Story: 2 stars
The premise sounded interesting. The story started out with intrigue. Then somewhere along the way it just became tedious. The reason for the heroine leaving in the first place was a little bit of a letdown although understandable for the time period and her position, but it just didn't draw me in after learning the reason.
Performance: 2 stars
Elizabeth Jasicki is a good reader, but in my opinion, not a good voice actor in this story. The story was told without a lot of emotion. The characters sounded the same in every emotional situation whether they were meeting again on the streets of Fortune’s Folly, in bed, or in a heated argument. I wanted a little more emotion in the readings rather than just the soft, subdued reading the narrator maintained.
Overall: 2 stars
I finished the story only out of curiosity. It's not one I would replay.
Story: 1 star
Darn. I fell for all high ratings. I just finished listening to this a couple days ago and I really have to think hard about the positives. I won’t re-hash the odd veggie, eco-friendly theme that the author worked into every other chapter. It really does take away from the story. If the other books carry the same theme, I don’t think I can take it. Sarah started out strong, but caved by chapter 3. Roland just didn't fulfill the bad ass image, he was just putty in Sarah’s hands and soft through the whole story. There’s a lot of fluff in the book. Long drawn out descriptions….I spaced out during these and sometimes I'd have to go back a bit to figure out what was happening.
Performance: 3 stars
Kirsten Potter did a fair job with the material she was given.
Overall: 1 star
I’ve never rolled my eyes so much while listening to an audiobook. I didn’t finish the story.
Unfortunately, I purchased another book in this series at the same time based on all the high ratings. Hopefully that book has stronger characters and NO references to veggie eating vamps.
Story: 5 stars
Love all of Julie Garwood's Highlander stories. This is one of my favorites in book form.
Fun story, great characters, love the hero and heroine. Very enjoyable story.
Performance: 3 stars
For one, was very happy to read that this wasn't narrated by previous Garwood narrator. I don't think I would have picked this one up if it was. Susan Duerden was an improvement over previous Garwood narrator, but not my fave.
I didn't like the narrator's inflection at the end of sentences (in non-dialog). She would drag out the last word with a high intonation. I kept anticipating hearing the inflection after each sentence I was losing track of the story.
I didn't mind her voice for Judith. She made me feel that Judith was this petite wee English lass but still had strong character. Susan’s "Judith" voice positively changed my idea of the character I created when I read the book. When I read the book, my imagination had placed Judith to be a little too old for Ian.
Her male voices weren't good at all. I kept getting confused as to who was speaking and had to wait to hear who said what. Her narration didn't invoke the big, brawny highlander for me, more like Scottish street thugs. Very disappointed in Ian's voice.
I liked her dialog of young Catherine Francis and Judith. That was entertaining.
Overall: 3.5 stars
I would listen to this again; I just have to get over the inflection issue.
I did see on Amazon that "Ransom" audiobook is scheduled to be released in March, narrated by Susan Duerden.
The synopsis sounded good and the reviews tipped me into getting this story. But I found myself thinking "C'mon...something needs to happen."
I felt like the scenes went on far too long than they needed to be. My mind would drift off because of the overly lengthy descriptions that just seemed to go on and on. I had to rewind to find out what the heck I missed. Usually it was nothing.
I really had high hopes for this story. But I think the author was just filling pages. More than once I thought "OK, OK...I know what you're thinking...move on..."
I don't know if it was the narration or just the overall story line, but I connect at all with the characters.
The narrator, Robert Petkoff… what can I say, but my goodness this man is talented! I’ve read a couple of reviews where some listeners weren’t impressed with his female voices, but you should take into consideration he had to represent about 15 different personalities in this story. From being a Narrator to Emma, Lachlan, Bo, Regin, Harlan etc. He did a fantastic job for a voice actor. He’s very talented. The majority of the time, I forgot it was one voice actor. His portrayal of Lachlan was perfect!
I give all thumbs up for the choice of using Mr. Petkoff. I’m all for mixing up the romance section with new voices. I was getting a little bored with the same voices.
I love Kresley Cole’s stories. The story is a graphic romance, so beware. If you haven’t read Kresley Cole, it might not be your cup of tea.
The hero, Taris, is partially blind and fears he is losing his independence; Bea's spirit has been distorted from a terrible marriage. This little peek into Taris and Bea's story is a journey towards accepting who they.
Simone Phillips does such an excellent job with the characters that I was engaged from the start. Her reading and acting was perfect for the story line. It didn't feel forced when she read the hero's parts. Great inflection when she read both hero and heroine. Can't wait until she does more historical romances.
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