I found this book great entertainment .
I laughed & cried & got disgusted with the girl.
I enjoyed all three books connecting this family.
This is my least favorite of the Crown Spies Series. The story is just as great as the others but I wish the heroine in this story was less…annoying? She is annoyingly child-like and naïve. You can’t leave her alone – when she tries to be independent, she becomes a nuisance. I do have to admit, it makes for a great storyline. I love how the crew has this love hate relationship between her and her “lovely parasols!” Everything you don’t want on a ship abroad happened and it all started with her. If I were part of the crew, I would be absolutely miserable! Food poisoning, fires, ship damages, and unforeseen extensions to an already long journey really brings the story together.
The characters within this story are very enjoyable. Though I find Sara to be very annoying, I do enjoy reading how sweet Nathan is to her. When she is so completely doubled over in pain from her monthly, Nathan is so clueless on how to help her. It’s the sweetest thing for him to go to her Aunt to find out how to make it better for Sara. I think that saves the whole story – well, that and the plague-like accidents Sara seems to leave in her trail.
The narration…are there words to describe it? I would like to say, first, that the voices of the different characters are actually pretty great. There are a few men’s voices, though, that sounds like harsh grating whispers – I could do without that. Also, there is a rhythm to her narration and it is repetitive. So much so, that it took a lot out of me just to finish the story. To me, it was quite like listening to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” throughout the entirety of the book. No bueno!
Overall, the two things I found to be annoying in the story is minor. I honestly think I’m being picky. But we like what we like right? I absolutely loved the storyline. I love the characters. I’m on the fence about the narration. Though she does better during this story than the others, I still was able to enjoy the story. I probably won’t recommend this audiobook to anyone but the book itself is a great read!
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
Another great installment of The Crown Spies series by Julie Garwood.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book mainly because of the character development and the characters interactions with each other. From the most important characters all the way down to the secondary and tertiary characters in the book - just all so well written ad developed you can't help but enjoy every minute of this book!
Garwood just has a way of writing superb dialogue.
I didn't think The Gift was quite as good as the second book but its probably on par with the first book in my opinion. which is great. There wasn't quite as detailed and mysterious of a plot like in the second book but it still held my attention from beginning to end.
Susan Duerden is still a masterful narrator in this installment. She is one of the best.
YES! Credit Worthy!!!
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.