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Publisher's Summary

In the heyday of the British Raj, Anahita becomes Princess Indira’s official companion, and accompanies her to England just before the outbreak of the Great War. There, she meets the young Donald Astbury – reluctant heir to a magnificent, estate – and his scheming mother. Eighty years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. Her latest role, playing a 1920s debutante, takes her to the now-crumbling Astbury Hall…

©2014 Lucinda Riley (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

‘Atmospheric, heart-rending and multi-layered’ (GRAZIA on The Girl on the Cliff)

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  • Catherine
  • Roswell, GA, United States
  • 02-26-14

A Great Story with a Superb Performance!

Loved this story for the obvious reasons...romance, history, past vs. present...it's all there. In my humble opinion, this is the perfect recipe for a great AUDIObook: lots of great stories out there, but the narrator makes this awesome! (So many narrators today are annoying and just plain bad! They over-enunciate and are flat and boring.) Ms. Srinivasan really brings this to life.

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  • Leslie
  • Lake Huntington, NY, United States
  • 01-20-14

Historical romance at It's BEST !!!!

What did you love best about The Midnight Rose?

I love the format of "then" (1918) and now and how gracefully Lucinda Riley's words dance between the two separate time periods. Midnight Rose provides a perfect balance of historical facts mixed in with a heavy dose of romance !!!!!!!!!!

What does Anjana Srinivasan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She has a wide range of charater voices and does of perfect job bouncing between the tight repressed voices of the Brits and the emotionally abadoned voices of the indian characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Any additional comments?

How long to we have to wait for the next Lucinda Riley book ???

She is on my list of FAV's !!!!!!!!!!!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant Narration + Excellent Story = Deeply Satisfying

Great audiobook. Terrific story. Lucinda Riley never disappoints. Her multi-layered stories are rife with characters that you can't help but forge a bond with as you traverse two time settings. The Midnight Rose is an excellent tale that's compelling-it pulls you in never lets go. Twists and turns will make your heart both ache and soar. The true star in this audiobook is the narrator Anjana Srinvasan. She is the single best audiobook narrator I've come across after years of listening. The ability to not only act the book out like a fine actress, she gives each character a true voice and can flip from an Indian accent, British accent, and American accent with the greatest of ease. Bravo Ms. Srinvasan, I'll be looking out for books you narrate, you truly offer an 'experience'. Highly recommend.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Really loved this one

One of those long and winding story lines that you can't wait to get back to. I recently read a few books where at halfway I figured out the end and was just annoyed it took the characters so long to figure it out This one kept you guessing up to the end. I totally loved the very end, so much so I am writing this review. Narration was wonderful. Anjana. Srinivasan had it all, between the accents and inflections I always knew who was speaking.

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All around wonderful

Where does The Midnight Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my favorite books

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Midnight Rose?

The narrators voice, it was perfect. The story was a good old fashioned read.

What about Anjana Srinivasan’s performance did you like?

The gentle lilt in her voice

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I wish I could have but then again, I didn't want it to end

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Intriguing story of WWI era

While I enjoyed this complex and well-woven story, one element of the narration was incredibly annoying. The narrator performed believable Indian and English accents to the ear of a non-native of either of those, but one oft repeated word in the American dialect totally spoiled the narration.

Americans of education, and especially those of the 1920s, would never pronounce the name "Antony" as "Ant-knee" and yet the narrator does so repeatedly when trying to use an American accent, rendering the British pronunciation correctly, but coming across as a Rode Island or New Jersey tough instead of a Julliard trained actress. Where was the voice coach?? And why was this one word, which must have occurred on a majority of pages in the book, allowed to spoil the whole?

I hate to sound picky, but such small things become large through frequent repetition.

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Beautiful Story. Beautiful Narration

I was so taken with the details of both India and English countryside. ..the world Derulo characters and the very sweet irony....definitely will be put on a must re-listen to list. ♡

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Enjoyable romantic read

Would you consider the audio edition of The Midnight Rose to be better than the print version?

Both would be good

What about Anjana Srinivasan’s performance did you like?

Very easy to listen to

Any additional comments?

Good overall story. Likeable and interesting characters. Good balance between present day and the past, easy to follow.

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One of the best books I've ever read!!!

Would you listen to The Midnight Rose again? Why?

I enjoyed this book for many reasons, it was very engaging with a great love story and drama! The book was well written and the narrator performed excellent with all the different foreign accents. I will be listening to this again! Two thumbs up!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how everything came full circle.

What about Anjana Srinivasan’s performance did you like?

She did a great job and she was part of the reason I enjoyed the book as much as I did!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

After the book got going it was hard for me to put it down

Any additional comments?

Im a now looking for another book by Ms Riley, why stop at one

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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midnight rose

I loved this book. I could not stop listening. The writer kept you wanting to hear what comes next, and never disappoints.
The reader was a pleasure to listen to.
The story of a woman's life , filled with joy , sadness, frustration about old traditions which inhibitated relationships.
To modern days where freedom to choose how to live your life by your own dictates.
A true love story , with a good ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • G
  • 04-05-14

A Beautiful Love Story with a Difference

What made the experience of listening to The Midnight Rose the most enjoyable?

The narrator was extremely good, taking on the various accents brilliantly. Plus the story was so fascinating I couldn't stop listening

What other book might you compare The Midnight Rose to, and why?

The Orchard House - because it too went back in time and to an exotic location - another beautiful story.

What does Anjana Srinivasan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She has a lovely clear voice, very concise and read it at just the right speed. Very good at all the different accents. Her narration brought the story and people to life. Would definitely recommend her.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me cry and sad as Anahita didn't know what a wonderful life her son had and also because there is nothing worse than losing your child for whatever reason

Any additional comments?

Lucinda Riley does write wonderful books, with just the right amount of romance and mystery, and her descriptions of places and people are amazing. Love her books.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Amelia
  • 04-12-14

Did enjoy it but a bit longwinded

I thought the narrative was really good and it kept my interest in the story. This is the first book I have read by Lucinda Riley and I would try another. It was likened to books by Kate Morton which I really love. I would have to say it was nowhere near as good as Ms Morton. It was a bit longwinded in places and could have been shortened and been just as effective. I did enjoy it though and would recommend it.

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  • J
  • 04-06-14

Enjoyable but not my favourite.

I have listened to all Lucinda Riley's books and have thoroughly enjoyed them. This is good and well worth listening to if you like an easy listen. The story is well read and the and change of time give interest. I eagerly await the authors next novel.

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  • Heidi
  • 02-21-14

I'm a convert to audible books

Where does The Midnight Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was my first audible book and I loved it.. I listened to it while dog walking.

What did you like best about this story?

The atmosphere created by both the author and the narrator of life in India and the Uk Both in the 1920s and present day.

Have you listened to any of Anjana Srinivasan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No this was the first but I was so impressed with the accents of the different characters

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Too long for one sitting but I certainly looked forward to my daily instalment.

Any additional comments?

I'm a complete convert to audible books.

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  • Jilliji
  • 06-21-14

A great tale

This is a great book concerning an Indian woman who comes to England as a companion to an Indian princess before the first world war and stays at one of the gentrified estates in Devon. This book is her very compelling life story. It also features an American movie star, a Lord and an Indian male who comes seeking family secrets soon after his Grandmother has died. Generally an engrossing listen, if not a bit far fetched in places, which spoilt it a bit in my opinion. There are an awful lot of characters and accents to come to grips with and the narration is poor in places but must have been an enormous challenge for one person having to be so many characters and sound convincing.

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  • Mallory
  • 09-24-16

Wonderful yarn, only slightly flawed

Loved the evocative descriptions of India and the captivating plot. The narrative pieces slotted together in jigsaw fashion right to the final page. As others have said, the fly in the ointment was the weak modern day plot and the frankly ludicrous psycho Norman Bates scenes towards the end. This kind of portrayal of mental health struggle is so outdated.
Narrator did a fantastic job of the Indian plot and characters, however her cockney and British regional accents would make Dick Van Dyke blush!

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  • Florida
  • 05-08-15

Very impressed wit the versatility of the narrator

Although she didn't do male voices so well, she did a pretty decent job of American, Indian & British (different varieties of it). The story was engaging enough to keep me up one night too. Good job.

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  • Deborah
  • 07-30-14

Nice enough

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This was a nice enough story, some parts unbelievable and flat yet others rather emotional. Okay listen but did fall asleep a number of times.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I think the plots and sub plots need beefing up and the storyline needs to be more believable.

What aspect of Anjana Srinivasan’s performance might you have changed?

On the whole a soothing voice but some accents poor.

Did The Midnight Rose inspire you to do anything?

Listen to another book with India as main story line

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  • Bridget Nodder
  • 07-17-14

what a story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. You couldn't fail to fall under its spell !!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No happy to come back to. In fact couldn't wait to come back to it - I enjoyed the delayed gratification!! Sad!

Any additional comments?

Only recently discovered Lucinda Riley and what a find. Such a storyteller all quite complicated plots but you really get involved in the story. Highly recommend all her books. Now sadly on the last one!

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  • sonia
  • 07-16-14

Captivating

What did you like most about The Midnight Rose?

I loved the story and the fabulous detail of British India and Anahita's early years

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anahita's character was wonderful such strength in the face of adversity

Have you listened to any of Anjana Srinivasan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but she was wonderful. Her accents were fantastic and the delivery was impeccable.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me thoughtful

Any additional comments?

Wonderful book. The only part that was a little implausible was Anthony's character disintegration towards the end

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  • alison
  • 06-04-15

A pleasant story

Good overall story. Likeable and interesting characters. Good balance between present day and the past, easy to follow.

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  • Sandra
  • 01-24-16

Fantastic story

This was a fantastic story to listen to. The reading of it couldn't be faulted and the storyline had me intrigued. I couldn't stop listening to it. Would highly recommend it to other listeners.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful