"Read the book."or perhaps-- "Favorite nearly ruined"I was thrilled to see the release of a long-time favorite. However, the narration almost ruined it.
It's still one of my favorite books from Julie Garwood. Read the book. Save your money or credit-- read the book instead.
I hardly liked anything about the performance. Her breathy, sing-songy cadence was almost unbearable. I had to force myself to finish listening to the book. And this is a book that I've read nearly a dozen times!!I was looking forward to getting the other recent audiobooks of early Garwood-- Lion's Lady and Ransom; however, so far, this is the only one I have gotten. The others have the same narrator and I am reluctant to risk ruining those, too. Why not Rosalyn Landor-- as in The Bride or Shadow Music or Prince Charming?
Please consider a different narrator-- Rosalyn Landor or Steve West or Kevan Brighting or Simon Prebble or ...
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!
The narrator was TERRIBLE! I couldn't listen more than ten minutes!
I wasn't able to get past the terrible narrator to even get into the story.
The narrator had little inflection in her voice and each sentence ended with the same sound. Awful!!!!
Whoever produced this story should have their skills examined. How could anyone listen to that and think it's okay? I have listened to A LOT of audiobooks, and this was the worst narrator!! Hands down!!!
Beauty wins over the love of a Scottish Laird who has been brainwashed all his life to hate the English. The first half of the story is very engaging and entertaining and after the second half starts not a whole lot happens that adds to the story. It stays stagnant almost to about two chapters to the end where it picks up again. I still enjoyed the story overall and felt that the narrator did a good job as well.
Of course I would recommend it to anyone who is in historicals.
Julie Garwood does this type of books real well. This is the first in a series, a series you must read.
When Iain decides to keep Judith and she's not quite sure what she's doing in front of the elders when he tries to get her to marry him...
It's not what she brings to the story that's not in the book but more like another way of seeing things, with other views.
There are quite a lot of them but at the end when Iain is ready to leave the clan with Judith is one.
I've always loved this book, but this version was hard to listen to. The narrator did a lousy job with the woman's voices, and they all sounded like they were 5 years old. I listened at 1.25 speed and it helped. The story is good enough to overlook any faults in narration.
Very rarely do I have the opportunity to read a book that isn't a review required read, but I needed something familiar, something comforting this past week, and so I chose to re-read/listen to this story.
I am so, so very glad I did!
I had read The Secret (paperback) years ago and never reviewed because I was on a Julie Garwood binge. Book after book, I didn't have time to stop and write down my thoughts because I couldn't stop reading long enough to do so. This story will always be a favorite read, but as a listen? It's amazing!
Julie Garwood was my first venture into Historical Romance, and the genre became an instant favorite. I grabbed every single Garwood HR I could get my hands on, and wept when I learned she wasn't writing HR anymore.
Okay, maybe "wept" is a bit of an exaggeration, but not much!
When people ask what my favorite HR novel is, I always think of Garwood's books. The Prize, The Bride, The Wedding... it's hard to pick an all time favorite. But I can honestly say, The Secret is right up there on the list.
And I've fallen in love with it, all over again.
This past weekend I listened (and read along - Kindle) to Susan Duerden not just read the book, but perform it. Her incredible ability to let each character's unique personality shine through made this an absolute delight to experience.
The prologue is one of the best I had ever read, and now listening to Ms. Duerden bring the wee little girls, Judith and Frances Catherine to life... then bring them together again as grown women whose friendship passed the test of time and will inspire Lairds and clansmen... truly, I can't put into words how much I enjoyed this story. No, how much I LOVE this story! Every page, every sentence, every word...
The bottom line...
As I said, my reading time is precious to me and there isn't enough of it, but when I needed something familiar and comforting, I chose this book. That in itself should bear testament to how much I adore The Secret.
I sighed, I smiled, I laughed... the witty dialog and laugh out loud banter, the sexual chemistry... it captured my heart and made me fall in love with the obstinate Laird Iain Maitland and the adorable, equally obstinate Lady Judith, all over again.
Unfortunately, the crazy, raspy, often too loud voices this narrator chose for the men, coupled with the" never matured" voices she stuck with for the main female characters were silly and distracting. However, I did enjoy the story, and do recommend the book, because I was able to get into the story enough to ignore Susan's take on Julie's characters.
Totally addicted to Audible.
I usually enjoy Julie Garwood books more than I did this one. It was not bad but I have no desire to get the rest of this series.
I usually love Susan Duerden as a narrator for historical romances. However, her inability to do the male voices in this book as other than scraggy and shouting, is very distracting. I think they need to choose another narrator for this series. Simple, idealist story.