They call him the Devil....
He is the most notorious laird of Scotland: fierce, cold, deadly...and maybe even worse. Yet Evelinde has just agreed to wed him. Anything, she thinks, is better than her cruel stepmother. Though Evelinde should be wary of the rumors, she can't help but be drawn to this warrior...for the Devil of the Highlands inspires a heat within her that is unlike anything she has ever known.
They may call him whatever they wish, but Cullen, Laird of Donnachaidh, cares only for the future of his clan. He must find a wife, a woman to bear him sons and heed his commands. He has no need for beauty or grace, but one taste of his lovely bride's sweet lips and the sultry feel of her skin arouse an untamed passion. Perhaps there's more to marriage than he thought.
©2009 Lynsay Sands (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
Thought the story is fun, the narration is just about the very worst I've ever heard. It's like being read to by a depressed Scottish Eeyore... slow, monotone, and over-enunciated in weird ways. Made me want to scream.
Addicted to Audible!
Although the book is a good one the narrator reads in such a monotone voice that I could not stay focused on the story. Buy the paperback or ebook instead.
As another reviewer or two have written, I'm already a dedicated Lynsay Sands fan and was excited to see another of her books available on audio. So, this book was a sure thing for me. I knew that I'd enjoy listening to it, regardless of most other reviewers' opinion of it because of the luxury of being able to listen to it while I did other things, rather than having to sit and read a paperback version (which one has to do with many of her historical romances, because of how few are available on audio). But, I digress...
I enjoyed the plot and Sands's writing style, as always. I find her characters compelling and the situations they find themselves in humorous, and she has a way with the love and romance, too.
The narrator DID take a little getting used to because of her somewhat-monotone delivery and her interesting accent. However, I liked her, once I was used to her voice and style of delivery. I wouldn't name her as "Audiobook Reader of the Year" because of the monotone quality, but she wasn't completely awful, in my opinion. She did attempt to use different voices for different characters, and her Scottish accent lent a great deal of authenticity to this book (in regards to it being set almost completely in Scotland). Except for trying to weave a little more liveliness into her style, my only other suggestion would be for the dialogue spoken by English characters (Evelinde and Mildrede) be read with an English accent (and all the way through the book, not just here and there) while switching back to a Scottish accent for the Scots. The lack of appropriate accents didn't ruin the audiobook experience for me, but it would have made it a touch better.
However, being such a fan of this author, I will not hesitate the buy the audio version of TAMING THE HIGHLAND BRIDE, which is also read by Marianna Palk. As I said earlier, I can be certain that I'll enjoy it, no matter what.
Preface: I am a Lynsay Sands fan. I like her humor and her way of story telling.
Story: I found myself laughing out loud many times in this story. Without many spoilers, the situations that the characters find themselves in were nicely orchestrated. Good times.
Reader: I liked the Scottish burr, but it wasn't consistent. She was pretty monotone and did not use consistence voices for the characters, although sometimes it seemed like she tried. 3 out of 5 for reader, although, she didn't stop me from listening to the story.
I read so I can write
This is a great highlander novel. You gotta love the devil, and his lady is perfect. It takes him awhile to figure out that he needs to communicate but once he does, he does it well.
I seem to be in the minority here, but I particularly enjoyed the narrator. There was occasional inconsistency in the character voices, but over all it was lovely to listen too. She has a distinct Scottish accent which added to the story.
I'll admit that I read and enjoyed this book before getting the audio book, and I enjoyed it very much, but I am a fan of Lynsay Sands' books.
Married to retired Navy E2 pilot, mom to three, grandmom to three. Work full time as an Office Manager.
I have listened to almost 300 audible books, and this was the worst narration of them all! It was too hard to get beyond it to find any merit in the story.
It was hard to tell if the book was good or not because the narrator was that bad.
So horribly bland and blase.
I was just so surprised that the poor narration of this book was ok'd by the author and publisher. Would love to know what the thought process was in that.
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