I don't often reread books, but every so often, I do. I read The Prince of Midnight years ago and I was overjoyed when I learned it was coming to Audible. The plot is compelling and Leigh and S. T. are wounded and interesting--a refreshing change from so many historical romances with near perfect characters. Nicholas Boulton is an amazing narator and he brought the characters to life. This will definitely be a reread for me.
There were so many. Leigh's introduction to horse training, the scene with S. T. and the rose in Leigh's cousin's garden and of course, the memorable epilog. :)
S. T. very seductive.
This book was wonderful from first to last. Leigh and S. T. are both flawed and far from perfect. The characters are far more interesting as a result. If you enjoy books with intense, suspenseful sexy plots and richly developed characters, this book is well worth a credit. Nicholas Boulton is an amazing narrator and he brought the characters to life. He has quite a talent for the various accents in the story and the way the villain almost sang some of his dramatic lines was one of my favorite things about the audiobook.
If you are tired of all the historical romances that take place in the midst of a London season, you’ll enjoy the refreshing change of scene in this book. I’m overjoyed that more of Laura Kinsale’s books will soon be coming to Audible.
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Laura Kinsale is my all-time favorite romance author. Her books are magical, unique, funny, and can leave you breathless. I've been a fan of Kinsale's for a very long time. Her books are staple in my libary (and now my Kindle) and I read them multiple times.
Recently, Ms Kinsale decided to bring her stories to audio version and have Nick Boulton do the narration, the first being The Prince of Midnight. TPOM ranks in the top three of my favorite Laura Kinsale books.
Within the first few minutes of listening, I was in awe. It was then I knew I was in for an amazing time with The Prince of Midnight. Nick brought such depth to the voices and to the story. He doesn't merely read the story - he performs it marvelously - and does so with quality for each character no matter how minor the role, male or female.
His characterization of the main protaganist - S.T. Maitland, the Prince of Midnight himself - nearly melted my smartphone on several occasions.
Yes, it's that good.
If you've never experienced the magic a Laura Kinsale book, you're in for a real treat. The Prince of Midnight has adventure, danger, romance, humor, magnificent horses, bashful wolves, and a handsome (if arrogant) injured hero. Love scenes smolder bright without being coarse or explicit. Add in Nick Boulton's performance and a great book got even better. The story becomes alive.
One of my favorite performances in the book by Nick Boulton was the whole drunk S.T. scenario. He was hilarious! I could listen to that repeatedly and not get bored of it.
Toward the end of the book, the story kind of dragged and sounded repetive as the lovebirds try to figure out their strained relationship. But, the epilogue makes up for it in heaps. Oh, boy oh boy, does it make up for it.
Laura Kinsale story + Nick Boulton's performance = Exhilirating story time.
Refreshing! The story was good and the narrator was wow! I loved him his reading and all the different voices for the different characters he did awesome cant wait for more from both author and narrator.
So refreshing to read a historical romance that is a real story. This is not the usual formulaic virgin-meets-rogue storyline. These were real characters, not the usual shades of a romance novel. The story itself is compelling and well written. The writing surpasses genre. Ms Kinsale is a true writer. True character development. A "meaty" story.
His his British accent, pronunciation of French, and his rich manly voice. He has a true actors command of the material.
I wanted to, although life got in the way, oh la.
We need more Laura Kinsale books on Audible post haste!! If you love historical romance fiction, you will appreciate this book.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
This seemed like it was going to be a very strange book and, in some ways, very unlike any other romance I've read. There's a former swordsman named S. T. Maitland who's half-deaf and loves to love and be loved, S. T.'s pet wolf who's afraid of women, and Leigh Strachan, a woman who's disguised herself as a man and wants to learn to use a sword so she avenge her family. In an odd sort of role reversal, it's Leigh who wants nothing to do with love and emotions, and S. T. who wants love (although mostly he wants a willing bedpartner).
One thing that I noticed about this book that was really different from any other romance I've listened to because of the the point of view from which it was told. Most romance novels I've read mainly show things from the woman's point of view, with occasional passages or chapters from the man's. In this book, that was reversed. It isn't even until the fourth chapter that you get to see anything from Leigh's point of view, or know her actual thoughts. It was interesting, and, although I wasn't sure at first how I'd like it, S. T. was fascinating.
The only real problem I had with this book was Leigh, who was often very frustrating. I could understand why she didn't want to open up to S. T. - I though the author got that across quite nicely. However, I got tired of how cruel and cold she could be, and started wishing she'd just learn to trust someone a little. It was a great story, but sometimes Leigh really made me want to scream in frustration. If I could, I think I would give this book a 4.5.
Nicholas Boulton was outstanding with the delivery of the story.
I like to listen to my books because I am too lazy to read.
I didn't realize how easy it was to listen to Nicholas Boulton narrate The Prince of Midnight. Laura Kinsale delivers another great story, although this one is not my favorite, and I find that I liked her other book Flowers from the Storm much more so than this. Perhaps it's the fact that I just want reach across the pages and shake Lee to death because I really couldn't understand her hot and cold-ness with T.S. But honestly, I can listen to Boulton read law books and I'll still probably enjoy it. The quality and the performance of this audio book is so much better than anything else I've ever listened to in audiobook format, it is the gold standard of voice performance. The story was very entertaining, but nothing ruins a good story like an annoying, obtuse heroine.
Least interesting had to be anything to do with Lee. If it wasn't for how fantastic T.S. is in this book, I would have not been able to finish the story.
When T.S. saves Dove and meets up with Lee.
Nicholas Boulton, I love you.
good story that is well developed with interesting characters and the gold star is Nicholas Boulton. First time I have listened to him narrate and it won't be the last. Now I want to see some of his performances.
I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...
Applause! Applause! Applause!
The Prince of Midnight by Laura Kinsale has moved to the top of my list for
Favorite Historical Romance...
This lovely, enchanting romance completely captivated me from page one.
It is an exceptional story with a collection of well developed, deep, full characters, who are brought together by circumstances that bring out their best and worst qualities, complimenting strengths and weaknesses in detail. Wow!
I LOVE Nicholas Boulton as the narrator. His rich baritone voice is mesmerizing.
Couple his tone with his many accents, and languages and you have nothing less than perfection!
This is a must listen...Absolutely Credit Worthy!
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I have been late to the Laura Kinsale “party,” (since this is only the 2nd book of hers that I’ve read), but I’m so glad I made it, because her writing is quite beautiful and just superb. In addition, paired with the magic of narrator, Nicholas Boulton, this audiobook is an experience you don’t want to miss.
The hero, S.T. Maitland lives in a secluded castle in France with his only companion being that of a lone wolf, and has left behind his life as a notorious highwayman and his legend as the “Prince of Midnight.” Yet, it is precisely this very same legend, that Lady Leigh Strachan has sought after to aide her in the revenge of the death of her parents, and sisters back in England. Lady Leigh Strachan is a survivor, and has not given herself time to mourn her family. She is a woman on a mission, who is skilled, has good instincts, but is very guarded. She doesn’t have room for nonsense, incompetency, and love is the farthest thing on her mind. Yet when she finally comes face to face with the Prince of Midnight, she has discovered not the legend, but a shadow of that man; and, a man who has a keen and romantic interest in her. To her chagrin, he follows her back to England, despite the reward for his capture. And this journey back to Leigh’s hometown promises to be a life changing experience for the both of them!
I really loved the chemistry between the two. These are two very strong, mature leads, who feel real because of their compelling backgrounds, resourcefulness, and they push forward as they grow in depth throughout this story.
I loved the hero, S.T., and his amazing wolf! S.T. is definitely the more mature and emotionally healthy of the two, and his wolf is such a faithful, remarkable side-kick.
S.T. strives to hold on to his dignity and pride despite having some hearing loss and suffering from vertigo. He is a charmer, tender-hearted, intelligent and brave. And, his endurance and perseverance is exactly what Lady Leigh needs, even though she doubts him many times. This aspect makes Leigh not so easy to like,---What wounded, traumatized person is? Leigh is mean to S.T., there’s just no getting around that. Yet, when she revealed the way her family was targeted and slowly taken out, it chilled me to the bone. I assumed it was bad, but when she tells the story, the evil and sinister movement that infected her community was worse than I anticipated. You have to keep this in mind throughout the novel because, if not, you may feel very frustrated with Leigh.
Thankfully, both S.T. and Leigh make it through EVERY struggle and hardship they face. Through a steady flow of FANTASTIC suspense, great action and many twists and turns, Kinsale gives her readers a wonderfully, triumphant ending.
S.T. never gave up on Leigh and he became her champion of justice and the love of her life. By the way, loved the epilogue! It was a delightful treat! This is an intense read, but delivers on all fronts!
Nicholas Boulton is in a class by himself. Utterly impressive. Enthralling.
While my taste for Laura Kinsale is limited because I prefer lighter, less angst-ridden tales, I find myself unable to resist her new audios performed by Mr. Boulton. Apparently, I'm willing to put up with the angst to hear him.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to have him perform a happier, humorous story?! Be still my heart.