I haven't read this type of book since i was a teenager reading aloud true love romance novels. The format of a writer working on an historical fiction book is so overdone these days.
Way too predictable and trite. crinkly eyes a bit too overdone
Really affected narration. the only thing she did well was the highlanders accent. The rest was so melodramatic...
all of it, even the sad parts.
I loved this book. My favorite of all Susanna Kearsley!
The positives were that it was easy to read with good characters. I liked the Scotland setting and the history, but it was definitely not at the Diana Gabaldon level!!
I did not like the way that the author jumped from past to present. What I particularly disliked was her creation of "DNA Memory." That was stupid.
Rosalyn Landor did a great job narrating.
Author- doubtful; Narrator- hell, I'm doing a search on her name alone- she was excellent!
yes, because the screenwriter would cut all the awful out of this book and turn it into something that people would pay money for.
This is more about the well researched history than the dull romance. The history is interesting but often repetitive- we get historical accounts in Sophie's perspective only to have it repeated almost word for word in Carrie's modern day perspective which directly follows. I found myself saying, "I don't need to hear this again, I got it the first time!" Book is a HUGE collection of amateurishly attempted literary devices and supremely annoying. Characterization is extremely low when it comes to the main characters unless you like really boring people. There is no drama on screen- most everything that would have been interesting and created suspense happened off camera and was told second hand after the fact. You get prepared for something big to happen then all of a sudden, scene ends and 2 days have passed and a secondary character gives us a summary of what happened. Very disappointing in that regard.
The genetic memory plot device is extremely boring and we get a long winded description of what DNA is (It has to do with genetics? Ya don't say? Double helix structures? Get outta here!) and it would have been a better book without. Mystery is interesting; overly explained boring concepts are not.
Author seems to be writing for readers who are really dumb. She repeats everything as if we didn't understand her English the first time. We get predictable metaphors like how chess is like real- life battles (Who'da thunk it?). And we get passionless romance- no cuddling, little kissing and sometimes no talk of feelings so what romance there is, was not believable but contrived.
What happens with Sophie in the end is interesting and induced tears but that was only 3 chapters and ultimately unsatisfying. The plot was also completely predictable. I had it figured out 20% in and was extremely dissatisfied that I got it right- kept expecting a twist. I will say the narration is EXCELLENT! Great doric-gaelic accents, great male voices and nice distinction in voice between time periods. If you don't have a decent ear when it comes to accents then please note that well done Scottish accents are not going to be enjoyable for you. If you need your British TV to have subtitles, then skip this one.
Secondary characters were top notch and the only thing that kept me listening. I just wish the author had spent more time on developing the main characters than the time spent crafting literary devices. Pacing is super slow, kinda like a turtle who ocassionally gets poked but instead of running a few feet, it pulls back into it's shell.
I might read/listen to the next one as I was interested in the character that drives that novel (to say who would be spoilers) but I'm going to have to find a positive review from someone who hated the first book but liked the second one and I'm not holding my breath. I can't recommend unless you are studying Scottish accents.
Such a wonderful book! It originally drew my attention not only because I like historical fiction, but because I've actually visited the castle and harbor town where most of it is set. They were drawn expertly, with details from the landscape I remember from my visit, and even the speech patterns of the locals were reproduced well (all the more effective in audio form), bringing back my memories of traveling the Scottish coast. It had me gripped from the very first chapter, not just by the evocative imagery, or the foreshadowing during the snowy drive, but the promise of rich characters and of compelling events unfolding in the past. I laughed and cried with both Carrie and Sofia. It was wonderfully woven, and as the rebellion progressed, I predicted several of the events, and nearly had my hopes dashed by a battle. But I clung to how I thought the story would have to end, and it followed just as I had hoped for the heroine. I enjoyed this very much, think what you will of genetic memory or the coincidences of the mirrored instances between the past and present. Wonderfully narrated, too, with the myriad accents. I was particularly impressed with the Doric. I will definitely be rereading this not only for a good book, but whenever I have a mind to visit the shores of bonnie Scotland.
This story transcends time and it's uncanny how Susanna Kearsley presents the historical facts and intertwines the story of predestined love
Great writing, very detailed and great narration. Story line just wasn't that interesting for me.
beautifully written lovestory
Captain Moray for his fierceness (but I also particularly liked Kirsty, Colonel Graeme and the Countess)
Rosalyn brought all of the characters to life with her masterful narration. She made this wonderful story that much more enjoyable
Not all in one sitting but I sometimes found reasons to "sneak" a listen on the weekends (I usually only listen to books during my long weekly commute)
I've never been a fan of historical fiction but this story grabbed me from the very beginning. I cared about the characters and was sad when the book ended. What's more, it inspired me to seek out some nonfiction about Scotland's battles for independence from England and to re-read my copy of Bloody Mary.
I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction
I've read it. I've listened to it. And I'm ready to do it again. What a tremendous book! The historical fiction is set to the Jacobite rebellion, not a topic I've ever been interested in, actually. But no matter. This book--both stories (you'll see what I mean)--created the interest and maintained it. Kearsley creates characters you can care about in every century. This book is full of suspense down to the last sentence. Don't miss it. (I still can't decide whether I like this or Kearsley's The Rose Garden best. I've re-read both, something I rarely do. This one grabbed my attention more quickly but other than that I think it's a toss up. They are both over the top fantastic. (This review is by the female half of this account, btw)