Why hasn't it been pointed out anywhere that this is the exact same book as Sophia's Secret. I have purchased both and am very disappointed that I got one book for the price of two.
Audible did this book a huge disservice by implying that it resembled "Outlander" in any way, shape, or form. "The Winter Sea" was adequately written and atmospheric, and I guess it did include Jacobites, but it lacked the high-stakes drama and suspense that made me spend (literally) hundreds of hours listening to Diana Gabaldon's series. Once I accepted the fact that my expectations of this book were not going to be fulfilled, I basically enjoyed it on its own terms. The present-day main character never stopped grating on me - maybe it was just jealousy on my part, but I found the "independently wealthy writer with the terrible problem of too many rich/handsome suitors" rather insufferable :)
I love historical romances and listen to a lot of them (great escape). I couldn't finish the first half; it just couldn't keep me listening. Did not care for the narrator.
The narrator reduced my enjoyment of this story. Her attempts at the Scottish accent reveal that she tried and perhaps studied in preparation. It was the lack of variation in the voice for the aged Scottish father, and that of his younger (30'ish) son that threw me off I think.
It is true that I know only what I have read in books. But I have read a great many books. ("Venetia" by Georgette Heyer)
A gentle romance with some delightful characters in an atmospheric setting on the fog-bound Scottish coast. Aside from the usual boy/girl stuff, there are some nice family interactions on display. Enjoyed the narrator's Scots dialect.
I bought this aoudiobook because I love Rozalyn Landor's voice and I thought she could do a miracle and transform even the mediocre prose. Well, it didn't happen. I had listened to author's previous book, "The Rose Garden", and did not like that book, eather. There is something missing - the characters feel artificial and superficial. It feels like all Susanna Kearsley's books were written by using same template, generating words that failed to reach my heart. Unfortunately, there is a deluge of literary garbage out there today, and this book is a part of it.
Love classics and very long books....
This is the only Audible book I stopped reading. The story did not develop plausibly to me. I felt that some of the characters were there to further the story by....ummm....not exactly a lecture but sort of. But instead of the characters interacting to propel the plot, I felt like they appeared to plug a hole in the story that needed to be plugged.
Someone else performing the narration
I don't know...I couldn't finish it.
Not on your life.
I might buy the book and read it, but I couldn't finish listening to it. In fact, I didn't make it past the first chapter. Her voice, when not in character, is sooooo boring and condescending-ish. When she spoke in the character of the first person...it was better. But I just couldn't stomach any more after half an hour.
If the story had a better author and reader it could have been much better.
The entire line of this story just sounded like a "chick" story. It was all so phoney and self-important mesh of garbage feelings - much like a soap opera.
Maybe if the reader had performed it without nay of the stupid feelings written into the script. It would have been hard to actually improve this tripe.
I was to disgusted to do anything more than sample here and there after the third chapter. By comparison, only the worst book I tried to listen to since I started listening to Audiobooks.
should have been much better
I would definitely try another Kearsley book, but I will avoid any narrated by Landor if she uses the same voice and cadence for the basic narration (versus the dialogue).
I like the general pace, which is fast enough to keep my interest but not so quick that if I space out for a few minutes--as one sometimes does when listening to a book--I'm lost forever. I also found most of the characters to be quite likeable.
Ms. Kellgren, who narrated The Firebird, is excellent. She has a good variety of voices for the characters, and her basic narration moves along at a decent pace without a singsong or annoying cadence.
Any time an author creates a book with many likeable characters, follow-up books are a thought for me. Moreover, it would be easy to create a huge series of related books given the scope of the story and the many characters. But that doesn't mean that more books are needed for this one to be enjoyed.
Perhaps I was spoiled by first hearing a Kearsley book read by Ms. Kellgren, but this narrator has a plodding pace and irritating intonation. It's somehow both sing-song and condescending. Otherwise, the narrator is skilled enough; and the various voices good and distinctive. So my aversion to the narration may be more a matter of personal taste than anything else.