Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired
Not sure what lead me to this series but I fell in love with Nichlous voice he is awesome the story was great too love happy ending worth every second.
Really a 3 star book but with 5 star narration.
In general, I love Laura Kinsale. In addition to her beautiful writing, with her you always get something just a little different, which is definitely the case here. In this case, we have hero and heroine who are both very damaged and very flawed, though in totally non-cliched ways. Unfortunately, the plot is also pretty flawed in places and the heroine is not only flawed but also pretty unlikeable through most if the book. This is a long book, with many subplots, some of which work better than others.
However, if you listen to this as an audiobook, none of that will matter because Nicholas Boulton's voice is so beautiful you wouldn't care what he was reading. It is really hard to narrate romance well, but he does it perfectly. His French is irresistible and his drunken S.T. was hilarious. He doesn't give women an annoying falsetto. He doesn't overdramatize. I will go off into cliches if I try to describe his deep, rich voice. Suffice to say, his narration is perfect.
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.
for my taste. After reading Flowers from the Storm. I was eager to read another book by Ms. Kinsale; but this book left me feeling like the characters suffered so much, it was bruising to walk through the story with them. The narrator was excellent.
No. The characters have way too many about faces. All the time you know how it is going to turn out, but they just can't seem to get on with it. The plot is also in-credible. Yes, I put a hyphen into a word that isn't normally spelled with hyphen. Why? Because it is important to make it clear that this word is not intended as a compliment. I'm as willing as the next person to suspend disbelief, but this plot strains my ability to do so.
She drew both characters in the same way. They were fully conscious of their true feelings but unwilling to share them honestly with each other. She overdid this annoying quality for so many chapters that it became really wearing. Maybe if only one character had done this it would have been better. Otherwise, perhaps she could have had them become more forthcoming earlier on, so that they would seem to be growing to trust each other.
Everything. He is a really good reader. One stops being conscious of him after a while. He can even deliver lines that are the same word repeated four or five times without sounding at all stagey. That was pretty impressive, especially since this text is mind-bogglingly melodramatic.
Well, no. I feel embarrassed to have read it and hope that my more intelligent friends don't find out about it. It is possible that this genre is just not for me.
After the fire (I don't want to say too much, because someone might actually want to read this) it is unbelievable that the two characters could go back to their former stupid ways of relating to each other. One would think that an event so momentous would have helped the characters to present their best selves, but alas, this author was married to additional twists and turns, so that if they had come to their senses too soon the plan would have been disarranged. aargh.
Sigh, only half way through this audiobook and I am wondering if I need to continue on with it. It's almost annoyingly slow and the characters don't seem to have anything in common and on top of that - they don't have one single loveable quality between the two of them. S.T. is charming enough, but he's sooo lonely that he clings on to the first female who comes his way in three years. Even though the narrator puts a lot of effort in, the story is rather depressing. There's none of the optimism one expects with a romance novel, none of the lightness.
I would not recommed it.
Addicted to listening, Loves a good story and a good narration!
This book is Brilliant!
Both the story and performance are a cut above the rest. Masterful! if you are looking for a fun, sexy historical romance, this is not for you. This book is deep.
The story, the relationship and the characters are original, deep, interesting and intelligently written. The overall mood is somewhat dark for most of the book, but with humor too.
What is really close to home for me, is the incredibly accurate and sensitive description of the Hero's disability. I was struck with this condition a month before I listen to this book ( and still suffers from it to this day) and I was amazed by the accuracy of the description of his disability, and how he delt/compensated for it.
It was also comforting to listen ( with my one ear) to an engaging and interesting story about a disabled character who was also sexy :-) .
LK is a rare author, and I grew to love and appreciate her books!
Story: 5 stars, engaging, brilliant!
Relationships/characters: excellent development, interesting relationship, some sex with deep emotional context.
Narration: 5 stars. Excellent! great deep voice, appropriate for the mood and tone of the book.
Overall: 5 stars, definitely worth a credit, and repeated listens!
The performance and production were excellent.
The story left unanswered questions like what happened to Sir Julius and friends??
Were they brought to justice or faded into the world.
The story wasn't engaging until almost 1/2 way into it. I couldn't fully relate or sympathize to the hero or heroine.
I do like the author