Miss Kate Daltry doesn't believe in fairy tales...or happily ever after.
Forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, Kate meets a prince...and decides he's anything but charming. A clash of wits and wills ensues, but they both know their irresistible attraction will lead nowhere. For Gabriel is promised to another woman—a princess whose hand in marriage will fulfill his ruthless ambitions.
Gabriel likes his fiancee, which is a welcome turn of events, but he doesn't love her. Obviously, he should be wooing his bride-to-be, not the witty, impoverished beauty who refuses to fawn over him.
Godmothers and glass slippers notwithstanding, this is one fairy tale in which destiny conspires to destroy any chance that Kate and Gabriel might have a happily ever after.
Unless a prince throws away everything that makes him noble....
Unless a dowry of an unruly heart trumps a fortune....
Unless one kiss at the stroke of midnight changes everything.
©2010 Eloisa James (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
What really impressed me about this book was the narration. This is the first time I've heard a female narrator get the male voice right. The main character, the Prince in this novel sounds truly sexy and believable. Men talk in shorter sentences with a difference cadance, I believe. This narrator did more than just lower her voice. The story is also entertaining and takes a different approach to the Cinderella story.
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I adored this story. It was very craftily written and loved how the cinderella theme was an outline for certain events in the book. The narrator was excellent and I will definitely buy more from Eloisa James. Well worth the time and money for an esape.
One of the best books I've heard.
A fairy tale love story of an impoverished Prince who is to be wed to a wealthy Russian Princess, after falling in love with another.
With only money enough to care for his responsibilities (aunts, uncles, brothers, cousins, servants, estate upkeep, and a menagerie with elephant, monkey and lion) for a few months, he must marry quickly, sacrificing his heart for his responsibilities.
The talented Susan Duerden's performance, read with such feeling, had me laughing at times, and shedding a tear at others. She was the perfect narrator for this book.
Any Historical Romance lover should enjoy A Kiss at Midnight!
I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.
This was indeed a charming love story. It's an adult take on the Cinderella story, and a nice one. There is some explicit sexual descriptions, but otherwise the story is, well, sweet and emotional. I particularly liked the heroine, who was a no nonsense sort of girl.
There were only a couple of things that took a star off this book for me. First (and this could just be me, I've been reading alot of paranormal and fantasy lately), there seemed to be remarkably little action. The book was focused on the love story to pretty much the exclusion of all else. I suppose I just really like the dynamic of the villein and the villein in this story (the wicked stepmother, of course) disappears into the insignificant background shortly after the book begins. That sort of left a vital antagonist from the original Cinderella story on the sidelines, and that didn't work so well for me.
The narrator did a good job on everything but the male character voices. Never mind the accent (which I agree is missing something), but Gabriel's gruff sexy voice sounded more like a croaky whisper. This by no means makes her performance a failure, but it's a small irritation that comes up every so often and makes me want to grind my teeth every time.
Overall, I'm happy I got the book, and listening to it was worth my time. It's a feel good happily ever after romance, and if that's what you're looking for, you've found it right here.
The word to best describe this audiobook is charming. It is not a deep story of historic romance, but it is not a shallow retelling of fairtytale. It is a really entertaining story that has to be treated like a fairytale. The romance is extremely descriptive and captivating. If not taken too seriously, this story is an absolute delight and the voice work is superb, though Gabriel does always sound like he was about to die of throat cancer at any moment. I would recommend this book to anyone who needed a nice cheerful light novel.
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I enjoyed this book alot. Eloisa is such a good hstoric author. The narrator was ok. But I am a big fan of Rosalyn Landor. I believe the book would have been ever a better listen with her voice
I love books, no matter the form. They have always been the place to go for peace and quiet.
this is my second replay. I have the book too. I do admit that it's better the second time around.
I absolutely loved this story and the narration was perfection!!!! I'm a sucker for Cinderella stories and this one was no different, heck I even cried a few times because even though I knew they would end up together, I kept thinking, 'what if they don't?' and it just broke my heart!
I lament the day that Susan Duerden was chosen to narrate Eloisa James' Regency canon.
She's competent at the dialogue sections, but consistently uses the most annoying and completely un-period uptalk intonation during all the narrative sections (which, of course, comprise the majority of the text).
I won't be purchasing any more Duerden audiobooks, despite my love of Eloisa James...
Stay away from Kleypas, Balogh, Heyer, and (for the love of heaven) Bourne, I beg!
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