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The Secret Audiobook
The Secret
Written by: 
Julie Garwood
Narrated by: 
Susan Duerden
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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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    Kristen MIDDLETOWN, RI, United States 02-13-13
    Kristen MIDDLETOWN, RI, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great listen"

    This is book is one of my favorites. I am excited to be able to listen to it now!! I don't think I have listened to anything Susan Duerden has narrated and not enjoyed completely.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara United States 02-07-13
    Barbara United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Story & Romance in the Scottish Highlands"

    This story was excellent AND the narrator was also wonderful! (I am so glad I didn't let the poor reviews of this narrator dissuade me!!)
    An absorbing historical romance with charming characters -- I loved this book and did not want it to end!! So sad to see that Audible doesn't have Ransom - the next in the series (hint, hint!)
    The narrator does whisper and like another reviewer said the dialogue between Judith and Ian is outstanding -- pillow talk really and so seductive..... The whispers of the elders only added to the charm of these Scottish Warrior leaders.
    More please......

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer BOWMAN, SC, United States 02-02-13
    Amazon Customer BOWMAN, SC, United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2016
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    "I love this book!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not only would I recommend this book, I have to anyone who will listen. I love Iain and Judith. The story was touching with the strong warrior that has a gentle side for his lady


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked everything about this book. I can't choose just one instance


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

    Iain and Judith


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

    When Iain found Judith after she had been hurt


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie 01-29-13
    Debbie 01-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "This is the best audible yet"

    I laughed out loud so enjoyed all the people that are involved
    I realy insiste you try this

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    erin new orleans, LA, United States 01-26-13
    erin new orleans, LA, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2006
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    "charming, sweet, funny- need more like it"
    What did you love best about The Secret?

    charming. love the time period. Sweet and funny without being sappy. I wish there were more books out there like this one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    loved all the characters. I really hope the author decides to expand on this story line and develop all of these characters to their full potential.


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

    Great choice of narrator


    Any additional comments?

    Charming. Some truly memorable lines. Great dialogue. Can't wait for the next one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-01-14
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2015
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    "An absolutely lovely story"

    Beauty wins over the love of a Scottish Laird who has been brainwashed all his life to hate the English. The first half of the story is very engaging and entertaining and after the second half starts not a whole lot happens that adds to the story. It stays stagnant almost to about two chapters to the end where it picks up again. I still enjoyed the story overall and felt that the narrator did a good job as well.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    XmasMom 03-01-14
    XmasMom 03-01-14
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    "The Highlands and Julie Garwood, equals...The Best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course I would recommend it to anyone who is in historicals.
    Julie Garwood does this type of books real well. This is the first in a series, a series you must read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret?

    When Iain decides to keep Judith and she's not quite sure what she's doing in front of the elders when he tries to get her to marry him...


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

    It's not what she brings to the story that's not in the book but more like another way of seeing things, with other views.


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

    There are quite a lot of them but at the end when Iain is ready to leave the clan with Judith is one.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    BlithelyBookishReviews APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States 02-20-14
    BlithelyBookishReviews APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2015

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    "5 romantic, funny, very sexy stars!"



    Audio/Kindle/Paperback Review

    Very rarely do I have the opportunity to read a book that isn't a review required read, but I needed something familiar, something comforting this past week, and so I chose to re-read/listen to this story.

    I am so, so very glad I did!

    I had read The Secret (paperback) years ago and never reviewed because I was on a Julie Garwood binge. Book after book, I didn't have time to stop and write down my thoughts because I couldn't stop reading long enough to do so. This story will always be a favorite read, but as a listen? It's amazing!

    My review...

    Julie Garwood was my first venture into Historical Romance, and the genre became an instant favorite. I grabbed every single Garwood HR I could get my hands on, and wept when I learned she wasn't writing HR anymore.

    Okay, maybe "wept" is a bit of an exaggeration, but not much!

    When people ask what my favorite HR novel is, I always think of Garwood's books. The Prize, The Bride, The Wedding... it's hard to pick an all time favorite. But I can honestly say, The Secret is right up there on the list.

    And I've fallen in love with it, all over again.

    This past weekend I listened (and read along - Kindle) to Susan Duerden not just read the book, but perform it. Her incredible ability to let each character's unique personality shine through made this an absolute delight to experience.

    The prologue is one of the best I had ever read, and now listening to Ms. Duerden bring the wee little girls, Judith and Frances Catherine to life... then bring them together again as grown women whose friendship passed the test of time and will inspire Lairds and clansmen... truly, I can't put into words how much I enjoyed this story. No, how much I LOVE this story! Every page, every sentence, every word...

    The bottom line...

    As I said, my reading time is precious to me and there isn't enough of it, but when I needed something familiar and comforting, I chose this book. That in itself should bear testament to how much I adore The Secret.

    I sighed, I smiled, I laughed... the witty dialog and laugh out loud banter, the sexual chemistry... it captured my heart and made me fall in love with the obstinate Laird Iain Maitland and the adorable, equally obstinate Lady Judith, all over again.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Baker 01-24-13
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    "book spoiled by narrator"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Duerden’s performances?

    No


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

    Disappointment. This is my favorite Garwood book. I was really happy to see it available in audio, but Duerden's gravelly voiced, whispery narration totally spoiled it.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could write to someone in charge of selecting narrators and tell them to stop using Susan Duerden. Her narration of men's voices gets worse with each recording and really spoils a good audio book.

    20 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    VIRGINIA 01-20-13
    VIRGINIA 01-20-13
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    "horrible narration"
    What would have made The Secret better?

    A different narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret?

    Love the book and was looking forward to the audio but the narration was so horrible.


    What didn’t you like about Susan Duerden’s performance?

    She does horrible men's voices. She makes the main character sound like a child. She whispers too much as well.


    What character would you cut from The Secret?

    Love all of the characters!


    Any additional comments?

    Please tell me that the rest of the books in this series will have a different narrator!!!!!

    22 of 32 people found this review helpful

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