Yes. I would listen again, despite my misgivings about the performance because it's such a good story.
The romance is well-developed and well-written. Rosalie is a very engaging heroine, and even though Deal is very reserved, it's clear that there's a lot more to him than meets the eye. I thought the storyline that dealt with his "secrets" was unusual for a historical romance, and that the author dealt with a difficult issue in a sensitive manner.It's one of those books in which there are no spies, no adventures or action scenes, or an overload of sex scenes - just a story about a man with twenty years worth of secrets and regrets learning to come to terms with them with the help of a woman who sees him as he really is.
Accent and pronunciation.Ms Patterson's voice is pleasant and her pacing and vocal inflections were generally very good. She managed to maintain her English accent reasonably well for about 80% of the performance, but there were several times when Deal suddenly developed an American accent and there were a number of seriously tortuous mispronunciations that really should have been picked up in the editing.For instance, in "What's the matter?" the word "matter" was pronounced "MAHTER"."Calm" was constantly pronounced as "COLM".The majority of historical romances are set in Britain or have British principals - therefore you need someone who can sustain the accent 100% or you have to use a Brit.
Ms Everett's other audiobook, "Ruined by Rumor", had the fabulous and ever-reliable Rosalyn Landor as narrator, and it's a shame she wasn't used for this one. The story was more intense, and it would have been so much more fitting for this audio to have had the benefit of her experience and talent.
The humour and the fact that the central characters were not prone to fits of the vapours or being overbearing! Marcus isn't a rake; he's just a decent man who is a bit shy and Honoria is loving and proud of her somewhat bonkers family!
Oh, where to start? She's far and away my favourite narrator. Her performances are always well thought-out and she sounds as though she's actually read the book a few times and spent time understanding the characters. She's outstanding when it comes to the female characters, giving each one a clearly different voice, and her elderly dowagers are a hoot!
The part where it dawned on Honaria that Marcus really didn't have anyone to turn to or look after him.
This is perfect if you're in the mood for something light and fluffy - and Rosalyn Landor can't be bettered when it comes to historical romance.
Engaging, exciting, interesting
The historical background is well researched and accurate, and the story is allowed the time to develop. It's eventful and the mystery is very well done.
Not so far, but I'm definitely going to be listening to her again.
No extreme reaction; it's just an engrossing listen.
Holt's gothics are very heroine-centric which might not suit everyone, as it means the hero is often on the periphery, and they spend quite a large amount of time apart. I love the way Holt takes the time to build her story gradually; it's about the heroine's journey from start to finish.
The performance was excellent. Ms Porter was especially good with the female voices and managed the multiple French accents with aplomb. I felt her male characters were less successful, however and were harder to tell apart when there was more than one man in any particular scene.
Overall though, it held my interest completely from start to finish.
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