Nobody is as good as Julie Garwood at historical romance. Her stories are thoroughly entertaining with very real characters. Also Susan Duerden is delightful to listen to.
I am quiet and love being comfortable. I love curling up in a corner either reading or listening to a nice romantic book.
This book was such a great listen, I don't know if I want to cry, laugh, be happy or sad! It was so good from beginning to end, I love the part when they are being invaded and it's their father's last words to them. Also love the part when they are at the cottage and Brodick is holding on the Gilliam while her arm is being cleaned and bandages, what a great pair together. I actually wished this story was a little longer, would have loved to hear about her getting to the Buchanan's area and what she saw (how the "Savages") lived. I would recommend this book and absolutely plan to listen to it again. Can't wait for Book 3, much better than Book 1.
No, It was not time well spent I could barely listen to it because of the narrator's make over voices. The men sounded sick and like grumpy old men and the ladies sounded like little girls and what's the whispering all about.Poorly done..Miss Garwood should only use Rosalyn Landor or perhaps Anne Flosnik or other narrators of their caliber to read her wonderful books. Whoever is reading this review please compare two other books by JG "The Bride" and "Shadow Music" and you will see what I mean.
The only other book I listened to by Susan Duerden was The Lions Lady and that also was a good story but POORLY betrayed by the narrator. Two I highly recommend are:"The Bride" and "Shadow Music". Two of JG's best and extremely well read by Rosalyn Landor.
NEVER, I listened to two read by her and both were horrible.
The story was great but the narrator did not do the characters justice.
Please Miss JG pay close attention to Whom you get to read your books..
Never judge a book by its movie
Both are brilliant, if you can't sit down to read it, you can enjoy listening to it.
In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks
Great voices, I love her narration, some people don't, but I think she is fantastic.
Yes, I actually read the book in one sitting over a weekend. I really couldn't put it down.
I love this Highland Laird Series. It's quirky. The characters are fun & charming.
The dialogue between the Lairds, and there wives is brilliant.
The secondary characters are also lively and charming.
I love all of Julie Garwood's historicals, they are so worth the credits.
I would give this six stars if it were possible. After finishing The Secret, I had to get this book and then spent an entire day listening to it.
It is fantastic. Funny, entertaining, and well written, it was just plain enjoyable.
How could you not love a character who when told that his wife is so angry with him that she may never want to see him again answers 'Then she'll just have to keep her eyes closed because I'm taking her home with me'?
Garwood's characters in this series are that kind of characters, and the stories are well told without the excess sex that seems to prevalent in most historical romances.
This is a must read!
A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
One of my favorite historical romances. I've read it several times. However, the narration ruined it for me, because all the men sound like they are spitting and rasping in an angry tone when they speak. They almost sound deranged. Their voices grate against my ears. This includes all the men, not only the villains -- even the good guys. The ladies and children are fine, though.
I have greatly enjoyed some other audiobooks narrated by Susan Duerdan, like for example Much Ado About You, and Lady Sophia's Lover.
Duerdan seems to be particularly bad at portraying angry highland warriors.
I suggest a redo. This is such a good book. What a shame.
I also would give this book 6 stars if I could. I've listened to it over and over. I thought Susan did a fantastic job with the voices especially little 5 yr old Alex who has just been (spoiler alert) kidnapped by mistake. I just loved him and his voice. The Book starts with the night Gillian's father is killed by Baron Alford who is just evil, she is very young and doesn't talk for years until finally she starts talking to her nurse and her Uncle. If you read the Secret this is the son of Iain & Judith Maitland whom they think is dead. Gillian and he are in the process of saving each other. They get away and get to his protector Brodick Buchanan whom we also met in the Secret. We also get to see Ramsey Sinclair. This book has a lot of depth and is long and very worth listening to. Of course there are alot of complications and Gillian finds a friend in Bridgid KirkConnell. Listen and really enjoy.
Very good story. The narrator is not the best her voice can be very annoying but if you speend up the time it is bearable. I cannot wait for the next book. I love those stubbon Highlanders.
I have two major issues with Susan Duerden's reading style:
1. Uptalking. Endless uptalking. It's a habit that makes much of her narration sound like she's asking questions, when she isn't. In the longer descriptive sections, it's especially hard to handle.
2. Whispering to screeching men. Any loud male voice turns into a raspy, irate harpy. The rest of the time? They're speaking in breathy whispers. It's off-putting.
I'll stick with Rosalyn Landor and Anne Flosnik whenever possible. Sadly, my favorite Garwood books are narrated by Susan Duerden and Heather Wilds--who is even worse.
Do you think that it is impossible to tell a romance story with a humorous,,historically accurate, original, action adventur plot? I did,yet Julie Garwood did! This book is fun ,the characters are believable and the story is full of people we all wish we had for friends ! An outstanding story told by a refreshing and talented Master ToastMaster.