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The Secret Audiobook

The Secret: Highlands' Lairds, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Julie Garwood captures the Highland splendor of medieval Scotland in this breathtaking love story. The inspiration for her acclaimed bestseller Ransom, this classic tale is a passionate masterpiece from one of the best-loved storytellers of all time.

Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

In a spirited clash of wills and customs, Judith reveled in the melting bliss of Iain's searching kisses, his passionate caresses. Perplexed by her sprightly defiance, bemused by her tender nature, Iain felt his soul growing into the light and warmth of her love. Surely nothing would wrench her from the affection and trust of Iain and his clan...not even the truth about her father, a devastating secret that could shatter the boldest alliance, and the most glorious of loves!

©2013 Julie Garwood (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    🌼DARA Niagara Falls 04-17-13
    🌼DARA Niagara Falls 04-17-13

    AUDIOBOOKS+TASKS=ADVENTURES! I 💙Romances: Hist./Insp./Contemp.🔹I Also Receive Books In Exchange 4 Reviews In Varied Genres🔹NO SPOILERS 🙊

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    "Nice Historical Highland Romance"

    I found this book to be well written that kept my interest. I enjoyed the friendships, struggles, and romance throughout the book. I don't understand why many people disliked the narrator but I thought she was good.....not great but good. She whispered when the words said "she whispered" so what was the problem. Anyway I will definately listen to the next book in the series.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 01-18-13
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2016

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "MEDIEVAL HIGHLAND ROMANCE AT IT'S BEST"

    Oh boy, I'm so easily pleased - just give me a hunky handsome Highland Warrior in a kilt (a must), add some interesting amusing and likeable characters (also necessary) who are all involved in a charming passionate and funny story (preferable), throw in lots of romance and a little sex (an added bonus) then have it written by the gifted and talented Ms Garwood (wow) finally have it brought to life by the many voices of Susan Duerden and then folks...... I'm one happy lass.

    Audible - I'm afraid you will be getting an email from me soon begging you (on bended knees if necessary) to carry on with this series and add books 2 Ransom and 3 Shadow Music to your Library very very soon so I can add them to mine.

    Worth a credit? Well folks if you're like me and enjoy being mentally transported back in time then that would be a definitely, positively and absolutely YES.

    43 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    kathleen Yardley, PA, United States 07-27-13
    kathleen Yardley, PA, United States 07-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Bravo !!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret the most enjoyable?

    Everything. This was the best book I've ever read or should I say listened to. It made me laugh out loud , cry, and just felt pure happiness and didn't want it to stop.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How pure and innocent and finding true love with no boundaries.


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

    It was a little off and took a little time but she made all her characters come to life.


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

    I couldn't stop. I can't rave enough about it.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this over all the others. Best sellers fifty shades and bared to you were good. But this book was great. Read it. You will love it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J Smith 06-26-13
    J Smith 06-26-13
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    "Fabulous audiobook!!! Loved!"

    I've listened to so many audiobooks and this is the first time I've written a review! I really loved everything about this story! The characters were well defined and the love story was enchanting, funny and spicy! I know there have been a few reviews regarding Susan Duerden's narration, but I loved her voices, male and female! At times, I was laughing out loud at many of the voices of the clan elders! Soooooo funny! I hated getting out of my car! Love love love!!! Thank you Julie for creating a sexy, funny and sweet story for me to get lost in, in horrible traffic!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie Narnia 04-13-13
    MickeyMarie Narnia 04-13-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely A Refreshing Change!"

    It is so refreshing to find a historical romance that is not just a bunch of sex scenes strung together around a weak story. It is also rare to find one.

    The Secret fits that rare mold.

    This story honestly looks at real life on 13th century Scotland, in a funny interesting story that entertains to the last page.

    Ian and Judith and all the rest make just the right kind of clan.

    27 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SPRINGDALE, AR, United States 06-05-13
    Amazon Customer SPRINGDALE, AR, United States 06-05-13
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    "Absolutely loved this story!!"
    Would you listen to The Secret again? Why?

    This was the first book that I have read by Julie. It was so good I could not put it down. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a great romance novel.


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

    Susan was a great narrator. I could tell the difference of the characters just by the voice.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Salehi 05-15-13
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    Where does The Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is perhaps one of my most favorite books. The story was captivating and the narrator did an excellent job bringing the characters to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julia is the main character and I loved her spunk and ability to hold her own against the Highland warriors.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    The characters of the Elder Counsel were brillantly portrayed by Susan. I often laughed outloud during many of their conversations.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kira Little Elm, TX, United States 03-19-13
    Kira Little Elm, TX, United States 03-19-13
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    "FANTASTIC!"

    I could not stop listening to this book. The story was amazing! I laughed out loud so many times. Sexy and Funny!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Smooch CA 02-25-13
    Smooch CA 02-25-13 Member Since 2016

    Lost in a good book

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    "Awesome story and great performance!"
    If you could sum up The Secret in three words, what would they be?

    Romantic, Sassy, Engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love a spirited woman and Judith was beautifully developed with a nice blend of compassion, spirit, and humility. I also enjoyed the humor in the story - many times I laughed out loud! I really loved all the charaters - Ian was strong but tender and so respectful.


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

    I haven't listened to her before but I totally enjoyed listening to her and definately look forward to listening to her again.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Definately made me laugh and when I had to put the book on pause, I couldn't wait until the time I could begin to listen again.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this story - my first Julie Garwood book but won't be my last. She writes a great book. I loved the charaters, the romance was very sweet and perfectly (and respectfully) graphic. The narrator only added to the story making it very enjoyable - I didn't want it to end. I wish the next book was avaliable "Ransom" and read by the same narrator!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer United States 02-23-13
    Kindle Customer United States 02-23-13
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    "Great narrator!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret to be better than the print version?

    The story was excellent. The narrator was terrific! I listened to another Julie Garwood book with a different narrator, and she did a terrible job on the men's voices. They sounded like croaking frogs not the sexy FBI men they were supposed to be. This narrator was wonderful. The men sounded like men. The accent was also good. I will make sure the narrator is a good one before I buy another book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was excellent. The characters were loveable and the story very funny.


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

    She did an excellent job. The accent was good and the men sounded like men.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, laugh, and more laughter!


    Any additional comments?

    Please give us good narrators. It makes all the difference when it is an audible book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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