As so many others have stated, amazing book and narration. For some reason I took a break halfway through this audio book. I think the female was hard to like, as others have said. But then when I did start the second half, I was so glad to finish it. Thinking about the time period for this book, all the horrendous things she had seen, as the book progressed her character became so much more real. This author has a true gift for describing real, flawed people and how they live life in spite of those flaws. So true for both Leigh and S.T. So many great subplots that kept things lively. And the wolf, the horses and their training, all of it, just can't say enough good things about it. Hope there are more from Kinsale and Boulton, this narrator is absolutely the best I've heard.
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!!!
Its not an erotic novel, but its so well written you find yourself blushing and intoxicated with every romantic pass in this book. There is humor and real life emotions and the story doesn't use the standard mile markers for a romance, which makes you fall in love with the characters even more. The narrator is also a knock out! I love how he adds more life to the story and sets a perfect pace. Warning, though, his voice is low and rumbly so if you have been on the road all night don't listen to it you might be lulled into sleep.
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The Prince of Midnight was not as good as Flowers in the Storm or The Shadow and the Star. This book was a little darker. Two injured birds instead of one. Nicholas Boulton is perfect as usual. He has a wonderful voice for narrating.
I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.