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  • The Wedding: The Lairds' Brides, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (393)

    New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood has captured the hearts of millions of listeners worldwide with timeless tales of love and soaring adventure. Now, returning to the enchanting world of her classic love story “The Bride,” she brings to glorious life the passion, intrigue, and rivalry of medieval Scotland....

    DARA says: "Light Fun and Romantic Story"
    "First half snoozer, second half amazing!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wedding to be better than the print version?

    I've not read the print version of this book. However, the audio version allows the narrator the ability to inflect emotion into the "voices" of the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wedding?

    When Connor returns to the castle on horseback and snatches Brenna off the ground during full gallop, he is just realizing what she means to him.


    Any additional comments?

    The first half of the story set the stage for the second half, it was snow moving and made me wonder how long it would take to get through the rest of the story. But once the second half started, I actually did listen all in one sitting. It was such a "page turner" that I ended up listening to it late into the night and left me so revved up that I couldn't fall asleep right away. I got up, worked for a couple of hours, then finally falling asleep in the wee hours of the morning. I haven't had a book do that to me in a long, long time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • True to the Highlander: Loch Moigh, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (134)

    A life hangs in the balance… A king held for ransom, a country under thumb, clans at one another’s throats. Malcolm of clan MacKintosh has enough to worry about without finding a mysterious lass sleeping on the side of his road. He tries to help her — in his overbearing, arrogant way — and winds up flat on his back. God’s blood, who is this woman…and why does she captivate him so?

    Ann Hawkins says: "Teeth-grindingly annoying narrator!"
    "Great story... narrator could do better."
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    What made the experience of listening to True to the Highlander the most enjoyable?

    The story is unusual and doesn't turn out at all the way you might think. I was surprised at the ending, which doesn't happen often. This story is well formed and interesting all the way through.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of True to the Highlander?

    There are many stories where people fall into bed together at the first chance they get. This is a story that allows the characters to form a permanent relationship first.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Angela Dawe?

    I have listened to other books narrated by Angela Dawe. She strikes a cadence in her reading that can be annoying. When she is reading character lines, she does a great job. The voices are believable and easy to follow. Yet almost every sentence has the same tone and it becomes easier to pay attention to HOW she is reading than WHAT she is reading.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Highlander (The Highlanders)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Spear
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ashford
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Anora, the shepherdess, finds a half-naked man in her bed, so what's a woman living alone in a cottage in the Lowlands of Scotland supposed to do? Prod him with her pitchfork to chase him off! Only the man is not just a traveler seeking her bed for a rest-but a wounded Highlander, who fights back, swinging his sword!

    Eileen says: "ENJOYABLE STORY, CAPTIVATING NARRATION"
    "Book cover photo better than the book..."
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The Hero and Heroine are together almost the entire story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Rosalind Ashford's voice drones on and on. Within the first five minutes I knew it would be a chore just to continue to listen. She tried to affect character voices, but it wasn't done very well. Please don't ruin other audio books by using Rosalind Ashford.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There was always something happening and never really had a dull moment. The story would either be better if you read it from the book or if it had a different narrator.


    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14806)
    Performance
    (9188)
    Story
    (9063)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Like chocolate for the imagination..."
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    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    I will listen to Outlander again and again. The author paints a vivid landscape of life in another time. You become emotionally invested in the characters that become flesh and blood in your mind's eye and, as all good stories go, you become "hooked" and can't wait to hear the rest of it... and then you're sorry when the story ends. Fortunately there are more books in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love, conflict, history, Scotland, time travel.... what more could you ask that all of it is rolled into one amazing story. I loved every word of it.


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love, love, love that Davina Porter puts so much into her reading... she adds inflection and emotion and made the story come "alive".


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I appreciate Jamie's love for Clare. It is a quiet, unassuming and all consuming love that makes you only hope that it could be achieved in your own life.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't put off reading or listening to this book. I'd read Dragonfly in Amber years ago not realizing that Outlander existed. Outlander makes the entire storyline even better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebellious Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (284)

    Of all the dukes in England, Jered Marcus Benton, the Duke of Bradford, was the wealthiest, most handsome — and most arrogant. And of all London’s ladies, he wanted the tender obedience of only one — Caroline Richmond. She was a ravishing beauty from Boston, with a mysterious past and a fiery spirit. Drawn to the powerful duke, undeterred by his presumptuous airs, Caroline was determined to win his lasting love.

    Teresa says: "Love Julie Garwood."
    "It seemed to drag on and on...."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Caroline was annoying and Bradford (Jered) was too jealous for my taste. There was also an inordinate amount of talk and not enough action, it seemed. After a while I just got tired of the constant bickering. I did enjoy the excitement of the bar room brawl and the underlying mystery behind the murder attempts.


    What was most disappointing about Julie Garwood’s story?

    Caroline, though independent, was annoying and acted quite childishly. Bradford (Jered) seemed too jealous and distrustful. Not that it couldn't happen in real life, but the story seemed to drag on and on and I couldn't wait until I reached the end.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I had a hard time getting past the reader's interpretation of an American voice. Usually I like Anne Flosnik, but didn't like her as much in this performance.


    What character would you cut from Rebellious Desire?

    The cook could have been cut without changing the story very much.


    Any additional comments?

    It seemed there was a lot going on, yet my overall enjoyment of the story was diminished for several reasons. This is not one of my better reads.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reckless

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (79)

    Heir to the clan MacFarlane, Ailis was a prize to be bartered by her calculating father, and her wedding to a man she despised seemed inevitable - until she is abducted by her clan's worst enemy, Alexander MacDubh, a brutally handsome laird with ice in his eyes and hot blood in his veins. Alexander had come riding into Leargan to claim the three children born of a forbidden love between his brother and lovely Ailis' sister. Now, with Ailis herself as his pawn, he can strike at the enemy whose treachery robbed his clan of so much.

    CAROLYN says: "IT CAPTIVATED ME UNTIL THE VERY END & I LOVED IT"
    "Wonderful story, intrigue and tenderness abound"
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    If you could sum up Reckless in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating
    Lush
    Entertaining


    Have you listened to any of Ashford MacNab’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, first time. And except for the voice of Jamie, her voice allowed me to keep my mind on the story and not necessarily on the reader. She did a fine job of telling the story and keeping me interested throughout.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    In a world of brutality and intrigue, loyalty and love endure ....


    Any additional comments?

    This was a really great story line. I get tired of romances being only play by play sex and truly enjoy a good story being told. It kept me on the edge of my seat and rooting for Ailis. Thank you!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Surrender

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tracy Brogan
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (703)

    Defiant Highland beauty Fiona Sinclair is shocked by her brothers’ treachery. To seal a fragile truce, they have traded her hand in marriage to their sworn enemy, a man she has never met, a man she was raised to despise. With no choice but to wed, Fiona makes her own private vow: Though she may sacrifice her freedom, she will never surrender her heart. Commanded into marriage by the king, Myles Campbell is no more willing than his reluctant bride. Still, she is a rare beauty, passionate enough to warm even the coldest marriage bed.

    Karen says: "I couldn't stop listening!"
    "Spellbinding..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Highland Surrender the most enjoyable?

    Tracy Brogan did a wonderful job of mixing story line with "internal conversation". The characters were believable and the story lacked for nothing... except maybe a sequel?


    What about Sarah Coomes’s performance did you like?

    I love Sarah Coomes perfect for this story. Her intonation and inflection were wonderful and her portrayal of each character was superb. Thank you, Sarah!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I absolutely couldn't stop listening and found myself wishing the story would continue without end.


    Any additional comments?

    I love stories set in Scotland. This is one of my all-time favorites!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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