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The Midnight Rose Audiobook

The Midnight Rose

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Publisher's Summary

In the heyday of the British Raj, Anahita becomes Princess Indira’s official companion, and accompanies her to England just before the outbreak of the Great War. There, she meets the young Donald Astbury – reluctant heir to a magnificent, estate – and his scheming mother. Eighty years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. Her latest role, playing a 1920s debutante, takes her to the now-crumbling Astbury Hall…

©2014 Lucinda Riley (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

‘Atmospheric, heart-rending and multi-layered’ (GRAZIA on The Girl on the Cliff)

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    Catherine Roswell, GA, United States 02-26-14
    Catherine Roswell, GA, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2008
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    "A Great Story with a Superb Performance!"

    Loved this story for the obvious reasons...romance, history, past vs. present...it's all there. In my humble opinion, this is the perfect recipe for a great AUDIObook: lots of great stories out there, but the narrator makes this awesome! (So many narrators today are annoying and just plain bad! They over-enunciate and are flat and boring.) Ms. Srinivasan really brings this to life.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Lake Huntington, NY, United States 01-20-14
    Leslie Lake Huntington, NY, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Historical romance at It's BEST !!!!"
    What did you love best about The Midnight Rose?

    I love the format of "then" (1918) and now and how gracefully Lucinda Riley's words dance between the two separate time periods. Midnight Rose provides a perfect balance of historical facts mixed in with a heavy dose of romance !!!!!!!!!!


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

    She has a wide range of charater voices and does of perfect job bouncing between the tight repressed voices of the Brits and the emotionally abadoned voices of the indian characters.


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

    YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    How long to we have to wait for the next Lucinda Riley book ???

    She is on my list of FAV's !!!!!!!!!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    JEANNINE 09-14-14
    JEANNINE 09-14-14
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    "Really loved this one"

    One of those long and winding story lines that you can't wait to get back to. I recently read a few books where at halfway I figured out the end and was just annoyed it took the characters so long to figure it out This one kept you guessing up to the end. I totally loved the very end, so much so I am writing this review. Narration was wonderful. Anjana. Srinivasan had it all, between the accents and inflections I always knew who was speaking.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Bezuhov 04-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant Narration + Excellent Story = Deeply Satisfying"

    Great audiobook. Terrific story. Lucinda Riley never disappoints. Her multi-layered stories are rife with characters that you can't help but forge a bond with as you traverse two time settings. The Midnight Rose is an excellent tale that's compelling-it pulls you in never lets go. Twists and turns will make your heart both ache and soar. The true star in this audiobook is the narrator Anjana Srinvasan. She is the single best audiobook narrator I've come across after years of listening. The ability to not only act the book out like a fine actress, she gives each character a true voice and can flip from an Indian accent, British accent, and American accent with the greatest of ease. Bravo Ms. Srinvasan, I'll be looking out for books you narrate, you truly offer an 'experience'. Highly recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    alison 02-23-15
    alison 02-23-15
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    "Enjoyable romantic read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Midnight Rose to be better than the print version?

    Both would be good


    What about Anjana Srinivasan’s performance did you like?

    Very easy to listen to


    Any additional comments?

    Good overall story. Likeable and interesting characters. Good balance between present day and the past, easy to follow.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ernestine Marshall 11-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully written story, I wanted it to continue"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    2 story lines that connected


    Which scene was your favorite?

    not sure


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I was wondering if Ari or Rebecca where in any more of Lucinda's books

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith 08-23-14
    Meredith 08-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "All around wonderful"
    Where does The Midnight Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite books


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Midnight Rose?

    The narrators voice, it was perfect. The story was a good old fashioned read.


    What about Anjana Srinivasan’s performance did you like?

    The gentle lilt in her voice


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

    Yes, I wish I could have but then again, I didn't want it to end


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janet H. Maddox 06-27-16
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    "Intriguing story of WWI era"

    While I enjoyed this complex and well-woven story, one element of the narration was incredibly annoying. The narrator performed believable Indian and English accents to the ear of a non-native of either of those, but one oft repeated word in the American dialect totally spoiled the narration.

    Americans of education, and especially those of the 1920s, would never pronounce the name "Antony" as "Ant-knee" and yet the narrator does so repeatedly when trying to use an American accent, rendering the British pronunciation correctly, but coming across as a Rode Island or New Jersey tough instead of a Julliard trained actress. Where was the voice coach?? And why was this one word, which must have occurred on a majority of pages in the book, allowed to spoil the whole?

    I hate to sound picky, but such small things become large through frequent repetition.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    anne 01-05-16
    anne 01-05-16 Member Since 2012
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    "A little hoaky, But I Stayed Up listening!"

    At times the story reminded me of a Lifetime movie. However, I found myself staying up to listen. Not quite as good as a Kate Morton's book, but I would still recommend it for light reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy 03-13-15
    Lucy 03-13-15

    I so enjoy Audible...helps me get my to-do list accomplished.

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    "Beautiful Story. Beautiful Narration"

    I was so taken with the details of both India and English countryside. ..the world Derulo characters and the very sweet irony....definitely will be put on a must re-listen to list. ♡

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BLANDFORD FORUM, United Kingdom
    4/5/14
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    "A Beautiful Love Story with a Difference"
    What made the experience of listening to The Midnight Rose the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was extremely good, taking on the various accents brilliantly. Plus the story was so fascinating I couldn't stop listening


    What other book might you compare The Midnight Rose to, and why?

    The Orchard House - because it too went back in time and to an exotic location - another beautiful story.


    What does Anjana Srinivasan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She has a lovely clear voice, very concise and read it at just the right speed. Very good at all the different accents. Her narration brought the story and people to life. Would definitely recommend her.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me cry and sad as Anahita didn't know what a wonderful life her son had and also because there is nothing worse than losing your child for whatever reason


    Any additional comments?

    Lucinda Riley does write wonderful books, with just the right amount of romance and mystery, and her descriptions of places and people are amazing. Love her books.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Heidi
    Banstead, United Kingdom
    2/21/14
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    "I'm a convert to audible books"
    Where does The Midnight Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first audible book and I loved it.. I listened to it while dog walking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The atmosphere created by both the author and the narrator of life in India and the Uk Both in the 1920s and present day.


    Have you listened to any of Anjana Srinivasan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No this was the first but I was so impressed with the accents of the different characters


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

    Too long for one sitting but I certainly looked forward to my daily instalment.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a complete convert to audible books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amelia
    United Kingdom
    4/12/14
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    "Did enjoy it but a bit longwinded"

    I thought the narrative was really good and it kept my interest in the story. This is the first book I have read by Lucinda Riley and I would try another. It was likened to books by Kate Morton which I really love. I would have to say it was nowhere near as good as Ms Morton. It was a bit longwinded in places and could have been shortened and been just as effective. I did enjoy it though and would recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • J
    4/6/14
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    "Enjoyable but not my favourite."

    I have listened to all Lucinda Riley's books and have thoroughly enjoyed them. This is good and well worth listening to if you like an easy listen. The story is well read and the and change of time give interest. I eagerly await the authors next novel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jilliji
    6/21/14
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    "A great tale"

    This is a great book concerning an Indian woman who comes to England as a companion to an Indian princess before the first world war and stays at one of the gentrified estates in Devon. This book is her very compelling life story. It also features an American movie star, a Lord and an Indian male who comes seeking family secrets soon after his Grandmother has died. Generally an engrossing listen, if not a bit far fetched in places, which spoilt it a bit in my opinion. There are an awful lot of characters and accents to come to grips with and the narration is poor in places but must have been an enormous challenge for one person having to be so many characters and sound convincing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Florida
    5/8/15
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    "Very impressed wit the versatility of the narrator"

    Although she didn't do male voices so well, she did a pretty decent job of American, Indian & British (different varieties of it). The story was engaging enough to keep me up one night too. Good job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Stafford, United Kingdom
    7/30/14
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    "Nice enough"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was a nice enough story, some parts unbelievable and flat yet others rather emotional. Okay listen but did fall asleep a number of times.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think the plots and sub plots need beefing up and the storyline needs to be more believable.


    What aspect of Anjana Srinivasan’s performance might you have changed?

    On the whole a soothing voice but some accents poor.


    Did The Midnight Rose inspire you to do anything?

    Listen to another book with India as main story line


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget Nodder
    NI
    7/17/14
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    "what a story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. You couldn't fail to fall under its spell !!


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

    No happy to come back to. In fact couldn't wait to come back to it - I enjoyed the delayed gratification!! Sad!


    Any additional comments?

    Only recently discovered Lucinda Riley and what a find. Such a storyteller all quite complicated plots but you really get involved in the story. Highly recommend all her books. Now sadly on the last one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sonia
    SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom
    7/16/14
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    "Captivating"
    What did you like most about The Midnight Rose?

    I loved the story and the fabulous detail of British India and Anahita's early years


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anahita's character was wonderful such strength in the face of adversity


    Have you listened to any of Anjana Srinivasan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but she was wonderful. Her accents were fantastic and the delivery was impeccable.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me thoughtful


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful book. The only part that was a little implausible was Anthony's character disintegration towards the end

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    2/24/14
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    "Evocative and moving"
    Would you try another book written by Lucinda Riley or narrated by Anjana Srinivasan?

    Most definitely. Lucinda writes the most evocative and moving stories, I wept with joy and sorrow


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anita such a brave woman


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The closing psges


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

    Joy and sadness


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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