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The Prize | [Julie Garwood]

The Prize

In the resplendence of William the Conqueror's London court, the lovely Saxon captive, Nicholaa was forced to choose a husband from the assembled Norman nobles. She chose Royce, a baron warrior whose fierce demeanor could not conceal his chivalrous and tender heart. Resourceful, rebellious and utterly naive, Nicholaa vowed to bend Royce to her will, despite the whirlwind of feelings he aroused in her.
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In the resplendence of William the Conqueror's London court, the lovely Saxon captive, Nicholaa, was forced to choose a husband from the assembled Norman nobles. She chose Royce, a baron warrior whose fierce demeanor could not conceal his chivalrous and tender heart. Resourceful, rebellious and utterly naive, Nicholaa vowed to bend Royce to her will, despite the whirlwind of feelings he aroused in her. Ferocious in battle, seasoned in passion, Royce was surprised by the depth of his emotion whenever he caressed his charming bride.

In a climate of utmost treachery, where Saxons still intrigued against their Norman invaders, Royce and Nicholaa revelled in their precious new love...a fervent bond soon to be disrupted by the call of blood, kin, and country!

©1991 Julie Garwood; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    evelyn Richland, WA, United States 05-08-10
    evelyn Richland, WA, United States 05-08-10 Member Since 2010
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    "horribly narrated"

    Ugh! I absolutly love Julie Garwoods books, but this narrator did "voices" that were reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh. I could not get past her awful accent and constant change in vocal pitch.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 12-30-11
    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 12-30-11 Member Since 2010

    Audio-fiction ADDICT !

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    "Not bad but not the best"

    A typical Garwood historical . Enjoyable but not breathe-taking . Ann Flosnik is a good narrator but her male voice in some of the books like this is soooooooo thick and villainous , it's so irritating !!!!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 07-16-12
    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 07-16-12

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    "The Prize is a Julie Garwood Classic"

    I have now listened to this book three times, & I'm still not bored with it. The antics that take place between Nicholaa and Royce are both funny and heart-warming. Nicholaa is an undisputed heroine in this book. And Royce ends up being the bear that's really just a teddy bear :)

    As some other readers have said about this book, and Garwood's other historical romance novels on Audible, the narration done by Anne Flosnik is a little over-the-top. But at the same time, let's be honest. This is a romance novel. Flosnik's narration simply highlights the inevitable cheesiness of the genre. I don't think it takes away from the book, or makes it any less enjoyable.

    In my opinion, The Prize is a must-have!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie GRETNA, VA, United States 06-23-11
    Carrie GRETNA, VA, United States 06-23-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great Story"

    Love Julie Garwood. Have read this many times and enjoyed hearing it as well.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsey 03-10-14
    Lindsey 03-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "It is cookie cutter Garwood"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Enh. It is nothing unqiue, just standard Garwood fare. It seems they all start with a strong female character fighting adversity, enter hero, heroine tries to change herself, hero decides he likes her as she was, kind of, and then she will doing something marginally feisty, then acts like the docile little wife.


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

    I liked the beginning, before the heroine lost some of her spunk, and she hit him in the head with the rock.


    What didn’t you like about Anne Flosnik’s performance?

    Is she talking with a sock in her mouth?


    Do you think The Prize needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I didn't like the heroine too much by the end. Bring back the lady at the beginning, then absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    It is just like any other Garwood book. She has a formula, she sticks to it. It is entertaining, and if you can get past the narration, it is not bad.

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    Jennifer NORTH BENTON, OHIO, United States 04-04-13
    Jennifer NORTH BENTON, OHIO, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The narrating is so aweful I couldn't finish it."
    What would have made The Prize better?

    They should use a different narrator. I didn't enjoy her voice. It sounded as if she tried to speak in a manly tone and it made it too annoying to listen to.


    Has The Prize turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not in this genre but it did make me never want to listen to anything Anne Flosnik narrates.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anne Flosnik?

    Definitely! She was the worst narrator ever!


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

    The story line seemed ok but I couldn't get passed the horrible narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chioma 04-02-13
    Chioma 04-02-13
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    "this narrator sucks"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The narrator ade it a painful experience


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

    pick a different person to read it


    How could the performance have been better?

    the narrator should have sounded less monoton and more natural. made the heroine sound like a hag


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    this narrator nearly drove me insain

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Buettner 02-24-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Can't take it anymore!"

    So unfortunate! I really wanted to like this book, but the narration has killed it for me. The narrator's voice is very nasal, sounds whiny and drags out words unnecessarily. I literally forced myself to listen to about 2/3's of it (time I will never get back!) and can't do it anymore. I've completely lost interest in the story. Not sure at this point if it's the story dragging on or the fact that all I can focus on is the bad narration. Sorry... I hate leaving a bad review, but I feel like it was a credit wasted.

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    Shella United States 01-28-13
    Shella United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not up to par"

    I usually enjoy Garwood books but this one drags! I haven't been able to make myself finish it. I do not care for the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michaela Lumberton, Texas, United States 12-06-12
    Michaela Lumberton, Texas, United States 12-06-12
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    "Big let down"
    Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Anne Flosnik?

    Yes, I would try another book by Julie Garwood.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Julie Garwood again?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Anne Flosnik’s performances?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from The Prize?

    The female lead


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed Julie Garwood's books in the past. However, this book was not my favorite. The female lead was so irritating! I just wanted to smack her for being so dense!! I would not recommend this to anyone as a purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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