I really enjoyed this book. Well developed characters, funny & endearing. At a time where women were owned & treated as property the writer sprinkles the 13th century men with a bit of modernity. It was one of those books you can't stop listening to and you hate when it ends.
I like Julie so yes. Susan no!!!!!!
I've listened to a number of other books she's narrated and they all sound the same . I will never buy another book she narrates.
The story was very interesting.
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.
A different narrator.
Love the book.
This is one of my favorite stories by Julie Garwood. I was looking forward to hearing the performance, but after a few chapters I had to delete it from my library. I did not enjoy the way the narrator voiced the characters. Male characters in particular sound horrible. I'm so disappointed, especially after thoroughly enjoying two other Garwood titles (different narrators).
"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'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.
her ancient puts you there in that time in that land
great book will listen to it again
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
All the elders....every scene seemed to become hilarious
Even though I got used to it...her male voices seem very strained and almost painful for her to do. I did get used to it but they were so whisper gravely .... Needs work in strong male voices. That being said Susan does a GOOD job bringing the characters to life and she really makes you feel like you are there in the story.
It delivers exactly what I wanted romance with plenty of chances to laugh. Someone else said the wedding scene is the best they have ever heard...I agree totally. I was laughing out loud and absolutely loved the way it was written. the narration was spot on too!
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.
I love books with romance, humor, and sexy highlander lairds and this book has all of that. I read the reviews on the narrator being awful, but I disagree. It can get a little annoying listening to the male character's voices at times when the male characters start yelling in outrage but the story is wonderful. I couldn't stop smiling to myself while listening to this book because there is a lot of humorous moments in there. I wish the story was longer with a better ending but it's definitely worth the credit.