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This book has just the best of everything. There are so many twists and turns with heartache and happiness, it definitely is an emotional roller coaster. Nicholas Boulton's narration was outstanding! His voice is incredible and is reminiscent of Sean Connery's voice. It has a great story which is missing in some of the romances I've read lately. The main characters in the book are so lovable that I will miss them and will have to return to the book again and again just to keep them in my life. Definitely worth the credit.
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Absolutely. The characters are fractured souls who do not miraculously overcome their emotional trauma and have endless orgasms. They try, they fail, they win and still can't find happily ever after. They both have to work for love and health and happiness.
That characters actually ate - or not - the cuisine du jour of the region and period. Garlic soup. Shudder!
French accent, ability to perform female voices without making them out to be brittle or overly emotional
Very credit worthy. I like long books that allow the storyline to be fleshed out and details drawn out. This story does this exceptionally well.
Soooo happy that Laura Kinsale finally released an audiobook! Would love to see more!! One of my favorite authors and her books break the romance genre apart to allow the characters to be flawed and unpredictable. You will love this book and look for more to come to audio. Two of my next favorites would be My Sweet Folly and Hidden Heart!
The characters are not perfect. He is partially deaf and suffers from vertigo. She suffers from PTSD.
Thank you for bringing her to audiobooks!
Not better, because I've loved this book ever since it came out, but this audio performance is perfect. It does justice to this remarkable book.
Flowers From the Storm, For My Lady's Heart, Shadowheart, My Sweet Folly, Seize the Fire , The Shadow and the Star . . . nobody does historical romance like Laura Kinsale.
Everything. This was a perfect performance. Nicholas Boulton has a marvelous voice and characterizes both male and female voices perfectly, without ever resorting to falsetto. He does various accents without ever sounding false or bufoonish (except when they are meant to sound false, as in Leigh's first meeting with S.T. in France.) He moves fluidly beween different characterizations, so that you always know who is speaking. And certain scenes . . . I caution listeners to beware of listening while driving, because you could end up going miles out of your way without knowing it. The epilogue might cause you to have an accident.
Young ST and the pigeon, and all of Chapter 27. "When will I ever be Sunshine again."
This evening I sat parked in front of my house for two hours, listening to the end of this marvelous book, becaue I didn't want to pause it long enough to go inside and greet my family. This even though I've read it half a dozen times and already knew what was going to happen.
I'm so excited that all of Laura Kinsale's books are going to become available in audio versions, and I'm thrilled that she has found such a prodigious talent to narrate them.
Another amazing performance by Nicholas Boulton. This man is incredible in this book. His superiority in narration is shown by creating characters all different from one another and not by simply changing his voice infliction but by bringing them each alive. He really makes the book so much better.
The story is about a woman who’s family gets destroyed one at a time by a man of God who manages to gain control over the people of her town using his version of the book. He allows the people of his town do his dirty work after he simply makes suggestions and then sits back and encourages them to carry the ideas out. She leaves town looking for a highwayman who had robbed people in the past and become well known as the Prince of Night. Knowing about his abilities with the sword she sets off to find him in France to ask for his help in killing the man responsible for her family’s murders and deaths. In the process they have to deal with his hearing and balance loss, which led him to quit his way of life to begin with.
I found the female character very weak all the way almost to the end again. She was very strong to leave England in search of her Prince but when she finds her all bets all off and she becomes this cold stone. The story does not explain how from one page to the next she finds herself in love. I would have liked that developed a bit more. The male character is weak in a different way. He fell in love almost as soon as he saw her. For us women you know how dangerous that kind of love can be in the long run, but let’s not get bogged down with that part. I loved that he continues to flirt with women even after throughout the book he continues to declare his love to Leigh. That is actually very realistic.
A few of the scenes were extremely intense but I love good endings so no harm done. The sex scenes are very soft but again the emotions involved with the later sex (earlier sex is not as good since it is not mutual) makes it so much better than the erotic sex seen in other books. Overall a strong B+ to an A- for this book. Well worth the credit.
happily ever afters
I took a chance on this author at the urging of several friends when her books were only available in prehistoric book form and just couldn't get into her style. Thought I'd give it another go with skilled Nicholas Boulton behind the mic. Unfortunately, no matter how talented a narrator is, he/she cannot chance the written word. So no, Laura & I won't be getting together again. Nicholas is another story provided the book is worth my time.
I wish I knew why when I started the second half of the audio I groaned in agony at the though of 5+ hrs yet to come. Knowing that took me days to get within in the last 2 hrs. I couldn't make myself go the distance. I'd just as soon down a spoon of cod liver oil, thank you.
Nicholas was simply brilliant!
Disappointment. I wanted to be wrong about the author's writing because of the terrific narrator. I have to wonder what's wrong with me that I didn't get why so many people left such glowing reviews when I didn't care enought about these characters to discover their fate.
What's up with the bland cover art? Not exactly eye catching.
The Prince of Midnight is one of the best romantic dramas I have listened to in a long time. The narration was superb. The main characters are endearing--flawed with human weaknesses that make them even more appealing. The wolf, Nemo, will melt your heart with his playfulness and devotion. Worth more than a 5 star rating. Great book.
I have read all that I can of Laura Kinsale/Nicholas Boulton, but this is one of my favorites. Right from the beginning it is entertaining, and the story of the fantastic prince of midnight and his reluctant lover is full of fresh and enchanting dialogue right up until the last delightful episode. The story is extremely well-written: a real story, with real people who you both love and find exasperating, and the writing style is poetic, beautiful and laugh-out-loud funny. Especially if you love animals and horses, you'll fall in love with S.T.'s wolf companion and marvel at the seigneur's skill with horses, which is amply explicated at the same time it reveals his kind and patient nature. Lee is the appropriate and often difficult foil to the Seigneur's charming man of mystery, seeing through his poses at the same time that she knows his heart. She has experienced great tragedy, and the story reveals how love and tragedy are linked. Nicholas Boulton is a fabulous narrator who makes these strong male characters come alive with his gorgeous voice.
This romance is one to listen to more that once. Loved the characters, the story. First time reading Laura Kinsale and now I want to hear them all. The narrator Nicholas Boulton has fabulous.
Mesmerizing. Seductive. Escape.
ST Maitland. He was so ...human. Strong and arrogant enough to be human, and yet flawed and uncertain enough to love.
That is a laughable question - if you listened, you would not have to ask. His voice brings the inflection, pain, love, humor and humanity to exactly (I am convinced) what Laura Kinsale intended.
Yes. and no. Laura's writing is such that the humanity and flaws are so apparent, that it is uncomfortable at times. You find yourself about to jump out of your car (in my case) in frustration that "He/She is so infuriating!! Come on...can't you see that he/she is reaching out or at their breaking point of balancing ego and vulnerability?" Then you love the author for making you feel this much and Nicholas for taking you away from reality into belief.
I have listened to the pairing of Laura Kinsale and Nicholas Boulton and dreading when I reach the last one.