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.
This is the first book I ever read by this author and is still my favorite to this day. I never get fired of this story. Love the couple too
Julian is my favorite character. She is a strong person
Oh I laughed in this book so much
everyone should read this book
I actually returned The Secret because the narration was so terrible. But I took a chance on book 2, Ransom, and I was glad I did. It was an enjoyable story and although I didn't care much for the narration, it was much better than The Secret.
The story was good & it had parts where I laughed at out loud. I do wish they had developed Ramsey & Bridgid's story better and although I liked the book's ending, I did not like Gillian at the end - she came across as a bit of a petty nut and not at all like her character in the rest of the book. I think Garwood could have written the ending better - it was like she was in a hurry to be done. And despite all the comments in the book on how Gillian would never make it in the Buchanan clan, the author never goes to the Buchanan lands - no epilogue or anything.
Yes it was a good listen. I've heard better narrators but she had all of the emotions. She whispered when the story called for it and was gruff when needed. She doesn't have a wide range for multiple characters but she has enough that you can tell who is speaking.
It was a good story but was a little predictable. I had the bad guys pegged at the beginning. It was a good storyline though. I thought it well worth the listen.
When Judith forced herself to climb down the side of the cliff to rescue the little boy even though she was terrified of heights. Judith's strength and courage. No matter what was thrown at her or the pain she endured she never faltered.
no. It wasn't one that pulled me in and wouldn't let go but it was a good book
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I liked this story more than The Secret, and I really liked The Secret. This story has a lot to like about it. The end is fairly funny, and I didn't necessarily understand why Gillian chose Brodick until then.
This has mystery, love, hotness light, and action. The reason I gave it less than 5 stars for performance is that Gillian's voice was supposed to be deep, somewhat raspy/sensual and the narrator didn't come close, though I could see that would have added to the attraction. (Maybe Kirsten Potter?)
Worth the credit, I have already listened twice.
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Another great highlander book from Julie Garwood, the time flew by and before I knew it the book was over. That usually is a sign of how good the book is. We finally get to have Broderick's story. We met him in The Secret, which is also an awesome book. Funny thing was the main characters don't even get to meet until about 4 1/2 hours into the book. This book also has a side story about Ramsey and we get to revisit Ian and Judith with their family. Narration was good, she was easy to listen to.
I don't usually listen to a book more than once because there are so many I have yet to get to. However, this story line was very captivating and riddled with subtle humor.
The banter between Ramsey and Brodick throughout.
There were several - probably when Ramsey was having a hard time containing himself during the wedding ceremony.
A story that has it all - action, sorrow, humor, love, friendships.......
I'm not usually a fan of SD's performance style. The whisper can irritate me however she did a fabulous job with this one. Her voices were quite varied and in normal tones.
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
The end - I don't want to give it away but the entire end scene was so cute and romantic.
I laughed and it definitely hit my heart strings
Narration is better than in the Secret but men's voices are still odd at first. Susan does such a great job with all the other narration you forget the slightly less perfect voices. Her portrayal of Alec is genius. The author does an outstanding job creating a 5 yr old that you can't help but love.
I was slightly disappointed with some aspects of the story and felt there needed to be more with Bridget and Ramsey.....needs forth book in series!
It was a whole new story with characters from the secret.
Bodice was a joy. A big Hurley man who is just a puppy dog
When jillians uncle put the liars in their place. No rank just respect.
Yo yes. Both. Did not laugh as much as the secret though there were moments.
I say read the secret then move to the ransom. You will not be disappointed. I hope there will be another book to follow can't wait. Get them today. Pure enjoyment
I loved the first Highlands' Lairds book in which the characters were well developed and the storyline was excellent. I hoped this one would be as good...the characters were pretty good, but the story was jumbled and unnecessarily disjointed.