It's never too late to live happily ever after!
I'm a big fan of Cynthia Wicklund's Garden Series so I was excited when audio book editions of her books started arriving. I grabbed this one and Book 1, In the Garden of Temptation, immediately.
There have been a few negative reviews about the narrator of this book. I do know that sound quality varies a lot depending on the medium used to listen to an audio book so perhaps that's the problem, but don't let that keep you from giving this wonderful romance a chance.
One foolhardy act by young Lady Jillian Fitzgerald changed her life forever. She lost everything -- her fiance, her good name, her acceptance in polite society -- all because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It would be easy to blame the events of that day on Adrian St. John, Earl of Wickham, but "Lord Wicked" as he was popularly called was no more at fault than she.
Unfortunately, Lord Wicked left England and didn't know what had happened whereas Jilly was forced to face the wagging tongues and the scorn of the ton for eight long years until he returned.
In eight years, Jilly grew up and, instead of hiding her face in shame, she rebelled against all the restrictions women faced. She refused to be cowed and held her head high. Now a woman of independent means, she has a mind of her own and a will to match. A mind of her own? A strong will? How unthinkable for a woman in Regency England!
Jilly is a heroine you'll love. She is determined that if Adrian is to like her, then, by God, he'll like her for herself, as she is, without pretending that she is like all the other women. Adrian, the delicious Lord Wicked, is a hero you'll adore because he's determined to do the right thing, and, in so doing, finds himself ensnared.
The narrator sounds like Eliza Doolittle at the Ascot races. her stacatto word by word delivery was so distracting that it took a conscious effort to realize the meaning of the passage. Her mispronunciation of words also made it necessary for the listener to translate to the proper word. What a shame that the story was so diminished by the performance that it was ruined instead of enhanced.
No. It was almost tortuous to continue listening to the narrator's lack of comprehensible fluency.
Justine Eyre, Barbara Rosenblat, Davina Porter, etc.
The plot and characters were fine.
I am shocked that no one seems to be editing or directing the performance.
Did not finish so annoying.
Depends on performer. This one may discourage trying another Wicklund book
Since it. Is clear she has a speech/diction problem & no acting skill I don't believe it is possible!
Did not finish so can't say.
I can't understand how this audio was even distributed & the performer was chosen by the producer. It always makes me think a relative needed a job!!
I enjoyed the "storm scene"
I don't know if I would listen to this narrator again--her cadence was off and I found her less than wonderful to listen to--
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
This is not quite a four star, but more than a three star effort. Wicklund crafts her plot so that the characters and story development are well paced. In the Garden of Disgrace infatuation is not seen as love and love is not a result of sex. Characters admit to emotional confusion and fear and a man falls in love with a woman and fights for her.
Jillian is a feisty heroine, whose need for self preservation makes her a strong willed woman who seems unwilling to accept that she has fears and unwilling to admit that having the ton turn its back on her cuts her deeply. But Wicklund sets her up that way so that during the latter part of the novel readers could truly understand her desire for independence and her need to be strong and to be accepted as she is.
Adrian is a hero you have to love. He simply does not give up on Jillian. His pursuit of her is admirable and well written. Each encounter with Jillian, even if it is frustrating, leaves him feeling more admiration for her. It becomes clear why he loves her and why she loves him. My greatest displeasure comes from the overly stubborn heroine who thankfully manages to win me over with her emotional honesty.
Tanya S. Bartlett was terrible and ruined the book. I can't believe that this performance passed the the editor.
I think the audio edition equals the print/ebook version - having read/heard both, I think it just depends on the mood you are in whether to read or listen.
I, too, loved the dual scene...very vivid!
Journey back in time - to an era of elegance
I love Cynthia Wicklund's historical novels - they are vivid, evocative, and captivating. I felt the transition to audio worked perfectly.
Because of one reviewers note on an 'echo' - I did not hear that when I listened on my computer with a set of headphones at all. So I think the device you listen to an audio book on is important.
There are distortion issues on older ipods, cheap MP3 players...so please do both the writer and narrator the justice of hearing an audiobook on a quality piece of equipment!