Brains. Velvet. Strength. (actually I WANTED to say "Smithsonian" but who would get that?
She is so smart and clueless that you can't help but love her. He has controlled and protected so much of his life that he needs someone brilliant and clueless to shake up his color-inside-the-lines life.
Well, if this is your first, you fell in love a little. Listen to Flowers In the Storm and fall in love A LOT. I am tempted to buy a ticket to see him in Wolf Hall in 2014 in London. So I guess that is an answer of sorts.
If you can fly, I can love.
This novel performance (pun intended) is especially fun for any reader that has not had the pleasure of Laura Kinsale read by Nicholas Boulton. Laura Kinsale writes with extremely "human" characters, and you become immeshed in their emotions, motivations, fears and passion. Ms. Kinsale is one of the rare writers that spend as much time developing her male characters, as she does her female ones. Her characters are multi-dimensional, and the superb acting by Nicholas Boulton enable you to experience and wring out every possible meaning of the storyline. I have read (or listened to) many different types of books, with many different performance artists, but the combination of her words and his voice is rare in your audio experience. A reader will find themselves immeshed in the story instead of the mechanics of writing or performing. A rare treat. Having said that, do not be surprised if you find yourself, therefore, cringing in embarrassment as the Heroine (Zenia) or Hero (Arden) perform idiotic acts as they muddle their way through a relationship. The interesting aspect of Ms. Kinsale's plot development is that she is almost willing to take you to the point of hating a Zenia for her fears or despising Arden for his impulsive savagery, before she pulls you back at the last second into reluctant sympathy. Just when you are about to wish that Arden would give up and let Zenia try to live alone, penniless because she is too afraid of potential abandonment, the author explains enough motivation for Zenia's fears and you slide into sympathy. Ms. Kinsale did that a few too many times (reluctance, stupidity, passion, fear, acceptance...over and over), for me; this is the main reason I voted for four stars instead of five.. I sped up a few of the last few times because I was almost screaming at Arden and Zenia. How can you not love a writer and performer that drive you to that point?
Many of Laura Kinsale's books have the pattern of attraction, passion, fear, reluctance, stupidity, sympathy and then faith. She is NOT formulaic but you will see a trend. However all of her characters are sharply drawn and different, and suffer from different fears. In some of her books (like Flowers from the Storm - my personal favorite) the hero is driven by more demons than the heroine.
Although I am not a huge fan of the Arabian desert romances as a rule, the first half of the book in the desert are the parts that I prefer. The scenes leading up to Arden's discovery of Zenia being a woman have the right amount of bravery and tension. My second favorite are the scenes of Arden's forging of a relationship with his tiny daughter.
I listened to this book over three days, during a car trip up and back between cities in Texas. At the end, I sat in my driveway to finish, even though I was so tired of being in the car. I was not about to leave these characters after hours of yelling at then to get some sense.
I have said in previous reviews that I thoroughly enjoy Nicholas Boulton's strong performances in each character of every novel he has performed. How he can perform suc distinctly different men, women and children, so consistently, is beyond me. In other reviews, you will hear than an audio performer has trouble in long dialogue exchanges, where the voices blend together or are indistinguishable. And, by the way, he does have a small part of the second of third chapter where a minor character is speaking with an American-style accent, and he was very convincing. The sections in Arabic accents seem authentic and smooth. This is never an issue with Nick Boulton. I have gotten to the point of recommending him as an artist to other authors (even those convinced he could not possibly play an American or a Frenchman), because I feel this actor can do anything. .
Mesmerizing. Seductive. Escape.
ST Maitland. He was so ...human. Strong and arrogant enough to be human, and yet flawed and uncertain enough to love.
That is a laughable question - if you listened, you would not have to ask. His voice brings the inflection, pain, love, humor and humanity to exactly (I am convinced) what Laura Kinsale intended.
Yes. and no. Laura's writing is such that the humanity and flaws are so apparent, that it is uncomfortable at times. You find yourself about to jump out of your car (in my case) in frustration that "He/She is so infuriating!! Come on...can't you see that he/she is reaching out or at their breaking point of balancing ego and vulnerability?" Then you love the author for making you feel this much and Nicholas for taking you away from reality into belief.
I have listened to the pairing of Laura Kinsale and Nicholas Boulton and dreading when I reach the last one.
Narration. Flawed yet admirable characters.
I don't think I would have connected to the duke nearly as we'll, if I hadn't listened to such an honest struggle and passion emotes in the acting.
The confusion as Christopher is in the mental asylum aft his stroke, as he does to make himself heard and "Mattie-girl" is his voice.
As others have mentioned, the vacillation of Mattie borders on irritation as it sometimes covers the same points over and over. I feel as if I want to interrupt and say, "No! She is stronger than that!" I sped up the narration when I got unbearably irritated.
Yes!, Nicholas Bolton adds life and depth.
Robert. Laura kinsale is not afraid to write male characters that are tour tortured, brave, vulnerable and strong.
He seems to be breathing and feeling the words - never reading. His voices are all distinct and three-dimensional. They have depth and humor and passion.
Yes!! I was sitting in the parking lot at work.
I had the same experience with another of her books and Nicholas' acting. What does this man do in his spare time?
I read the print version of Outlander first. I fell in love with the stories, and tried the other abridged version (ugh). This one, with Davina Porter, made me fall in love with Jamie and Claire all over again. I do some major commuting for work, and the story and narration made the time fly. The narrator does a great job with the accents and pacing.
It is hard to pin down the genre of this story - is it history? romance? science fiction (time travel)? mystery? There are too many components to isolate. I have run into people on business trips whose faces light up when they see me read it. It is a painless way to educate yourself of how women think, how natural science works, and scottish history. In the later books, American history becomes a focus.
Jamie. Odd I know, for me to prefer the female narrator's version of the "male lead", but her tone and inflection added the right touches of sincerity, wryness, humor.
a pivotal point when Claire has to decide whether to go back to her own time.
The books only get better after this. I have read and listened to all of them, and then read this first one again and again.
The way the author made you care about the characters (Will Traynor and Louisa Clarke) grew, as the story and the relationship and the drama did.
I can't think of another book that affected me as deeply as this one did (and not always in an enjoyable way). I can not say I am sorry I read it (although I did last night, when I finished it). I was ready to thrown my iphone against the wall.
Most of the book was Louisa. There was only a small part from Will's point of view. I was alternately in awe, irritated, admiring and hated all of the characters.
Some of the sections were so true to life (squabbling between siblings; a family that has lived too long together) that I found the narrator too slow and I sped it up. I never skipped parts - just increased the speed. I had not heard anything or read much about the book ahead of time. I recommend this, although it makes many parts of the book more wrenching. A lot of people talk about books that make you cry or make you dream about the characters, but, to be honest, it has rarely happened to me. This one does. Do not read this if you are depressed or have a seriously ill son or lover.
This series is among my top ten in all of the audiobook series.
when Jacky loses her gang leader (Rooster Charlie); any time she is separated from Jamie.
This was the first time i listened to Katie Kellgren, but not at all the last. This one got me hooked on her performances - she is one of my top three narrators. I also love her in the Royal Spyness books. She does a lot of different accents and even does really well at a cockney doing a posh accent (accents within accents).
I smiled and chuckled a LOT. There is a lot of subtle humor in here that adults will get but younger listeners may not.
I want to meet this author one day - I wonder if he is the salty dog that I imagine?
definitely in the top seven. why eleven? prime number and it wasn't in the top ten. But I would (and have) recommend it to a) any scientifically-minded male nerd, b) any female that liked science fiction and enjoys mythology and c) someone with a sense of humor
oberon's (atticus' dog) voice. SO well-done
just when you think the main character (the Iron Druid Atticus) is too cocky or irreverent, he starts talking about his love for the earth (Gaia) in such a ... well... reverent way, that you reconsider the thought: "does he take ANYTHING seriously?".
It is amazing how this author (and therefore the narrator) does such a good job of "maturing" the character over a series of books. At first, you want to smack him for the cocky arrogance (although I suspect guys would like this - women would want to throw cold water on him), but it really does fit and over the life of the series, his decisions will humble him. Even at his advanced years on Earth. You can tell by the way I am focusing on the story and not the writing, the author or the narrator, that the whole package is well-done.
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