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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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    Victoria Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 02-04-14
    Victoria Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 02-04-14 Member Since 2016
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    "The lead male character sounded like Voldemort!"
    Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Susan Duerden?

    Julie Garwood's historical books are always entertaining but the narration on "The Gift" was so distracting that it ruined the book for me.


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

    "The Bride" also by Julie Garwood, was a better story and far superior narration.


    How could the performance have been better?

    There were two major problems with the performance. First, the lead male character sounded like Voldemort most of the time. There was a wheezy hissing quality that didn't sound anything like the masculine voice one would expect from a leading male in a romantic novel.

    The other issue was that almost every non-dialog sentence was repeated in the same sing-song cadence every single time, regardless of appropriate tone (comedic, dramatic, etc). This made long stretches of text without dialog monotonous in their constant sing-song manner.


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    Skipper 01-19-14
    Skipper 01-19-14

    A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.

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    "Narrator Ruined It"

    I really enjoyed the book when I read it, but the narrator gives every male character a harsh whispery tone that really turned me off. Ugh.

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    Gayle Faribault, MN 01-12-14
    Gayle Faribault, MN 01-12-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't put it down"

    Now that I am into this series, I am not getting anything else done because I want to put all the pieces together. Garwood has introduced many characters in this series that I have come to enjoy and want to see what happens to them. I was surprised by the main characters in this one, it's a twist from what I expected, but I was pleased that she created another original miss for the story line. Looking forward to book #4.

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    MaineOne maine 11-18-13
    MaineOne maine 11-18-13

    reviews for fun

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    "Irritating character"

    I would have rated this book higher if it had not been for the main character Sara. She was such a ridiculous, whiny, bossy, foolish character for me that it detracted from the story. She was much too irritating for me. I would have back handed her. Lol. Nathan had the patience of Job. I, on the other hand found her too tedious too like.

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    Angela Rexberg, ID, United States 11-02-13
    Angela Rexberg, ID, United States 11-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I love Judith's books"
    If you could sum up The Gift in three words, what would they be?

    Well told story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Julie Garwood? Why or why not?

    Yes I have read many of her books, incluing The Bride, Prince Charming, The Secret,just to name a few. I will of course continue to be a fan, but many of Garwoods Heros, and Heroines are very simylor. I have a hard time remembering what charators went with what book.


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

    I love Susan Duerden especially for this author. Susan does man voices very well,and is perfect for an angry hero :)


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

    Beware the insane girl.... she may look normal.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes the heroine,........can anyone really be that dumb, and be alive? Come on Miss Garland, I think we need to do better research into survival of the fitest. Other then that it was a very enjoyable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonna 10-19-13
    Jonna 10-19-13

    I have a PhD in American Literature but my love affair with romance novels on audible is going strong.

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    "Book is more enjoyable if you know the series"

    It took me a while to want to read this book because the description didn't sound interesting, but when you read the series from the beginning (and the 1st and 2nd books are the stronger ones) then you just have to read the rest of the books because you know the characters now and so you have more of the backstory. By the time I got to this book after 1 and 2 there was no doubt I would spend the credit, and it was worth it.

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    Kimberly 10-01-13
    Kimberly 10-01-13 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Annoying Gift"

    I was so annoyed with the Sarah character in this book I almost quit listening. Sarah is so stupid it is amazing she lived as long as she had. She keeps referring to the pirates as "her staff" and completely unable to understand anything she didn't want to - and the stupid parasols!!

    Nathan is much more damaged than the previous book eluded too. I could not see them as a couple at all. He didn't want a wife, he wanted a robot with all the right parts.

    This is the first JG book I actually got annoyed with. For $10 not so much, if it were $3 - maybe - but certainly not worth a credit.

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    Amazon Customer LAWRENCE, MA, US 09-02-13
    Amazon Customer LAWRENCE, MA, US 09-02-13 Member Since 2016
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    "I really enjoyed this book it was very interested."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gift to be better than the print version?

    I believe very much so


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration was very good and understandable


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    she was really superb


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

    yes but I sure tried to listen every free moment I can spare in order to finish the book.


    Any additional comments?

    It was so well done - the story was really great and got my interest throughout the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Old Post Atlanta, GA, United States 08-11-13
    Old Post Atlanta, GA, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Romance Novel"
    Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Susan Duerden?

    If this novel is indicative of her books I would not.


    What was most disappointing about Julie Garwood’s story?

    This is just an average Romance Novel. There is no depth to the story or characters.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I think she did the best she could with the story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in a mind numbing listening experience this is for you.

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    Sherri Portsmouth, VA, United States 08-07-13
    Sherri Portsmouth, VA, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Yuck!"

    Sara (the main female character) is a total twit. Someone should have thrown her overboard. I couldn't finish the book.

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