At 16, Phoebe Layton had imagined that Gabriel Banner was a brave and valiant knight, a noble-hearted hero born to rescue ladies in distress. Which was why, eight years later, when she desperately needed help to carry out a vital quest, she could think of no one more suited to the job than Gabriel.
But when she lures her shining knight to a lonely midnight rendezvous, Phoebe finds herself sparring with a dangerously desirable man who is nothing like the hero of her dreams, and when he sweeps her into a torrid - and blatantly unchivalrous - embrace, she can't help but fear that she's made a dreadful mistake. It's a kiss that will seal Phoebe's fate. For now, the exacting Earl of Wylde has a quest of his own: to possess the most intriguing, impulsive, outrageous female he has ever met...even if he has to slay a dragon to do it.
©1992 Amanda Quick; (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This book is in my box of "keepers" from A. Quick. I've read it many times and this time, enjoyed both the book and narration. Anne Flosnik's British accent is ideal for historical romances set in feudal and victorian England. She adds an element of authenticity to the read.
i love amanda quick - old amanda quick and this is still a solid listen but i think its the same narrator that did a bunch of her books and she just feels too old. i wish she had a sassier younger reader. the story is so solid though - that you get over any problems with the narrator.
I enjoyed the book itself but wanted to strangle the narrator at times. The narrator has a tendency to drag the words out to such a degree that it really slowed down the pace of the book. I expected it to be slow paced anyway but the narrator really dragged it down. At one point I was so frustrated with this tendency that I almost switched to another book, but being a compulsive completer has its benefits. I am glad I stuck with it but will seriously hesitate before I buy another book with her as the narrator. It drove me crazy, well crazier at least!
As in other AQ reviews I have done, I love her books and have read and reread them. I however, am very saddened that I have this in my library. Anne Flosnik's narration made this too painful to actually listen to for very long. I didn't finish Ravished and I could barely get through the first few chapters of this one. I would not have even tried had I not already bought this at the same time as Ravished (meaning I did not know how terrible it would be).
Reasons I do not like Anne Flosnik's narration. Her voice is thready and has a tendency to wobble. Although I do appreciate the British accent! Her attempts at a masculine voice is a disaster. And there is just something very annoying about the way she measures her phrases. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and trudged my way through some horrible 'reads', but I am tired of doing that.
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a decent story, a decent narrator
narration, I never finished it
high nasal voicew
no...but if you follow Bryce Courtney with Amanda Quick you deserve what you get.
I think the author was really trying to see how much to push the envelope on a character that just has to be contrarian all the time. rational or not, it was very old. "reckless" we get it. Stubborn bratty and stupid for the sake of being otherwise is tedious.
the lack of faith in the hero by ms reckless is so unjustified and defies logic. could have built more on the interesting twists of story which would have been much more interesting if the other stuff was toned down. the hero was a bloody saint for sticking with this gal, for sure. hope the author has people getting this feedback to her - it could have been a great book if she focused on the good stuff.
I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.
This book was, in a word, corny. Corny to the point of being ridiculous. The hero wasn't so bad (except for his incomprehensible affection for the heroine) but the heroine was more stupid than reckless. She's goes to the hero for help, but doesn't really accept it, and she continues to get herself into scrapes that defy all logic. In truth, her escapades seem contrived to advance the plot, but only made me shake my head in wonder at her sheer stupidity and his unfailing patience. As for narration, I've listened to many books by Anne Flosnik, and I don't particularly like her style of reading. She reminds me of the audio version of a really bad soap opera, overacting to the point of sounding ridiculous. Still, I can generally look past the narration to the story, but in the case of this book, there wasn't much of a story to fall back on.
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