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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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    Jodi California 07-31-14
    Jodi California 07-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great book by Lucinda Riley"
    Would you listen to The Midnight Rose again? Why?

    No because I listen to books when I run. If I already know the story I wont be motivated to get out and run as often.


    Would you recommend The Midnight Rose to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes to people to like the past and present style


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

    No, but I thought she did an excellent job considering how many voices she has to do


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

    Some was predictable and some was a surprise, but I like this author so know what to expect. I did get a little tearful at the end, even though it was a bit contrived, I really enjoy this story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    isabelle 08-24-16
    isabelle 08-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the most romantic books I've ever read..."

    Credit well spent.
    I just didn't want that book to end...this is my second book from this author and frankly, I'm feeling like reading them all. I was afraid of finding a very predictable story both times, but it happened only to a certain extent, leaving my imagination wondering. Delightful book. The narrator was perfect. A must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristie 07-12-16
    Kristie 07-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "American Accent"

    I really love Lucinda Riley and her works. This was no different. She loves to put twists and it makes it nice so I can't predict the book. The narrator this time, was difficult due to her bad portrayal of an American accent. Other than that, really great.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary United States 04-04-16
    Mary United States 04-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Midnight Rose the most enjoyable?

    Just enough magic, mystery, romance and history to make this a wonderful read. I'm in the car a lot and looked forward to a nice long road trip to finish the book.


    What about Anjana Srinivasan’s performance did you like?

    I thought she was excellent and the only fault I could find is that her American characters pronounced "t" as "d"-- :-)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine phenix city, AL, United States 09-20-15
    Catherine phenix city, AL, United States 09-20-15 Member Since 2010

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    "More, more, more"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Midnight Rose to be better than the print version?

    The best part of this story is how, like in life, the threads of the lives involved intertwine. While it is sad at times, the story reveals the reality of life in its many aspects, both good and bad. Taking the reader on an exciting roller coaster ride of emotions. Through India and England the reader travels through time visiting and experiencing the lives, loves, and losses of the captivating characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ani was my favorite, although Ms. Riley's style of writing endears many of the characters and makes you feel as if you know them intimately.


    Which character – as performed by Anjana Srinivasan – was your favorite?

    Definitely Ani!, Ms. Srinivasan's performance is excellently done!


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

    I laughed and cried as I experienced the highs and lows of the character's lives so vividly and colorfully described in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this story. The color and depth of the different locals as well as the way you experience each character makes for one of the best stories I've read in a long time. I look forward to more offerings from Ms. Riley in the future and am a 'forever' fan!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mona Haslum, Norway 07-15-15
    Mona Haslum, Norway 07-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    Part of the book is interesting and nicely written, but there is just to much coincidence and girlish mini-tales. She even put a mini-criminal plot in there just to spice things up. It is just too much. Love the start of the story in india though 😀

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Butch 06-17-15
    Butch 06-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this Story"

    If you looking to get lost in a novel, you have arrived! This is a wonderful story filled with mystery and rich characters. I couldn't stop listening. The narrator does a fantastic job. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KayTee New York 06-06-15
    KayTee New York 06-06-15 Member Since 2014

    kitskid

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    "Just enough twists..."

    Every time I thought it was going to take on a predictable story line, the tale took enough of a twist to keep it from becoming totally foreseeable.
    The narration was superb.
    I was sorry to have the book come to an end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. parkinson 06-02-15 Member Since 2015

    Tell me a story

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    "Way too much drama!"

    I'm sorry to say I did not enjoy this book at all. I feel like author took every opportunity to make me sad.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Melissa
    Collingwood, Australia
    3/16/14
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    "Enchanting story but the blue eyes?"
    If you could sum up The Midnight Rose in three words, what would they be?

    Enchanting and a traditional good story.


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

    No, but she is very good with a wide variety of accents.


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

    It is very relaxing to listen to and at times, it did make me laugh and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    The motif of a blue-eyed baby isn't really credible when biology dictates that you need two parents with blue eye genes for a baby to have blue eyes!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
    8/5/16
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    "good story"
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    starting in india with anahita asking her nephew to find her son whom she was told was dead but is convinced is alive then moving to England and ashbury hall where a film is beig made this is a well written story beautifully performed by anjana srinivasan.
    recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Wrenbury, United Kingdom
    4/28/16
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    "A wonderful story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Midnight Rose to be better than the print version?

    Don't know - haven't read the print version


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

    No I haven't but she performed really well with this book. Her switches between characters were flawless and effective


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

    If only!


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted this story to go on and on forever, but sadly eventually it ended. I am now committed to listening to all Lucinda Rile's stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alev
    ulv, United Kingdom
    2/16/16
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    "Fantastic..."

    Absolutely love this book. So moving and beautifully written. Don't need to say anymore... Can a word "fantastic" justify it enough?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sally
    7/24/15
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    "Captivating!"

    A brilliant story line which kept me captivated.. Well worth listening Tha narrator was also good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maria
    United Kingdom
    7/20/15
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    "Just fabulous - no more to say!"

    Marvellous story superbly narrated. Read it! I was gripped from start to finish. Great twist at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Polly
    Worcestershire
    5/22/15
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    "Delightful Listen"

    Loved this book, have several Lucinda Riley books but not got around to reading them until now. Couldn't put this down, just kept listening as often as I could. Back and forward between India and England and set in two different eras, pulling threads together was so well done.
    I've since read The Light Behind the Window, once again set over two different time periods - another winner. I am now going to read all of her books. If they are as good as the first two I have read, I'm in for a treat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L. E. Thomas
    London, UK
    5/22/15
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    "Good story. Terrible British accents."

    Great age-spanning story, from pre WWI India to modern England. Spoiled by frankly hilarious 'British regional' accents. If you get over that, the story is interesting and engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mj
    4/24/15
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    "A roller coaster of a story!"
    If you could sum up The Midnight Rose in three words, what would they be?

    Surprises, twists & turns


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way that the characters intertwined. The descriptive writing. India, Devon and Yorkshire!


    Which character – as performed by Anjana Srinivasan – was your favourite?

    Anahita - what an amazing woman!


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

    Oh yes....but I also did not want it to end......


    Any additional comments?

    I have already recommended this book to many.
    Relax into this story which made me laugh, cry and gasp in surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. R. Fitzgerald
    London, UK
    2/12/15
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    "Brilliant"
    If you could sum up The Midnight Rose in three words, what would they be?

    A fabulous story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anaheta [not sure of spelling]. She was someone I could relate to, and would like to be


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

    Her accent, where necessary, made the story more intimate / personal. She brought it to life.


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

    It brought out many emotions: anger at the injustices meted out, sadness and happiness throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked a little more pause between change of scenes; however it didn't mar my enjoyment of the story. It was thoroughly enjoyable. Too long to listen to in one sitting, but I would have liked to.
    Lucinda is a brilliant writer who mixes the past and present seamlessly. Her descriptions are so vivid that I could visualise myself in the places where the story took place.
    The ending was a 'work of art'; totally did not see that coming!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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