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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I read the copy version of this book years ago and opted to download the audio version for an extensive road trip. Boulton's narration was excellent and I enjoyed every moment of this rediscovery.
Flowers from the Storm is one of my favorite historical romance novels, and this audio treatment totally exceeded my expectations, much less my hopes of how wonderful it could be. Nicholas Boulton's voice and characterizations are sheer perfection, and do this beautiful story justice.
Even better as an audiobook. Nicholas Boulton is a fabulous narrator, perfectly capturing the desperate frustration Jervaulx suffers, as well as his innate ducal arrogance. It's a fine line to tread and he does it beautifully.
My only complaint with the book is that Maddie becomes fairly unsympathetic for a time, largely because we don't get much from her perspective during a longish stretch near the end. However, In the grand scheme of things, this is a fairly minor quibble. This is definitely not your average romance novel but well earns its place as one of the best.
Nicholas Boulton's narration brought this story to life for me! The plot was interesting and the characters vivid. Good listen!
Just an outstanding narrator. I'll be looking for more of his works.
This book is best on audio and could possibly not have the emotional feel if read. The author was most creative in her story and made me do a lot of soul searching as to what people in this time period must have had to deal with. One of the best books ever . . . . Going to look for her other books!! Great love story.
The audible version is better than the book. Nicholas Boulton helps you to feel the struggle of the characters.
Cannot express how amazing this book is. Would give it 10 stars if possible. Something about the combination of the amazing story, and the incredible talent of this narrator, makes this the best audio I've ever listened to. And I have well over 100 and counting in my audio library. This story line is so unique, has many characteristics that separate it from typical romance novels. But what brought it to life was the narration. As a nurse, the descriptions and voice of the male lead are just so real, so accurate. Makes you feel like you are experiencing all these things yourself. Can't wait for others from this author. I have all the other three that are out on audio. While they are all good, this is still the best!
Definitely. But only because the narrator, NIcholas Boulton, did such an incredible job that I'd have to say it's oscar worthy. I can't imagine this book being at all easy to interpret and perform. But he was superb. It seemed so natural and so real that I was completely engulfed in the story as if I was a part of it.
Beautiful, captivating and emotional. This is one of those books that is incredibly hard to put down. Be prepared to lose sleep.
I absolutely L.O.V.E. this book. I was very hesitant to purchase this book but I believe had it not been for the reviewers’ feedback, I would have never discovered Nicolas Boulton or Laura Kinsale. He is one of the most talented narrators I have ever had the pleasuring of listening to. If I could have given him a 10 out of 5 I would have. He adds so much to the book.
So the story is about a Friend who finds herself wanting to help an ailing duke she knows through her elderly blind father. His family who is trying to take advantage of his circumstances commits the duke to a lunatic asylum after he suffers a stroke which renders him with an unclear mind and an altered speech. The entire rest of the book is about how he tries to overcome obstacles and by doing so overcome his greedy family’s wishes to keep him locked up.
I think the story line is engaging and there were moments throughout the book where I held my breath uncertain of what was to come. Of course the book has a couple of more predictable scenes as well but then again which historical romance novel does not. This was my first book about Quakers and so I was not prepared for all the religious undertones in the book. I found Maddy's character strong at points but overall a bit weak and constantly doubting her situation. For someone who had dealt with the duke from the start after his stroke and knowing his altered brain abilities, I found it hard to believe she actually believed him to have been behind the deceit she planed for her.
I found the love scenes very charged and erotic though very mild in comparison to some romance novel steamy scenes. However I feel one does not have to have hard core sex in a book to truly feel the romance enraptured in it.
I admit I had never thought about what people go through after a traumatic episode as a stroke. This book gave me such a clear picture of the day to day struggles one could go through in the process of healing which may never be complete. Nicolas did such an amazing job of truly relaying the struggles of the duke with speech that it left ME speechless.
Overall I had one of my most enjoyable moments listening to this book of substance and highly recommend it to all readers.
Popular reviewer of more than 400 historical romance titles on Goodreads. Georgian/Regency/Victorian/Edwardian.
Can I give it a hundred stars? A thousand?
My Goodreads friend Caz opened her review of this audiobook by saying, “It’s absolutely fantastic, so go and buy it immediately!” I can only add that this is an understatement.
I read this book in 2011 and gave it four stars. Although I thought it was a wonderful story, the annoying Quaker heroine kept it from being a five star read for me. Caz's review, however, finally inspired me to take a chance on an audiobook, and I'm so glad that I did.
In the excellent hands of narrator Nicholas Boulton, Maddie-girl goes from annoying to inspiring, and the truly damaged hero, Jervalux, is unforgettable. Mr. Boulton does a brilliant job in capturing the thoughts and halting words of this man whose brain has been scrambled by what we recognize as a stroke but what his family thinks is insanity. And even Maddie-girl's "thees and thous" ceased to bother me. His range of voices is remarkable; each of the many characters is instantly recognizable -- from the dragon aunt to Jervaulx's buddies to Maddie's elderly father.
I simply do not have the vocabulary to convey how wonderful this audiobook is. So I'll stop here and repeat:
“It’s absolutely fantastic, so go and buy it immediately!”
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