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The Secret Audiobook

The Secret: Highlands' Lairds, Book 1

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.
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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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    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!

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    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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    "good book, but the narrator accent detracts."

    I enjoyed the story very much, however the accents, both British and Scottish sounded fake and forced. I had a difficult time getting caught up in the story, while being irritated by the performance..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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