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.
Couldn't listen to it long enough to know the story
The scottish accent sounds like someone who is suffering from severe constipation. It unlistenable. I had to stop it 30 min in to the book.
I wish I had accepted the bad reviews and steered clear of this Audible book. I have no idea if the story is good, but this version is awful!
The narrator was TERRIBLE! I couldn't listen more than ten minutes!
I wasn't able to get past the terrible narrator to even get into the story.
The narrator had little inflection in her voice and each sentence ended with the same sound. Awful!!!!
Whoever produced this story should have their skills examined. How could anyone listen to that and think it's okay? I have listened to A LOT of audiobooks, and this was the worst narrator!! Hands down!!!
Unfortunately, the crazy, raspy, often too loud voices this narrator chose for the men, coupled with the" never matured" voices she stuck with for the main female characters were silly and distracting. However, I did enjoy the story, and do recommend the book, because I was able to get into the story enough to ignore Susan's take on Julie's characters.
Totally addicted to Audible.
I usually enjoy Julie Garwood books more than I did this one. It was not bad but I have no desire to get the rest of this series.
I love Garwood's romances. I bought this because it was one of my favorite romance novels of all time. I hated Susan Duerden's performance of it and almost couldn't make it through my favorite romance.
I just love the relationships and that the character isn't some crazy headstrong lady- she is a realistically submissive bust still spirited character of her time.
Her sing song patronizing, childish way of speaking. And the way she voiced the men hurt my throat just to listen to.
Sigh. Tough to say if its worth the listening time. To be honest- I probably will never listen to it again. I would rather read the novel than listen to her voice again.
I love Julie Garwood historical romances! I've read this book several times before, and most of her others, and enjoy her wit. In fact, I've been waiting for The Wedding, one of my favorites, to be on Audible. I can't say I enjoy the way this is narrated though - I find the voices the narrator uses for children, and the main characters really irritating! Judith sounds so child-like, and I don't like the voices she uses for male characters at all. The cadence of it is also something I had a hard time getting used to, she drags out the last word in each sentence in a tone more like the end of a question. It wasn't enough that I felt the need to delete it from my library, but enough that although I really want Ransom, I don't think I'm going to get it since it's the same narrator. I just suggest listening to the sample before purchasing. If it doesn't bother you, then go for it - it's a really enjoyable book!
Julie Garwood usually makes me laugh - her dialog can be very witty!
I love to read! With kids, that hobby is impossible...enter Audible...problem solved. Chores that I dread are now quiet time for this Mommy!!!
I hesitated before purchasing this title, which is not something I do when Julie Garwood is the Author. I read the reviews on the story and the narrator and was put off for months. Finally, after cleaning out my wishlist, I took the leap. I am so glad that I gave this novel a chance. The story is beautiful, funny, full of chemistry and so classic Garwood. This novel captivated me. I haven't fallen in love with one of her novels this much since Honor's Splendor.
The narration is difficult to adjust to at first and I feel that Rosalyn Landor would have been a better choice. However, I adjusted to Susan Duerden's stlye fairly quiclky and her voices became the characters for me. My rule of thumb is this: If you can't get through the sample then don't buy the book.
I would reccomend this to anyone who is looking for a good romp through the highlands. Also, please remember this is Historical FICTION. I don't read this genre to learn about historical events. If you are looking for 100% historical accuracy, check out the non-fiction History section Audible offers.
These reviews are done by his wife :)
The rich characters and funny interaction make their relationship interactions interesting.
The characters seem real.
If you are looking for a well written story with some romance, this is an awesome book.
Having read and re-read the Garwood classic, I was enthusiastic in purchasing the audio version. Previous Garwood historicals have been well done; however, the narrator's renditions drove me to distraction.
Garwood spend considerable time researching information about Medieval customs and the Church. Certain descriptions were appaling and enlightening at times.
The bond between Judith and Frances Catherine was extraordinary.
If one can get past the narration and focus on the excellent plot, it is well worth the expenditure.
This wasn't time well spent. The story line was unrealistic to say the least. When a seven year old boy can fell a grown woman with a single stone and then knock her out with another thrown stone that just happens to hit her in the temple I have trouble sustaining belief in the story. And again, when Judith Elizabeth is taken captive by her father, who doesn't know he is her father and as far as he knows she is just a captive, in reality he would have back handed her for her mouthy comments, not denounced her one minute and praised her the next. These characters were not believable in the least.
She could have done better research so her characters would have behaved in a way that was more true to the time period she wrote about.
Where do I start? The Scots accents were horrible, and when she read the men's voices it sounded as though it was painful to say the least. Was she doing this while gargling? The last word in every sentence was drawn out in a breathy kind of sigh that had more in common with valley girl speak than well-enunciated English.
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