The narration, it was terrible it sounded as if people constantly wispered and men all talked as if they were being strangled.
The story was not developed well, and I thought it was just too weak, no one made any sense, answered a simple question or asked the right question, and she just sounded dumb, listening to these stories one begins to think the there was a reason why females were considered weaker sex, if they didn't cry, they over reacted, fell apart or were un reasonalbe.
Years ago I found Castles in paperback at the grocery store, and I loved it! When I saw there was a series, starting with The Lion's Lady, I was excited....that was short lived! Long long boring story! I have just over an hour left and I'm forcing myself to finish. The narrator is awesome....no problem differentiating the characters. But unfortunately that did not help the VERY dry story. Don't waste money or a credit on this one!
Edwina "I Love Books'
Yes, its very well done and excellent story. sizzle hot romance and great characters. The narrator was very very good. I really enjoyed this book on audio!
Magnificent she did a great job and made the story come alive. She is one of the best narrators I have heard.
The Lions Lady!!
I love to listen to audiobooks. It is great when the narrators get into the story and really bring the characters to life.
This book is great! I loved the story, the characters and the narration. I don't like to give spoilers so I will just say if you like strong characters and a great romance then you will love this book. Susan Duerden is a wonderful narrator. She did a great job distinguishing between the characters.
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
This is one of Garwood's best! I was hooked from the first few minutes. Romance, mystery, drama, humor, excitement......this book has everything! I didn't want to press pause. Well developed story.....well developed romance.......well developed characters. I really can't find a weak element of this book. I LOVED IT! Susan Duerden is extremely talented as a narrator. I'm always shocked when I hear her male voices after a few books by other narrators....she does have a different male voice style but after a few minutes it's all good and she makes the story come alive.
LISTEN TO THIS BOOK....AND SERIES!
Never ever will I ever attempt to hear a book narrated by Susan Duerden. This sing-song growling voice needs to get a different career! I kept having to adjust the volume. The same over and over rhythm drove me crazy!!!!
I have not read the print version, but I loved the Audio version.
The prologue to the book was a wonderful description of what had happened in the first days of Christina's life and the dream of the Shaman was so descriptive that you could not help but be drawn in.
I loved the voices and her calm cadence which she uses while speaking.
No extreme reaction, but I can remember thinking, could that really happen?
I really liked this book. Thankfully if you don't agree with me you can return this book. I would recommend that if you like other Julie Garwood books, or other historical romance books then you should try this book.
Christina keeps secrets and lies to Lyon a lot. He knows she is lying - so that’s ok with me. Other authors annoy me when lies do not fit motivations. That does not happen here. Christina wants a temporary marriage and plans to divorce him soon after. He gets bent out of shape over that.
One reviewer complained it was not historically accurate about Indians in America. If that’s true, I don’t care. I enjoyed it for what it was – light, fun, escape, and romance.
Susan Duerden is fabulous. She’s a chameleon with her voices. I felt like different people were talking. She does men really well - and sexy. She has an excellent narration style. I’ll listen to her anytime.
Genre: historical romance
Set in 1814 London, this romantic suspense is an old favorite, but I couldn't tolerate Duerdan's unpleasant portrayal of Aunt Patricia and a few others, including Christina's old butler and Lyon's best friend (to some extent). I cringed nearly every time they spoke. They frequently sound enraged, almost spitting with it -- especially the aunt. When Duerdan sounds gratingly hateful, she makes the listening experience nearly intolerable. On the up side, her portrayal of Christina and Lyon is excellent. She seems to utilize her natural voice for them. It's very pleasant, flowing, easy on the ears. I liked her non-dialogue narrator voice, too.
I gave one star overall, but really the one star goes to the narrator. Breathy, whiny and not at all pleasant to listen to. Put me on edge and distracted from story. I listened to about 30 minutes and couldn't take anymore.