This was the best of the series for me, always liked Ryder the best of the brothers. Glad I did not let other reviews keep me from getting this series. I did get used to the narrator, sped up to 1 1/2 times speed for all three books, and he did get better with kids' voices with each book. The ghost storyline was a little too over the top, but the historical descriptions made it interesting. Overall glad I listened to this series.
First book I've listened to from this author and was pleasantly surprised. This is described as 'chick lit', but is more depth to the story line and characters than expected. The dog descriptions, absolutely true, and parts were hilarious. The way she acquired this dog and the way the dog, in turn, changed her life was so funny I laughed out loud many times. Found myself getting really annoyed with her friends and what they put her through, then annoyed with Van for letting them do that to her. The topics of grief, loss, coming of age into adulthood, and taking risks, all were explored in varying depths. Really enjoyable and will look for this author again. Narration was really well done also.
This was a unique story, for a historical romance, with intriguing plot twists and good depth of characters. Naturally the love scenes were fun. But there were many more aspects of society brought into this story, such as the few choices women had, the expectations of the peerage, the expected roles of parents. All that made it quite an interesting listen. As for the narration, personally it was nice to be able to distinguish the dialog from the rest of the text. If you prefer all English accent for the entire book, don't get this one. But for me, this narrator seemed to capture various accents quite well. I readily knew which character was speaking. It was a nice change in narration, as I have many other audible books read by Prebble, Landor, Eyre, Flosnik, and I like those narrators as well. The variety keeps them from becoming routine. Can't wait to listen to the next in this series and find out more about 'Lucifer' and the other heroines.
Have listened to one other book by this author and really enjoyed it. This story line was enjoyable, kept my interest. But I did get frustrated with the lead characters and their willingness to believe the worst about each other. Yes I realize this is a fairy tale, but Rafe was supposed to be 30 years old, yet sometimes had the maturity of a 20 year old. And Daniella was supposed to be strong and independent, yet those traits fluctuated a lot. That said, overall it was worth the credit. I had not listened to the previous two books in this trilogy and this was fine as a stand-alone book. This is also my first book with this narrator. She did a very good job. I would say this is above average for this genre.
Should have listened to the sample, my mistake. Really would have been mad if I had wasted a credit on this, got it on the cheap sale. The story itself wasn't so bad, predictable but sometimes I'm in the mood for a romance like this one. But the narration was so annoying I could hardly finish it. Every voice had some kind of gravelly note to it, and the voice of the little girl I could hardly stand at all. Will never listen to another book by this narrator. Too bad as the story itself was ok.
First I must say I don't mind Anne Flosnik as so many other people do. Seems you either really like her narration or really hate it. I think she does fine, I've listened to many of her books. So would definitely recommend listening to a sample first before you get this one. That said, this story kept my interest. At times I got a little sick of the 'heavy handed' attitude of Royce. On the other hand, I'm sure men were even more that way back in this time period. The heroine seemed inconsistent at times. At first she was portrayed as very strong and self sufficient, but then she became too compliant at times. Otherwise I did enjoy this story. Some of the dialog had me chuckling out loud, reminded me of some of the miscommunication in my own marriage. I do like this genre of novel. They can be predictable, but then I listen to them as a getaway. Overall this author is one of my favorites.
This is a great listen. Something about this author's style is really appealing for me. I borrowed 'the peach keeper' from the library audio, that is a later book for her. So I was glad to find others by her on audible. At first it didn't seem like anything special, but I was drawn in and soon the plot twists kept me engrossed. This is not an overtly exciting or suspenseful story, just describes real people in a very believable way. I think that's why her characters appeal to me, so many of their thoughts and emotions are very real things that all of us experience. The narrator does a good job. Highly recommend this book.
As so many others have stated, amazing book and narration. For some reason I took a break halfway through this audio book. I think the female was hard to like, as others have said. But then when I did start the second half, I was so glad to finish it. Thinking about the time period for this book, all the horrendous things she had seen, as the book progressed her character became so much more real. This author has a true gift for describing real, flawed people and how they live life in spite of those flaws. So true for both Leigh and S.T. So many great subplots that kept things lively. And the wolf, the horses and their training, all of it, just can't say enough good things about it. Hope there are more from Kinsale and Boulton, this narrator is absolutely the best I've heard.
Cannot say enough about the combination of this author and this narrator. Amazing how she portrays the struggles in the minds of characters. Laughed out loud many times in this book, and also was very touched by the twists in the story line. This ranks right up there with 'Flowers From the Storm' as my all time favorite audio books. And the narrator continues to be amazing. What a talent for bringing characters, thoughts and emotions to life! I listened to almost the entire book in one day, couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Would give 10 stars for this if I could.
One of my favorite audio books so far, and I have too many to mention! Something about this couple was so heartwarming, the way they brought out the best in each other. Some scenes had me laughing out loud. Some events I'm sure weren't nearly as bad in the book as they were in reality during that time period. Always enjoy strong women in these Highland tales. Hopefully there really were some like that back then. As usual, Rosalyn Landor does an excellent job. This book is definitely worth a credit, hated to see it end!
As always, Simon Prebble's narration was great. He brings the characters to life and narrates with such emotion, it's always a pleasure. The story was good, but just seemed to be missing 'something'. Some parts were very suspenseful, such as the injury scenes and the unconventional 'cure'. Won't give anything away, but even being a nurse it made me squeamish. Don't let that keep you from the book though, actually very realistic for it's day. Just think some of the conflict resolution was lacking in the last half of the book. Lot's of build up to crises, but then kind of 'so-so' solutions. I did get this as a daily deal, for that price it was excellent. Would not want to use a credit on this. If you can get it on sale it is worth the listen. Historically very interesting if you like that period of English and Canadian history as I do.
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