Flawed hero redeemed!
There are so MANY with this book that it is hard to pick just one.
Incredible job--he makes it so easy to lose yourself in the story.
I have this book in print form and read it all in one sitting. The audio book I savored over several days--listening to in while traveling to and from work.
I have been waiting for Kinsale's book to come out in audio for years! I have everything she's written in print-form and intend on getting them all in audio as well.
The story starts off as the typical historical romance, which I like. Then it takes an unexpected turn. I spent the rest of the story wondering if anyone else would understand what was wrong with the Duke. Great story!
I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.
I just discovered this author and I'm already smitten! The choice of Nicolas Boulton really makes Kinsale's books shine.
Highly recommended for romance readers who enjoy a literate and sensual read.
I have already listened to it more than once! Nicholas Boulton's performance is a masterpiece! I am generally inclined to stay away from male narrators, but Mr. Boutlon is in a class of his own!
I loved his performance of Christian. The halting speech, his very struggle, is clear in Mr. Boulton's performance.
I cannot rave enough about this book!
Heartbreaking; Romantic; Sensual
That would be the heroine, Maddy Timms. The conflict she went through between her religious beliefs and the responsibility and strong attraction to Jarvaulx was extraordinarily written, which tells me that the author did her homework when it came to the knowledge of Quaker Beliefs.It was fascinating watching her character grow and develop right in front of me!
Nicholas Boulton was brilliant as each character emerged, especially the hero. He made me cringe as I felt the frustration The Duke of Jervaulx was going through; he made me laugh as I listened to the Duke's friends and servants; he melted my heart as he read the sensual scenes....*sigh*...
The scene in which Maddy tries to bring some dignity to Christian by dressing him in his own clothes and then realizing that she had him all dressed in his riding clothes complete with spurs, is heartbreaking as he is devastated to realize that he's not to leave his cell....
This is without a doubt one of the most romantic stories I have ever read [and I have read a lot of them], but it’s not just that. This is a love story of epic proportions; a story of conflict of not so much good and evil, but of one’s inbred religious beliefs versus one’s faith in humanity.I applaud the author for her brilliant writing of Christian's speech impairment which made me acutely aware of his pain, frustration and impotence.As for narration…The voice of Nicholas Boulton was mesmerizing as he read every character in the book to perfection. He was brilliant as Christian, showing me the frustration and rage so well written by the author, and as Maddy, with her thee/thou Quaker speech. And then he acted out to perfection Christian’s friends, Maddy’s father, Christian’s Aunt….and on and on…What a range this man has! Awesome job Mr. Boulton!
As an avid reader (and listener), I consume about 3 books a week between listening while traveling, and reading actual paper. So, when I say this is the BEST BOOK EVER, I am not giving light praise! The story line was unique, well researched, and absolutely riveting--I couldn't wait to get in my car again to hear more. The narrator was one of the best I've heard--you could easily tell what character was speaking; he did an amazing job of differentiating accents and genders.
I expected an historical romance when I chose this book, but I would be hard-pressed to categorize this book as such . . . it was historical, yes, and a romance, BUT it was also dramatic, a bit of a mystery, a cliff-hanger, and most definitely thought provoking (what WOULD it have been like to be confined to an asylum in the 1800s, and how much of what we currently know about medicine today will ultimately be antiquated a hundred years from now, making us think of our current practices as monstrous?!)
I have been on a mission since finishing this book of finding all of Kinsale's works. If all are as good as this one, she has a new lifetime fan!
The Duke, Christian . . . normally, it would have been the heroine of the story, Maddie, but his character was so very compelling. One was literally inside his head!
One of the best narrators I've ever had the pleasure of listening to . . . did a fantastic job of differentiating between characters, accents, genders--unless I was actively trying to remember that it was just one narrator, I could easily have believed I was listening to a number of actors.
Wow, I would LOVE to see this made into a movie! OK, here's my stab at a tag line:
"A Duke, a Quaker girl, and an insane asylum . . . any questions?"
I'm telling everyone I know about this book and author. I can't believe I've never read her before! Best Kept Secret!
reviews for fun
This is one of the best books I have listened to in a long time. I hated it to end. The combined talents of the author and the narrator make it a wonderful listen. I found myself very emotional. I can not honestly say that there have not been many books to bring me to tears. I would be amazed if whoever reads this book is not as touched by it as I was. Anyone have any kleenex?
Nicholas Boulton was EXCEPTIONAL!! This is the first time I will admit the performance far surpassed what my own reading experience could be. Nicholas Boulton's voice is magnetic and his performance is so magnificent -- I can't imagine a more captivating performance on stage or movie. Listening to his performance was an experience all to itself. I can understand why he was selected by the author for this story.
No comparison in my experience of reading and listening. This is in a class all it's own. I've never read or listened to Laura Kinsale before but I think I will be searching for a comparable experience and hope to find something close with another of her stories.
How can you choose! They are all wonderful! Obviously the Duke is my favorite however his friend Durham was my second favorite. I got quite a few chuckles from Durham and I believe the lines were so funny because of the way Nicholas Boulton performed them.
There were quite a few where I was truly moved. There were moments of anguish and tears, of frustration and of true elation. I have never experienced such empathy for a character as I experienced for the Duke. To try to describe any of these moments would be to give too much away.
This is the perfect marriage of a 5 star story with a 5 star performance! This is not your standard formula romance novel -- perhaps more of a Beauty and the Beast tale with it's own slant. From the moment Nicholas Boulton begins his performance you are drawn in to the story and rendered immobilized. It's as if nothing else matters - only the story, the characters and what will happen in the next moment. The closer I got to the end, the more I dreaded that it would end. I am right now listening to it again. It's as if I am compelled to begin again and experience it once more - perhaps to find if I can recapture the magic or even find the second time is better. Do yourself a favor and allow yourself to be lost in this story - what an absolute gem!
First: Nicholas Boulton is a freaking genius of audiobook narration. I don't mean to tell Audible how to so their job or anything, but basically they should have Boulton read everything.
Now, the story: This is an amazing take on the classic "reformed rake" trope. The hero, Jervaulx, is going about his rakish business when has what appears to be a stroke, suffers from aphasia/disorientation and rage so extreme his family has him institutionalized. The heroine, Archimedia Timms (called Maddy) is a determined Quaker lady who mostly helps out her blind father and does good deeds and whatnot, until she is suddenly and somewhat mysteriously inspired to intervene in Jervaulx's treatment at the institution, which is run by her uncle.
I know some readers found the combination of Maddy's emotional constipation and unthinking adherence to her Quaker principles rather trying. Others found Jervaulx's stilted speech to be difficult reading. To me, these seemed like true portraits of deep characters who really had to struggle, and the story is so well-written that often their progress sneaks up on you. The combination of powerful story and transcendentally excellent narration made this an un-put-down-able audiobook. Loved it!
I read the copy version of this book years ago and opted to download the audio version for an extensive road trip. Boulton's narration was excellent and I enjoyed every moment of this rediscovery.