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The Rose Garden Audiobook

The Rose Garden

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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

©2011 Susanna Kearsley (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Kearsley masterfully writes authentic voices for Eva and Daniel as they wrestle with their improbable connection and its implications." (Publishers Weekly)

"Kearsley makes the impossible seem real as sheweaves a tale full of genuine characters [with] a strong sense of place and makes history come alive." (Booklist)

"Susanna Kearsley's The Rose Garden is an enthralling and achingly romantic read." (BookPage)

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    Gina Quiroz Raleigh, NC 02-02-13
    Gina Quiroz Raleigh, NC 02-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow! This is a keeper"

    The Rose Garden takes the reader into a world of passion, friendship, and love while balancing the present and the past. The ending was fantastic and had such a twist I had to listen to the entire book again. I hope Susanna Kearsley writes more of this story and makes it a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia M. Clay PEN ARGYL, PA, United States 01-21-13
    Patricia M. Clay PEN ARGYL, PA, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Enjoyable story, great performance"

    I had previously listed to Kearsley's The Winter Sea. I loved it. This book was not as strong of a story to me. I enjoyed it more as I progressed through it. I think I was thrown off by some of the similarities between the two books. If I had read them further apart, that probably would not have been an issue. Perhaps I'm being overly critical! In any case, this is a heartfelt story, with aspects of fantasy that lead you to be curious about what is actually going on here. The fantastic aspects are handled matter of factly, and you are led to simply accept them. Kearsley has a knack for describing scenes in a way to make them come alive. There are very good characters here, but not quite as strong as in The Winter Sea. If you like history, romance, and fantastical elements, this is a good book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Beth Maschner 01-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I loved it!"

    Susanna Kearsley never fails to entertain. All time travel stories are going to have some similar traits, but this one had enough originality to make it really refreshing. I enjoyed the story and the varied characters in both eras. The ending had a bit of a twist that I didn't expect. The main characters accent was a little too American sounding but not enough to detract from the story, and was otherwise excellent. This author is in my top ten favorites and look forward to her next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    3D New Jersey 12-24-12
    3D New Jersey 12-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Frustrating Plot"
    Would you try another book from Susanna Kearsley and/or Nicola Barber?

    Maybe


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

    No


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It was OK.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Rose Garden?

    I would have suggested some sort of ending with a bit of action. Very unsatisfying ending.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TML 12-22-12
    TML 12-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Not one of Kearsley's best"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was just okay. The time travel aspect of it was poorly developed and the love story was not believable. Nobody does time travel as well as Diana Gabaldon.


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

    No. I loved listening to Kearsley's book, "The Winter Sea" and expected the same caliber of story.


    What three words best describe Nicola Barber’s performance?

    Not one of the better readers. I found her voice immature. Sometimes she had an American accent for one of the characters and sometimes she didn't.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 12-19-12
    Catherine 12-19-12
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    "Lovely Story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Rose Garden the most enjoyable?

    Having listened to The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley, I couldn't wait to listen to more of her books. She has a true gift.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The two stories flowed gently. There were no harsh transitions.


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

    Nicola Barber was an excellent narrator.


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

    I didn't want to rush through the book. I enjoyed listening to the story in shorter segments. I wanted to savor the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend Susanna Kearsley's books. I have also read The Winter Sea and Mariana. I can't wait to read all her books.
    Susanna Kearsley's is one of my new favorite authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jami Atlanta, GA, United States 12-05-12
    Jami Atlanta, GA, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Romance and adventure while traveling through time"

    I was thoroughly entertained by this book. I listened to it on my long drive to visit my mother in another state during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. I enjoyed the characters who all had such bold, yet different personalities. Thanks to the combination of Susanna Kearsley's writing and Nicola Barber's narration, I could picture each of the characters as if they were standing right in front of me.

    The only area of improvement that I would point out is the way Nicola Barber would suddenly lose a character's accent while reading their part. It was a little distracting at times.

    Overall, however, I thought the audio book was well done. It brought to mind one of my favorite movies, Somewhere In Time. Only in this book, the woman is the one who goes back in time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Flossiesmommy Amelia Island, FL United States 11-28-12
    Flossiesmommy Amelia Island, FL United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2013
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    "I wish I hadn't wasted the credit."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A whole different book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Susanna Kearsley again?

    No. Not on a bet.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Big disappointment. From the description, I thought there'd be more mystery, more build up, but it was a boring "oooh I'm in love with him from moment go" type of yawner. No need to suspend belief for the time travel - I was wishing I could go bank in time to have back the hours I spent listening to this hogwash.


    Any additional comments?

    Bleagh.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda WV, United States 11-21-12
    Amanda WV, United States 11-21-12
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    "What a Romantic Story!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Rose Garden the most enjoyable?

    the story was well written and very enjoyable to listen to, it was different from the usual story i like to "read" but I really enjoyed it


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rose Garden?

    The "moment" in front of the fireplace where they first kiss, so romanctic without being sexual or cheezy


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

    beautifully written


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when she would travel back in time


    Any additional comments?

    worth "reading"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel 11-21-12
    Rachel 11-21-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A struggle to listen to..."
    What could Susanna Kearsley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book was slow from the beginning and the story line did not go anywhere.


    Did Nicola Barber do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I should have paid better attention to the other reviewers when they said the narrator reads internal thought with a British accent and speaks with and American/Canadian accent.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money on this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • lindalesley
    1/1/15
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    "The Rose Garden!!!!"

    Time travel extraordinaire. Listen and find out for yourself beguiling a story I have ever listened to.
    Enjoy and be beguiled

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DubaiReader
    Rowlands Castle, United Kingdom
    7/31/12
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    "Magiacal realism at its best."

    I'm pretty fussy when it comes to magical realism, the balance between being believable and being silly is a fine line in my opinion. Susanna Kearsley was spot-on, however. Both elements, the present and the past, were perfectly joined, even blurring into one another. And the ending was brilliant.

    I have to disagree with the reviewers who disliked the narrator, Nicola Barber. I thouroughly enjoyed her version of the story. She gave Fergal a great Irish accent (to my non-Irish ears) and Eva had a believably mild American twang. It was occasionally over-enunciated but all in all it was a pleasure to listen and I was sorry when the final line had been read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • HartofGlass
    Charing, Kent
    12/19/11
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    "Dreadful narrator......"

    I have to agree with the last reviewer. This is a bland story, made unbearably irritating by a dreadful narrator whose tone of voice seems totally unrelated to the words expressed. Best to give it a miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JANE WILSON
    11/16/11
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    "NOT WORTH THE MONEY"

    10 minutes after finishing this book, I was struggling to remember anything about it. So light and insubstantial that it floated off. Any merit it had was countered by the truly awful reader. Where do they get 'em? Lets hope she didn't cost much. Anyway, as far as I recall, this story was about a woman who flitted back & forth between the present day and 18th c. No insight into the resultant culture clash, or any recognition that personal hygiene was pretty primitive in the 18th c. Just - girl sees really hot bloke, falls for same and rides off into the sunset. What a load of old cobblers.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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