I will never believe the reviews again! Evidentially people who favor a book are more apt to write a review than those that don't. If you like a Harlequin romance this is for you. The characters are two dimensional simpletons. The narrator has a good reading voice but her female characters voices all sound like little girls and the men's sound like gruff old men except the hero who sounds like a breathy lecher. Sorry I wasted the 2 credits. Believing the reviews I read I purchased the 2nd book at the same time as The Secret. What a waist of time and credits! If you like a book with substance don't bother with this one.
weak story line, really bad narration. male lead voice was really really creepy. not worth the credit
I enjoyed the story very much, however the accents, both British and Scottish sounded fake and forced. I had a difficult time getting caught up in the story, while being irritated by the performance..
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.