It really makes me mad when they ruin a good book with such an annoying narrator I wish there was some one we can write and ask to never again let this narrator narrate. The story was sweet and funny totally ruined by the narrator.
The narrator! She talks so softly that you feel like she is whispering so no one will hear her. And the voices. Judith sounds like a little girl not a full grown women. It is disturbing to say the least.
Being that The Secret has always been one of my favorite books it is hard to pick one memorable moments.
I would really rather not.
Yes, try to get past the narrator because the story is well worth the listen.
Crazy for audiobooks!!
I enjoyed this book by Julie Garwood. Each character was distinct and the friendship between Judith and Francis was true and lasting. I truly enjoyed the fact that this story didn't play out the way so many authors are doing, and that's to have the quiet, I'm not gonna say how I really feel concept, where the reader (ME) wants to through the book across the room out of irritation of stupidity!! I hope authors are realizing that most of us are just not that stupid. After all, if you have something to say, don't spend pages worth of the book deciding why you shouldn't. Egads. Anyway, enough of my rambling. This book didn't have all that. A bit, but not too much. Over all it was a very good listen and I enjoyed the narration just fine. In fact the narrator does a wonderful job giving each character a distinct voice.
Worth the Credit!
Never judge a book by its movie
Oh Yea, I love this Highland Laird Series. It's quirky. The characters are fun, quirky and charming.
The dialogue between Ian and Judith is fantastic.
The secondary characters, could have their own stories. In fact they do. Broderick and Ramsey re appear in Ransom. I hope will also be out in audiobook.
Judith is an English women travelling to Scotland to attend the birth of her best friends baby.
Francis Catherine and Judith met when they were 4 and stayed friends even though they were supposed to be enemies.
Iain Maitland is an extremely large Highland Laird and brother- in- law of Francis Catherine. He escorts Judith from England and is immediately attracted to him. Every one is afraid of Iain accept for little Judith.
Iain and Judith's wedding. By the time the scene is over Judith isn't quite sure who she married. It is a fantastic and cleverly written laugh- out- loud scene.
Loved both Judith and Iain. Also loved the old men on the counsel.
The Secret is Out!
If this was made into a movie I picture Emily Blunt as Judith and Richard Armitage as Ian.
Well worth the credit, you will listen to it over and over again.
Lighthearted, Fluffy, Romance
The wedding scene, was especially amusing. The dialogue was witty, charming, and laugh out loud funny.
I was especially fond of Frances Catherine, her light brogue and characterization were spot on and particularly sparking and bright. Duerden did an all around good job with all the characters.
When Judith confronts her father for the first time and realizes every assumption she had ever made about the man was incorrect and based on lies. Obviously this is a light fluffy romance, lacking any particularly serious or weighty subject matter, but the characters were well rounded out, believable, memorable, and rang true. The plot did cover interesting ideas and was thought provoking, but did not bludgeon the reader over the head with a moral.
Another listener commented on the narrator's ability to do male voices. While they were not spot on, they were not horrible either, nor did they unduly detract from the story. Whilst the heroine did sound somewhat like a little girl in certain parts, especially during whispered dialogue, didn't find it to be particularly annoying. Overall, I enjoyed the narration and would definitely listen again.
I loved the storyline; 2 little girls become friends before they know they are supposed to be enemies. the characters are so well developed and i laughed out loud when the scene included the retired lairds banter. I love all that scottish loyalty, spirit and stuborn pride male and female. I started listening to Julie Garwood before I read any of her books but I enjoy her rich stories they're great fun. The print and audio are equal to the task, that being said its rare when they are.
Judith was on a personal journey of discovery and she remained a lovely woman throughout the book. I found myself cheering her on and hoping Ian 's character was worthy of her.
Gelfrid is a hysterical character and so endearing, but Ian's sexy whisper has got it hands down.
definitely hard to put down
The writer and the narrator are well matched.
I should have heeded the other reviews. The book may have been entertaining enough, but the narration was HORRIBLE. All of the male voices were raspy and at first, I laughed because they were so terrible. It made it difficult to focus on the plot. And Ian, the main male character sounded like Don Corleone from The Godfather movie. NOBODY sounded Scottish. After a while, the rasping made me cringe because they must surely have been painful to read out. This is the third Julie Garwood book I've gotten from Audible & the narrators have been progressively worse on each. I am asking for a refund - it was just really awful.
I love Garwood's romances. I bought this because it was one of my favorite romance novels of all time. I hated Susan Duerden's performance of it and almost couldn't make it through my favorite romance.
I just love the relationships and that the character isn't some crazy headstrong lady- she is a realistically submissive bust still spirited character of her time.
Her sing song patronizing, childish way of speaking. And the way she voiced the men hurt my throat just to listen to.
Sigh. Tough to say if its worth the listening time. To be honest- I probably will never listen to it again. I would rather read the novel than listen to her voice again.
I'm a MA in Theatre and love a good story. I also sometimes forget to proofread my reviews so sorry for any typos ;)
After listening to Saving Grace I wanted to hear more from this narrator. Boy did I get an earful. The men sound as if they are part troll or fresh back from a night of booze and chainsmoking. HORRIBLE. Susan Duerden is now my new worst narrator of Audible.
I can only just the story by what I heard and I almost turned it off at several points but the story does engage the listener a little. In the end though, some of the situations seemed a little too forced just for dramatic tension and the choices some characters made were against character. The only clear antagonist got taken out of the picture fairly early then there was simply an awkward situation to deal with to add to the drama. Overall it was a bit sophomoric and I've had the hardest time bringing myself to listen to the sequel which I purchased at the same time.
End result: Buy the print version.
Oh yes, great story line and amazing characters.
Yes, she did a great job with the voices and personalities.
OHGosh, I was driving during the wedding scene and almost had to pull over because I was laughing so much!!!
I recently started reading Julie Garwood's books and this one is by far my favorite!!!