Reading this book is a treat. Listening to it, not so much.
The hero, Damien Knight is one of my all-time favorite romance novel heroes. Deeply scarred by years of fighting on the front in the Napoleonic wars, he has separated himself from society by a life of austerity. The only thing he's ever been afraid of is hurting innocent people, something he struggles with now as loud noises cause his PTSD to go out of control. The fireworks on Guy Fawkes Day flash him back to his time on the front and he confuses the good with the bad. He can't be near people, he can't lose control. Ever. When the death of his friend puts him in charge of a beautiful 19 year old school girl he risks letting the reins slip. His sense of honor draws him close to the girl who may save his life, if he can save hers.
This is a wonderful story with strong characters and a good plot that makes you want to read it all in one setting. The narration makes you want to turn the audio version off after only a few minutes. Emma Green has discovered something important in the character of that great national hero of the Peninsular War that even the author didn't know: he's an 80 year old woman dying of lung cancer. Her narration really ruined story. Not only did she give the young hero with a beautiful baritone voice a pathetically weak rasp, but she also made him bored, He had PTSD, not ennui. I envision Damien Knight as more of a Tyrone Power character, not Leslie Howard . More Jamie Waring, less Sir Percy Blakney, Baronette. This guy has some swash in his buckle, he was not a feeble-minded fop. There is no way a beautiful 19 year old girl is going to fall in love with the hero based on that awful voice characterization.
The other thing I need to ask is: where were the producer and director during the recording of this book? Obviously they left Emma Green to her own devices characterization-wise, but someone should have taken her aside and taught her how to pronounce a few common words. "Debauch" is not pronounced debauk, "tryst" is not pronounced with a long i. This type of thing happens frequently, it really pulls you out of the story.
If you only heard the book and had never read it, you would have no idea what a great story this is. I desperately want to ask them if they can't do this book over. Please. This is one I would listen to again and again if only it had a different narrator.
This book, along with the other two is well written, but Emma Greene is NOT complimentary to all the work Gaelen Foley goes to in writing books. If there is any way Audible can let Gaelen Foley know how the public feels about the narrator, by all means, please let him/her know.
I was so excited a when I saw audible continued carrying Gaelen Foley's books. It will be even more pleasant to see if a new narrator will be chosen. At this point, I will NOT spend any more money to listen to her/his books if Emma Greene is the narrator!
"I wear a fez now, fez's are cool"
I would recommend the book not so much the audiobook. The narrator does such a great job over all but her male voice is awful and doesn't make sense as she is more manly when speaking in the female voice. If she would have not tried to change the male voice this could have been a worthy listen, as it stands the story is what held my interest.
None that I can think of off the top of my head.
The narration had issues, while the voice was pleasant, when the narrator voiced the male lead she spoke as if she was an old lady. When she voiced the heroine she kept her voice more normal sounding and ended up sounding better. If she had kept that voice for the male perhaps the narration would be better.
I am being repetitive, but this is kind of why we buy audio books for someone to tell us a story and a narration can really hurt the story. This one almost hurt the story but it was not so terrible that I wanted to stop listening completely.
Not into romance novels being made into movies.
The story is interesting, it has some twists and I liked that we knew who the bad guy was right off. I liked the male lead he was tortured in ways that made sense, even if the narrator butchered his voice. I really liked the female lead, she was not stupid and had a sense of who she was.
Worth the sale price, probably would not waste a credit though as the narration is not great.
The story line was good, but the narrator made it painfully difficult to stick with it. Very distracting. I felt like downloading the Kindle version just to not have to listen to Mrs. Greene less than stellar performance.
The Hero saving the young heroine from the bad guys at the beginning of the book.
NEVER. Well maybe in the future after she improves.
I was so disappointed with the narrator and having wasted my money that I don't believe I am being as objective as I would be under different circumstances. The story in my opinion was hurt by the narrator. I suggest the hard copy version
Yes, I would try another book from Galelen Foley as long as it is not narrated by Emma Greene.
Sorry, I would not due to the narrator
Her male voices, other than that I enjoyed Emma's reading but, without the strong present of men the story losses something
Someone else reading the male parts
I wish this book could be re-recorded with a different narrator.
Yes. The reader and or director were so bad as the voice of the hero ( Damien) that I could not maintain any focus with the plot. It is unbelievable that someone didn't notice that this character sounded like an 80 year old woman which made the dialog so distracting from the plot that I was tempted to ask for my money back. I was determined not to buy any more of the authors books.
The plot was imaginative and very different.
Not with the same reader.
I am quiet and love being comfortable. I love curling up in a corner either reading or listening to a nice romantic book.
This book itself was really good however, the narrator made it just bareble! I vow to not read another book read by this narrator, the voice of the hero made him out to be an old timid mouse and not the young magnificent Colonel that he should have been. What more can I say? the narrator was horrible!!!
I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.
I'm loving the whole Knight series, but why this narrator chose to make the dashing hero sound like a weak old man is a bit of a puzzle. I finally decided she's trying to convey his gentle and suffering nature, and I got used to it, but I hope she doesn't narrate any more Gaelen Foley books which are full of dashing heroes and interesting heroines.
No, I wouldn't listen to Emma Greene again.
The story itself is worth listening to. It is ONLY because I love a Gaelynn Foley story that I managed to get past the narration.
Gaelynn Foley stories are fantastic and I absolutely adore her writing. Her stories stir up so many emotions in me and I'm just captured and taken away when listening. This story was just as good and I can only imagine how much better it could have been. What an awful shame that such a great story is so horribly damaged by such ridiculous narration. Where were the producers/editors when Emma Greene decided to make our war hero sound like a feeble old woman? SHAME ON THEM! And shame on Audible for allowing this to happen. It should be pulled from the site and re-read! I read the reviews but I so badly wanted to listen to this part of the Knight Family series that I thought to myself how bad can it be? Well I sure found out - BAD! The reviews were right. Our hero is supposed to be a tall and powerful war hero who is suffering from PTSD. Bad enough the voice Emma Greene chose sounded like an old lady but to add insult to injury, she read his lines as if he was bored beyond tears and had zero emotion. Out of the 50+ books I've purchased, I think this may be the first time I request a refund!
Entertaining story! Loved that the heroine was strong, compassionate, aware of her flaws but decided to make lemonade out of lemons and always willing to go the distance for her loved ones. Only one true complaint, the narrator's voice for Lord Damien Knight Winterly was incredibly annoying since each word was drawn out and sounded like a stuffy, judgmental geezer!! What kind of hardened military man would sound like that? Ugh!