A different narrator would have made this better. Honestly, the narrator's accents kept slipping and changing within a character, among other annoyances. She just wasn't the right person for me.
The narrators Kathryn Kellgren and Rosalyn Landor did such an excellent job narrating two other books by the same author and each narrator did an outstanding job. They each allowed you to get involved in the story without thinking about the narration -- I cannot say the same thing for this audiobook.
I don't know that I would have cut scenes, they scenes were fine. I may have reorganized some of the story so that you *spoiler alert* find out about the Cora sooner or at least have more clues about what is going on with her. That would have helped with the mystery.
Overall, the story was okay but was de-enhanced by the narration. I would not recommend this audiobook. However, I would still highly recommend The Firebird and The Winter Sea.
Kearsley completely failed to show her story. It was boring, like reading a history report, and the characters were underdeveloped and flat.Can somebody tel me how Eva and Daniel look like? The author by some reason forgot to describe their appearances. :-) I could not connect with the characters on a deeper level, simply because they were so weak and static. After listening of first 1,5 hours of the audio-book and and reading 10 chapters, I still did not now what is special about Eva, her personality, and even her looks. However, I got a complete description of nature, clouds, kitchen, bedroom......What about chemistry between main characters? I got the feeling that Kearsley does not have any idea how to created alive, believable, multidimensional characters. Dead Katrina Ward and her husband were more alive than all others. Daniel and Fergal should have been shocked by a woman from the future suddenly appearing out of thin air. They should have been questioning her about her strange appearance, what time period she came from; what it is like in the future. Instead, they're pretty much blasé about this mysterious phantom woman. The author attempts to explain this ridiculous scenario by depicting Daniel and Fergus as "scientific types." Well, scientifically-minded or not, most people from 17/18 centuries would be slightly freaked out by something like this happening. This scenario is not even remotely believable. The set-up seems cheesy to me and it never feels like the relationship between Daniel and Eva develops properly. And the ending chapters with her discovery that Claire also time traveled.......oh, wait a minute, i read it somewhere.....yes right....in Diana Gabaldons's book "Outlander". Same Claire? :-) Diana's Claire also met another woman from the future who lived in 18 century....... I thought the writing style was decent, and I enjoyed reading the descriptions of Cornwall.
Narrator should be more consistent regarding all accent. Also, her male voices sounded all the same.
Eva and Daniel. I think Eva' dead sister Katherine could be a better character.
It is not Diana Gabaldons's "Outlander", not even close.
I have never read the actual printed version but for me sometimes it's nice to just relax and listen to a good story.
Definitely towards the end, when things started getting pretty exciting
Okay, this is my one complaint about the audio. I didn't really like the fact that almost all her voices sounded similar... I really would have liked there to be men doing the reading for the male parts..instead of her attempting to do a male voice...just didn't wasn't right.
I enjoyed this book. It was light and fun, just what I was in the mood for. I plan to listen to others by this author when I'm looking for something similar. Time travel always requires some suspension of belief but this made enough sense to work without being distracting. I thought the book was well-written and provided just enough glimpse back into the historical period to teach me a little something along the way. Nicola Barber did a nice job of narrating the book. No need for a plot summary here; audible has provided that.
If you like a bit of history and a light romance with some time travel thrown in, give this book a try.
I love audioboks!
The twist towards the end
I think any scene involving the cliffs and the water
Lovely story, kind of adventurous and of course unrealistic, but you know that before you buy it. I love this author's stories and this isn't my favorite but the scenery, romance, adventure and historical aspect are all extremely satisfying.
I had really high expectations for this novel after reading "The Winter Sea" by the same author. I loved "The Winter Sea" and would give that novel 5 stars all the way around. I was prepared to dive into another delicious novel and was frankly, disappointed. I almost stopped reading it and returned it after listening about 3 hours. The story was very similar to her other novel, but not nearly as cohesive or well written. In the end, I am glad that I stuck with it, because it picked up for me in Part 2. It was an average book, but not one that I would put at the top of my list. I am not sure if I will explore any other books by this author now.
What a romantic book. I absolutely loved it. I really enjoy books from earlier times. Truly enjoyable.
I loved every minute of this story so much it was hard to take my earbuds out to get some sleep! It was touching and heartwarming and I was so sad to see it end. Didn't see the twist at the end coming and I want more from this author!
The Winter Sea was perhaps my favorite book of the year (to date, it is only March), so I was eager to listen to The Rose Garden. The story was alright and the writing was good, but ultimately I found the book unsatisfying. There was an overall sadness to it that I found depressing, and I had trouble forming an emotional connection with the characters. I was also a bit confused by the narration. Not to be nit-picky, but if the main character speaks with an American accent in spoken word, why would her internal narration have an English one? I found that I preferred Rosayln Landor's performance much more.
Still, I think that Susanna Kearsley is a gifted writer, and I would happily listen to another one of her stories.
The Rose Garden takes the reader into a world of passion, friendship, and love while balancing the present and the past. The ending was fantastic and had such a twist I had to listen to the entire book again. I hope Susanna Kearsley writes more of this story and makes it a series.