Why does it has to be Susan Duerden? Such an interesting story and than...to be butchered by screaching voices which supposed to be men and little girl-voices like mice supposed to be grown women. I couldn'd finish the audiobook, because it has gotten worse with every chapter. Please do not let her ruin another good audiobook.
"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 ...
I REALLY THINK I AM IN LOVE WITH ROBYN CARR....EVERYTIME I GET HEAR OR READ ONE OF HER HISTORICAL BOOKS I FALL A LITTLE MORE IN LOVE WITH HER...THIS BOOK WAS GREAT AND ALL OF HER HISTORICAL BOOKS SHOULD BE ON AUDIBLES..
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!
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.
Tell us about yourself! I like clean romances and fantasy. The happily ever after is for me
yes, because I love her stories, I just wish she would not make scenes in the book, so sexually explicit. The story is good without the explicit details.
Very good ending. I am a sucker for a happy ending.
'The sexual scenes took up to much of the book.
A different narrator could have made it a 2-3 star
Not likely if her female characters are this weakly drawn and make characters such caricatures.
She needs to understand that male Scots do not all have emphysema and speak in a whispered falsetto. Oh, and she might want to study what a real brogue and burr sound like and use them consistently.
Julie Garwood writes cliches, and Susan Duerden butchers them.
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!!!
I couldn't finish "The Secret", as badly as I wanted to...I just couldn't endure Susan Duerden's narration any longer.
I've listened to a number of books narrated by Ms. Duerden and enjoyed them. There were some her whispering became tiresome, but not to distraction, she normally portrays different characters very well. In "The Secret" she sounds like someone with a "smoker's voice" trying to scream in a variety of Scottish accents for the men, and the women sound like whispering children.
After trying to listen to "The Secret", I'm afraid to purchase books in my wish list narrated by her. Some of the characters portrayed in "The Secret" sounded like someone running their fingernails down a blackboard makes me feel. I know she has talent, and I hope at some point, I can make myself give her another chance.
I'm really disappointed, because from the amount of time I was able to listen to "The Secret", it sounded like a story I would have enjoyed.