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Honor's Splendour | [Julie Garwood]

Honor's Splendour

In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton—the Wolf—unleashed his warriors against Louddon's domain. Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he catured...but when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life.
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In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton—the Wolf—unleashed his warriors against Louddon's domain. Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he catured...but when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life.

In his rough-hewn castle, Duncan proved true to his honor. But when at last their noble passion conquered them both, she surrendered with all her soul. Now, for love, Madelyne would stand fast...as bravely as her Lord, the powerful Wolf who fought for...Honor's Splendour.

©1991 Julie Garwood (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jordy United States 07-05-13
    Jordy United States 07-05-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "Julie Garwood writes the best Highlander books!"

    If you like highland romance books than you can't pass her books up. These books are so captivating & passionate. Her books are worth the credit!

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Karen, Avid Amazon Shopper AZ 07-13-10 Member Since 2009

    -kad

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    "Good Book, Bad Narrator"

    I've read this Garwood - and several of her other works - many times and was delighted to see that it's now at audible.com but was disappointed to see that Anne Flosnik as narrator. Ms. Flosnik does a satisfactory presentation of female voices, however, she consistently destroys male voices. She makes male characters sound like arrogant, expiring Darth Vaders making them - IMHO - boring and unlikeable. I think Simon Prebble does a much more credible presentation.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer POWHATAN, VA, United States 02-18-12
    Amazon Customer POWHATAN, VA, United States 02-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "narrator is distracting, story is wonderful"
    What did you love best about Honor's Splendour?

    Strong characters and a compelling setting lay a firm foundation for a good read.


    How could the performance have been better?

    At the beginning of the book the narrator ends most every sentence with a breathy sigh and continues to repeat unfortunate choice of cadence frequently throughout the book - it distracts repeatedly from the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator has a good variety of character accents. It seems that she's working so hard on her accents that she looses her ability to vary her cadence and tenor.The story was well written and compelling and I'll look forward to reading 'Garwood's work again.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Krismas 11-17-10
    Krismas 11-17-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book. Bad narrator"

    The book was awesome like the rest of Garwood's book, but gosh, The narrators voice was bland and irritating.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 09-16-12
    Lia Sutton, Australia 09-16-12 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Honor's Splendor Was a Delightful Listen!""

    If you enjoy historical romance novels, you will love this book. I think it's fair to say that no one does it better than Julie Garwood. You will enjoy getting to know the characters she writes about. Like her other historical romance novels, this book not only features a strong-minded man, but a strong-minded woman. Garwood does a wonderful job of playing with the expectations of the time period she's writing about, and pushing at them just enough to make it neither totally unbelievable, nor completely unpalatable.

    Some previous people have criticized the narrator, Anne Flosnik. However in this book I thought she did a good job and enjoyed the narration. I listened to Gentle Warrior and thought Anne Flosnick was to over dramatic with that narration. I am glad I gave this book a try as I found this thoroughly enjoyable. It's the type of audiobook you don't want to end.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    E.D. California 11-21-13
    E.D. California 11-21-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Grocery check out rack, good summer read"

    This is not going to be an easy go for anyone who is familiar with history, especially medieval life. At all. OK, no one actually pulled out a cell phone, but it was a little difficult to suspend disbelief some times. It's a Romance, nothing more, not a history lesson, and it IS entertaining. Which can certainly be enough. I'd be cruising along in a medieval mind set and then run into something a few centuries too modern and it would sort of stop me in my tracks. I'd have to tell myself to get over it or pretend I didn't read it, and go on and enjoy the story. Which was possible because it IS an enjoyable story.

    SCA beware, or get past it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Dexter, MI, United States 07-06-10
    Teresa Dexter, MI, United States 07-06-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful story, pleasing audio book"

    This is one of my favorite Julie Garwood books! I was a bit leary when I saw that Anne Flosnik was the narrator but I feel she did a nice job with this book.

    Unlike Gentle Warrior where Ms. Flosnik groweled the Geoffrey's lines, she used a much better voice for Duncan.

    A very enjoyable listen!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy SAEGERTOWN, PA, United States 06-23-13
    Tammy SAEGERTOWN, PA, United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Narration was not good. Loved the story though."
    What would have made Honor's Splendour better?

    Better narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Madelyn, she has spunk.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anne Flosnik?

    Davina Porter


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Had previously bought before and loved Julie's story but the narrator ruined it. Her voices were not distinctive enough for each character.


    Any additional comments?

    I would buy all of Julie garwoods books on audial if they were narrated better. I have them all in hardback and read them often. I am just starting to purchase them form my kindle too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 07-14-12
    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 07-14-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Honor's Splendor Was a Delightful Listen!"

    If you enjoy historical romance novels, you will love this book. I think it's fair to say that no one does it better than Julie Garwood. You will enjoy getting to know the characters she writes about. Like her other historical romance novels, this book not only features a strong-minded man, but a strong-minded woman. Garwood does a wonderful job of playing with the expectations of the time period she's writing about, and pushing at them just enough to make it neither totally unbelievable, nor completely unpalatable.

    Some previous people have criticized the narrator, Anne Flosnik. In many ways their critiques are appropriate. She is a little over-dramatic...to the point that it may sometimes prompt an eye roll or two from the listener.

    Nonetheless, I found this thoroughly enjoyable. It's the type of audiobook you don't want to end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deanna Hemet, CA 09-27-10
    Deanna Hemet, CA 09-27-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Story is great, narrator is terrible"

    This story is great, however Anne Flosnik is terrible. Her voice sounds gruff, gravelly, and strained from speaking too low. It's almost painful to listen to. It's very disappointing considering the story is so good.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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