I thought that the level of story telling-both the writing and performance was particularly engaging. The characters were full, the love story was compelling and the sub-plot was actually intriguing and ultimately satisfying.
Nicole Quinn gave life to these characters. She told the story without getting in the way of it. She was able to heighten the impact of a very dramatic plot, while keeping it very simple and real. I thoroughly enjoyed her reading and think she is a very gifted narrator.
The narrators voice is a bit unique with a nice raspy tone that worked very well with the setting of this story. Since the story is set in the working class area of London, I really appreciated hearing a narration that fit. She did a wonderful job with all the different characters--I could always tell when Miranda or Smite was speaking and that is always important to me as I get distracted by my work sometimes and miss parts of the audio. At times, some characters were harder to understand, especially the ones in the courtroom, but that dialect can be hard for me to read sometimes as well. I will admit at first I was not sure if I was going to enjoy the narration, but after I settled in, I grew to enjoy the performance. I thought her accents, both male and female, worked well with the setting of this story. Overall, I thought this was a good fit for a favorite book of mine. The dialects, romance and action all were captured in a way that I found enjoyable.
Just a disappointing audiobook. The story was not good, and the narration was plain awful for an historical romance.
I heard so much buzz about Courtney Milan, so I was excited to finally get the full trilogy on audio. The series is about a trio of brothers who shared a terrible childhood growing up with an insane, bible-crazed mother. Beyond devout, the mother gave away every single thing they had to the poor and even tried to drown one of them. Each brother has a different story, a different quirk and a full bible verse for their name.
While the trilogy starts with great promise, the last two books seemed written by a different author. And Nicole Quinn's interpretation and narration of this final story definitely affected my opinion for the worse, though the book itself was a let down. I can't say I will be listening to anymore Courtney Milan. And... I am certain I will AVOID THE NARRATOR! Though gifted in voices, Nicole Quinn should save the weird voices for a science-fiction or fantasy-style book, never Historical Romance!
I recommend the first audiobook in this trilogy, UNVEILED. It was really a well-written, unique, and sensual story.
The next book, UNCLAIMED was strange and ridiculous. I thought it was one of the biggest let-downs in a series. But at least the narrator was good. While this last book is slightly better than the 2nd, the narration is so poor that I recommend reading this verses listening to this one in audio.
(I've not read the added short story)
I read so I can write
It was a real struggle but I forced my way through it. I feel like I need a medal. How sad for this author to have such a horrible narrator ruin her work. This needs a do over and I need a refund.
I love to read but with my busy schedule I barely get a chance to. However, audiobooks allow me to "read" while I manage my crazy life.
Smite Turner is cold and seemingly straight-laced. He serves as a magistrate and is duty bound to a fault. He carries a lot of baggage from the past and is unlikely to relinquish the memories to any one aside from his brother Mark who knows all.
Miranda Darling has stepped one too many times out of line and has caught the eye of Lord Justice. Try as she might to stay away from him and stay on the right side of the law, events around her force her to seek his help.
I wanted so much more from this book. I really wanted to like it because Smite was so intriguing in the last two books, but I didn't connect with the characters as well as the previous books. There was nothing more to Smite than what was glimpsed in the last two books and Miranda was not as likable nor did she have anything interesting about her like the other two females in the series. There were very little to no clever dialogues between the two main characters and the chemistry between them seemed not enough to sustain the romance they eventually had. Also, the main plot was flat and not well constructed.
Overall it was an okay read and if you've gotten through the first two books then this book would be a nice finish to the series.
Narrator: Nicole Quinn
Quinn was terrible and I probably didn't like the book as much as I should've in part to her narration. She made the characters sound old and screechy. It was difficult to tell which were the male characters and which were the female characters because of the high pitched voices she used. She also read Richard Dullwimple's(sp?) voice as if her were daft and I get that some of the things he did were not honorable, but I believe Milan was trying to redeem him in the book in which case Quinn didn't help his cause.
My advice would be to stick with the same narrators in a series and even in a spin-off series because it helps with continuity. Unless, of course, your first narrator was awful, in which case you want to switch immediately because a narrator can make or break a book
The others in this series were outstanding. I'm sure the story is great but I'm 10 minutes in and I can't listen to another word. It sounds like the voice has been mechanically altered. I'm returning this.
love audio books - Anglophile
The narrator annoyed me the first time I started to listen to this audio - she sounded a little over the top for some of the lower class voices.
But a few weeks later I started over because the story was interesting - and the author sounded fine once I got used to all the different voices. Actually, I thought she sounded great half-way through the story. I would definitely listen to another book read by Nicole Quinn.
I am a singer and Celtic harper specializing in the music of Scotland, where I go often to study and perform. I love romance books because I like a light hearted story with a happy ending!
I really liked the first two books in this series but it was really hard to like this one since the narrator was so incredibly irritating. I felt like I was listening to a Munchkin from the Wizard of Oz. Or maybe she just spends too much time sucking on helium balloons! Anyway, she is so bad that it's hard to get through the whole book. I kept looking to see how much time was left hoping that it was almost over! It's really hard to evaluate the story itself since my enjoyment of an Audible book depends heavily on the narration. If I didn't care about that, I would just read the book myself! So I recommend that you do that with this particular book. If, like me, you want to see how the trilogy ends, listen to the first two in the series and then read this one in print instead of listening.
The narration was so beautifully acted that it makes me want to start book all over again. I can’t speak to why the other reviews were so negative… I was rather shocked at that. I read / listened to the book via Immersion Reading and found the pace to be perfect. The author drew the characters gradually, sculpting their oddities and strengths, while the narrator brought the characters to life with her colorful voices (one always made me grin) and the velvet tones of Smite. I found this to be one of the best reads / listens in all the (many) historical romances I have discovered via immersion reading. Don’t be put off by reviewers… decide for yourself.
Like Unraveled, Courtney Milan draws wonderfully flawed yet thoroughly likable characters in her book The Governess Affair (The Brothers Sinister). I enjoyed that narration as well, but this narrator is my favorite.
Some of the scenes with Dalrymple made me laugh out loud because the voice and acting was so spot on! But my favorite scenes surrounded Miranda drawing Smite out of his usual serious self. The repartee was very witty at times.
I laughed at Miranda’s brazen style with Smite… she is a lovely free spirit. And some of the scenes with Dalrymple were hilarious… but that has much to do with the skill of the narrator.
I am befuddled by the negative reviewers. Courtney creates such interesting and well-developed characters and they were brought to life by the artful narration… it makes me wonder whether people just want to be read to at a good clip, or if they take pleasure in timing, acting, and the color the narration brings to the story. I suppose we are all different!
The audiobook I downloaded plays well on cd, on itunes (computer), on kindle. But it plays abnormally slowly on my ipod. For those of you have heard a VERY SLOW reading, you may be hearing it at the wrong speed. I have alerted audible and acx to this variance in quality from platform to platform.