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The Gift Audiobook
The Gift
Written by: 
Julie Garwood
Narrated by: 
Susan Duerden
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The Gift Audiobook

The Gift

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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of Ransom weaves the delightful, sensual story of two lovers destined for high adventure and blissful rapture!

A child bride, Sara Winchester had grown into a winsome beauty, joyfully anticipating the day when her husband Nathan, Marquess of St. James, would return to claim her heart at last. Charmingly innocent, she dismissed the ancient feud that divided Nathan's family from her own.. .and she was totally unaware of his past exploits as the notorious pirate, Pagan. The man who now stood before her was perplexing, arrogant and powerfully handsome... a warrior-gentleman whose gentle touch aroused her to the wildest, deepest pleasures of love.

Nathan had never bared his soul to any woman, but he was soon utterly beguiled and exasperated by Sara’s sweet, defiant ways. Aboard his ship, The Seahawk, she was brave, imperious and determined to win his heart completely - yet upon their return to England, her love would be sorely tested as a vile conspiracy tried to tear them apart. With their future at stake, they would discover the true destiny of their passion... for all time!

©1991 Julie Garwood (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 11-26-13
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Funny moments but not much substance!!!"

    The book was not as great as I had hoped. The heroin seemed simple minded and naive. She had a good heart and beauty but that's it. A bit disappointing so I can not recommend this book unless if you are willing to listen through this for the few funny moments here and there.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 07-14-13
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2016

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "A RIOTOUS REGENCY ADVENTURE ON THE HIGH SEAS"

    This is book 3 in JG's fantastic series The Crown Spies and, as usual, she delivers her winning formula for us Historical Romance lovers to suck up, revel in and enjoy in a storyline that includes adventure, fun, romance, sex, thrills, laughs, intrigue and of course, likeable H/H's who's endings are always tender, inevitable and predictable but it's the journey we all love to hear about and share in.

    Nathan and Sara's story was filled with entertaining characters who are involved in a hilarious lol story that'll have people scowling and looking at you believing you've gone totally mad (but hey who cares). Nathan is handsome, arrogant, possessive, dominant, protective to loved ones and he growls and scowls at everybody especially when he captures Sara, his childhood bride, as he is finally ready to fulfil a bargain made years earlier and needs to both consummate and procreate to seal the deal. Sara, a delicate beauty who's naive, quirky, trusting, giving and loving but is also prone to screaming and crying...... and she's just the remedy Nathan doesn't realise he needs to break down the walls surrounding his heart.

    Great secondary characters who help to make this one of the best in the series and I'm soooo looking forward to book 4 Castles which is Sir Colin's story - so please please Audible keep your listeners happy and add it soon.

    Could easily be a stand alone listen but it does mention characters from previous books.

    Worth a credit? It's definitely creditworthy, especially for the 12 and a half hours of listening pleasure it gives you, but it's an unbelievable bargain at under $10 - so save your credits for a more expensive, but maybe not a more worthy or enjoyable, listen.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 09-27-13
    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2016

    I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...

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    "Romance on the High Seas"

    The Gift, by Julie Garwood, is the wonderfully, romantic story of Nathan, the Marquess of St. James, and Sara Winchester. I enjoyed this book, as narrated by Susan Duerden, and found it to be an absolutely captivating third installment to JG’s: Crown Spies Series.

    Sara is young, and a romantic, at heart. Those of us who love a great romantic tale will fall in love with her and be able to relate to her “rose-colored-glasses” view of the world, where she wants to believe she lives.

    Nathan, of course, on the other hand is a strong, possessive, warrior of few words; making them perfectly entertaining characters, involved in a funny, adventure.
    Definitely Credit Worthy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Sarabia Whittier, CA, United States 06-02-14
    Frances Sarabia Whittier, CA, United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2012

    It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.

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    "Very Entertaining!!!"
    If you could sum up The Gift in three words, what would they be?

    Funny! Entertaining! Exciting!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sara was so cute! I loved her character. Nate was good too! A totally a manly man!


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

    Yes - Loved it!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The same. It would be a good movie


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebekah Reading, PA, United States 08-05-13
    Rebekah Reading, PA, United States 08-05-13
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    "Who wrote this...what did they do with Ms Garwood?"
    What could Julie Garwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This was a really weak story. There were too many subplots and side characters that I'm sure were supposed to lend to the story but they really just weakened it. The author could have removed 3 or 4 of the subplots and ended up with a much better book.I was really disappointed. I recommended this book to my reading buddy because I knew the narrator and a Julie Garwood is generally a pretty pleasant read. The story line seemed original. We both really tried to like this book but just finished it feeling very let down.I just kept waiting for something to happen and it never really did. Right up to the end everything and I mean everything got resolved in the last few minutes of the book. It was too much to resolve in such a short time and she gave the reader way too little reward after we had hung on for sooooo long!!


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    The narrator does voices well so you can keep up with who is speaking in the book. That's really important as the listener. Sometimes her 'guy' voice for Nathan just made him sound sort of leering. I will definitely look for more books to listen to with her as the narrator.


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

    I think Nathan and Sara were quite loveable. Sara is a bit air headed and naĂŻve but Ms. Garwood does her in a believable and likeable way. Too bad she cluttered up their sweet love story with a bunch of plot distractions. I definitely caught myself smiling over some of Sara's silly antics.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let this turn you off of Julie Garwood. I've liked a lot of her books and always thought her character development was her strength. I own several that I have really enjoyed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dyane SANTA ROSA BEACH, FL, United States 07-19-13
    Dyane SANTA ROSA BEACH, FL, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Really enjoyed this book"
    Any additional comments?

    With a book by Julie Garwood plus narrated by Susan Duerden I knew I would love it!
    I wasn't disappointed at all!!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 07-06-13
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 07-06-13
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    "Can't wait for the next one"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read the previous one and found this one very interesitng and it held my interest as well. I look forward to the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 07-17-13
    Judith 07-17-13

    I enjoy fantasy, romance, westerns, mysteries and classics... street signs, billboards, t-shirts... Audible is perfect for me.

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    "I don't remember so much whispering"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Kinda 50/50 I read the book before and J. Garwood has been a favorite author for a number of years But the narration had me cringing every time I heard a "whisper" The by play between the characters has always been good but I kinda wish I could comfortably read some books myself instead of listening.


    What other book might you compare The Gift to and why?

    The other books in the series. I will still get "The Lyon's Lady" even if it has the same narrator.


    What didn’t you like about Susan Duerden’s performance?

    The 'whispering' raspy drawn out. Probably trying for sensual but falling short. I don't remember so much whispering when I first read the book. Please Ms Duerden try something else when narrating. Perhaps there should be two narrators, one for male characters and one for female....


    Did The Gift inspire you to do anything?

    cringe. The by play still had me laughing " .. he calls me Damnit Sara ... " I was waiting for that part in the story and wasn't disappointed in that


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    Sandra Hudson, FL 07-08-16
    Sandra Hudson, FL 07-08-16 Member Since 2005

    Sandra H.

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    "Oft repeated, oft enjoyed"

    I have listened to the Gift several times. I live the story, the characters, most especially the two main characters. They are immensely engaging and attractive. When I need a lift it can be assured that I will listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    THERESA SWAYZE 04-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "You'll really enjoy this book "

    Sara is a wonderful character and gives you a great deal of laughter. As all the other stories this one is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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