In my review of Gabriel's Inferno I mentioned that this book was eloquently written and so smart. The author did not fail in carrying that to the second book. Gabriel and Julia are wonderful characters and though Gabriel can come off so sweet that my teeth hurt he also can be brooding and pompous but it does it so well you cant help but love him.
I've learned a few things from this series: 1. is that if you are familiar with the Italian poet Dante and Beatrice's story along with other famous poets then this is the book for you and you will appreciate the quotes used throughout the story. I'm not familiar with famous poet's quotes so I had to really think about the meanings of the quotes and how it applies to the storyline. 2. is that you have to have A LOT of patience. This book is not only long, but aggrevating for me at times because I have little patience and I found myself pounding my fists on my desk in frustration because Julia is so naive and insecure with her relationship with Gabriel. I can't believe the things she says or feels after all they've been through. 3. but alas, if you have patience to listen to the first book, then you will have patience to listen to this book which will result in a happy ending. It was an enjoyable listen during the end and I look forward to the next book in the series.
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Yes - Gabriel and Julia's story get's deeper and more intense (if that was even possible) and you get to know them better. Their story is not over and if you have experienced Gabriel's Inferno, you MUST experience Gabriel's Rapture.
There is no comparison in my opinion. Sylvain's writing, the style, the plot, the characters - I've never experienced books like this. They're very distinctive.
Still The Professor. I will always hear John's voice as Gabriel. And I'm glad for that.
Both. The humor is understated and witty but the pain is raw and real and vivid. You feel every emotion with Gabriel and Julia.
You must read/listen to these books. That is all. :-)
Alluring, romantic and tingling
One of the reasons I choose this book because the reviews had said it was like Fifty Shades of Grey. Well, it's not. I have been reading romance novels for many, many, MANY years and I can honestly say that I have never read anything like this novel before.
Mr Morgan's voice is velvet!!! He gives the ability, at least for me to envision and give life to the characters. Emotion to the words. A sense of reality.
Oh, Boy, did I have an extreme reaction to this book-An astounding YES!!! It made me wistful and regretful that my first romantic encounter did not happen this way. The range of emotion was great, laughing, crying, tingling, and a longing for the ability to travel through time (BIG HEAVY SIGHHH)
I could not put my kindle down!!! I have now added Sylvain Reynard to my favorite authors list!!! I eagerly await the next book!! This book should be required reading for all men for how to romance your way to a woman's heart!!!
Once I listened to the first book in this series, I just couldn't stop. As was the case for the first book, once I started listening, I didn't want to take a break--even to sleep! When the story ended, I was fulfilled, but sorry to say good-bye to the characters. For me, these books are so compelling because of the chemistry between the characters--without the explicit sexual descriptions. Don't misunderstand, there's plenty of action. I was glad to see there is another book coming. Now, about the narrator--WOW! What an amazing delivery--very sexy I hope he sounds off on many other books.
Only if they have listened and enjoyed the first one. Although I did not enjoy the journey that this novel took me on as much as the previous one it was well worth it to see what Julia and Gabriel are up to.
I understand this plot parallels the storyline of a couple of other popular series so I was expecting the major plot obstacle it was still hard to listen to. I have to say that this was really only an issue for the middle portion of the novel, I very much enjoyed the beginning and the ending was superb.
He has a very mellow, soothing voice. Sometimes narrators resort to groaning or other mechanisms that aren't pleasant to hear in order to convey passion or anxiety or sorrow and Mr. Morgan does not do this. He really has one of the most pleasant voices I encountered on audible, also I'm not familiar with Italian but to my ignorant ears his accent sounds pretty good.
Well I put the third installment of this series on my wish list, does that count? Did it inspire me to apply for a graduate program in Italian studies? Nope.
Well worth the credit. A solid, long, enjoyable listen. These novels are so complex and intricate yet the are still and easy listen that leaves you walking away fulfilled and feeling smarter. I could not ask for more.
Great book! It was really hard to put the book down.
Gabriel by far, sexy, smart and dangerous.
In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!
After reading the first book, I couldn’t wait long to jump into this one. I had to find out what happened next! Chances are if you’ve gotten this far you already feel the same way.
Overall I LOVE this storyline! It’s very emotionally intense, and I found myself fully caught up in the characters’ lives. Yes, you can pick out some exaggerated elements in any romance, but there are also a lot of things here that ring true.
But that said, I didn’t find this book to be quite as good as the first for a couple reasons. I’m going to be a vague to avoid spoilers, but these are the reasons why.
The biggest reason is that this book uses one of my least favorite conflicts for a romantic plotline. It’s one that would be absurdly easy to clear up in real life, so it always feels like a cop-out on the author’s part. Yes, the circumstances around said cop-out fit the plot, but it would have been so easy to resolve quickly! It was aggravating and silly.
Secondly, one character has a bit of a spiritual awakening during this book. If you take a step back it fits very well with the idea of Dante and Beatrice’s story gently riding in the shadows. But honestly I found that part a bit slow and still too connected to the aforementioned aggravating avoidable conflict. I think I was supposed to be impressed with this person’s healing and letting go of the past, but instead I kept seeing hints of how this person was switching their self-absorption toward a different focus. Hey, I never said these were perfect people! ;)
But like I said, overall I love these books. Kinda makes me want to run out and get a master's degree! This book comes to a very full conclusion, but if there were more I’d get them right way, especially if they used the same narrator – this guy is great!
I enjoyed listening to this series. I just want to say that the leading lady was too infantile for me at times, which is how Gabriel described her at one point in the first book. However, the series so far is better than FSG, none of that oh craps, teenager talk. She is shy but she has a voice. This series is worth the credits.
This is one book I can't stop thinking about. Even the songs! The Professor is now my hero. All I can say without giving it away is you must get this audiobook. After you listen bet you get the second in the series! I'm waiting for the third. Please audible, ASAP, the next book! Gabriel's Redemption, please!