Always a pleasure to read Julie Garwood books. This is one of my all time favorites. I was unsure of this particular narrator. But the story is so good it really doesn't matter. I rank this one right up there with The Bride. I laughed, cried, and held my breath. Well done indeed.
Lighthearted, Fluffy, Romance
The wedding scene, was especially amusing. The dialogue was witty, charming, and laugh out loud funny.
I was especially fond of Frances Catherine, her light brogue and characterization were spot on and particularly sparking and bright. Duerden did an all around good job with all the characters.
When Judith confronts her father for the first time and realizes every assumption she had ever made about the man was incorrect and based on lies. Obviously this is a light fluffy romance, lacking any particularly serious or weighty subject matter, but the characters were well rounded out, believable, memorable, and rang true. The plot did cover interesting ideas and was thought provoking, but did not bludgeon the reader over the head with a moral.
Another listener commented on the narrator's ability to do male voices. While they were not spot on, they were not horrible either, nor did they unduly detract from the story. Whilst the heroine did sound somewhat like a little girl in certain parts, especially during whispered dialogue, didn't find it to be particularly annoying. Overall, I enjoyed the narration and would definitely listen again.
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
After listening to Saving Grace I wanted to hear more from this narrator. Boy did I get an earful. The men sound as if they are part troll or fresh back from a night of booze and chainsmoking. HORRIBLE. Susan Duerden is now my new worst narrator of Audible.
I can only just the story by what I heard and I almost turned it off at several points but the story does engage the listener a little. In the end though, some of the situations seemed a little too forced just for dramatic tension and the choices some characters made were against character. The only clear antagonist got taken out of the picture fairly early then there was simply an awkward situation to deal with to add to the drama. Overall it was a bit sophomoric and I've had the hardest time bringing myself to listen to the sequel which I purchased at the same time.
End result: Buy the print version.
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.
Addicted to Audio Books.....
I have tried to listen to this book but I get a massive headache from the narrators attempt to do male voices. Ugh! It's the worst -- I can't listen to any of Susan Duerden's narration a they are so bad. So disappointing.
This book is great, I didn't know that a reader could ruin a good book but this narrator can do it to any book......
I would have loved to listen to this book. The narration makes it unbearable. I am unclear why this narrator was chosen but listeners beware. I found it impossible to get through more than 2 chapters.
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..
"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 ...