An engaging enough historical romance (first in the Arcane Society series) if it had been read by someone more talented. Minimal character development would have been an acceptable trade for the racy sex, but to have someone who sounds like my 8th grade catholic school principal (Sister Dorothy) read what is supposed to be red hot lovemaking is not my cup of tea. I tried to cope by imagining the words on the page, and then reading them again to myself, to no avail. Skip this one and buy the book. I'll be buying or borrowing the next in the series, because they're fun sexy 'thrillers' -- but the narration here makes escape impossible. Want something comparable (though less racy), but extremely well-read and compelling? Try one of these two historical romance/detective series: Amanda Peabody mysteries or Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia series. Excellent character development, plot and compelling romances, read by first rate narrators.
Harry Rutledge totally does it for me. Right up there with Sebastian Lord St. Vincent.
just read it.
She's incredible. Both male and female voices right on. Characters completely distinguishable and lovely to listten to.
I've listened to it twice so far. I like to savor them, if I can. But I did listen to this one pretty obsessively until it was finished.
If you're addicted to Kleypas, then you must do what you must. But this book is not as brilliant as any in the Hawthorne or Wallflower series. The original pub date was early 90s and I'd guess it was written before K got her groove. The hero is a little too conflicted, though still sexy. Heroine likable enough. Rosalyn does a great job narrating. So, again, does it in a pinch, especially if you've already listened to Devil in Winter four times....
no. would recommend others before this one.
The rest of the Wallflower series is great. He's just an amazing hero. I'm in love.
oh my. I have so many in this one. I've already listened to it twice. Nope, can't choose. And don't want to be a spoiler.
In a world....
St Vincent is hot.
Oy. Two facts emerge as, upon reflection, very telling about this "novel". #1: After three degrees in English, I had never heard of this author or novel series, until when searching for a new Simon Vance narration, I stumbled upon this new release. #2: When doing a superficial search before purchase, wikipedia spit up an entry on the longest (ie: wordiest) works of literature in the history of the written word. Ugh. I like long, rambling narrations as much as (MORE) than the next person, but this one lacks warmth, substance, humor (though the author tries to be funny), and plot. I'm midway through book two (of 3) of the first "movement" (of 12!), and honestly, even Vance's truly incredible narration can't make me continue. Dull Dull Dull Dull Dull Dull Dull Dull Dull Dull. (get it?) Dull Dull Dull Dull.......Though the phrase in the novel: "earmarking duchesses" is awesome - described as (in my words) the hungry look of someone scanning a room (at a dinner party for ex) for important people who can be of use.
Two hours left of listening and I am already missing this book. Samual Prebble (narrator) artfully manages 20 characters' voices. Susanna Clarke is a storyteller in every best sense of the word. If you like historical fiction (first two decades of 19th century), character-drvien plot (two main magicians and several well-formed ancillary characters), smart unselfconscious dialogue, all in a story long enough to become an environment that you can't wait to return to, listen to (or read) this book. My only compaint is that it ends.
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