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Everlasting

Narrated by: Xanthe Elbrick
Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)

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Once, Abrielle's name was on the lips of every unwed nobleman in London as a proud, exceptional lady coveted for her bearing, her breeding, her wit, and her beauty.

But when her stepfather, respected for his courage and valor during the Crusades, is denied his rightful title and the wealth that accompanies it, Abrielle finds herself suddenly disgraced, no longer a suitable match for any proper gentleman. Only one would still have her, though he desires no more than physical pleasure: the oafish and grotesque Desmond de Marlé. His dark and scandalous reputation is legend, and Abrielle has heard rumors that his first two wives perished by his hand. Yet no one else can rescue her once-proud family's honor and keep her stepfather from debtor's prison, so she is left with no choice but to accept the cruel and hateful de Marlé's offer of marriage and sacrifice her virtue to a scoundrel she fears and detests...even as she yearns for another lover.

Dashing, handsome, tall, and kind, a black-haired Scotsman with vivid blue eyes, Raven Seabern is an emissary for his king, and quite unlike any man Abrielle has ever encountered. From the very first moment their eyes meet, he intrigues and mesmerizes her - and dancing in his arms at a royal banquet leaves her weak with the desire to surrender.

But their love can never be, for Abrielle is betrothed to a monster. And the well-being of everyone she cares for demands that she honor her promise. Still, the fire lit that night will not be doused. Raven knows he has found the true one and must never let her go, though secrets, deceptions, dishonor, and unimaginable peril will surely be their fate if they follow the dictates of their hearts.

©2007 Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

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Never buy an abridged book!

This purchase was terrible! I read the paperback years ago and loved it. I thought it would be nice to hear it read. NEVER buy an abridged book. So much was left out that book was confusing and dull. The characters became one dimensional and uninteresting. Kathleen Woodiiwiss would be appalled if she knew what had been done to her books!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Maarya
  • Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • 02-25-08

disaster

I totally agree with Fran from Ferndale. This book is a waste. If I had the choice of being locked in a windowless cell with this book or Battlefield Earth, i'd choose Battlefield Earth.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Beatriz
  • Danville, CA, USA
  • 12-07-07

Interesting but confusing

Maybe it's just me! I felt the narrator did a good job of dialects and male voices but I couldn't keep track of characters. I am guilty of doing other things whilst listening.. but this made me stop and ask huh? who? the heroine was easy to spot but the hero and introduction of more and more characters to me was confusing.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Fran
  • Ferndale , MD, USA
  • 11-13-07

What a waste

Do not even waster your credits. This book is horrible. It could have been written by a 13 year old. Nothing makes sense and it is so far fetched its unbelievable.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennifer
  • Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • 06-15-10

lesson learned

The only good thing about buying this was it taught me to be more carefull. Who would want half of the plot missing from a story, and to pay full price for it? Abrided is crap IMO. Also, the narrator for this one is kinda awful. She is fine for the women's voices, but the men's sound high-pitched and forced.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Kathleen Woodiwiss' books

I wish it was the entire story and Kathleen Woodiwiss' s other books, especially her first two.

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  • Kara
  • Colorado
  • 04-02-19

Wish for K.E.Woodiwiss earlier books

As a K.E.W, advocate reader since I was 17yrs of age. I can tell you, the two storyline books Unabridged has to offer, DO NOT ...do Woodiwiss fair judgement nor justice. . . Ladies if you want a juicy, romantic, adventure start with K.A.E's "The Flame and the Flower." from there continue with the Bringingham Brothers. As a fan years back I read the two Unabridged has to offer, the storyline is ok. I was disappointed as a reader and listener. Though they were Woodiwiss last two before she passed. As for listening the narrative and creativity with genre of voices, I had a hard time getting into the story.

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Not what I hoped for

I was a fan of Kathleen Woodwiss years ago. This book was less story than others I have read. Almost Harlequin romance in length and content. I’m sorry but did not like the narrator. Her trying to speak the male parts was grating and ruined the whole experience for me. I listened to the end, but it was sheer tenacity that fueled me on. I would not recommend this to anyone. I’m headed for the aspirin...I’ve got such a headache.

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Absolutely Horrible

There was no plot, no romance, no development of characters, and nothing but a waste of time. I don’t believe KW wrote this book. It is a disservice to her to have it available to readers. She masterfully told some of the best love stories I have ever read; like The Wolf and the Dove. This was the worst.

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it was ok but romance was lovely

I liked the narrator her different voices mage me laugh some times. :) and the romance and the one sex scene made my heart flutter. The men of honor were heart throbbing, and the few rescues and the main character was strong willed and more than once able to handle herself but the story kinda sucked.