Smite Turner is renowned for his single-minded devotion to his duty as a magistrate. But behind his relentless focus lies not only a determination to do what is right, but the haunting secrets of his past - secrets that he is determined to hide, even if it means keeping everyone else at arm's length. Until the day an irresistible woman shows up as a witness in his courtroom.
Miranda Darling isn't in trouble - yet. But she's close enough that when Turner threatens her with imprisonment if she puts one foot wrong, she knows she should run in the other direction. And yet no matter how forbidding the man seems on the outside, she can't bring herself to leave. Instead, when he tries to push her away, she pushes right back - straight through his famous self-control, and into the heart of the passion that he has long hidden away.
©2011 Courtney Milan (P)2012 Courtney Milan
I thought that the level of story telling-both the writing and performance was particularly engaging. The characters were full, the love story was compelling and the sub-plot was actually intriguing and ultimately satisfying.
Nicole Quinn gave life to these characters. She told the story without getting in the way of it. She was able to heighten the impact of a very dramatic plot, while keeping it very simple and real. I thoroughly enjoyed her reading and think she is a very gifted narrator.
The narrators voice is a bit unique with a nice raspy tone that worked very well with the setting of this story. Since the story is set in the working class area of London, I really appreciated hearing a narration that fit. She did a wonderful job with all the different characters--I could always tell when Miranda or Smite was speaking and that is always important to me as I get distracted by my work sometimes and miss parts of the audio. At times, some characters were harder to understand, especially the ones in the courtroom, but that dialect can be hard for me to read sometimes as well. I will admit at first I was not sure if I was going to enjoy the narration, but after I settled in, I grew to enjoy the performance. I thought her accents, both male and female, worked well with the setting of this story. Overall, I thought this was a good fit for a favorite book of mine. The dialects, romance and action all were captured in a way that I found enjoyable.
What a fabulous story. Unfortunately the narrator was really bad. if she just had to read in one person, female, she was very good. As soon as she began with other characters, especially male, it was painful. I persevered however because the story was that intriguing.
The narrator. I couldn't get past her voice to like or not like the book. And each book in this series has a different narrator. I prefer consistency.
If the last two books I've read are an indication, no. But I know her other books are good. The Turner series just isn't her best.
I'm not sure this narrator's voice can be improved.
Not that I could tell. I'll try reading instead of listening to it.
No one; the narrator is terrible. She croaks, she mispronounces words; her accents are all wrong. Courtney Milan writes fun and interesting romances, but this one is impossible to get through as a recording. I've seen all of the other negative Audible reviews about the narrator; I wish I'd seen them before I bought this audiobook, but it's too late to return it. I am adding my own very negative review not to dump on Courtney Milan but to try to get other people to boycott this particular production and maybe help to force publishing houses to take the readers/actors of their audiobooks more seriously. It is really an issue for those of us dependent on audio versions to miss out on good books because of the narration. We put up with some mediocre narrators when we really want to read something, but this one is too, too awful. I wish there was some more direct way to say to publishers how very much it matters who the reader is. I know there are books which get worse audible reviews than they otherwise would because of the narrator. I think that often the listener is put off by narration that just isn't good enough and end up panning a book they would otherwise like.
My pet peeves are readers who can't do a full range of voices (male/female/child/old), narrators who are young and ignorant and have no idea what they're reading, so they mistake words as they read them. "Burying the lead; and old newspaper term that is read burying the leed, as in the lead paragraph of a newspaper story, mispronounced 'burying the led" which is meaningless. I could go on, but other listeners will know what I mean. And this reader does pronounce the British version of jail (gaol) which should be pronounced just like jail as 'gah-ol'. (This was mentioned before, but it is particulalry egregious in a reader who is pretending to be British.)
Smite Turner, but I'm going to have to read his story rather than listen to it.
Never, ever, ever. I went and listened to the samples of the 9 books she's read available on Audible, and she is terrible in every single one.
Audible; please pay attention to the actors/readers that are being complained about. I know there must be some issues about how much the publishing houses are willing to put into a book they're not sure will sell on Audible, but the books will certainly get ignored or panned if the narrator is no good. I do wish there was some more direct way to black ball certain readers, and to communicate more directly with Audible and with the publishers. We all do have our own taste in what we like; there are some books that have been read by one or more readers and it's very interesting to see how different a book can affect one when the reader is different, but there are too many readers who should never be hired again.
Story is good, book has been utterly ruined by the narrator. Please do not ever engage her again!!!!!! Do not waste a credit. I could not finish, I read the book by myself.
This book had a great story and followed up on the previous books.
Her raspy deep smokers voice was grating to listen to. Why ever change narrators for the last book I don't know. It was very off putting.
No. I listened to it over 4 days.
Two main problems: The narrator couldn't be bothered to learn how to pronounce English words. Despite its alternate spelling, 'gaol' is pronounced as if it were spelled 'jail' NOT 'gow-ell'. Threw me out of the story each time she mangled the word, and she said it a lot.Second, for the heroine, the narrator used a voice that sounded alternately like a quavering little old lady and a quivering little girl. Really awkward during a physically romantic scene.
During an intensely romantic scene, the heroine told the hero, quaveringly, "I want you" and I couldn't decide whether to laugh or gag. Horrible job.
Not a chance.
Apart from the narrator? None.
Buy the book instead.
Very highly indeed. However, one should not drive while listening to that little scene right at the end of the opera (fans self vigorously).
Any Courtney Milan book, I expect--I have come to look forward to her intensity and excellent writing, and occasional thunderbolts of humor. I also compare her work to that of Lois McMaster Bujold, who can make you laugh and break your heart in the same chapter.
The different voices were especially good, though Ash's (the Duke's) voice and Dalrymple's voice were fairly close if they were in the same conversation.
Too intense for that, and also, I have this horrible thing called a day job that would keep me from doing it, alas.
Now I will have to spend money on all the other books in the series. My poor Visa!
Smite Turner is cold and seemingly straight-laced. He serves as a magistrate and is duty bound to a fault. He carries a lot of baggage from the past and is unlikely to relinquish the memories to any one aside from his brother Mark who knows all.
Miranda Darling has stepped one too many times out of line and has caught the eye of Lord Justice. Try as she might to stay away from him and stay on the right side of the law, events around her force her to seek his help.
I wanted so much more from this book. I really wanted to like it because Smite was so intriguing in the last two books, but I didn't connect with the characters as well as the previous books. There was nothing more to Smite than what was glimpsed in the last two books and Miranda was not as likable nor did she have anything interesting about her like the other two females in the series. There were very little to no clever dialogues between the two main characters and the chemistry between them seemed not enough to sustain the romance they eventually had. Also, the main plot was flat and not well constructed.
Overall it was an okay read and if you've gotten through the first two books then this book would be a nice finish to the series.
Narrator: Nicole Quinn
Quinn was terrible and I probably didn't like the book as much as I should've in part to her narration. She made the characters sound old and screechy. It was difficult to tell which were the male characters and which were the female characters because of the high pitched voices she used. She also read Richard Dullwimple's(sp?) voice as if her were daft and I get that some of the things he did were not honorable, but I believe Milan was trying to redeem him in the book in which case Quinn didn't help his cause.
My advice would be to stick with the same narrators in a series and even in a spin-off series because it helps with continuity. Unless, of course, your first narrator was awful, in which case you want to switch immediately because a narrator can make or break a book
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