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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Intense interest in the story with no focus on just the narrators voice!
There was so much depth to this story on so many levels, been pondering it for days.
I love many different types of books but I do not review them often. This book was quite frankly amazing. Between the writing and the spectacular performance of Nicholas Boulton I listened to it in 2 days and only stopped when I had to. It's rare to have a book that can sweep you away into another place and time but this one did that for me. The supporting cast is just as colorful and full of life as the main characters. The description isn't what made me listen. As a matter of fact I was pretty sure I wasn't going to like it. Give it a chance and I hope you enjoy!
Captivating, twists and turns, beautiful story development. The last 1/4 moved a little slow- but overall, amazing. A definite re-read! narration is AMAZING. Sometimes I feel that if I were to read the book, I would enjoy it better- but the narration probably MAKES this book. Wouldn't dream of reading it on my own. So credit worthy! Off to use another credit on Ms. Kinsale
This book had been an all time favorite for a long time, so when I saw the audible version, I had to try it. I'm so glad I did, the narrator brings this amazing and wonderful story to life and I found myself falling in love with the characters again! I couldn't put it down! Heard the whole thing in one (very long) day!!!! Absolutely wonderful! Will be listening to the rest of the books coming out because the author is wonderful and the narrator is absolutely amazing! THE PERFECT COMBINATION!!!! Definitely one I will listen again and again!!!!!
Great story telling by a gifted author and it was told by a gifted narrator.
Am doing it now with a friend. It's one of those stories that you love so much, you want to listen to it again to see if you missed something - and relive it! The narrator is fantastic as always. Mr. Boulton brings to life the once spoiled and still arrogant, but now frustrated and angry duke. The duke is all male, growling and sarcastic one moment, and sweet and gentle the next. Maddy Girl (love that name) is typically straight-laced and follows her religion to the letter; yet how can she not realize that perhaps God is the one who brought the duke into her life.
Haven't listened to a book this good since Diana Gabldon's Outlander series. I love all these books. Not sure I could choose which I enjoyed more. However, I get bogged down with all the characters and side-stories in the Outlander series. This book is all about one story - Maddy and Christian.
All of the ones which portray the duke's thoughts. He not only hears and speaks brokenly, but he thinks that way, too. It's so funny, and you know exactly what he means and how he feels. Love the duke's friends as well.
As another reviewer wrote, this book should be savored and not gulped.
So glad for Laura Kinsale and Nicholas Boulton!
One of my very favourite books - how could it get any better? Well - by having it narrated by Nicholas Boulton....just the best.
Narration. Flawed yet admirable characters.
I don't think I would have connected to the duke nearly as we'll, if I hadn't listened to such an honest struggle and passion emotes in the acting.
The confusion as Christopher is in the mental asylum aft his stroke, as he does to make himself heard and "Mattie-girl" is his voice.
As others have mentioned, the vacillation of Mattie borders on irritation as it sometimes covers the same points over and over. I feel as if I want to interrupt and say, "No! She is stronger than that!" I sped up the narration when I got unbearably irritated.
I wanted to savor it to make it last, but I could not stop listening. The way she put you in Christian's mind, to feel his confusion and frustration, was so clever, it made my heart ache for him. I am captured by this kind of story, that love doesn't always fit into a neat and tidy little package, love the prince, warts and all. I thought I knew the way the story would go, then it took a different turn, which added more depth to the story and the characters. The excellent narration only added to my enjoyment of the story. But the very best part is that, long after you have finished listening to the book, your mind hasn't yet put it down. Laura Kinsale is a gifted author.
My absolute favorite story I've heard in months. Loved it so much I just relistened to it with a friend over a weekend. What a great range of believable characters, and a story that keeps you on the edge. Nicholas Boulton perfectly captures the voices and intonations and is so easy to listen to. We had tissues nearby and used them.
I enjoyed The Prince of Midnight as well, but not as much as this one.
The scene where the Duke comes in to the Quaker meeting and struggles through his speech.
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I wish there were twenty books like this one.
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