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.
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.
I was totally gripped at the first few lines and have run a ragged roller coaster listening ever since. Torn between trying to leave it so that I can properly concentrate and savour it. And not wanting it to finish.
A perfect blend of depth of characters, redemption, adventure, and heart.
S. T. the highwayman was delicious.
The scene where she joins him late at night after he has returned from the village as a highwayman. She thinks she hates him, but she can't stay away.
BOTH. Loved it immensely. Want it on my book shelf to read again and again.
I read A LOT of books, from romances to Sci Fi to fantasy, or thriller. This book is not just a romance, it is so much more.
Just a reader.
Yes. I enjoyed the story and the performance was excellent. I wouldn't mind spending another weekend with S.T. and Leigh.
The characters were human. They made mistakes, did stupid things, said the wrong things, interpreted things incorrectly... but not in a farcical way. It was very realistic, an exploration of two people who just don't know how to cope with life through anything other than the hard, cold walls they've brought up around themselves for survival.
It's so maddeningly frustrating (in a good way) as a reader to see two characters who are so close to coming together, so close to making something work... only to have the smallest inability to compromise or misunderstanding or reliance on those walls get in the way and ruin the moment.
Both S.T. and Leigh are principled and selfish, and it's really not until they can get through those feelings that they can make real headway in their relationship. All of S.T.'s flirtations and gallant actions and grand gestures are a suit of armor against having his heart broken again, and Leigh's self-imposed coldness and anger and fear have the same effect.
Each character keeps making assumptions about what the other wants, about their own lack of self-worth and fatalistic ideals of how anything could ever work between them... without actually sitting down and talking about it truthfully and openly.
But once the shields come down and they finally decide to be honest with each other... it all comes together.
Everything was beautiful, it's really difficult to say. I can't choose between S.T. and Leigh, really. And Nemo and Mistral--which he performed even if there was no speech.
There were a few small laughs out loud, lots of smiles or times when breath caught in my throat. I didn't cry, but there was one point in the last couple of hours when I nearly did.
I was so unbelievably thrilled to see more books narrated by Nicholas Boulton that I picked up these by Laura Kinsale even though I normally don't enjoy romance novels in general. I was not disappointed by either of them. She's a gorgeous writer and he's a magnificent narrator with a talent for actions and emotions, languages, accents, and an overall undeniably perfect talent for storytelling.
If any more of Kinsale's books are released here and narrated by the same, I'll definitely buy every single one.
I enjoyed this book, though not as well as "flowers from the storm". If you like LK books you like this one.
Day dreaming book lover!
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.
Bookstore hobby-jobber, mom, gardener and former copywriter. Eclectic taste in books and audits.
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.
The only positive is that Nicholas Boulton is an excellent narrator.
I am not sure how others rated this book, but I found it archaic and sadly written. I could not really stand to listen to the characters interact with each other. I kept wondering how we could have writers today that insist upon writing about a man having sex with a partner who is only lying there. I found myself saying--don't you idiot! Wait! But the stupid man never pleased her or seduced her and gave her the same pleasure he received. The idiot claimed he was in love with her but had sex with her when he KNEW she wasn't interested. He wanted her so much and loved her so much he had to have sex???!!!! He could not hold off enough to woo her properly? One could argue that this kind of stuff happened back then and even now. HOWEVER--to those foolish enough to say this--This is modern FICTION. Since it is false, can't we have it the way we really want our romance?
The idea of submitting to a man when he does nothing to pleasure the woman is archaic. This is an awful book and both of these characters were neither likable or sensible. They both consistently made poor choices. I could barely finish it. The premise sounded very interesting, but it was an awful book. Ms. Kinsale, will not get any more of my money or time. Thanks, but no thanks!!!