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The Bastard Audiobook

The Bastard

Jeannette Boucher, a young French beauty from a family left penniless by the revolution, must marry against her will to save them all from ruin. But almost immediately after the vows are spoken, she learns that her old English husband is impotent - and in his desire for an heir, he plans to compromise her in the worst way. Determined to escape such a fate, she stows away on one of His Majesty’s frigates. But a woman alone is in constant danger.
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Jeannette Boucher, a young French beauty from a family left penniless by the revolution, must marry against her will to save them all from ruin. But almost immediately after the vows are spoken, she learns that her old English husband is impotent - and in his desire for an heir, he plans to compromise her in the worst way. Determined to escape such a fate, she stows away on one of His Majesty’s frigates. But a woman alone is in constant danger.

To Lieutenant Treynor, honor means everything…. Born a bastard to a wayward marquise, Lieutenant Crawford Treynor was given to a poor farmer to raise and was maltreated until he ran away to join the Royal Navy. Treynor is determined to prove he’s as good as any other man and rise to captain his own frigate. But once he finds Jeannette aboard The Tempest he must decide whether to return her to the man he knows would abuse her - or risk everything, even his life, to keep her safe.

©2011 Brenda Novak (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    C. Macduff Ewing, NJ 01-20-15
    C. Macduff Ewing, NJ 01-20-15 Member Since 2013

    macduff

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    "Loved the story, but not the narrator."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. But I might suggest they read it. I really didn't like the male voices the narrator created. I amost stopped listening to it because of it. The story, however, captivated me and I continued. Happy that I did because it's a very well written story.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    the male voices all had a nasal / whiney sound to them. Very unappealing. I would suggest she work on them.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    a better narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good story line. Kept me interested. Lots of twists and turns.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 11-15-14
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 11-15-14 Member Since 2016

    Audible Addict!

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    "Narration MINUS 5 stars! Bad, very bad!"

    I WANT TO GIVE THIS NARRATION MINUS 5 STARS! It was so bad. One of the worst narrations I have listened to.

    How to even describe it? Painful for starters.
    Anyway, all the men sounded like they were old, gay, drunk, and throw in scratchy voices.

    The "french accent" the heroine had was so very bad.

    A robot would have been preferable to listen to.

    Read this book, unless you want your ears to bleed and your body to cringe. I listened up to 28% before giving up and turning off the audio.

    The story was okay, not my favorite Brenda Novak book. But honestly, I think the narrator had already ruined it for me, I can't get those sounds out of my head! sigh....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susynne hartland, VT, United States 04-01-13
    Susynne hartland, VT, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "PAINFUL on the ears! But a GREAT STORY!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A differant narrator!!!! Its a great story but painful to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bastard?

    The confrontation at sea. A very wide statement considering. But from the personal to the political the confrontations are the height of it.


    Did Sarah Coomes do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    NO NO NO NO NO!! I can't even express how awful it was. Ii wanted to hear the story but winced everytime a character spoke. The narrators speaking voice is pleasant but when she attempts voices they are slovenly, thick, painful slow and idiotic sounding. Its like all the characters open their mouths to speak and turn into drunken illiterate old men who have trouble breathing and speaking and are hoarse and spittle plagued.


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

    I DID LOVE THE BOOK! The story in all aspects are splendid. .. but READ it... don't waste a credit or a dollar on the audio version!!!! Its such a shame.... it really is.


    Any additional comments?

    If it had a different narrator I would wholeheartedly praise this book. But if you want lighthearted fluff with giggles and luxury then this one isn't for you. And if you want steamy hot and bothered erotic scenes then this still isn't for you. But if you want a good tale woven with gritty facts and suspenses then yeah, it's for you.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-06-13
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    "Bad narrator"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Could not even finish the book, the narrator sounded like a screeching witch.


    What was most disappointing about Brenda Novak’s story?

    I wanted so bad to listen to this story, but i guess i'll have to read it!! It sounds like a great book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    different narrator


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie 01-25-13
    MickeyMarie 01-25-13

    I read so I can write

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    "Another good story ruined by a bad narrator"

    Omg this woman should never be allowed to narrate any book. Her voice of the hero makes him sound like a pompous feminine idiot, only a shade different than his mother's voice, and the heroine's voice is no better.

    Oh, the story. Ms Novak has written a number of good romances and this is one of them.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    RRWS 02-21-13
    RRWS 02-21-13
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    "A good story ruined by the narrator"
    What did you like best about The Bastard? What did you like least?

    I like the story. The narrator's voice ruined the character of the hero, Trainer.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Again the story was the most interesting aspect of the book. The sometimes sing song cadence of the narrator was pretty irritating.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Almost all the male voices sounded like the main villains voice.


    Was The Bastard worth the listening time?

    Yes, the story was worth the time, not so the listening. One would be better off reading the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Sarah Coomes has been added to my list of narrators not to listen to.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Faye 04-19-16
    Faye 04-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Needs to recorded"
    What made the experience of listening to The Bastard the most enjoyable?

    The story is good, or what I could get through.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader is awful! So bad I could not finish listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia 04-19-16
    Cynthia 04-19-16 Member Since 2012

    I love to sew and read. Now I can do both at the same time!

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    "Why oh why don't I pay attention!"

    I know I dislike listening to this narrator. And yet, I keep purchasing audiobooks that are narrated by her. The story is so, so good, but Sarah Coomes RUINS it.

    Her voice and accents are so over the top, that it reminds me of opera. And I like opera, but you excpect big bold gestures. I think if she would just read in a normal tone of voice I could live with it.

    This woman's voice is like someone driving a nail in your ear. Not that I think I could do any better. But I'm begging Audible. Pay her to edit but don't pay her to read. Anything.

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    Felicia 04-11-16
    Felicia 04-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "MY FAVORITE!"

    I've been reading several of Brenda Novak's books recently. I haven't read them all yet, but so far, this is by far and away my favorite one! Of Noble Birth is probably my second choice.

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    Maine Knitter 02-25-15
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    "A great adventure"

    I liked this. I found it very entertaining. The shipboard scenes were quite accurate. It was more of an adventure story than a typical historical romance and I liked it.

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  • Gillian
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    "OK Story but the narrating is awful"
    What would have made The Bastard better?

    A different narrator. She was absolutely terrible, over emphasising when it wasn't necessary, the timing of her speech was dire.


    Would you recommend The Bastard to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not with this narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get rid of the over performing narrator


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bastard?

    I only listened to an hour of the book and couldn't listen to the annoying narrator anymore, so I couldn't comment on this point


    Any additional comments?

    Does no one listen to these audio books before they go out for public purchase. I cannot believe that I am the only one that has a problem with the way this story was being read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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