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  • The Prince of Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (406)

    He was once a legendary highwayman. Now he's a recluse in a ruined French castle, with only a half-wild wolf for a companion. When Lady Leigh Strachan comes looking for a man to aid in her revenge, she's disillusioned to find that the famed Prince of Midnight couldn't help even if he cared to - which he doesn't. S. T. Maitland wants nothing to do with his legend, or with this fierce, beautiful, broken woman... until the old thrill of living on the cutting edge of danger begins to rise in his blood again.

    Robbie says: "Imagine My Joy!"
    "Wonderful book, excellent performance"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Prince of Midnight to be better than the print version?

    Not better, because I've loved this book ever since it came out, but this audio performance is perfect. It does justice to this remarkable book.


    What other book might you compare The Prince of Midnight to and why?

    Flowers From the Storm, For My Lady's Heart, Shadowheart, My Sweet Folly, Seize the Fire , The Shadow and the Star . . . nobody does historical romance like Laura Kinsale.


    What about Nicholas Boulton’s performance did you like?

    Everything. This was a perfect performance. Nicholas Boulton has a marvelous voice and characterizes both male and female voices perfectly, without ever resorting to falsetto. He does various accents without ever sounding false or bufoonish (except when they are meant to sound false, as in Leigh's first meeting with S.T. in France.) He moves fluidly beween different characterizations, so that you always know who is speaking. And certain scenes . . . I caution listeners to beware of listening while driving, because you could end up going miles out of your way without knowing it. The epilogue might cause you to have an accident.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Young ST and the pigeon, and all of Chapter 27. "When will I ever be Sunshine again."


    Any additional comments?

    This evening I sat parked in front of my house for two hours, listening to the end of this marvelous book, becaue I didn't want to pause it long enough to go inside and greet my family. This even though I've read it half a dozen times and already knew what was going to happen.

    I'm so excited that all of Laura Kinsale's books are going to become available in audio versions, and I'm thrilled that she has found such a prodigious talent to narrate them.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • My Sweet Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (224)

    Through their innocent correspondence, a lonely young wife grows to love an imaginary man thousands of miles away. But when he returns to England from India, her idea of reality is turned upside down. Drawn from a safe world of tea and parlor chat into madness and mystery, she cannot find her own cherished Robert in the frightening stranger who claims her love. Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to voice her favorite heroine, sweet, witty Folie with her ferret, Toot.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Delightful Journey of Romance vs Reality"
    "Epistolary Regency meets Indian Intrigue"
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    What made the experience of listening to My Sweet Folly the most enjoyable?

    I was drawn in from the first by the wonderful opening correspondence, delivered beautifully by the inimitable Mr. Boulton.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Sweet Folly?

    I loved the scenes in the prison barge, when Robert really starts to shine.


    Which character – as performed by Nicholas Boulton – was your favorite?

    I think I have to give this one to Folie. Robert is great, but I loved Folie - I wanted her to be my stepmother or best friend.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Robert talking to the landlady at the High Flier over mulligatawny stew. Folie remembering how difficult her early relationship with Melinda was and realizing how to proceed with Robert. Listened to both those parts with tears in my eyes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful book, with a more in-depth and complex plot than I remembered from having read it before. Well worth anyone's time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27157)
    Performance
    (20906)
    Story
    (20988)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Great story, narration is occasionally annoying"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    No. Roy Dotrice's narration is sometimes brilliant, but often phlegmy and annoying. Is it really necessary to audibly suck your teeth repeatedly just because a character is described as doing that? Or to narrate lines of dialogue attribution in the voice of the character speaking? And please decide whether you're going to pronounce it "Joffrey" or "Jeffrey" and then BE CONSISTENT.
    All that said, the story does take over. I've just heard so many excellent readers that it's disappointing to have one who's not.


    What other book might you compare A Game of Thrones to and why?

    Hmm - The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Epic, cast of hundreds fantasy novels.


    What three words best describe Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    Could be better.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Arya at (spoiler alert!)




    her father's execution.


    Any additional comments?

    Give this a try, even with the imperfect narration. You only notice the annoying parts because in general the reader is pretty good. And the story is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers from the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (530)

    He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!"
    "Even better in audio, impossible as it may seem"
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    If you could sum up Flowers from the Storm in three words, what would they be?

    Magnificent love story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not possible to choose between Christian and Maddy. I love them both. Even more than I loved them before.


    What does Nicholas Boulton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I've "just" read the book many times, and have always loved it. But it was never my favorite, as it so many people's favorite Kinsale, partly because in print, Maddy's piety and Quaker plain talk is a little off-putting, and Christian's aphasic speech at times made me yearn for her more eloquent heroes.

    Nicholas Boulton brings both these characters to life with such mastery that I can't think of words to describe his performance that don't sound gushingly hyperbolic. You can feel Christian's desperate frustration in his inability to speak, and later, as he gets better, the subtleties of meaning and emotion that he conveys with just a word or simple phrase. This was all already there in the story, of course, but to hear it performed so well when it could so easily have gone badly wrong is purely delightful.

    His voice for Maddy is equally well done. Her simple goodness comes through without ever being annoying. Her Opening, the war between the faith that is at the root of her and the love that she feels for her magnificent and tortured husband - I don't have a lot of patience with that sort of conflict usually, but in this book and this performance she had my every sympathy.

    I was a little worried about the "Say Stop" scene. I didn't need to be. I often have to skip forward when sex scenes are read, not out of prudishness (I hope) but because I get embarrassed when I think about an actor in a studio reading the lines aloud to the possible guffaws of the people recording him or her. I listened to every scene of this book without ever realizing the narrator was there, if that makes any sense. Her story and his voice together are magic.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Couldn't do it - this is a book to be savored, not gulped.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you, Laura Kinsale and Nicholas Boulton, for this treasure of an audiobook. I will listen to it again and again.

    35 of 38 people found this review helpful

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