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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This was a book I loved reading but I couldn't make it through a chapter. Narration took away from a wonderful story.
First I must say I don't mind Anne Flosnik as so many other people do. Seems you either really like her narration or really hate it. I think she does fine, I've listened to many of her books. So would definitely recommend listening to a sample first before you get this one. That said, this story kept my interest. At times I got a little sick of the 'heavy handed' attitude of Royce. On the other hand, I'm sure men were even more that way back in this time period. The heroine seemed inconsistent at times. At first she was portrayed as very strong and self sufficient, but then she became too compliant at times. Otherwise I did enjoy this story. Some of the dialog had me chuckling out loud, reminded me of some of the miscommunication in my own marriage. I do like this genre of novel. They can be predictable, but then I listen to them as a getaway. Overall this author is one of my favorites.
The story is a fun, lighthearted romance with strong comedic elements set in the time of William the Conquerer. It is fluffy and sparkling with a strong, like able cast and believable (for a romance novel) characters and situations. The plot is fun, moves at a decent pace, and doesn't require too much thought, perfect for a rainy afternoon, to enjoy a few hours of mindless amusement. All this being said, the poor choice in narrator virtually ruins the story.
I loved how the protagonists were both continually trying to get the better of each other and the situation. It made for some cute, memorable scenes, and made them both interesting and likeable.
Her narration skills were poor to non-existent. I'd seen previous reviews as to the quality of her performance, but stubbornly bought the book because I wanted something lighthearted and fun for a car trip. As I have always loved the author and this book, I thought I could ignore a mediocre performance. However, the terrible voice depictions, poor timing, pacing, and delivery, all made it a chore to listen to. Flosnik's inability to make The characters sound like anything other than old women or sinister villains with a head cold was distracting, disheartening, and disturbing.
If The Prize was ever immortalized on film as a romantic period comedy, Chris Hemsworth and Margot Robbie would nicely fill the lead roles nicely.
Skip the audiobook and go straight to the paperback!
engossing, enticing, exciting
I loved when the heroine got to choose her groom.
Anne Flosnik did a great job on the narration, and as soon as I finish up the last few chapters, I'm going to get another Julie Garwood book to enjoy. It's been years since I first read this, but enjoyed it today as much as I did then - maybe even more with Anne Flosnik's narration.!
I'm still reading it- so i can't say how it ends (although, i wouldn't have started it without knowing it would probably end happily! just a sucker for happy endings!) but so far (1/2 way through) and i just can't stop listening! Its so good, and so funny! Check Mate- and all kinds of great scenes. Highly suggest. Anne Flosnik does a good enough job to keep it going, although she's not my favorite.
Two very strong individuals with strong personal & family values came together to form a solid marriage.
Loved the cleverness of both Nicholaa and Royce. They were a good match for each other.
Ann Flosnick is a very good female narrator...NOT so much a male narrator, though.
The story was charming and steamy and less predictable than many historical romances.
It was difficult to get beyond her voice. The male characters were dreadful but the worst part was when Nicholaa was drunk, it made my ears bleed.
There seemed to be two female leads Nicholaa before the wedding and Nicholaa after. I would have liked to see more of the why she was the "Prize" continue through the story.
I love Julie Garwood's books and when narrated by Rosalyn Landor, they audio book is great. This narrator, Anne Flosnik, is ruining the story. The voices she uses are aweful and her sing-song rhythm is annoying.
Anne Flosnik is a great Narrator, especially of passionate scenes. She captures the true excitement and passion of the moment and makes one feel all the urgency of desires the characters feel. Her way of portraying the hero’s male voice made me love him all the more. The only scene I thought did not turn out that great was the drunken talk by the heroin - but then who ever sounds good while drunk?! I’ve listened to many stories by this Narrator and have always been well pleased. Anne Flosnik is especially good with her Scottish accent.
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