While it's not a deep and meaningful experience, it's frothy escapism.
The initial interactions of the two main characters were well written.
After years of Simon Prebble's narration of the Cynster sagas, I'm sorry to report that the new voice does not quite meet his previously recordings.
For a lark, it's an engaging addition to the Cynster lore.
While the narration is not the best, the plot and characters are engaging. I have listened to the trilogy multiple times.
Lady Averill is compassionate, clever, and devoted to her husband's well-being.
Her narration was not enjoyable.
As a part of the Highlander trilogy, I would highly recommend it.
The verve to Laurens' writing appears to be diminishing over time. This book was fairly formulaic. I had looked forward to a book dedicated to the fabulous man of business, so my expectations were high. This definitely did not meet them.
I have multiple of her works on audio and find them a relaxing get-away. Many of the early Cynster books are a treat. Laurens' works are not high literature, but a respite from reality.
Simon Prebble is the definitive Cynster series narrator. While his narration can be over-the- top, so are the books. His tongue in cheek style compliments the material to perfection.
While enjoying the interactions of the Adair and Stokes couples, both mingling and as partners, I really wasn't interested in their repeated bedroom scenes. They were not the focus of the book.
Ms. Laurens appears to need fresh inspiration to return to her former writing success.
Rosalyn Landor provides a fabulous narration. Her interpretations of dialogue and character inflection are spot-on. She captures the nuances of every line.
Hugh and Sarah are equally engaging.
Having actually read the book prior to the audio version's being available, I truly appreciate the depth that well done narration can bring to all aspects of a work.
Julia Quinn's books are not deep, metaphysical works; however, the dialogue, plot twists, and inter-connectedness make reading each book in the series like a visit with a well-loved friend.
This work is best enjoyed as part of the Smythe-Smith series since each book shares characters.
Unlikely Romance and Humor
While introducing a new heroine, the story revisits many of the characters from the prior novel _The Secret_, which is extremely engaging. It offered the chance to see Judith and Ian's outcomes while the exploits of Gillian and Brodick unfold.
It is not serious literature, but ever so diverting!
Her performance was quite solid and the pacing was on target.
Garwood is known for staging quirky weddings. The marriage of Gillian and Brodick equals or exceeds her standards for humor.
Having a stressful job makes me so appreciate books that offer a bit of escapism, a bit of historical perspective, and a bit of humor. These are trademarks of Garwood historicals.
Simon Prebble's narration of the Cynster series is outstanding. His abilities give the Cybster novels an extra dimension that ratchets them to a different sphere.
The mix of mysticism, action, mystery, and eroticism is unique within the Cynster series. Richard's character complies with the norms of the family male, yet he is devoted to service as well as being a dominant force.
His narration is tongue in cheek at times while adhering to the spirit of the novels. This isn't a scholarly work, and he "works" the Romance novel aspect.
The couple's evolution, especially after the near-death experience, is moving.
This is a fun, sensual read that is pure escapism.
Methuselah's Children is the prequel to the classic Time Enough for Love, which then spawned The Number of the Beast, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, and To Sail Beyond Sunset. This novella introduces a host of characters and the all important Howard Project.
The narration was clear and crisp. With a mild hearing loss, this is much appreciated.
As one of the "Big Three" authors of science fiction's puberty, this is well worth the investment and time listening.
I have listened to this multiple times to recaputure the wit, laughter, and emotion of the piece. It is not a heavy philosophical treatise; it's FUN reading.
The combination of writers (Quinn, James, and Brockway) provides a "story within a story" which allows the reader to shift gears and focus on different charaters while staying true to the overall theme of the book. The psyches of the heroes and heroines are explored and all their characters are dynamic. The surprise ending was absolutely delightful.
I was particularly drawn to the plights of Fiona and Oakley. Their wounded spirits were cauterized and expanded. Love those HEAs.
The surprise at the end of the book sealed this as a favorite and repeat listen.
There are times that a bit of psychic relief can be a balm. I truly ascribe to Keane's "Dying is easy, comedy is hard."
Having read and re-read the Garwood classic, I was enthusiastic in purchasing the audio version. Previous Garwood historicals have been well done; however, the narrator's renditions drove me to distraction.
Garwood spend considerable time researching information about Medieval customs and the Church. Certain descriptions were appaling and enlightening at times.
The bond between Judith and Frances Catherine was extraordinary.
If one can get past the narration and focus on the excellent plot, it is well worth the expenditure.
Hero with autism
As an educator who works with people who are on the spectrum, I was taken aback to read about the "medical interventions" of the period. It was not a humane period for those who were not neuro-typical.
Overall development of emotion in the protagonist. Ian was transformative.
It was an enjoyable, thought provoking listen. The narrator did a very fine job.
The entire series seems to be well done.
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