This is only the second audiobook I have ever abandoned. I wasn't able to make it past the first hour simply because the performance was so bad. The male voices were particularly dreadful. The narrator made all the Scottish men sound like they had head colds. Generally, I enjoy this author so I tried very hard to get past the narration, but I just couldn't do it.
Good Garwood story. Narrator gives the men raspy, sometimes a little creepy voices. And the main character sounds very childlike, but the narrator did well overall - not overly dramatic.
As an artist busy with my hands and eyes I had to give up reading. Then audio books came into my life and I am back to over 200 books a yr.
From the moment I started this book I was addicted to it and truly didn't want to stop the story. The characters were fantastic and wonderfully portrayed by Susan Duerden. Looking forward to reading more of her narrated books. I am immediately going to go into book 2, Ransom and will proceed with the Lairds Brides books. This is also my first reading of a book by Julie Garwood. I am so looking forward to more of her works also. Wonderful story, wonderful characters (I have fallen in love with that whole clan), wonderful narration put this book in my top ten books that I know I will read over and over again.
I especially loved the ceremony scene. I laughed and then wound it back so I could listen to it again. I ended up calling a friend to share with her and she had read it and loved it as much as I do.
I also loved the historical part that gave a feel of what life was like way back when (even though I am sure the real facts were much harsher). But the birthing experiences, the need for more rights for the women, and so much more in this book made me appreciate how it must have been back then and appreciate that we mostly have better medicine now and women's rights are improving somewhat (albeit not as much as it should be yet).
Good romance, just the right amount of bedroom action and done very nicely...steamy but not overboard.
And that final scene...well, it was just awesome. Love it Loved it Loved it.
Though I was liking the story and characters, the overall listening experience wasn't an easy one. The narrator draws out the end of every sentence in such a way that once noticed, you can't stop hearing it. Drove me to distraction so I had to stop listening frequently. It turned into an exercise of endurance than anything else. It's a shame because the story good.
I love the book. It has been one of my favorite Julie Garwood books and one of my re-reads every few years. I bought it to listen to on a trip and could not make it through the first few chapters. story is great but did not care for the narrator
I love the relationship between Ian and Judith, but the personalities of the secondary characters is what has always sent this book to a 5-star status for me. Both the Secret and Ransom are my favorite J Garwood books.
The author has an English accent which is pleasant and she does character voices well, but I did not care for the speech pattern she uses. It seems that she "upspeaks" a lot of her sentences instead of making sure there is a lot of diversity in her narration. I know that seems trivial, but unfortunately it took away from the story and the composition as a whole.
I don't care for this narrator at all, was a struggle to get through the book because of the inflections in her voice at the end if every sentence.
Great storyline and some laugh out loud moments. Judith was a perfect heroine, funny and smart, and Iain was a georgeous and wonderful hero. The book was not filled with so much angst it made you crazy. I absolutely hate angsty books.
Love, love, loved the council members: Graham, Gelfrid, Owen, Duncan and Vincent. Loved Francis Catherine and Patrick. Loved Alex and Brodick. It was just a really great read and I'm going to read Ransom now.
There was just the right amount of sex in the book, too.
As to the narrator: Ms. Duerden has some awesome emotions she puts in her books. I loved her laughing and crying and yelling but I especially loved that everytime the book called for a whisper, which was a lot, she whispered. It was perfect.
The only thing I didn't like was that EVERY man had a very raspy voice, like a 2 pack-a-day smoker, and there were a lot of men. I can honestly say that I didn't like the voice of any man in this book but because she read it with so much emotion I was able to overlook that.
Wow that was a fantastic story. The hero, Iain was big, hunky, and awesome. The heroine, Judith, was beautiful, funny, witty and smart. Loved these two together. Fantastic chemistry and dialogue. Nicely written sex scenes between them too. So if you are wondering there is sex in the book.
Dialogue was great throughout the entire book and there is plenty of it. (I like lot's of dialogue in my books) The story line and plot were great. I really liked all the secondary characters as well.
As for the narration. there were some positive and some negative. Positive is Susan Duerdan did the heroine's voice very well, I also like the emotion she uses when it's required, ie, whispering, yelling, mumbling etc., I liked the hero's voice he sounded strong, manly and sexy.
Negative on the narration is that some of the secondary male character highlander's voices were so awfully high pitched and obnoxiously screechy it was brutal.
Also, the reading voice she uses is so sing song, she draws out those consonants at the end of the sentences. So for example "She made it home" would be read like "She made it Hommmmmmmme" it's very annoying. When she is reading dialogue she does not do this she ends the word properly and does not drawwwwwwwwww it out. She is not my favorite narrator but she is better than some, ie Anne Fosnik, sorry but AF ruins and destroys books.