Porter marathon-and they are two of the best authors/narrators today. This narrator is one of the worst in my opinion-just about anyone else could do a better job. I want to finish listening to the story but I find myself dreading putting my ear buds on.
This experience was so disappointing I stopped and read "Saving Grace" on my Kindle and it was better-a little predictable but enjoyable to read. It makes me wonder if the author's style of writing is just better being read and not narrated. There are other books that I feel don't transition from written to spoken and some I enjoy more listening to rather than reading. I found a Lynn Austin book in my library that I bought a year ago. I hated reading it but I have bought four of her audio books and loved them all.
I think I was disappointed because of all the rave reviews I have read. She has a very strong and loyal fan base. The narration was a disservice to the book, but even reading the the one book I think she is an average author and not one I would recommend to anyone. I was expecting something along the lines of Laura Kinsale who writes interesting books that are all different in setting and story line.
I know that listening tastes are subjective, and I know there are tons of romance readers/listeners who enjoy Anne Flosnik as a narrator. But I can't stand listening to her. The guttural way she does the men's voices combined with the overly breathy way she ends sentences and does the female voices grates on my nerves. In the future, I'll be skipping books narrated by her. Which is unfortunate, because she does the narration for several of my favorite historical-romance authors.
For sure I would. Good balance of action and romance not a drippy romance but a fine accounting of the struggles of strenght and
no, I really don't like shakesperian read drama, found the reading to be to over done with the extented him(mmm) her-rrrr etc. Detracted from the story line follow.
I did it in one sitting twice.
An above average highlander romance book. There's romance, intrigue and fighting.
Unfortunately the narrator almost ruined the book. Her male voices are horrible and she overacts the love scenes.
Julie Garwood is a very talented author. I have enjoyed reading most her books, and this one didn't disappoint. How ever good the story, how ever great the characters, it is the talent behind the pen that makes a good book GREAT. Garwood does a wonderful job with character development and dialogue, her descriptive writing makes her stories live. Her writing and Anne Flosnik's narration transports you into the story, it's as if you are watching it unfold.
Set in medieval times, "Honor's Splendour" is about a baron seeking revenge for his sister's rape. He plans to kidnap the sister of his enemy; an eye for an eye--a sister for a sister. It begins when Baron Louddon has Baron Duncan of Wexton, known as "The Wolf", undressed and tied to a post in the middle of winter to freeze to death, so there would be no marks on his body. Madelyne (the sister of his enemy) plans to escape her brothers abuse, but first she feels compelled to save the poor warrior from certain death. Not knowing he is there to kidnap her; she frees him and he captures her. Duncan immediately sees she is nothing like her brother when Madelyne unselfishly helps him and warms his frozen feet with her own body. So, he needs to adjust his plans.
Julie Garwood has a wonderful sense of humor which can be seen in her characters. Like the sweet, naive Lady Madelyne who want to save the world, keeps telling everyone that she is a quiet woman, but she is usually doing it at the top of her lungs....or in trying to cover over her disobedience she will say something like, "I have gone through an ordeal". It is not funny when I relate it, but it is funny and cute when penned by Ms Garwood and narrated by Anne Flosnik. I just love Madelyne's character.
I highly recommend "Honor's Splendour"!
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
This book started with a bang fir me! Normally it takes at least an hour before I get totally into a book. Then the plot didn't really go very far.
One minute Madelyne wants to kill him...next minute she is comforted in his arms....I wanted to slap her. Duncan seemed like a good guy to me...I wouldn't have had that much trouble!
There was definately an element of mystery in the first part of the book regarding why Duncan really had Madelyne in his home. Then it was kind of anti-climatic when we found out.
Anne Flosnik is a good female voice narrator but she completely butchers male voices making the males sound pompous and arrogant and you immediately don't like them because of the voice. Unfortunately she narrates a lot of books that I like to listen to. I have slowly become accustom to the way she does her male voices so I'm ready when I start a new book...but man its bad!
There wasn't much of an intriguing plot. This book just wasn't very well developed overall. The banter between the main characters Garwood is known for wasn't really there either. The banter got better closer to the end so that was nice.
The reader that just wants a love story ... HEA with no real bells and whistles to distract from the main characters romance will probably like this book. I enjoyed it and am glad I listened to it.
While I enjoyed it....it wasn't one of Garwoods better Historical Romance efforts.
Slow, Slow. Slow story (lots and lots of redundancy). Seriously nneded to be an abridged version, and even then the 10 pages of action would hardly have balanced the hundredes of pages of sheer boredom. Anne Flosnik is a Slow reader, with an over dramatic performance, her voice was monotonous and not pleasant to listen to... of course the content probably didn't inspire her to read it better.
I've been buying Audible books for a while but this book will make me look closer at 1) the author 2) the reader and 3) the reviews...
*~*~* I love all books erotica and romance. *~*~*A book is my safe place.
I got a paper back of this book a few years ago, and never forgot it. I was surprised and happy to see this in audio..this would be a #1 historical romance for me..so sweet , and a little smexy.Honors Splendour will also put a smile on your face and heart. Great HEA.
The Secret, same style of writing, and same author
I would give a 7 for Anne performance.
I felt both reactions and more
Worth a credit...Worth the cost...