I love Audible! Being a full time wife, mother, and career leaves no time to actually read. Audio books give me my fix anytime and anywhere.
More focus on the romance developing between Ian and Beth.
Better use of language for the era.
Slow down the narration.
I found there was way to much time wasted on less important subjects; from Mrs. Berrington's opinions finding its way into everything Beth does to antique ming bowls to solving the murder mystery sub-plot. A lot of thorough scenes have Beth galavanting off to distract herself in Ian's absence, but the author kind of just breezes over the times they were in each other's company but not in bed.
I could totally see why these two fall so madly in love, it is definitely clear, but I would have preferred to better know the details. We all read these novels KNOWING how it'll end, but we love the "what" that brings us to the predictable ending.
On the language...
I just don't feel this novel was a good example of a well researched period novel.
Using a lot of flowery words does not make it Victorian.
The flow just felt mimicked from better authors that are authorities on this time period.
She read way to fast and was much to matter of fact.Period.
Otherwise this was a really good book. All the other raving reviews can tell you why. I wrote this one because I always read reviews and I like to know the good + the bad. This is one just to warn futures listeners of this novels considerable flaws.
I feel that if you are interested in listening to a period romance with a serious twist and separates from the normal obstacles our hero and heroine must face in order to be with one another this particular novel definitely offers exactly what you have been searching for.
This book was such a pleasant surprise. Lord Ian is an Aspie and the authors insight's into his thoughts and challenges were wonderful. I listened to this one twice (something I never do) because it was so good. Great story telling, I can't wait to read about the rest of this charming and complicated family.
Yes. If you like regency romance, you will like this series. Strong main characters. Easy to follow storyline with just enough info to lead you into the next book.
She did an excellent job in bringing the characters to life.
Most definitely. Finished the series in a week.
I enjoyed the development of this story a great deal. Since Mackenzie is not your archetypal hero, I truly enjoyed him. Yes, this is a nice romance. Yes, Ashley wrote a pleasant story. But her hero is the best part.
I just did not "buy" this story from the very beginning... I'm all about suspending belief but this was a bit much for me... it seemed like the story was secondary to the sex scenes.. and it's not my personal preference. The narration was fine. However, the last two hours or so of the book were great. I really enjoyed the ending. It was very satisfying. I won't be downloading the other books in this series though. Not my thang.
An avid listener of audio books.
It took me a while to get into this book because I didn't enjoy the narrator. I stuck with it and finally got into the storyline and got used to the narrator's style. I find the narrator got better in subsequent books. Either she improved or she grew on me. Its a great series and I'm intrigiued by the characters.
My tastes vary. I like PNR and some HR. I have been known to like YA and NA just as well as some naughty bodice rippers and other romance books.
This is in my top 5.
I loved almost everything. I loved Ian and his brothers the most.
Ian. Ian. Ian.
When Beth was ill -- Ian was a god.
I will not be trying additional books by these authors. I am very sorry I ever spent the money on this one.
I will be extremely selective of future books...I have always enjoyed romance novels that include A background of Scotland's history. It is a rich environment. Diana Gabaldon is one of my favorite authors. This book was a total disappointment to me.
She was not too bad, but not one of my favorites.
Too numerous to mention!
Wish I had not wasted my money!
The fact that you cast a strong male lead with a difference and make him sexy, despite it!
In the Theater when Ian meets Beth.
Have to be honest, I was really bothered by her narration in the beginning of the book. Her voice seemed Whiny. I don;t know if she worked her way out of it or if I just became used to it; because I went on to listen to books 2,3 and 4, without a hitch. In fact by the close of book four I was really enjoying her.
If my life was that simple I surely would have.. however, reality rules my life.
TO AUDIBLE: Please don't partially publish series. There is a book 4.5,5, 6 (6.5 I think) and 7....and I am now left haning unless I want to go to another source to finish the series...which I am in the process of doing. Your business loss Audible!
pretty high for a romance
well, period romance....
no - Her performance was pretty good - a bit strident tone throughout. I liked her light Scots accents, Her plumy english accent a bit forced. Some strange pauses, like she stopped for a sip of water. A couple of times I thought I'd leaned on the pause button.
SPOILER - I wonder if a hgh functioning autistc person can get to that place - I hope so,