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.
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.
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
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 !!!!
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!
the voice of the reader was soothing enough to keep me enticed. Also, it did not deviate from the actual book and I did not feel like it was lacking. All in all for an audio book I will listen again.
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.
I liked the beginning, before the heroine lost some of her spunk, and she hit him in the head with the rock.
Is she talking with a sock in her mouth?
No. I didn't like the heroine too much by the end. Bring back the lady at the beginning, then absolutely.
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.
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.
Not in this genre but it did make me never want to listen to anything Anne Flosnik narrates.
Definitely! She was the worst narrator ever!
The story line seemed ok but I couldn't get passed the horrible narration.
The narrator ade it a painful experience
pick a different person to read it
the narrator should have sounded less monoton and more natural. made the heroine sound like a hag
this narrator nearly drove me insain
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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