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Midsummer Moon Audiobook

Midsummer Moon

When a powerful, decisive aristocrat undertakes to protect an absent-minded young inventress from England's enemies, he finds his orderly world turned into chaos. Merlin Lambourne's stubborn dream of flight puts her at risk, not to mention driving Ransom crazy. In spite of himself, he's oddly enchanted by this muddled miss and her eccentric ways... but can he overcome his own fears and realize her invention may be the answer to saving both their lives?
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Publisher's Summary

When a powerful, decisive aristocrat undertakes to protect an absent-minded young inventress from England's enemies, he finds his orderly world turned into chaos. Merlin Lambourne's stubborn dream of flight puts her at risk, not to mention driving Ransom crazy. In spite of himself, he's oddly enchanted by this muddled miss and her eccentric ways... but can he overcome his own fears and realize her invention may be the answer to saving both their lives?

A whimsical Regency-era tale of flying machines, fancy, and love among the hedgehogs.

Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to narrate Midsummer Moon as a fully voiced audiobook, creating a unique work that brings all the life and color of the original to audio.

©1987, 2010 Hedgehog Inc (P)2013 Hedgehog Inc

What the Critics Say

    Earphones Award Winner and Editor’s Choice

“…personalities and wit expertly delivered, further adding to the charm of this delightful performance.” (Audiofile Magazine)

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    Alden 10-03-15
    Alden 10-03-15
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    "Kinsale falls flat this time"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I don't pretend to know how to write so I don't know what would fix this, except a pretty complete re-write of the main characters who I found annoying. To me, Merlin isn't charmingly innocent, she's a dimbulb (mistaking a title of Duke for a surname Mr. Duke is understandable for an absentminded genius the first time--after that it's just stupid; the Duke isn't a sexy alpha, he's a domineering man without respect for the talents and wishes of the woman he (inexplicably) falls in love with--if it weren't for the aphrodisiac I don't know what would bring them together.) I see others have raved about this book, and some have found Merlin grating as I did. I honestly think a semi-discerning reader is bound to find this plot, these characters lacking. I've really liked Kinsale's other books--despite some plot holes and abrupt endings that leave some dangling threads and unexplained elements--but this one really didn't work. Could barely make myself listen to the end. The reader is as good as ever with different voices and makes it as good as a mediocre book can get.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce 09-15-13
    Joyce 09-15-13
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    "Terific Performance, Unique story"
    Where does Midsummer Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Different heroine but some incidents & hero's fear soo drawn I found myself skipping forward!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Merlin


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

    Amazing Performer with great character distinctions -even though era, theme may not my favorites I will buy other Kinsale books narrated by him.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Recently I have purchased books with very poor narrations & recording quality. This one was a delightful & most enjoyable listen.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Texas, United States 08-12-13
    Kathleen Texas, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Sent this one back . . ."
    What would have made Midsummer Moon better?

    Have no idea. Didn't get far enough to find out where this was going.


    Has Midsummer Moon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Really irritating heroine - self-absorbed and strange. Bad enough to tolerate people like that in real life, let alone in a book you're supposed to read for entertainment.


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

    Love Mr. Boulton's interpretation of characters and wonderfully deep voice. However, the story couldn't hold me long enough.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Midsummer Moon?

    Scratch the whole story or at least come up with a different kind of heroine. Introverted, quiet, shy, adt, egotistical is all fine to a point, but each of these qualities was used in one character and pushed way too far for me to enjoy.


    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Harry_ATL 07-21-13
    Harry_ATL 07-21-13
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    "Excellent performance!"

    While I didn't love the book, Nicholas Boulton is most certainly worth a listen. Simply outstanding. I look forward to listening to anything else he might record.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 12-07-14
    Robin 12-07-14
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    "Ambivalent about this one"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This was my first Laura Kinsale ever and I am left ambivalent. I’m currently listening to a second and reserving judgement.

    I began enjoying this book greatly, especially Merlin’s abstracted attention and the hero-character’s combined bemusement and frustration with dealing with her. However the heroine’s ongoing and swift submission to his physical attentions, especially when she is furious at him in a late part of the text, and with very good reason, left me cold. There was an element but the Duke’s ongoing melodramatic passions (physical and emotional) started being more ham like and the increase in Merlin’s apologies, ‘rather die than hurt him’ and waiting to be rescued’s made me cross.

    I loved the parts where her singleminded focus on what was important to her and her inventrix-genius were emphasised and recognised but too often these were down played for her innocence, naievity and lack of apparent understanding about the fact she is not asked for consent in *anything* but her hand in marriage (and even that isn’t offered as an actual decision). Many of the other women in this text also say “It was not his fault - it was mine! I should have believed in him/loved him more/etc” to excuse poor behaviour throughout the text which always irritates me. As does an underlying female response of “Oh I don’t mind you taking advantage of me, because I love you.”

    The final chapter reestablishes Merlin as a strong-ish character but it does not make up for the the frequent limp-wristed-lapses of “He shouted at her and then kissed her and her knees went weak…etc” which seems contrived to me.

    I did like the phobia - and how the author worked with the irrationality that goes with it.

    The hedgehog was a lovely element used well throughout the text and was, in my opinion the best character though I don’t believe it’s ever named.


    What was most disappointing about Laura Kinsale’s story?

    See above


    Which character – as performed by Nicholas Boulton – was your favorite?

    The Hedgehog


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

    Disappointment


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Megan CULVER CITY, CA, United States 10-23-13
    Megan CULVER CITY, CA, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A swing and a miss"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have really enjoyed Laura Kinsales books...up until this one. I was actually rooting for the bad guys to win. Merlin is by far the most annoying female lead I've ever met in a romance novel...I was really hoping for her demise. I kept thinking Fortune could do so much better and Merlin should have been relegated to the nursery with the twins. This zero chemistry romance was about as painful to witness as Clooney trying to play Batman.

    I'm glad this wasn't my first experience with Ms. Kinsales talent or I might have ended my journey after this book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Major changes to Merlin


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

    Nicholas Boulton is great - I enjoy his performances. Unfortunately he didn't have a lot to work with on this one.


    Was Midsummer Moon worth the listening time?

    I would have to say no


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    susan 06-08-14
    susan 06-08-14
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    "My least favorite Laura Kinsale book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't know-I just didn't like the whole premise. I didn't really care for Merlin and the plot was weak.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm starting to listen to Lynn Austin and will listed to Diana Gabaldon's new book "Written in My Heart's Own Blood" narrated by Davina Porter after I have finished reading it.


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

    I have listened to all his performances of Laura Kinsale's books. I have looked at his other narrations but they don't look like books I would enjoy. He is as skilled in this performance as he is in the others. Solid.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Midsummer Moon?

    Ehhh- I didn't like the whole premise. I have read that some think Merlin was autistic-I don't. I just think she is awkward. Listening to is was painful at times, at other times she was just annoying.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Florissant, MO, United States 08-20-13
    Cindy Florissant, MO, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2009

    I admit I'm a Smut Glutton, I prefer Male Narrators, Sexy Book Covers get me and I'm 32 years Happily Married.

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    "Felt it was the author who crashed on this one!"
    Any additional comments?

    If you want to listen to an entertaining story written by Laura Kinsale, that when you finish, you feel you did not waste 13+ hours of your time or your precious audio credit, don't purchase this one! Go for "Flowers from the Storm" or "The Prince of Midnight". Sometimes I thought the female character was mentally challenged to the point of being physically taken advantage of because she was soo naive. Sure she is written as a genius inventor but something just felt wrong about her intimacy with the male character.
    While I feel the author crashed on the story, her choice of NIcholas Boulton as narrator have her flying to the stars... 5 stars for "performance" rating that is!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    julie mobile, AL, United States 08-27-13
    julie mobile, AL, United States 08-27-13 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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    "Love her and love narrator but ........."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I only listened to this one completely through because of narrator. Nicholas Boulton is an incredible reader BUT this story was just so-so.....a little unbelieveable ....a little far-fetched..... A little lackluster.... A little 'hurry up and get to next chapter' kinda book.


    What could Laura Kinsale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Some reviews noted positive comments about the hedgehog but REALLY? Why? The 'heroine' was an eccentric dimwit totally unmatched with the 'hero'. So sorry Nicholas Boulton wasted his time on this one......totally not a match between story and reader.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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