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.
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.
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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.
Having read the book, I was delighted to find it on audiobook. The narration is engaging with fine vocal characterizations. The humor also far exceeds that of the norm of the typical novel in the romance category.
The primary and secondary characters are well conceived and executed.
Rosalyn Lador does a particularlly fine job with the main character of Jamie.
Sam Jackson does a perfect job reading this work. Having struggled with bedtime and a child with ADHD way back when, I can so relate to every thought and nuance. I had oral surgery just before I listened to this and literally burst a stitch laughing so hard.
This was an amusing listen while destressing. It reminds me a bit of Wodehouse.
While the story was obviously written in the "golden era," it retains its charms. The narration, effects, and orchestration of this production are distracting, obnoxious, and unnecessary. Don't bother purchasing.
I first studied this in a negotiation theory class. The skills and techniques learned from the book have saved me thousands of dollars and given me much more confidence when entering into situations that involve conflict - from dealing with customers to negotiations for a new car.
The lords of High Hallack have pledged thirteen brides to the Were Riders of the Wastelands. Gillan, having grown up as a foundling child who survived a shipwreck, takes the place of a friend so that she can leave the Abbey of Norstead to seek her fate outside its confining, monotonous safety.
We find that Gillan is of the blood of Escarp and manifests the powers of its witches. This complicates matters for the Were Riders, especially for Herrel, her chosen mate.
This was the first of the Witchworld novels located in High Hallack and one of the most sophisticated in the series. While seeing through the mists of deceptions and magic woven against her, she makes decisions and choices that help her character become full and developed.
Kate Rudd does an admirable, but not spectacular, job in its narration.
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