I took a chance and tried to download again and this time it worked. I have now downloaded all three parts: Part 1 6:44:50, Part 2 6:31:14, Part 3 6:49:01. I got tired of waiting and started reading it on my Kindle. I like the audios better - especially having Steven Pacey as the narrator. He read the first three books in the First Law series (The Blade Itself, Before They are Hanged, Last Argument of Kings).
I rate Ms. Le Veque's books so high because she's head and shoulders above most of the historical romance writers - she has interesting characters and plots as well as romance. That said, however, I am very annoyed by beautiful obnoxious female heroines. To paraphrase Judge Judy, "Pretty fades; stupid lasts forever." Jemma never improved for me.
The incorrect grammar should have been fixed when the book was proofread by the publisher's office and caught before the book ever made it to audio. The constant incorrect use of nominative and objective pronouns - which I had to learn in the 7th grade - is extremely irksome. All you have to do to spot an incorrect objective pronoun is to flip the order, e.g., the incorrect "between you and I" flips to" between I and you," which just doesn't sound right. So it should be "between you and me" (which flips to "between me and you" and doesn't sound awkward).
I liked the audio version so much that I just bought the Kindle version.
Nothing comes to mind.
I thought she did a great job with all the different characters - and there were a lot of them.
There were a lot of laugh out loud moments for me, especially with the children, Rose and Henry. The governess, Phoebe Baker, uses their love of horses throughout their lessons to keep them engaged. Some of the frantic plot development towards the end reminded me of a screwball comedy- which I liked.
I liked the story, the character development of Ned and John, the class snobbery, and the teacher's approach to getting the children to learn by building their lessons around what interested them, e.g., horses. I also think there's a valuable lesson here that is expressed by several different characters: happiness is a choice; but if your happiness is conditional on what happens to you in life and how it affects you, you may never be happy.
This is a rewrite (and re-titling) of an earlier Veque novel, For Love and Honour. I'm so glad she did the rewrite. While the original ending may have been more correct for that time, as a romance it didn't work for me. If I wanted a depressing romance, I'd read Thomas Hardy. Thanks for the rewrite, Kathryn Le Veque - I love your medieval romances.
I have the DVDs for this course, but I like to listen to this audio when I'm driving. You don't need the visuals to understand the material. Lots of entertaining stories that encourage the listener to find out more. Totally agree with Benoibe - this is audio at its finest.
I know very little about this subject, so I enjoyed learning about the history. BUT there are constant references to tables and examples that are in the printed version but invisible to the listener of the audio version. This begs for a PDF that shows the visuals referred to in the book that aren't available on the audio..
The advantage here goes to the narrator - they got the right narrator to do the story justice.
The dialogue reminded me of some of the Dorothy Dunnett stories, especially the Lymond Chronicles. I loved the dialogue among Devon, Cat, and Morgan - so tongue-in-cheek.
Any scene with the three guys and/or Raven.
I didn't think I'd like this book because I was afraid it would be just another bodice-ripper. What a pleasant surprise that it had a good plot and excellent dialogue. I'd listen to this one again.
I read the book years ago and was very happy to see this book on audible. The audio just enhances the book. I have the book, audio, and Kindle versions - if I really like a story, I buy it in all the forms in which it is available.
Fitz the dog!!! I loved the comments from Fitz. For example, when Darius is looking for a kidnapped character, he comments to Fitz, "They have a good lead on us. Do you think you can find [the] coach in this mess, huh, Fitz?" And Fitz thinks to himself, "Of course I can. I peed on it [the wheel], didn't I?"
They were all good. I liked the way she used a lower class accent for Fitz.
Yes. I also listened to it with my sister whenever we were in the car.
I love Barbara Metzger's earlier books, like this one. I'd like to see her earlier books in audio form.
Absolutely - especially to anyone who loves Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. But whether you're familiar with the play or not, this story fills in a lot of the background characters and provides more info on their motivation and their actions.
None comes to mind. I've tried some of the books that attempt to expand on Jane Austen's novels, but so far I haven't found any as well done as this one.
This is my first hearing of a book read by Kyle McCarley, but I've listened to samples from some of the other books he reads on audible and I'm impressed by how versatile he is. I'll definitely check these out. He does a great job of bringing the other characters to life and his gift for accents is wonderful.
Every time the author wove dialogue from the play into the story, it was so fluid that I had to remind myself that it was from the play.
I am recommending this book to my aunt, with whom I have a shared affection for Shakespeare's plays. The blend of story and reader in this audiobook is superb. I'll listen to it again.
This is an interesting story with a different kind of plot. I just checked the audio that had words missing in the earlier release, but it appears to be fixed now. Give it a try.
This is a very interesting story. As a child, the hero cruelly injures a neighbor's child. As an adult, he attempts restitution without her or her family knowing that he is responsible for her injury. And his brother has become a heartless rake who has no conscience about the accident or trying to seduce vulnerable females. It's always a relief to find a story that doesn't read like a paint by numbers picture. It held my interest; I'd listen to it again.
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