I've become a sucker for Audible. I love audiobooks, to the point of addiction. Especially a good romance audiobook... :)
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)
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.
I have enjoyed the stories in this series, but this narrator is too weak compared to the others. It's distracting from the story overall. They need to rerecord it to make this book as good as the others in the series.
I'm addicted to audiobooks. I've listened to probably 300 (maybe more) audiobooks most of which are historical romances. Listening is much easier than reading and you can do other things while listening. When reading you can't do anything but read.
I've listened to and/or read several books by Courtney Milan and enjoyed them. This is my first book narrated by Nicole Quinn. I don't think I'll listen to another book narrated by Ms. Quinn. She read a good deal of the story as if teaching a first grader to read. Sometimes I wondered if was just bad "mixing" because there were times when Ms. Quinn's narration was very good. It was as if the narration she did one day was good, but the next day was very slow with breaks between each word. Sort................of......................like...............this.
No. I think this book closed out the series rather nicely.
I thought this book had a very good story. There is only one piece of the book I didn't like which was unbelievable - when Smite confronted The Protector. It would have been believable if The Protector would have ended up dead and not carried (literally) to jail.
I would recommend this book if the narration could simply be remastered so that Ms. Quinn's narration wasn't spoken like reading to a child. I thought Ms. Quinn did an pretty good job with the voices. Sometimes she wasn't consistent with the various character accents, but I could get past that. I think this narration could be corrected to be a good narration. At times, I increased the speed on my i-pod that the book was read and it was actually quite good. Something others might want to try.
Yes, I've enjoyed other books by Courtney Milan, BUT narration Nicole Quinn I will avoid. I can't believe the book responsible for the awful narration.
A the story begins and I think it's a joke! The voices brought visions of a witch coven (an outrageously bad imitation)
Leave off character voices or totally different narrator. However, the narration was more tolerable as the book progressed, or I just stop cringing. The idea that the heroine/main female character being raised by actors, and able to slip in & out of characters was the only benefit.
I was distracted but the cadence ... tracking the rhythm.
A good narrator
It took many false starts to get pass the first chapter, and the story made me glad I did; however, I will confess I called Audible to return. (I kept it because the sale price & author.)
do not waste your credit. practically impossible to listen to this story. I cannot tell you if the story is good, because it was so hard to follow. slow, overacting, droning voice that does not fit this type of book at all. It may have had potential because there are interesting notions in the story, but again, I cannot tell you because it was so hard to follow. I am not happy that I didn't get to follow this trilogy to the end. I suggest that audible will have another production of this book narrated by Bianca Amato or Roz Landor.
The narrator has an awful voice, it's very grating. I'm not sure I'll be able to get through the book which is a complete shame! I've listened to others from this Author and enjoyed them.
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.