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  • Flowers from the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (531)

    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!"
    "One of my favorite audiobooks"
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    If you could sum up Flowers from the Storm in three words, what would they be?

    Frustrating, poignant and beautiful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Flowers from the Storm?

    When he goes to the meeting and stands up to the Friends and defends their love-Maddie girl, prim, proper, thee, thou, duchess.


    What about Nicholas Boulton’s performance did you like?

    He does such an amazing job interpreting Cheveaux disability and frustration. I haven't said this before, but I don't think I would have enjoyed reading the book more than I enjoyed listening to Nicholas Boulton's performance.


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

    When the duke doesn't understand what is happening to him, when he sees Maddie again and knows he isn't insane and is so desperate for her to understand him. His speech I front of the meeting towards the end is memorable and moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read/listened to all of her books and this is probably my favorite.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lord John and the Private Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (1409)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (861)

    With more than 10 million copies in print worldwide, New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is a global phenomenon. Lord John and the Private Matter, starring one of the most popular Outlander characters, captures all the adventure and magic of the series while delivering a fresh tale that is utterly captivating.

    GoryDetails says: "Lively tale, well told"
    "Methadone for Gabaldon fans"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lord John and the Private Matter the most enjoyable?

    A smart storyline and a great narrator. Anyone who has read Diana Gabaldon's books can expect a solid storyline filled with interesting characters and lots of twists and turns. This book is no exception. i gave the story only 4 stars because I'm more of a visual person and listening to it I had to sometimes rewind and listen again-my fault, not the author's and it would have been 5 stars if I had read the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lord John and the Private Matter?

    When he and his valet discover the dead man isn't what he appears to be and Tom Bird is revealed to be rather smart-


    Any additional comments?

    If you are obsessed with Jamie and Claire this book probably isn't for you. If you are familiar with the Outlander series you already know Lord John is a homosexual-he is also the most dignified, honorable and attractive homosexual character ever created. There are no Gabaldon sex scenes in this book and nothing explicit. I have read time and again about this being gay porn or homosexual literature. It isn't. If the idea makes you uncomfortable this book isn't for you. If you enjoy a good mystery I highly recommend this Lord John book. Many people don't like him but I think he is adorable and think it is funny how often his sense of duty and honor cause him to put his foot in his mouth or gets him into trouble.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cowboy and the Cossack: A Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscovery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Clair Huffaker
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (107)

    Fifteen Montana cowboys and 500 longhorns are embarking on a one-of-a-kind Wild West adventure: a cattle drive across 1,000 miles of Siberia. The clash of cultures between East and West, American six shooter and Russian saber, begins immediately when a band of Cossacks arrives to escort them to their destination. Cowboys and Cossacks must work together or they’ll never survive the journey, which includes a meeting with the warrior Genghis Kharlagawl and his army of bloodthirsty Tartars.

    Marie says: "A timeless classic"
    "Perfect narrator for this wonderful story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Cowboy and the Cossack the most enjoyable?

    Tthe storyline was imaginative and interesting and the narrator did such a wonderful job. There were so many different characters and accents ( English-Midwestern, British English, Russian, a Slavic language, Southern English and more). There were a couple of women who were minor characters and he performed those well also.


    What other book might you compare The Cowboy and the Cossack to and why?

    The Cowboys-I don't know if it is a book but I saw the movie when I was young and this book reminded me of the movie because it was about a bunch of people who were strangers and distrustful of each other at the beginning of a cattle drive but because of the events that occur during the journey, by the end of the trip the men were friends as well as comrades. ( forgive the play on words, the cowboys never become Russian but they DO fight on the same side)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So many! I enjoyed how they got the cattle off the boat when they arrived in Russia and refused to pay a bribe to the official and I enjoyed reading about the war games they held and the cowboys attempts to participate.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so impressed with the narrator and I think it really complimented the book. This isn't your typical Western and I was surprised how much I enjoyed listening to it and plan to play it for my sons when we go on a long road trip next month. The language is what might be called salty-very typical of the time and of the characters-but nothing most pre-teens haven't already heard. There is nothing else in the book that would embarrass anyone other than the language used. I don't say this often, but this was an amazing story-

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs)
    • By Catherine Marshall
    • Narrated By Kellie Martin
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (210)

    In the year 1912, 19-year-old Christy Huddleston leaves home to teach school in the Smoky Mountains – and comes to know and love the resilient people of the region, with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, and their yearning for beauty and truth. But her faith will be severely challenged by trial and tragedy, by the needs and unique strengths of two remarkable young men, and by a heart torn between true love and unwavering devotion.

    A User says: "Christy"
    "One of my favorite books LOVED IT!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Christy to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't say better because I have read and enjoyed the book for years. I will say that the audio edition does the book justice and compliments the print version wonderfully.


    What other book might you compare Christy to and why?

    Just finished listening to Lynn Austin's ' Wonderland Creek' and it is VERY similar and not as well written.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So many! Any scene with Little Burl or Fairlight Campbell.


    If you could take any character from Christy out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Fairlight- she found beauty in the world and even though her life was difficult and one of poverty she was a gentle soul and had a sensitive and artistic spirit.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't count how many times I have read this book and will probably read it a few more times before I die. It shows the lives of these Appalachian people realistically and how it was filled with superstition, ignorance ,pride and so so so much hardship and yet the culture is fascinating and more complex than one would guess at first glance. It has sadness and joy and I love that it was based on the life of a real person. SUGGESTION:The audio has an interview with Catherine Marshall's son at the beginning. SKIP OVER IT AND LISTEN TO IT AFTER YOU HAVE FINISHED THE BOOK. The author's son reveals the ending of the book and how much it differs from the actual life of his grandmother. If I hadn't read the book before and knew how it ended I would have been furious because through the second half of the book Christy gets to know two very different men and you aren't sure who she will choose until the LAST PAGE.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wonderland Creek

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (201)

    Six-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin has won a loyal following for her inspiring historical fiction. In Wonderland Creek, young Chicago-area librarian Alice Grace Ripley is left heartbroken when her fiancé breaks up with her just as the Great Depression forces her out of a job. To escape the local gossip, Alice volunteers to deliver donated books to a library in rural Kentucky. There she discovers that God still has a plan for her after all.

    Sara says: "Depression Era Kentucky as a Librarian"
    "Not very original-too much like 'Christy'"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I always enjoy listening to Lynn Austins books but this story line was just too much like Catherine Marshall's 'Christy' written over 50 years ago. 'Christy' is better because it is based on the life of Catherine's mother when she went into the Appalachian mountains to teach during the depression as a young woman of 18


    Has Wonderland Creek turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't recently listened to 'Christy' because it has been years since I've read the book and probably wouldn't have recognized so many similarities.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Forbes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to her before and she has grown on me. I think she does a great job performing Lynn Austin's books and would be hesitant to buy and of Austin's books if she wasn't narrating it.


    Could you see Wonderland Creek being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Ummmm-it kinda has been made into a series (Christy) and I believe Kelly Martin was Christy and would do a fine job as Alice Ann.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the character of Lily to be annoying. She was a preachy and manipulative old woman who had an answer and Bible lesson ready for every question asked to her. She and God were so close she knew when it was in his will to lie, misrepresent the truth and judge people! (she warned Allie about Maggie right after the two had met-but later seemed to understand her pain and lack of faith) she was just TOO perfect and sinless. It just bugs me when any character, especially an older one, knows everything and has the correct answer for every situation and every situation turns out exactly as predicted. I won't give examples because that would spoil the book for some people and they might not see her as I do- she just got on my nerves.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Samuel
    • Narrated By Elizabeth J. Taylor
    Overall
    (5)
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    (5)
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    (5)

    Ardor once foolishly led Lady Adriana St. Ives into the arms of a rake, an affair that cost her everything she held dear. Though that was five years ago, this golden English beauty still vows that no man will ever again ignite the sensual passion hidden deep in her soul - not even her new husband, Tynan Spenser, Earl of Glencove, a darkly handsome and rich Irish rogue. Known as "The Black Angel" for his wild and lascivious ways, Tynan is as determined to melt his icy bride as she is to resist his seductive charms.

    susan says: "Painful to listen to this narration"
    "Painful to listen to this narration"
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    What would have made The Black Angel better?

    different narrator-someone who knows an Irish accent is more than your voice going up at the end of your sentences. Sometimes she is reading so, so, slowly it was nerve wracking.


    What didn’t you like about Elizabeth J. Taylor’s performance?

    She doesn't have s lot of skill in different accents. There was just something annoying about her Irish accent. Her voice was too feminine to performe male voices. Her British female voices were lovely. I had to force myself to finish it


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I really enjoyed reading this book and I have it in my library. I didn't remember much about the plot other than I enjoyed it so I thought it was a safe bet to purchase the audio. I would recommend reading the book over listening to this performance.


    Any additional comments?

    A couple of summers ago I was bed ridden and could do nothing but read. I have read all of Barbara Samuel's book and enjoyed them. They weren't your typical romance books. This audiobook reminded me how important a good narrator is-they can enhance or kill a story line. It has made me appreciate Nicholas Boulton and Davina Porter even more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Passion Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Johanna Lindsey
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (196)

    Forced to flee Napoleon’s rampaging army on the continent, orphaned Alana Farmer and her eccentric guardian make a new home for themselves in London. There, Alana enjoys every privilege a daughter of the nobility could hope for, plus an education fit for a queen. Now, on the eve of her debut into London Society, she learns the shocking secret of her birthright. Can it be true? Is she really the lost princess of the European kingdom of Lubinia? Persuaded by her guardian to return to their homeland to quell a bloody revolt, Alana finds herself in an isolated, mountainous country whose customs strike her as medieval!

    Rosita says: "Excellent!!"
    "I just don't get it-"
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    Would you try another book from Johanna Lindsey and/or Rosalyn Landor?

    No. I'm not sure why this has so many wonderful reviews-I'm wondering if the majority of those of us who hate it simply stop listening and don't take the time to write a review- I'm also not sure why so many people like this narrator. She sounds like she has a really bad sinus infection and her foreign (non-British) accents and her male characters are AWFUL.


    Has When Passion Rules turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm a fairly smart person who likes to read romance novels between other kinds of books. I find them fun and entertaining and I try not to get too defensive about reading them. I have learned, however, that I really hate books that have made up countries involved in actual history. Made up countries belong in fantasy books in my mind. I think one reason is that they always seem to have Russian or Eastern European accents. To me, it seems like the author doesn't want to take the time to educate herself about actual countries and their history and customs so they just make up a country-lazy writing to me.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rosalyn Landor?

    A different narrator couldn't salvage this one.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Bored annoyance- everytime I looked at the cover I thought " why is there a guy in his tighty whiteys standing there?" Is he shirtless in white pants? Upon looking longer, is that a sword? Why is he wearing his sword while he is shirtless and in his underwear?? An unfortunate color choice for the uniform pants I think-


    Any additional comments?

    Big disappointment in both the story and narrator. I think I'm finished with Ms. Lindsey.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fingersmith

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (409)

    Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs. Sucksby, “mother” to a host of pickpockets and con artists. To pay her debt, she joins legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritence. But the two women form an unanticipated bond and the events that follow will surprise every listener. Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize, and was chosen as book of the year 2002 by more organizations than any other novel. Sarah Waters was named Author of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards.

    shopper from Playa del Rey says: "The BEST BOOK I"ve read this year!"
    "Disturbing.......but not because of THAT"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes-the narration is superb-right up there with Davina Porter who is the best, in my opinion. The plot is very well done and thought out with lots of twists and turns. It holds many surprises and many I interesting characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fingersmith?

    Towards the end when Sue witnesses something terrible happening to someone she loves-I was almost in tears and my heart was breaking for her.


    What about Juanita McMahon’s performance did you like?

    So many different voices all wonderfully done. I think it is hard for a female to do male voices and it takes skill to interpret them without having to speak in an unnaturally low voice. Her interpretation was spot on as well when reading different scenes-she builds tension, excitement and grief throughout the book. Loved her


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

    Yes! I couldn't wait to know what was going to happen next. I wasn't able to figure out how it was going to end and I loved that. This book is definitely NOT predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    Originally I was looking for a longer book because I was going to be traveling. I liked the synopsis and it was 23 hrs long so I bought it without reading many reviews. When it started out slow I went back and began reading more reviews. One of the first said "LESBIAN PORN!" This concerned me because, honestly, I don't care for lesbian, gay or hetero porn-it just doesn't appeal to me. I was also a little miffed because I hadn't gotten to that part yet and had no idea. After reading more reviews I decided to keep on listening and I am so glad I did. There is absolutely nothing pornographic in this book. If the idea, the thought of two women loving each other upsets you, this book definitely isn't for you. If the idea makes you uncomfortable you need to risk it and listen to this book. I think there is only one almost but not really sex scene-something any mature adult can process. I thought it was really creative to have a series of events told from two different points of view-it allows the reader to understand the characters and become emotionally invested in both of them. What I found most disturbing about this book was the way society (men) treated women and children. Babies were thrown away and traded with less thought and care a farmer would give his livestock. Women were marginalized and at the mercy of the men in their lives and had no voice or value-one doctor attributed mental illness to the patient's extensive reading. The part of the book where a character is put in an insane asylum against her will and she keeps telling them she is not who they think she is and they refuse to believe her because her "husband" put her there really upset me. The treatment and the care patients were subjected to was upsetting because there was an element of truth to it and in reality the environment in lunatic asylums was a lot worse in some hospitals of the time.

    This was a really good book which I didn't always enjoy but did appreciate; it wasn't a light read but it was engaging and thoughtful and it moved me. It has the wonderful marriage of a great story performed by the perfect narrator and was definitely time well spent.

    I apologize to anyone who hasn't read a "lesbian porn" review and I ruined that part of the story for you-

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridge to Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (283)
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    (283)

    To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she' s paid to finally feel like she' s somebody. To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven.

    Candace says: "Francine Rivers is the best for a reason."
    "I really Really REALLY wanted to love this"
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    Where does Bridge to Haven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm very picky when it comes to narrators- I can't count how many audiobooks I've returned because I couldn't stand the narrator. Kate Forbes does a good job-sometimes I was very aware of how slowly she speaks. Maybe it was because the story lagged at times in the middle It is near the bottom of my list of Francine Rivers books but better than most of the books in my library.


    What was most disappointing about Francine Rivers’s story?

    It just wasn't as good as some of her other books-it is probably compared to Redeeming Love more than the other books. It just feels to me to be too much like that book's plot-damaged, lost soul of a fallen women saved by a godly Christ-like man. The thing that appeals to me about Francine Rivers is the diversity of her books: Mark of the Lion, Redeeming Love, The Last Sin Eater, The Scarlet Thread and Loeta's Garden and the Lineage of Grace books are some of my favorite books and are all wonderful but so different. This book just didn't have the same impact on me as some of her others have. I also got weary hearing how many ways Abra was abused and taken advantage of-this book had more "sex scenes" than other books of hers I have read. They didn't offend me as being inappropriate, there were just so many of them! I inwardly cringed every time I started listening in the middle of the book ( as in " what terrible things are going to happen to her now?") The "Big Reveal" at the end wasn't a surprise and was kind of obvious.


    Did Kate Forbes do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    A pet peeve of mine is when female narrators try to lower their voices and sound like men narrating men's characters. Kate Forbes lowers her voice a bit when reading male characters but she also changes HOW the talk-slower and with different accents. It is one of her strengths as a narrator.


    If you could rename Bridge to Haven, what would you call it?

    I hate this question-I'm not a publisher or author. I have no idea.


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't an awful book and I don't hate it and I don't regret spending 17 hours listening to it. I just doesn't have the impact some of her other books have had on me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Honor's Splendour

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (936)
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    (631)
    Story
    (627)

    In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton—the Wolf—unleashed his warriors against Louddon's domain. Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he catured...but when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life.

    Jordy says: "Julie Garwood writes the best Highlander books!"
    "So so so so so disappointed"
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    Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Anne Flosnik?

    This was the first book by Julie Garwood that I've listened to, but I did have one in my Kindle library. I can barely stand to finish this book listening to this narrator there is NO WAY I would subject myself to her again. Half the time she sounds like Ginger from Gilligan's Island- breathy and overly dramatic. It is an auditory train wreck.


    What was most disappointing about Julie Garwood’s story?

    I'm not a prude. I like a trashy romance every now and then, but when a book opens with a scripture and quotes them within the story I have certain expectations. There are just too many "muscular thighs", breasts and throbbing groins if this book is attempting to be a Christian novel and if it isn't, why keep throwing out scripture? I keep thinking to myself. "So. Many. Words" she uses so many words to describe things that have no value in progressing the story line I keep thinking " why is she saying this-it's been said before." The Greek mythology connection is week and kind of silly. It seem so me to be more of a window dressing-an attempt to elevate the story to "literature". Finally, I don't think I get offended easily but it made me uncomfortable to see a victim of rape slapped and forcibly bathed- I don't care if it was by another woman-poor decision my the author to go that route in my opinion.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anne Flosnik?

    Maybe I am a LITTLE picky because I am coming off a Diana Gabaldon/Davina Porter marathon-and they are two of the best authors/narrators today. This narrator is one of the worst in my opinion-just about anyone else could do a better job. I want to finish listening to the story but I find myself dreading putting my ear buds on.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    This experience was so disappointing I stopped and read "Saving Grace" on my Kindle and it was better-a little predictable but enjoyable to read. It makes me wonder if the author's style of writing is just better being read and not narrated. There are other books that I feel don't transition from written to spoken and some I enjoy more listening to rather than reading. I found a Lynn Austin book in my library that I bought a year ago. I hated reading it but I have bought four of her audio books and loved them all.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I was disappointed because of all the rave reviews I have read. She has a very strong and loyal fan base. The narration was a disservice to the book, but even reading the the one book I think she is an average author and not one I would recommend to anyone. I was expecting something along the lines of Laura Kinsale who writes interesting books that are all different in setting and story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desiree: The Bestselling Story of Napoleon's First Love

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Annemarie Selinko
    • Narrated By Nicole Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
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    (52)
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    Fourteen year old Desiree can't believe her good fortune. Her fiance, a dashing and ambitious Napoleon Bonaparte, is poised for battlefield success, and no longer will she be just a French merchant's daughter. She could not have known the twisting path her role in history would take, nearly breaking her vibrant heart but sweeping her to a life rich in passion and desire. A love story, but so much more, Desiree explores the landscape of a young heart torn in two.

    sophia says: "Stunning telling of a riveting story."
    "Desiree-the reason I love of historic fiction"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Desiree: The Bestselling Story of Napoleon's First Love to be better than the print version?

    I first read Desiree about 35 years ago and loved the romance; I purchased the audio to get reacquainted with the story and I LOVED it. The narration brings Desiree to life. After researching the story (half the fun of historic fiction), I discovered that Desiree wasn't well educated or interested in politics. She wasn't stupid, but rather unsophisticated and as her adopted queen mother said "every inch a French lady and quite shallow," The character of Desiree is a simple silk merchant's daughter who gets caught up in the drama and politics of two very powerful men. While she doesn't "get" their political machinations, she never fails to see the humanity and the man behind their public public personas.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Desiree-because she loves so deeply. Even after Napoleon breaks her heart, she still cares for him and is always able to see the young man she fell in love with-even as he becomes the emperor who destroys the Republic for his personal gain. She loves her husband and child and always puts their welfare first and is plagued with doubt and low self esteem no matter how high she climbs. She has a good heart and wants to take care of everybody-she even empathizes with Josephine and relates to her as another woman rather than her rival. I also loved the parts describing John Baptiste fighting against the French when he was the heir to toe throne of Sweeden-heat breaking.


    Have you listened to any of Nicole Quinn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time listener


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

    Yes, but quite impossible being a 25 hr book. I did finish it is about 5 days!


    Any additional comments?

    I seems to me that the genre of ' historical fiction' has been high jacked by romance novels-one reason I bought this book was because I was tired of being disappointed by books heavy on the 'fiction' and light on the 'historical'. This book is so well researched and does such a good job of educating the reader of the events at the end of The Reign of Terror,the beginning of the French Republic and its transition into a dictatorial empire. It is still fiction-Napoleon didn't turn over his sword to his ex-fiancée and yet what a beautifully written passage! All the characters are real and if you really want to suspend your disbelief, don't Google Desiree and John Baptiste Bernadotte. Their story wasn't QUITE as romantic in real life

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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