He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.
Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to narrate her classic romance Flowers from the Storm - cited by readers of The Washington Post and Glamour magazine as "one of the greatest love stories of all time" - creating a fresh and unique work that brings all the power and intensity of the original to audio.
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Definately top five
So different and unexpected it took me by 'storm'!!!!
Oh it must be Christian and Maddy - well done Nicholas Boulton, you are amongst my top narrators, soooo looking forward to hearing more.
Both - I did have an extreme reaction of pure enjoyment.
I agree with all the other comments - well worth a credit.
This story wonderfully narrated by Nicholas Boulton captivates you from the beginning and takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride that leaves you gratefully breathless by the end. The author takes you inside the experience of the Duke who has suffered a stroke and has been placed in an insane asylum. The author and narrator do an absolutely amazing job of portraying the Duke's cognitive and linguistic recovery with the aid of his Quaker nurse--a nurse who becomes his protector and wife. A lot of the story revolves around his wife's struggle to reconcile her Quaker beliefs with her role in the materialistic environment of a Dukedom. This is only the aspect of the book that becomes a bit repetitious at times. At one point I wanted to shake her and say "make up your damn mind already." But this reaction only attests to how well the author engages the reader/listener in the story. The more riveting part of the story focuses on how the Duke struggles to regain his abillity and right to function in the world outside the asylum. You will find yourself cheering him on with each triumph, large and small. Overall, this is one of the most profound love stories I have ever listened to. I would rate it well above a 5 if I could.
Love Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Romance books.
This is just the second Laura Kinsale book I have listened to and I have to say I am really enjoying them. The story is gripping and I could not stop listening. The story line is a nice change of pace from typical historical novels and at first I was not sure that I was going to be interested in a love story between a Quaker and an ill duke, but it works well. The writing is superb, so all in all, 18+ hours well spent.
I couldn't literally wait until I got to listen to this, I lost sleep!! Nicholas Boulton is an amazing narrator and this story - well, let's just say I'll listen to anything Laura Kinsale writes and Nicholas Boulton narrates.... Christian is a man with a problem, a big problem, he has a "stroke" and is committed to an asylum. He has shared a passion of mathematics with a Quaker. This Quaker's daughter discovers him at this "civilized" asylum governed by her cousin. She feels moved by God to make him her business. Let's just say Ms. Kinsale treats this problem with the harsh reality it would have in this particular time period (they thought he was nuts) when in truth, the stroke that did not show on the outside, had wreaked havoc on the inside. With Maddiegirls help and personal struggles with her faith...things come along. One of the most realistically written historical romances I have read in a long time. They exist, but they are few. Enjoy the ride. I will make it my business to read/listen to her other books as long as Mr. Boulton is narrating.
Such a magnificent author! A story filled with patience, fortitude, suspense, and fascinating characters! This is a book I would recommend to everyone. The narrator was outstanding!
I read this book many times through out the years and this is the first time I read it in audiobook format. I love love love audible.com and thank you for bringing in such a wonderful book. This book has one of the best plot line, complex, filled with contradictions yet convincing. It is one of my all time top 10 romance books.
I do not like Christian in the beginning but love him at the end. I love Maddygirl in the beginning but not as much at the end. But I loved them both as a couple.
His voice has character and filled with passion. He is perfect for this book.
Stroke duke, Quaker spinster, impossible romance, love conquest all...
Please bring Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels to audible.com
2800 plus hours listening time. Avid Sci-fi, survival fan.
I can't pick a favorite because they were all drew me in as if I were living the story. Loved Chavot's aunt and his friend Durham and even Maddy Girl with her devout religious beliefs.
I've never heard Nicholas Boulton nor Laura Kinsale before I bought this book and all I can say is OMG! HOLY COW...WOW! WOW! WOW! Nicholas's reading style and voice brings each character to life with such realism that I felt like I was in the room observing everything that was going on. His voice sucked me in from the first sentence. It’s hard to believe there is only one person narrating this book. I have been a member of audible for a couple of years have close to two thousand hours of time listening to many many books and I truly believe he is one of the best narrators I've ever heard.
This story is so captivating I found myself feeling the torture Chavot was going through trying to talk and make sense of his scrambled thoughts. I now understand how truly hard it is for someone to recover from a stroke or apoplexy as they called it way back when. This story and Nicholas narration made me feel like I was the one who was trying to communicate. I could feel my chest tightening and my frustration level rising and I was only listening to a story for goodness sake. This book experience was truly theatre of the mind. The combination of Laura Kinsale and Nicholas Boulton is a stroke of genius! I've already purchased another book of Laura's and will start listening to it tomorrow.
This is my first time reading this author and I must day,I'm pleasantly pleased. The narrator is wonderful! His portrayal of Christians voice before the stroke and after the stroke is amazing. You can feel his frustration with not being able to communicate with those around him. I'm so thankful that medicine had reached the heights that it has because some of the treatment for patients is simply disgusting.
When Maddy learns that Christian had passed away she's struck with sadness, but when she sees that he's alive and sees the treatment he's been receiving it angers her.But when she notices that He's still in there,she makes him her central focus.
I'm only on chapter 10 but I'm in love with this book. It doesn't even bother me about the not being any sex scenes in the book because it doesn't need any. This is truly a book of Love conquering ALL. Even at this point in the book you can see and feel the love forming between Christian and Maddy.
Sad, Exciting & Wonderful,
Maddie (?), she stayed in such turmoil with herself regarding her stand as a Quaker and her love for Christian.
Absolutely fabulous. I could listen to him all day.
Yes, but it was so long, I had to break it up.
At times I couldn't tell if Christian was just using Maddie or he loved her. It really took me into the mind of someone who had a stroke. Christian was so frustrated when the words he was thinking he could not speak. I have a sister who recently had a stroke and she is having a hard time speaking. Her speech and response to questions is delayed.I appreciated Christian's friends being there for him. His friends' love and the love of Maddie is what helped Christian get better. Isn't that what we all need.
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