Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.
the story was good i enjoyed it but the narration was horrid. why is it that the narrator's think that all Scottish warriors have harsh screechy, screaming voices? It's extremely annoying and makes for a very unpleasant listen. Several times i had to stop listening because the sounds that were being screamed into my ears was actually painful. I'm a huge fan of Ms. Garwoods but it was a chore getting to the end of this book. Do the authors have any control or say in who will be narrating their books? I find it difficult to believe they do because of all the work and time it takes to write a book only to have it ruined by the narration just doesn't make any sense to me.
I have to be honest and say that in the future if any of her other books are narrated as this one is i will not be purchasing them.
I love Julie Garwood historical romances! I've read this book several times before, and most of her others, and enjoy her wit. In fact, I've been waiting for The Wedding, one of my favorites, to be on Audible. I can't say I enjoy the way this is narrated though - I find the voices the narrator uses for children, and the main characters really irritating! Judith sounds so child-like, and I don't like the voices she uses for male characters at all. The cadence of it is also something I had a hard time getting used to, she drags out the last word in each sentence in a tone more like the end of a question. It wasn't enough that I felt the need to delete it from my library, but enough that although I really want Ransom, I don't think I'm going to get it since it's the same narrator. I just suggest listening to the sample before purchasing. If it doesn't bother you, then go for it - it's a really enjoyable book!
Julie Garwood usually makes me laugh - her dialog can be very witty!
I love to read! With kids, that hobby is impossible...enter Audible...problem solved. Chores that I dread are now quiet time for this Mommy!!!
I hesitated before purchasing this title, which is not something I do when Julie Garwood is the Author. I read the reviews on the story and the narrator and was put off for months. Finally, after cleaning out my wishlist, I took the leap. I am so glad that I gave this novel a chance. The story is beautiful, funny, full of chemistry and so classic Garwood. This novel captivated me. I haven't fallen in love with one of her novels this much since Honor's Splendor.
The narration is difficult to adjust to at first and I feel that Rosalyn Landor would have been a better choice. However, I adjusted to Susan Duerden's stlye fairly quiclky and her voices became the characters for me. My rule of thumb is this: If you can't get through the sample then don't buy the book.
I would reccomend this to anyone who is looking for a good romp through the highlands. Also, please remember this is Historical FICTION. I don't read this genre to learn about historical events. If you are looking for 100% historical accuracy, check out the non-fiction History section Audible offers.
These reviews are done by his wife :)
The rich characters and funny interaction make their relationship interactions interesting.
The characters seem real.
If you are looking for a well written story with some romance, this is an awesome book.
Having read and re-read the Garwood classic, I was enthusiastic in purchasing the audio version. Previous Garwood historicals have been well done; however, the narrator's renditions drove me to distraction.
Garwood spend considerable time researching information about Medieval customs and the Church. Certain descriptions were appaling and enlightening at times.
The bond between Judith and Frances Catherine was extraordinary.
If one can get past the narration and focus on the excellent plot, it is well worth the expenditure.
This wasn't time well spent. The story line was unrealistic to say the least. When a seven year old boy can fell a grown woman with a single stone and then knock her out with another thrown stone that just happens to hit her in the temple I have trouble sustaining belief in the story. And again, when Judith Elizabeth is taken captive by her father, who doesn't know he is her father and as far as he knows she is just a captive, in reality he would have back handed her for her mouthy comments, not denounced her one minute and praised her the next. These characters were not believable in the least.
She could have done better research so her characters would have behaved in a way that was more true to the time period she wrote about.
Where do I start? The Scots accents were horrible, and when she read the men's voices it sounded as though it was painful to say the least. Was she doing this while gargling? The last word in every sentence was drawn out in a breathy kind of sigh that had more in common with valley girl speak than well-enunciated English.
I have become a true Garwood fan. I have enjoyed her Regency Romances, contemporary romances, and romantic suspense. This novel shows that this author can write romance anywhere and anytime. It was a wonderfully delightful story. I love books with strong females and alpha males and this book has it in humorous abundance. Judith (Elizabeth) is a relatable character with modern twist. I actually found things to do so that I could keep on listening! I’ll agree that the narrator wasn’t the best, but certainly not the worst. The story is great enough that it is easy to overlook the narrator’s shortcoming. This is so worth the credit! Excellent story.
I build things at work, so I can only listen to them because I need my hands to turn screws. I think they are similar. Audio is better only because it's hands free.
I enjoy Julie Garwoods' writing style. I usually am quite entertained by her female leads strength and drive to accomplish difficult goals. The Heroine was very likable. The hero probably would have been too, without the creepy whispering voice for him.
Her voice is nice, I enjoy her accent. her inflection and the creepy whispering for the male lead were off putting.
I am a glutton with books. I want to listen to/read all of them in one sitting.
Susan Duerden has a pleasant voice, I would probably like listening to her again, if she changed up her inflections more and got rid of the creepy man whisper.
Love audio books. Hate bad narrators.
I loved the entire story. The only bad part was the narrators voice overs. They're pretty bad but when talking normal, not as someones voice, she is fine. She makes the "hero" and most of the men sound like they're the psycho in a murder story instead of a normal person. The two main female characters have children's voices throughout the entire book which is almost as annoying as the male characters voices. However, if you can't through that, I highly recommend this one. I didn't want it to end. I just loved the hero. I also loved the heroin. She was feisty and didn't cry at the drop of a hat like the heroin in the last JG book I read.
Most of the story was pretty good.
Her male characters voices were absolutely horrible.
Yes and I just about did!
Please, please, please, get a decent narrator!
A different narrator. I wish they had 2 or more people reading dialogue. That way voices wouldn't have to sound so strained.
If she would stop dragging out words at the end of every sentence, it drove me nuts.
Do these people even listen to these books after they finish them? I had read the reviews but thought I could get past her annoying narration after all this was one of my favorite books by Garwood. This book was such a disapointment after "The Bride" which hooked me on audio books.