all of it, even the sad parts.
I loved this book. My favorite of all Susanna Kearsley!
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
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)
Great story with amazing narration.
Great voices of the characters in the book!
I Highly recommend.
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
The pace of the story dragged terribly. I couldn't fight it, so I used it fall asleep for weeks. Once the story picked up I could actually listen to stay awake, sort of.
A more sprightly tone of voice. But really it was a romance hiding as a historical novel, so it is par for the course.
Yes, that's why I fell asleep.
I could. Natasha Richardson.
The end of the story is actually good. They say in the book that you can't end sad, and they work with that in a good way. I wish the whole book had been as captivating.