Alone, with a Highlander, in his castle, on a cold dark night...
(Okay, so it wasn't that cold.)
Jillian MacKay is being conned by a pair of 80-year-old witches. They're convinced she's the perfect sucker to test a prophecy and they're willing to bury her alive to prove it. Once she escapes and finds herself in 15th Century Scotland, she believes her return home depends on a heroic deed - she must rescue a plaid-clad Romeo and Juliet before tragedy can end in tragedy. The monster standing in her way, however, is a handsome Highlander who might just be her own Romeo...a Romeo she must leave behind.
Rather than surrender his secrets, Montgomery Ross would prefer to go down in history as the heartless creature who betrayed one sister and buried the other alive. When he falls in love with the prophesied faery who has come to expose him, he'll have to learn a wee lesson from the star-crossed lovers or suffer the fate to which he once condemned them.
©2011 Lesli Muir Lytle (P)2012 Lesli Muir Lytle
I had to really concentrate to her what he was saying because he slurs his words so bad. I kept having to rewind and re listen to figure out what he was saying.
The story flowed well. It was enough of a mystery to keep me interested enough to hear the whole thing. The romantic sections weren't too explicit. I never had to hear the word nipple, manhood, or the phrase "to the core". Which I appreciate greatly.
Sure, as long as the guy reading it isn't drunk.
Shandon loring could be awesome if he enunciated. When he wasn't doing the super deep voice and slurring he sounded ok.
It's hard to tell if it was the narrator or a very bad story as well. The narrator ruined it for me. I couldn't finish it because he sounded like he was reading in slow motion, I tried speeding the delivery up to no avail.
I really liked everything about the story and characters. I wanted to like this narrator and give him a chance but it was atrocious. Poor fella. That in no way was a Scots accent and his girl voice was frightfully laughable. He also spoke very quickly and mumbled quite a bit. I had my headphones on the highest they could go and missed several things he said. Otherwise if you can ignore that its great! He gets two stars just because I felt bad for him!
Narrator. I kept thinking that Robert Petkoff could have done wonders with the story.
It might have been a wonderful story but I couldn't understand the man telling the story. I don't think anyone would want to listen to it.
Find someone else to read the book.
The book might have been wonderful. I will never find out. Didn't make it past the first chapter.
I had no objection to the story and actually rather liked it in spite of the horrible narrator. The tone of his voice was nice sort of rich and deep, but everything else about it was absolutely horrible. There was a slur to it or a mumble...it was REALLY hard to understand most of what he said. And when he tried to insert the accent it was even worse. There was also an extreme lack of inflection to the voice most of the time which made it even harder to focus on what was actually being said and the story. And finally there was almost no change between the characters. Surprisingly I've listened to other books that doesn't overtly differentiate between the characters and it never really bothered me because there was so much life to the characters, etc., but when this narrator did it it just made everything about the overall effect., or lack there of, even worse.
Not sure...I'm still listening to it, but the old ladies are a crack-up, but who doesn't a like a hot laird?
ANYBODY else would have been better...my 8 year old would have done a better job. If I see this narrator on another book...even if it is one I've read and loved...I will NEVER, EVER get it!
Hmm...not sure. I'm still trying to finish it, but I'm probably going to have to buy the actual paperback version...I know I've missed a lot of the story line.
Please get another narrator....this poor book does not deserve to be destroyed in this fashion...if I'm going to dislike a book and not recommend it I want it to be because the book is terrible not because the narrator is beyond redemption.
Story great narration terrible no definition between characters unless name was dropped would have quit if story hadnt grabbed me Kept going back to understand
I wanted to listen to the story because it seemed good, but the reader was so bad I could not get past chapter 8. His accent, tone, performance did not match the story I felt, and there were times when I wanted to know what was going to happen next but found myself stopping because I was not enjoying the reader.
A different reader.
Gerard Butler or someone that sounded like him. I had a hard time understanding Shandon Loring at some times because his voice would be too deep, too gravely, and his accent too hard to understand.
I am going to read the book because I want to know the rest of the story. So I think the story is good and I liked the concept. The reader just seemed to ruin it for me. I was sorry I spent my credit on it.
I cannot explain why it's good...but it's worth a listen. I think I bought it on sale & didn't use a credit...The writing is average, the time traveling plot device is not unique and some of the character motivations don't make sense. But the thing that always gets me into a book is whether I care about the characters. Somehow the author made me interested in these people, and I wanted to know: what's gonna happen next? And sometimes: what just happened? That's partly due to the story itself but mostly due to the narrator's deep, gravelly, mumbly, just-woke-up-so-you-could-make-me-read-this voice. Sounds like he was out all night at a bar, smoking and drinking and maybe belting out some death-metal classics immediately prior to recording this book. I couldn't stand it at first and had to keep playing the same part over. As I listened, I was imagining two stories - the audiobook plot and the story of who this narrator is. He sounds so beleaguered, like he'd rather be doing ANYTHING other than narrating a half-way decent romance novel. But after a while, I not only understood his mumbling...I began to enjoy it. I think I learned a foreign language or something close to it. I wish he would narrate some more... Maybe get some sleep first, though. And I ended up listening twice because (1) I couldn't understand much of it the first time and (2) the story and the characters grew on me. It was simply worth a second listen.
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