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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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    seattlesue Seattle, WA 10-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Narration a bit distracting"

    Some of the male characters sounded like they were from Edinburgh via Newark. I'm sure that creating these vocal personas can't be easy, but while these were consistent, they didn't sound authentic.

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    sherene Troy, MI, United States 10-05-16
    sherene Troy, MI, United States 10-05-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Pass on this one. A waste of a credit."

    The narrator does a horrible job with the male voices. I struggled to get through the last hour of the book.

    The leading lady was annoying as well.

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    Myra 10-02-16
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    Greatly enjoyed this book. Loved the story, wish the Laird voice hadn't been so whisper breathy. Didn't sound so much like a big Laird. Book 2 in this series is amazing though. I have read this series so many times and never get tired of it.

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    Tennessee Mrs 10-02-16

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    "Annoying narrator"

    Loved the book but the narrator was very annoying. All of the screaming was extreme and if the book hadn't been good I would have stopped it soon after the uncle's tirade. But alas, I muddled through since I spent the money on it.

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    I didnt remember purchasing this book but it was in my library so guessed I had thought it would be a good listen at some point. Where was I and what had I been drinking when I did? The story is nothing more than the old "dime store novel" and the narration is almost laughable.

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    Emily 09-29-16
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Julie Garwood again?

    I love Julie Garwood in general but this was awful.


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

    The characters were not likable, the main character was vapid and weak, the narrator was awful. Boring Boring Boring.


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    Meg E Dobson United States 09-28-16
    Meg E Dobson United States 09-28-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Solid Romance in Historical"

    I rarely seek out these historical romances but I have a huge fondness for Julie Garland's Highlander books. Enjoy, but the tartan colors were a creation of later day marketers.

    Narrator does a fine job as well.

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    Dayanna Keeley 09-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration TERRIBLE!,,,"

    Couldn't listen to this book due to narration. I would try another book by author but not with this narrator.

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    The male voices were a terrible combination of sandpaper/foghorn, the females high/squeaky. It would have been better if the SD had used something closer to a normal voice. The dialogue was acted well, but everything else was spoken in cadence rather than truly narrated.

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    Janet Cecchettini Hinsdale, IL United States 08-07-16
    Janet Cecchettini Hinsdale, IL United States 08-07-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Awful!!"

    Predictable storyline and horrible narration. I know that this is fiction and not intended to be "historical fiction", but let's try to at least use appropriate language and references. "You may kiss the bride" at a 12th century Scots wedding? The frequent use of the word "daft" reminds the listener that the story takes place in Scotland, in case the unbearable accent of the narrator didn't already lead you to that conclusion. Don't waste a credit. Please Audible - include the original publication date of materials in any format. They may be new to your site or new to audio formatting, but this was written in 1992 with the release date of 2013 shown on your site.

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