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Gabriel's Rapture | [Sylvain Reynard]

Gabriel's Rapture

Professor Gabriel Emerson has embarked on a passionate, yet clandestine affair with his former student Julia Mitchell. Sequestered on a romantic holiday in Italy, he tutors her in the sensual delights of the body and the raptures of sex. But when they return, their happiness is threatened by conspiring students, academic politics, and a jealous ex-lover. When Gabriel is confronted by the university administration, will he succumb to Dante’s fate? Or will he fight to keep Julia, his Beatrice, forever?
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Publisher's Summary

National best-selling author Sylvain Reynard continues the story of Gabriel and Julia, two lovers bound together by their darkest desires.

But those very desires may destroy them....

Professor Gabriel Emerson has embarked on a passionate, yet clandestine affair with his former student Julia Mitchell. Sequestered on a romantic holiday in Italy, he tutors her in the sensual delights of the body and the raptures of sex.

But when they return, their happiness is threatened by conspiring students, academic politics, and a jealous ex-lover. When Gabriel is confronted by the university administration, will he succumb to Dante’s fate? Or will he fight to keep Julia, his Beatrice, forever?

In Gabriel’s Rapture, the brilliant sequel to the wildly successful debut novel, Gabriel’s Inferno, Sylvain Reynard weaves an exquisite love story that will touch the listener’s mind, body, and soul, forever.

©2012 Sylvain Reynard (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Rebecca Orange Park, FL, United States 01-07-13
    Rebecca Orange Park, FL, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012

    Love Dystopian novels, Romance and Murder Mysteries!

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    "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this story...."
    What made the experience of listening to Gabriel's Rapture the most enjoyable?

    If you've read Gabriel's Inferno, and you got hooked like I did, you know how important it is to finish out the story. I had to find out if they made it. I had to see if he married his Beatrice. Finding out if the fairy tale romance had a happy ending was important to me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Gabriel. I liked that he was so wonderful to her after he found out who she was. He treated her like a princess.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The time in Italy.


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

    Get ready for some steamy action...


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    cl 01-06-13
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    "wonderful narration"
    What does John Morgan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    like the first book in series better but narrator has voice to sit back and enjoy. I would not have gotten same pleasure from reading either of the titles.


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    Purdy Oaten eastish of eden 01-04-13
    Purdy Oaten eastish of eden 01-04-13
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    "Still Under the Spell of Gabriel's Rapture"

    I just finished reading this second entry in the Gabriel Emerson series, and I am so sorry it is over! I haven't even deleted it yet, because I do not want to come out from the spell it has me in. Fascinating yet flawed characters you care about, want-to-be-there locations, and all given depth and sensual appeal with the beautiful language of poetry , mouthwatering descriptions of food, and a background of music that can be quickly downloaded from Amazon (I doubt I am the only one out there with a Gabriel Emerson play list!!!); all adding up to a listening experience that can virtually surround you.

    If you loved the first book, you will love this one even more and will probably wind up, like me, eagerly awaiting the next installment...it can't come soon enough for me!The narrator of Gabriel's Rapture, John Michael Morgan, is the perfect voice to tell the story; his American English is perfect, without any suggestion of regionalismHis readings of scripture and poetry, as well as romantic declarations and sexual descriptions sound natural and moving and are delivered with complete believability. His narration is just....well.....elegant! He really was the perfect choice.

    Readers will find so many aspects of both of the Emerson books to be familiar ones:tensions, fears, worries, desires and longings. If you are like me, you will want to be in the places that the characters visit and inhabit. I really appreciate the spiritual life that the characters have and that they grow in, particularly Gabriel, as Juliann becomes an anchor to him, drawing him into the light. How great is it to read about characters who do not feel that their growing in their relationship with God precludes them from the delights of the senses; but increases the wonder and beauty of what they share, be it food or music or sex. I also thank the author for including the main characters coming to terms with who they are through therapy, since some of the advice given to Juliann, regarding the fact that partners bring different things to a relationship, and even if one person does not bring an equal amount of financial support to the relationship, that one thing alone is not the measure of their worth or importance. I am not expressing it as well as the therapist, but the advice is some thing that really helped me with feelings I have been dealing with for years. It may sound silly, but those few paragraphs were like wings to me, and very literally took a weight off of me.

    Well, enough, I know...I will just say that for so many reasons, I love this series, and this book even more than the first. I will be waiting for the third!!!!! Recommended, to say the very least!!

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    Sherry Arvidson 01-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Love this book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gabriel's Rapture to be better than the print version?

    I much prefer audio books. The narator is great!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gabriel's Rapture?

    When he asked Julia to marry him.


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

    I'm not sure if I have listened to him before but I think he's great. He has a wonderful voice and is good at different voices.


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

    If I could have I would. But it was split between 2 days.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope there is a thrid one. I can't wait!

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    Jule Kijek Redford, MI 12-31-12
    Jule Kijek Redford, MI 12-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful sequel"
    Would you listen to Gabriel's Rapture again? Why?

    YES, I sure would. Loved listening to the narration of this great book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gabriel's Rapture?

    When Gabriel asked Julia to marry him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very first time Gabriel and Julia make love. It was so long coming and he was so sweet and romantic. He really made the experience perfect for her.


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

    Yes, Professor???


    Any additional comments?

    What I liked most about this AND the first book was that they are both complete books that have very satisfying endings. I hate "cliff-hanger" endings.

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    Ellie The Villages, FL, United States 12-19-12
    Ellie The Villages, FL, United States 12-19-12
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    "A Story That Will Remain With You Forever"
    If you could sum up Gabriel's Rapture in three words, what would they be?

    Sylvain Reynard is a brilliant writer, a master with words who draws you into his story on the first page. I never wanted it to end. The saga is a journey about two compelling people, Julianne and Gabriel whose love survives through years of uncertainty and times of sorrow and loss. I fell in love with Gabriel. It also made me want to brush up on my Italian and remember my many trips to my favorite country to vacation, Italy. The reader will also be educated in the story about Dante and Beatrice during the Italian Renaissance. SR is currently writing book 3 in this unforgetable love story. I anxiously await its release.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character has to be Gabriel. His troubled journey shows his strength to dispel his addictions and achieve something better in life. It results in his finding his one true love. Gabriel is a man who loves like no other. He's willing to make great sacrifices because of his deep love for Julianne.


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

    I loved John Morgan's narration. He's a gifted actor. His deep voice made one visualize the male characters more distinctly, especially Gabriel. I could sense his powerful image. As far as the female characters, a little less. It took a while to get used to it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had a box of tissues next to me because I did cry quite often. There were times I laughed as well. SR is such a master with his words that one minute I had tears running down my cheeks, the next I was laughing. And, quite often I was swooning because of Gabriel's expertise in lovemaking. OH MY!


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this story three times and will listen to it again. I cannot get enough of Professor Gabriel Owen Emerson and Julianne in this enduring love story.

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    bonnie United States 12-17-12
    bonnie United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I great romance that keeps you interested."
    Where does Gabriel's Rapture rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is my second favorate.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gabriel's Rapture?

    Without giving away the story that would be hard to say. Too many to mention.


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

    This one is better than the first one I listened to.


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

    Yup...when Gabriel disappeared to save Julias academic career.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth using my credit for this audiobook. :)

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    Dorothy ASHLEY, PA, United States 12-11-12
    Dorothy ASHLEY, PA, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you try another book from Sylvain Reynard and/or John Morgan?

    possibly.


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

    this story was incomplete, is there a third book? Is this a spoiler?


    Which character – as performed by John Morgan – was your favorite?

    Gabriel-sometimes.


    Did Gabriel's Rapture inspire you to do anything?

    Learn a new language.


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    Christy 11-28-12
    Christy 11-28-12
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    "Great #2 ...ready for #3"
    Where does Gabriel's Rapture rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high.. maybe a 8 out of 10


    What other book might you compare Gabriel's Rapture to and why?

    Different elements remind me of other books like Reflected In You.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Same as the first book... just did not go with the book. The voice just didn't feel right for this one.


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

    Yes!


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    Eran Oakley, CA, United States 11-22-12
    Eran Oakley, CA, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2015

    Will do anything for books!

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    "One More Book Please!"
    If you could sum up Gabriel's Rapture in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, Emotional, Overwhelming


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved all the depth in the story. There are lots of twists and turns!


    What about John Morgan’s performance did you like?

    Great voice, good inflection, great pronunciation!


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