I really like the story, but for me, getting around Anne Flosnik's voice and accent were tough. I love a good English accent, but something about her's made it difficult for me to really immerse myself in the story and get a good visual of the characters. I may be interested to hear it read by someone else.
First of all I LIKE very much Anne Flosnik's narration. I really don't know what all the fuss and complaining is about with the other reviews. I have listened to her a lot on Amanda Quick and Mary Balogh novels on tape and CD
I thought this was a great book. It was written in 1991 which, in my opinion better written,
before the historical novels became too modern day. In other words they put 21st century
characters back two centuries and expect it to be believable.
I liked Lady Carolyn and Lord Bradford. Of course, being a Duke, he was arrogrant and controlling, but in the end she brought him around.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
Loved the story but did not like the reader at all. She gave me a headache. I wanted her to cough or clear her throat the whole time.
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.
No, I couldn't finish it because I found the narrator too irritating. I don't understand why this woman narrates so many books when she has such an annoying voice!!
Edwina "I Love Books'
Millford and Charity!
It was poor at best. She is not a very good narrator. Her accents are all wrong.
It shouldn't be a movie!!
HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(
The premise! I really enjoyed the ladies raised in The Colonies of early America moving in the different circles of England!
The humor woven through is truly enchanting and giggle worthy at times. LOVE!
Of all the dukes in England, Jered Marcus Benton, the Duke of Bradford, was the wealthiest, most handsome - and most arrogant. And of all London’s ladies, he wanted the tender obedience of only one: Caroline Richmond.
She was a ravishing beauty from Boston, with a mysterious past and a fiery spirit. Drawn to the powerful duke, undeterred by his presumptuous airs, Caroline was determined to win his lasting love. But Bradford would bend to no woman - until a deadly intrigue drew them enticingly close. Now, united against a common enemy, they would discover the power of the magnificent attraction that brought them together…a desire born in danger, but destined to flame into love!
Anne Flosnik's Boston accent was dreadful. Her performance is borderline tedious and after a bit had to change listening speed to 1.25x
I was surprised at the whit incorporated in this book, making it enjoyable in so many ways. Historical, sexy romance, action and humorous.
The story, could have been more exciting in the end, it was an abrupt, boring ending compared to other books.
Redo the ending, to make it more exciting
I like Anne Flosnik, she has read for Catherine Coulter and I like her reading style.
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
Yes, I love Garwood's historical romances. It seems I have no choice in trying more Flosnik....she seems to be the most used narrator....but one of my least favorite. :(
This isn't one of my favorites of Garwood's but it was enjoyable and I liked the overall concept of the story. I felt like the characters were well developed and the supporting characters were great (especially Milford) ...the romance growth was done well too. What I thought was lacking was the development of the "suspense element" of the storyline. At times I forgot Caroline was even in danger.....then all of a sudden we are inundated with the "who done it" and why all in one chunk of time. I think it would have added to the story if the mystery and suspenseful elements were more interspersed and sprinkled across the whole book.
Every time she said "Boston" or "father" I wanted to scream! Other than that I guess I'm just getting used to Anne Flosnik. She is good with female voices but makes the men sound pompous and arrogant......which in this case was quite appropriate for Bradford.
Bradford was hard to like. I still don't know if I like him. It ended up being a nice HEA and I did like the book....but Bradford just said some things and did something's I had a hard time wrapping my head around.
"Rebellious Desire" is the first book in a very long time I enjoyed so much I didn't want it to end. It's intriguing, funny, mysterious, filled with sexual tension, has great dialogue, and amazing scenes.
It begins in England in 1788, when Caroline is only 4 years old, immediately capturing your attention with the events that take place. Later in 1802, 18 year old Caroline, returns to England at her fathers request, after living in Boston for the last 14 years with her Aunt, Uncle and Cousins. On the road to see her father, Caroline, her cousin Charity, and a BIG black man named Benjamin hear gun shots and Caroline thwarts an attempted robbery/murder. As she ministers to the gun-shot victim, she hears someone ride up; none other than Jered Marcus Benton, the Duke of Bradford, who holds a gun on her, as she holds a gun on him, and they argue about who will put their gun away first. The events that follow are hilarious.
The characters are likable, although I would have liked to slap some sense into the arrogant, stubborn Duke of Bradford, at times...but with Julie Garwood's superb writing and Anne Flosnik's excellent narration, you can imagine how infuriating it would be for a Duke, the most powerful title in England, just under a Prince, to be opposed by a strong-willed girl from the colonies. Even though the Duke is overbearing, you can understand it, because of his Title and what it means to be a Duke in England...it just doesn't mean that much to Caroline. As you are drawn into the story, you can understand, due to back-grounds of the characters, how misunderstandings abound.
Although this is one of Ms Garwood's older books I enjoyed it more than her later ones, and would like to see a follow-up of their family...the Duke and Caroline with children: girls with her feisty personality, and his heir and a spare...more about Charity and Paul and the other cousins from Boston.
It's well worth a credit, but I'm overjoyed to get it for $4.95. I highly recommend it.