Julie Garwood's historical books are always entertaining but the narration on "The Gift" was so distracting that it ruined the book for me.
"The Bride" also by Julie Garwood, was a better story and far superior narration.
There were two major problems with the performance. First, the lead male character sounded like Voldemort most of the time. There was a wheezy hissing quality that didn't sound anything like the masculine voice one would expect from a leading male in a romantic novel.
The other issue was that almost every non-dialog sentence was repeated in the same sing-song cadence every single time, regardless of appropriate tone (comedic, dramatic, etc). This made long stretches of text without dialog monotonous in their constant sing-song manner.
Now that I am into this series, I am not getting anything else done because I want to put all the pieces together. Garwood has introduced many characters in this series that I have come to enjoy and want to see what happens to them. I was surprised by the main characters in this one, it's a twist from what I expected, but I was pleased that she created another original miss for the story line. Looking forward to book #4.
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I would have rated this book higher if it had not been for the main character Sara. She was such a ridiculous, whiny, bossy, foolish character for me that it detracted from the story. She was much too irritating for me. I would have back handed her. Lol. Nathan had the patience of Job. I, on the other hand found her too tedious too like.
Well told story.
Yes I have read many of her books, incluing The Bride, Prince Charming, The Secret,just to name a few. I will of course continue to be a fan, but many of Garwoods Heros, and Heroines are very simylor. I have a hard time remembering what charators went with what book.
I love Susan Duerden especially for this author. Susan does man voices very well,and is perfect for an angry hero :)
Beware the insane girl.... she may look normal.
Yes the heroine,........can anyone really be that dumb, and be alive? Come on Miss Garland, I think we need to do better research into survival of the fitest. Other then that it was a very enjoyable book.
I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.
It took me a while to want to read this book because the description didn't sound interesting, but when you read the series from the beginning (and the 1st and 2nd books are the stronger ones) then you just have to read the rest of the books because you know the characters now and so you have more of the backstory. By the time I got to this book after 1 and 2 there was no doubt I would spend the credit, and it was worth it.
Say something about yourself!
I was so annoyed with the Sarah character in this book I almost quit listening. Sarah is so stupid it is amazing she lived as long as she had. She keeps referring to the pirates as "her staff" and completely unable to understand anything she didn't want to - and the stupid parasols!!
Nathan is much more damaged than the previous book eluded too. I could not see them as a couple at all. He didn't want a wife, he wanted a robot with all the right parts.
This is the first JG book I actually got annoyed with. For $10 not so much, if it were $3 - maybe - but certainly not worth a credit.
I believe very much so
The narration was very good and understandable
she was really superb
yes but I sure tried to listen every free moment I can spare in order to finish the book.
It was so well done - the story was really great and got my interest throughout the book.
If this novel is indicative of her books I would not.
This is just an average Romance Novel. There is no depth to the story or characters.
I think she did the best she could with the story.
If you are interested in a mind numbing listening experience this is for you.
This was a really weak story. There were too many subplots and side characters that I'm sure were supposed to lend to the story but they really just weakened it. The author could have removed 3 or 4 of the subplots and ended up with a much better book.I was really disappointed. I recommended this book to my reading buddy because I knew the narrator and a Julie Garwood is generally a pretty pleasant read. The story line seemed original. We both really tried to like this book but just finished it feeling very let down.I just kept waiting for something to happen and it never really did. Right up to the end everything and I mean everything got resolved in the last few minutes of the book. It was too much to resolve in such a short time and she gave the reader way too little reward after we had hung on for sooooo long!!
The narrator does voices well so you can keep up with who is speaking in the book. That's really important as the listener. Sometimes her 'guy' voice for Nathan just made him sound sort of leering. I will definitely look for more books to listen to with her as the narrator.
I think Nathan and Sara were quite loveable. Sara is a bit air headed and naïve but Ms. Garwood does her in a believable and likeable way. Too bad she cluttered up their sweet love story with a bunch of plot distractions. I definitely caught myself smiling over some of Sara's silly antics.
Don't let this turn you off of Julie Garwood. I've liked a lot of her books and always thought her character development was her strength. I own several that I have really enjoyed.