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Castles: Crown's Spies, Book 4 | [Julie Garwood]

Castles: Crown's Spies, Book 4

Orphaned and besieged, Princess Alesandra knew that only hasty marriage to an Englishman could protect her from the turmoil in her own land. To the amusement of her makeshift guardian, Colin, younger brother of the Marquess of Cainewood, the bold raven-haired beauty instantly captivated London society. But when Alesandra was nearly abducted by her unscrupulous countrymen, the fighting instincts that won Colin a knighthood for valor were kindled. Deceiving himself that he wanted only to protect her, Colin swept her into a union meant to be a marriage in name alone...yet Alesandra's tender first kiss and hesitant caress ignited a wildfire in his soul.
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Orphaned and besieged, Princess Alesandra knew that only hasty marriage to an Englishman could protect her from the turmoil in her own land. To the amusement of her makeshift guardian, Colin, younger brother of the Marquess of Cainewood, the bold raven-haired beauty instantly captivated London society. But when Alesandra was nearly abducted by her unscrupulous countrymen, the fighting instincts that won Colin a knighthood for valor were kindled.

Deceiving himself that he wanted only to protect her, Colin swept her into a union meant to be a marriage in name alone...yet Alesandra's tender first kiss and hesitant caress ignited a wildfire in his soul. As the lovely princess dashed headlong into unforeseen dangers, Colin would follow, knowing he must claim her as his own forever. Now he would risk life itself before he would lose this sweet, tempestuous angel....

©1993 Julie Garwood (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer lubbock, TX, United States 11-20-13
    Amazon Customer lubbock, TX, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator sucked.... Love the series, loved this story but Omg the narrator made it horrible to get through.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jonna Etna, NH 10-19-13
    Jonna Etna, NH 10-19-13 Member Since 2009

    I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.

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    "Book is more enjoyable if you know the series"

    I loved this book because I was so familiar with the character and the whole family after reading the first 3 books in the series (definitely begin with 1). It can stand alone fine, but it is much richer if you know the history of the main character, which is much more filled out in the first book of the series. Up until this book he's a rather minor character, but in his own book he a real sexy hunk. So read them all!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Stockton, CA, United States 09-05-13
    Jennifer Stockton, CA, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "colin!! not coelin.."
    Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Heather Wilds?

    Julie garwood yes. I love her writing. Heather wilds no.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Colins possessivness


    What didn’t you like about Heather Wilds’s performance?

    Her accents and voices are bad. And she pronounces the main characters name wrong.. if I hadn't listened to other books in series may not have been bad. But since all other books pronounce name as colin I can't get into story completely. Would also have been fine if it was just how main female pronounces it since she was foreign but it wasn't. Susan duereden should have done this one too.


    Was Castles worth the listening time?

    Hmmmm... only if nothing better to do


    Any additional comments?

    Julie garwood should stick to using Susan duereden or Rosalyn landor

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Judie 09-15-14
    Judie 09-15-14 Member Since 2005
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I have enjoyed so many of Julie Garwood's books and I also enjoyed this one. However, this narrator completely butchered Alesandra! Others have commented on her poor pronunciation of Colin's name. However, MUCH more irritating and disruptive was her utter incompetence at maintaining a consistent accent and pronunciation pattern for Alesandra! Sometimes she used "v" for the letter "w" and in the same sentence she reverted to a "w" sound. Is she going to pronounce the word schedule as the British "shedyule" or as the American "skedule"? These are only a couple of blatant examples. The inconsistent German accent was present throughout the recording. Please do not use this narrator again if other accents are required for the particular book!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Alexandria, LA USA 02-25-14
    Amazon Customer Alexandria, LA USA 02-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Hate the narrator!!!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Castles the most enjoyable?

    The story itself is the only reason I listen to the audio. I have been reading Julie Garwood for years. I love her stories and I love this series. She is the classic romance novelist.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Colin. He's very strong willed. The only thing I didn't like about him is he became to hard all of the sudden. In the previous books he was fun loving and joking and good natured. In his book there was a certain cynicism about him that wasn't expected.


    What didn’t you like about Heather Wilds’s performance?

    Honestly I couldn't stand her. I hated how she said Colin's name. She said it like colon. All I thought about what someone's intestance. Wasn't that impressed with her reading.


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

    Not really.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sandy Lebanon, CT, United States 10-17-13
    sandy Lebanon, CT, United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "garwood never disappoints"

    Julie garwood is my favorite writer. I have never been disappointed and this book is no exception. the story, the writing and the narration are all great,especially for the money. Julie gives you the biggest bang for your buck.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stella Ann ARbor, Mi, United States 09-06-13
    Stella Ann ARbor, Mi, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Didn't like the narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I loved the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like all of Julie garwood books


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not enough feeling or expression, just plain boring


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    No

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Lebanon, PA, United States 09-03-13
    Judith Lebanon, PA, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy fantasy, romance, westerns, mysteries and classics... street signs, billboards, t-shirts... Audible is perfect for me.

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    "Enjoyed this one Nice memories"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Nice memories from reading it myself the first time and the narrator didn't detract from the enjoyment with *shudders* those blasted whispers like "The Gift" I love the butler, so sweet. Was a fun, enjoyable listen for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Castles?

    Colin tossing the kidnapper out the window then assuring that yes, he forgot to open it first...


    Which character – as performed by Heather Wilds – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed all the characters in this performance. They flowed well and distinct inflection between the characters voices.


    Do you think Castles needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There wasn't any secondary characters that weren't already married 'cept Colin's younger sisters. I suppose a story could be written of one (or all) of them. Also I'd thought it would be interesting to have a story of a son or grandson/granddaughter (or great-grandson/granddaughter) How the Family traits come through in future generations and in a modern setting but the kinda regency feel. So yes I've thought about it.


    Any additional comments?

    Very happy with this purchase. Now to listen to "The Lion's Lady and pray for no breathy whispers. Men shouldn't have breathy whispers.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gina 05-09-14
    Gina 05-09-14 Member Since 2012

    Love historical romance, I drive for a living an it helps the time go bye

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    "Terrible narrator"
    Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Heather Wilds?

    Hard to listen to the story if I had to listen to this narrator only I would not buy the books.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Julie Garwood? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed her other books


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Heather Wilds?

    Susan


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

    Disappointment


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edwina "I Love books" USA 05-03-14 Member Since 2012

    Edwina "I Love Books'

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    "JUST OK STORY!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Castles?

    None


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The Narrator was terrible. One of the worst I have heard!


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

    None


    Any additional comments?

    No! I wasn't impressed. Maybe it was the Narrator she Was awful!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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