©2004 Julie Cotler Pottinger; (P)2005 Recorded Books
"[When He Was Wicked contains] sprightly prose, feverish love scenes, and well-developed secondary characters." (Publishers Weekly)
I first read the book and absolutely loved it! I couldn't wait to hear it on audio and was not disappointed. The narration is amazing and perfectly brings the characters to life. I've since ordered It's in His Kiss and On The Way to A Wedding and can't wait to listen to them as well. I really hope the earlier volumes of the Bridgerton series will soon be made available on audio, since I think the first four volumes in the series are superior and would love to hear them as well.
Oh, well done! This is a fantastic audiobook and a spot on reading by Simon Prebble. I had never read a book by Julia Quinn, but I had listened to Simon Prebble read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - over and over again. So it was the reader whom attracted me to this book - and now I've listened to it many times over as it's a beautifully written story. The angst reminded me of Lymond in the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett when he couldn't have his beloved Phillipa. This story in turn led me to the other Quinn audiobook available at audible, It's In His Kiss, and I loved that one, too - same great reader. I look forward to more audiobooks from this author and I hope they use the same reader - fantastic combination.
This was a wonderful read. The story is wonderful with just enough spicy love scenes. The narrator helped me to really connect with the characters. I am not typically moved to tears over a book, but this story moved me to tears (both sad and happy) tears. You will not be disappointed.
It was so romantic and easily kept me attentive the whole time. Though for some, it may seem sort of slow. But it builds and is very worth it. And, of course, the narrator's voice is one of the favorites. So it just made it all more appealing.
If you like Julia Quinn, you're going to love this book. The dialogue sequences are some of the best she's ever written. Are some of the sex scenes over-the-top? Yes. Is it still a good read written by someone who understands loss, guilt and grief? Absolutely. Give it a try.
I don't think so. There is way too much sexual activity. It seemed like the long detailed sexual scenes took up 1/2 the book.
Yes, Julia Quinn is a very talented author, that is why "When He Was Wicked" was unexpected. She's a better author than to have to fill a book with sex rather than writing a comprehensive novel.
Simon Prebble is an accomplished performer but if I had to choose one character it would probably be Michael.
Michael's unrequited love for Francesca, John's wife, and his guilt for loving her after John died was sad.
I didn't think there was much of "story" to it. After Michael seduced Francesca having her seemed to be all he had on his mind and the rest of the story was predominantly sexual.
Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.
I usually enjoy Julia Quinn's work but this installment in the series is painful to get through. The story revolves around the widowed heroine's reticence to be happy after her husband's death. Loving again feels like betrayal. And so she agonizes for 10 hours while the hero does his best to endure. He does a better job being patient than I did - I grew bored and frustrated with a plot based on frustration rather than tension - when it finally resolved I was too frazzled by the ordeal to care much. A pity.
I could hear the reader swallow, all the time. I also didn't care for his take on how the hero should come across. I read this book and found I liked it better when I read it.
This book was a bit disappointing. With an amazing build up to be quite the best of the series. The romantic and heart stopping romantic moment was replaced with a almost pornographic scene followed by yet another and then another to the point that the romance was lost. The hero in this, Michael book was so likable that I was angry with Francesca.
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