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Charming the Shrew Audiobook

Charming the Shrew: The Legacy of MacLeod Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Returning to the Scottish Highlands after a fierce battle with the English, Tayg Munro receives a hero’s welcome - and an ultimatum. To take his place as heir to the chiefdom, he must choose a wife or have one chosen for him. Furious and stalling for time, the brooding warrior volunteers for a mission that takes him deep into the Highlands, with no hint of the fateful encounter that awaits him....

Catriona MacLeod is known as the Shrew of Assynt, thanks to her razor-sharp tongue and her unwillingness to yield to her five brothers. When she learns that her eldest brother has promised her hand in marriage to a loathsome man, she flees into the Scottish wilderness, determined to seek the king’s intervention. There she reluctantly joins forces with a handsome traveler, unable to anticipate the treacherous plot that will soon embroil them - or the passion that will ignite between them.

©2012 Laurin Wittig (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"In this exhilarating Highlands adventure Wittig knows how to merge passion, wild adventure, history, and danger into a perfect tale that takes your breath away and tugs at the heart." (Romantic Times)

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    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 07-20-14
    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 07-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Funny, captivating plot and characters"

    This was a surprisingly fun book with interesting characters and plot twists. Got it for a sale price, will definitely listen to the next in the series. Had not listened to any by this author. Really liked the humor infused in the scenes, the 'bard' persona assumed by the hero, and the way he saw through to the real personality of the heroine. Guess I'm not as picky as some listeners with this narrator. I thought he was fine, have heard some better but overall I think he did a decent job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Christiano Seneca Falls, NY 07-16-14
    A. Christiano Seneca Falls, NY 07-16-14 Member Since 2012

    I get unreasonably attached to fictional characters

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    "A Grrreat Highlands Romance told with a brrrogue!"
    What did you love best about Charming the Shrew?

    I loved that both Kat and Tayg were forced to be people they didn't want to be by circumstance and family, but when they came together they were able to drop the titles of "shrew" and "hero" and just be themselves.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The setting was fantastic. I really got a sense of the Highlands in that famous era, and the terrible weather!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in which Tayg the Bard makes up an accidentally humiliating song about a homely woman at Kat's insistence.


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

    The ending :)


    Any additional comments?

    The narration really made this fun. I can't do the accents half so well in my head, you ken?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bobbi Pohl 07-09-14
    Bobbi Pohl 07-09-14
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    "Stayed up late listening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is exciting, has good character development, interesting twists and great for those enjoying historical settings.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Arnold United States 07-09-14
    Carrie Arnold United States 07-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Very enjoyable love story."

    First off regarding the narrator, unlike many of the other reviews I did not have much of a problem with this narrator.
    Although I do agree that he is definitely not as good with the Scottish accent as Davina Porter, and definitely not the wide range of voices that she is capable of developing for the characters,
    I found his voice to be pleasant and overall not too bad.
    If you are looking for another outlander, this is not it.
    I would say that it was a very good book though.
    This was the first book that I read by this author and immediately downloaded the next when I finished it.
    I found the characters to be very engaging and well-developed.
    It was a very sweet love story that I look forward to listening to again in the future.
    I will definitely read more books by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun"
    Where does Charming the Shrew rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a fun story , love the history


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the to main characters met.


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

    No


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

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley Edwards Sterling Heights, MI United States 02-12-13
    Shirley Edwards Sterling Heights, MI United States 02-12-13
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    "Well written. Well Performed."
    What made the experience of listening to Charming the Shrew the most enjoyable?

    Story is captivating, characters are interesting and the narrator is very good. I've spent a lot more on books that weren't as nearly as good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Charming the Shrew?

    A snowball fight in the forest.


    What about Ralph Lister’s performance did you like?

    Very engaging voice that can effectively relay all of the emotions.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J Riverton, WV, United States 11-08-12
    J Riverton, WV, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story"

    Not bad The story was interesting and flowed well. I bit prediciable but a good love story just the same. Narrator was OK. I liked this book and plan to listen to the series.

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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-09-14
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyed this book more than I thought I would"

    I truly enjoyed this book even though I found the heroine exasperating at times. The book tried to depict her as a strong character and a hero who actually fell in love with her regardless of what the times demanded of an obedient woman and wife. She was never able to hold her tongue and was very opinionated and headstrong. I don’t mind opinionated and headstrong but when it is combined with thoughtfulness. I found her to be very spoiled and without much diplomacy in handling tough situations. The spoiled part of her personality is what allowed her to push every situation to the max without worries about consequences. She was then shocked when she discovered an unsuitable match was made for her and without her consent in order to remove her from her clan. She did not seem to address issues maturely and with thought which is what got her in trouble so frequently. She eventually shows flickers of maturity toward the end of the book though.

    I found the hero to be self assured and confident and sweet. His character was very likable and as that of the heroine well developed. I was pleasantly surprised.

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    Angela Turner 01-24-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic"

    Fabulously written! Great story!! Funny and loving. Really enjoyed this book! Great highland romance! Suggested to historical romance lovers! Thanks!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D. Ingram OK, USA 06-18-14
    D. Ingram OK, USA 06-18-14 Listener Since 2010

    Soup N Eggroll

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    Where does Charming the Shrew rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't listen to many audio books, but this one has been among my favorites. The only reason I did not give all 5 stars in the performance category was because at times, the male characters were portrayed in very effeminate tones, as though the narrator forgot which character (male or female) he was reading for. However - I simply ADORED the fantastic Scottish accent he performed them in. It brought so much life to the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Charming the Shrew?

    The best moment in the book was when Tayg made up the very last song in the story.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Lister – was your favorite?

    I liked both main characters, as performed by the narrator. His Scottish accent is spot-on and enjoyable.


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

    They say that music soothes the savage beast....


    Any additional comments?

    I have read many historical romance stories, most often preferring those set in medieval times, and in the areas of England/Ireland/Scotland. This one has a very good story, with a conspiracy against king and country. It was very entertaining.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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