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Flowers from the Storm | [Laura Kinsale]

Flowers from the Storm

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    jrs Alaska, USA 09-30-13
    jrs Alaska, USA 09-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding!"
    What did you love best about Flowers from the Storm?

    One of my very favourite books - how could it get any better? Well - by having it narrated by Nicholas Boulton....just the best.


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    Katie Katie somewhere in the US 09-25-13
    Katie Katie somewhere in the US 09-25-13 Member Since 2010

    married lady

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    "Great writing and performances"
    Where does Flowers from the Storm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narration. Flawed yet admirable characters.


    What does Nicholas Boulton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janice SKOWHEGAN, ME, United States 08-20-13
    Janice SKOWHEGAN, ME, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointed, when I finished it"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Auckland, New Zealand 08-18-13
    Jenny Auckland, New Zealand 08-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Perfect balance of story, characters and reader"
    Where does Flowers from the Storm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Flowers from the Storm to and why?

    I enjoyed The Prince of Midnight as well, but not as much as this one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where the Duke comes in to the Quaker meeting and struggles through his speech.


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

    The Madness of Chevaux


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there were twenty books like this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    RenBen Perth, Australia 08-13-13
    RenBen Perth, Australia 08-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic story + AMAZING narration!!"
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    The story was very moving. This is the best narration I have ever come across, Well done!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie Narnia 11-30-13
    MickeyMarie Narnia 11-30-13 Member Since 2003

    I read so I can write

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    "This one goes on the read again list"

    A solid story that held my interest from start to finish, Ms. Kinsale has created strong believable characters both bad and good. The story sucks you into it making you an active participant in wanting to see a positive end. It will definitely go on my list as one worth repeating.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nini Oklahoma 10-04-13
    Nini Oklahoma 10-04-13 Member Since 2005
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    "I wanted to like it..."
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    I was predisposed to like this book due to the other reviews and I generally like the genre. The narration was good, but 15 hours of angst is not my kind of listen no matter who narrates. I managed to finish it, but I won't listen to it again.and I won't try any of her other books.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kimberly Santa Clarita, CA, United States 01-10-14
    kimberly Santa Clarita, CA, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not a fan. I couldn't even finish it."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The plot was interesting and I learned a lot about how mental patients were treated in the past. The narration was well done for what the book was. If I was reading instead of listening I would have just skimmed the inner dialogue of the characters and finished the book. However, every time the inner dialogue dragged out while listening I had to turn it off. I would try to start up again and could never bring myself to finish the book though I want to know how it ends.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didn't get that far.


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

    No


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

    Frustration all around. Both because I could not seem to enjoy listening to the book for the characters themselves.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. Ogle Tennessee 10-23-13
    C. Ogle Tennessee 10-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Too Long"
    If you could sum up Flowers from the Storm in three words, what would they be?

    Too dragged out


    Would you be willing to try another book from Laura Kinsale? Why or why not?

    I would isn't the motto never judge a book by its cover


    What does Nicholas Boulton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The difference in words spoken between the duke & Quakers.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is good, however it's a bit drug out. I think it could've been kept more interesting

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    julie mobile, AL, United States 10-18-13
    julie mobile, AL, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen

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    "I loved this so much.... A truly beautiful book"
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    Nicholas Boulton is incredible! Laura Kinsale is amazing! These two have elevated my listening experience to the highest degree, making it difficult to find other writer/reader's as good. The painstaking and traumatic events created in this story will rivet your heart and soul. I have admittedly listened to this three times. I always go back to this one to remind myself that THIS is the reason il love to read.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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