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Beyond the Highland Mist: Highlander, Book 1 | [Karen Marie Moning]

Beyond the Highland Mist: Highlander, Book 1

He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart - until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland.
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Publisher's Summary

An alluring laird....

He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart - until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland.

Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistible challenge to the 16th-century rogue. Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm's length - but his sweet seduction played havoc with her resolve.

A prisoner in time....

She had a perfect "no" on her perfect lips for the notorious laird, but Hawk swore she would whisper his name with desire, begging for the passion he longed to ignite within her. Not even the barriers of time and space would keep him from winning her love. Despite her uncertainty about following the promptings of her own passionate heart, Adrienne's reservations were no match for Hawk's determination to keep her by his side.

Great Scot! Don't miss our other titles in the Highlander series.

©2007 Karen Marie Moning; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Phil Gigante's handling of the prose in Moning's clever paranormal romance is smooth and engaging, but it is his character voicings that truly make this recording one to remember." (AudioFile)

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    Claire 09-11-12
    Claire 09-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent reader, average story."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you like romance novels with steamy sex scenes and a an average plot, this is for you. Sort of junk for for the reader - enjoyable, but not high art.


    Has Beyond the Highland Mist turned you off from other books in this genre?

    A little bit. Things that you can skim over when reading a book you must sit through while listening to one.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    I didn't so much have a favorite character, as an admiration for the performance as a whole. He read some of the most silly sex scenes with style. I admire him for that.


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    nicole Lancaster, TX, United States 08-29-12
    nicole Lancaster, TX, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting and Different"

    I can't imagine accepting so easily a trip back in time so drastic, even if I was from such a mysterious place as New Orleans. I liked Hawk, I hated the smithy and poor Adrienne was just a confused mess. Good sensual parts, none of the physical fighting I expected but mostly fighting of emotions, wants and needs. The book was entertaining though I probably won't go for the rest of the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dona Ironside, OR, United States 08-18-12
    Dona Ironside, OR, United States 08-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Enchanting"

    Absolutely good listen. Phil Gigante is a wonderful narrator. I was totally immersed in the story and voice. I am getting the rest of the series as soon as possible.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lane FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS, United States 08-17-12
    Lane FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2014

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "I just loved all of it!"

    I do not make a decision on whether to read or not a book based on decisions because I do understand that people have different perceptions and tastes. However, I do like to read reviews on every book I read, then I've decided to start writing them up as well lol

    It's my first Moning book and I loved it! Of course, I have a weakness about "highlands" hee hee... but she wrote a good story! Strong-willed, poweful, extremely manly and dominant hero, pretty normal in this kind of genre. And the heroine, really beautiful, but having not had good look in her love life, has been hurt before and now fights against that stereotype of man. I loved the way she developed the story and everything around them.

    I've read some reviews bringing to attention the fact that the time and culture accuracy are off. Well....speaking for myself, I am not that anal, after all, this is fictional fantasy,, it's literature... which means, anything is possible and permittable. Who really cares if in that time, they had coffee, tea, or potatoes for that matter.... the heroine is addicted to coffee (like me), NOT ALE..... *spoiler* :) He bargains with her... morning kisses for her morning coffee LOL if she is anything like me, I'm not gonna pay the tool for ALE but I'd definitely do it for coffee :)

    Another topic of quite a few bad reviews I've read was the narrator. I have nothing to complain about him. I personally think Mr. Gigante did a great job both with the males and females voices. I like that he doesn't try to hard to make the accent; he doesn't try to hard to high pitch his voice for a female voice, to me it sounds natural; and last but not least, his intonation. I like that he gasps, laugh, chuckle, grawl, etc, etc..... He doesn't narrate those actions being done, but does them!

    I hope my review have helped :)

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Glitter Spirit 08-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Enchanting / Frustrating"
    Would you listen to Beyond the Highland Mist again? Why?

    No, I would not listen to this again, because the narration/production was poor. As I don't have time to read actual books usually, I don't regret the credit, but recommend a more traditional reading experience for others. I've never been bothered enough to offer the caution. I will acknowledge that it's bearable, and I still couldn't stop listening for desire to hear the tale... I may listen to the next in the series despite the narration issue, but it won't be without reservation.

    The narrator, whom I see is unfortunately responsible for the rest of this series, which I am starting to really enjoy, does a fantastic job regarding the basic telling of the story, but fails in all other respects. The men sometimes sound like one another making it difficult to distinguish who is speaking at times. That said, the main male voice was superbly strong and appealing. His portrayal of the women was distractingly poor (impossible to forget this was just a man reading a script - more thought on the narrator than the story at those times - it sounded as if he was mocking women when reading their lines, though I know that was not the intent).

    Expected a more realistic Scottish brogue. Adrienne's fake female accent moved in and out between standard American, New Orleans/Deep South, and the same bad attempt at a Scottish accent.

    Occasionally, the production involved whispers from the fairies... Had to replay more loudly and more slowly to make out the words. Frustrating!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ambience was lovely. There was intense satisfaction when the characters were finally honest and communicating with each other (as well as themselves). For all of his flaws (being DENSE primarily), I had sympathy for the male lead, and was happy when he was.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Phil Gigante?

    Possibly. This series only. Necessity only. Wonderful male voice. Exception to my answer if female narrates alongside him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This was a fun book I wish I had "read" traditionally, but too much focused on introspective thoughts and feelings that would not translate to film well, so I cannot answer this...


    Any additional comments?

    I TRULY enjoyed the story. 

    When it began, I was itching to turn it off. The storyline was corny (fairies whisking a woman away from the 20th century to torment a man in the past. She's chosen, because she "hates beautiful men," because one hurt her. The motive against the guy in the past is jealousy, because he unwittingly pleased the fairy queen... Yeah, OK... That plus bad narration equalled BAD!

    As the story progressed, I never developed sympathy for the woman, and I found the writing a little immature, BUT, I DID start to become attached to the characters overall. I wanted to know how they would resolve their issues. I was frustrated by the lack of communication that caused pointless problems. I was overjoyed when they healed some of their emotional wounds. I could relate to their hopes. 

    The descriptions were vivid, and very good. Charming. For all the many flaws, I stayed up till daybreak listening till the end. I can't imagine how much more I'd have enjoyed it in paperback form or if they'd tied up a few loose ends better. 

     I think I'm ambivalent. I did enjoy it enough to be unable to "put it down," but I was also disappointed. Don't expect too much, and you'll be OK. I read a review that compared this to "Outlander," which was what I expected. As a comparison, it's a total insult to that series. By itself, for what it is... It's a fun read...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Kaufman, TX, United States 07-12-12
    Amazon Customer Kaufman, TX, United States 07-12-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "***WOW***"

    What a delightfully sensitive hero. Hawk is perfect with his tough outer shell and amazing inner vulnerability. Does Ms. Moning know anyone like this in real life? Because, I would beg an introduction. :-)

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J Riverton, WV, United States 01-06-12
    J Riverton, WV, United States 01-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful"

    This is a wonderful start to a great historical series. I am looking forward to the rest. Narrators voice for the men is chilling but the women's voices are a little irritating.

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    Denise Decatur, AL, United States 06-19-11
    Denise Decatur, AL, United States 06-19-11 Member Since 2014
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    "The first book I read from Karen Marie Moning"

    This is a spellbinding book that makes me want to keep driving I listen to it on my way to work and back and I love the highlander I just wish there were still men like this in todays world. Phil Gigante is a great voice for all the characters and makes the story come to life. Thanks both to Karen Phil and Audible for making a lonley woman dream of a better life out there. I helps to take my mind off of the problems I face they take me to another time and place where women are cherished and treated like a woman should be treated. Not where they are taken for granted and used up and then discarded like last weeks garbage to make room for another.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Champaign, IL, United States 06-09-10
    Sarah Champaign, IL, United States 06-09-10

    Mom, cupcake froster at local gourmet shop, and avid listener to books while doing said frosting or housework. True audiobook addict!

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    "This book me a me a Moning fan!"

    After listening to this book I fell in love with the series and devoured each one! I'm a big fan of historical fiction and especially anything dealing with the Irish or Scots.

    Her plots are predictable, but honestly, I listen to this fluff because it is far from reality and it's entertaining. It never left me bored, that's for sure! And it made me want to know more about the characters and find out what would happen to them next.

    Phil Gigante is an awesome reader! He has an amazing Scottish lilt - honestly I think his voice could melt butter LOL

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila Cibolo, TX, USA 05-29-10
    Sheila Cibolo, TX, USA 05-29-10
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    "Beyond the Highland Mist"

    Love the first of this series. I especially enjoyed the narrator. He captures the essences of the book and makes you feels as though you are there. He carries an incrediable sexy voice and I am amazed that such a sexy male voice can also carry off a female. I can't wait to hear the rest of the series and hope he is the narrator for all.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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