The story is good if you like time traveling fantasy and romance. I enjoy this kind of stories. This one is good in the way that presents both sides of a coin. Meaning that you can experience our century through the wondrous eyes of someone from the past and then see Elizabethan Era through our modern eyes with the ambivalence that the portray of those times give us from the 21st. Century. The part I did not like of the story is the weeping maiden...The stereotype of the "DOORMAT WOMAN". Despite that, the story is enjoyable. WHAT IS AWFUL is the NARRATION!
Let me explain myself. As an audiobook fan I respect and appreciate narrators. But I found out that there is the RIGHT & WRONG narrator for each story. So, Mr. S. West does read nicely the descriptive parts of the story, and even the male voices are ok, BUT really, when he does the female voices it isn't pretty to say the least. I kept rolling my eyes and feeling kind of embarrassed, since the part sounded...I don't know, silly, stupid. I believe there are male narrator that can do female voices much better, and/or female narrators that can do male voices not badly. OR...what I like best: BOTH, FEMALE AND MALE NARRATOR.
Alas, a good story down because of a wrong choice of narrator.
I read this back when it was originally published (1988) and enjoyed it. Many years have gone by and I thought it might be fun to revisit it on audio. Ug! The story was frustrating, I've heard of low self esteem, but Douglas was TOO much. I can get past the plot lines, but the narration was difficult. Actually, to be fair, the male characters were fine and the ONLY reason I could finish, but his "female" voice was dreadful. I would cringe every time she would speak. Thank goodness what she "thought" seemed to be in the narrator's natural voice. Do yourself a favor, if you are interested in this story, give it a read instead of a listen.
I read this book back in the 90's and still love it. This book along with a few other time travel books made me fall in love with this genre. Unfortunately for me this reading didn't hit the mark so much. I found Mr. West's voice for Douglas to be very winey, even when she isn't crying. Due to this, it is at times hard to hear.
I read this book when it was first was released and have periodically read over the years as the story holds a special place in my heart. Although pieces are dated now it is still a lovely romance of a love that crosses time itself. Steve West does an excellent job narrating and anytime I may read in the future I will forevermore hear his voice as Nicholas Stafford.
I love the overall storyline. It was wonderful to be able to listen to one of my favorite books as I drove 6 hours each day last week.
I love the story that true love is found no matter what.
I enjoyed the narration except for the lead female character voice, it just didn't match the voice I created when I read the book not very feminine--guess that is expected since narrator is a guy. I still enjoyed it once I was able to get passed that issue.
I laughed and cried but I always do when I read the physical book.
This is a great book to be introduced to Jude Deveraux and the Taggert/Montgomery families.
I loved this book when I first read it years ago and I really wanted to love this production as well. I guess my tastes have changed because it was hard to finish this audiobook.
The female characters were spineless and the men were jerks. Part of it was the narrator, who has a wonderful voice but his female voices are irritating and very whiny. But I have to put most of the "fault" onto outdated stereotypes of helpless women and rakish men.
I love Elizabeth Peters, Diane Mott Davidson, Amanda Quick and Jude Deveroux. I Love Barbara Rosenblat. She has made me a Audio Reader. I also like Lisa Scottaline, and Linda Fairstein. I wish Barbara Rosenblat could read for everybody. She is wonderful.
I love this book. I read this years ago and was excited to find it on audible. The story as before was wonderful. The reader however does not do women very good. It took some time to get use to it. I still enjoyed the story but ms Deveraux needs to redo it with someone like Barbara Rosenblatt or Davina Porter.