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The Midnight Rose Audiobook

The Midnight Rose

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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

What the Critics Say

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

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    Eveline Howells 10-23-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    isabelle 08-24-16
    isabelle 08-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the most romantic books I've ever read..."

    Credit well spent.
    I just didn't want that book to end...this is my second book from this author and frankly, I'm feeling like reading them all. I was afraid of finding a very predictable story both times, but it happened only to a certain extent, leaving my imagination wondering. Delightful book. The narrator was perfect. A must read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    anne 01-05-16
    anne 01-05-16 Member Since 2012
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    "A little hoaky, But I Stayed Up listening!"

    At times the story reminded me of a Lifetime movie. However, I found myself staying up to listen. Not quite as good as a Kate Morton's book, but I would still recommend it for light reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jodi California 07-31-14
    Jodi California 07-31-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Another great book by Lucinda Riley"
    Would you listen to The Midnight Rose again? Why?

    No because I listen to books when I run. If I already know the story I wont be motivated to get out and run as often.


    Would you recommend The Midnight Rose to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes to people to like the past and present style


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

    No, but I thought she did an excellent job considering how many voices she has to do


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

    Some was predictable and some was a surprise, but I like this author so know what to expect. I did get a little tearful at the end, even though it was a bit contrived, I really enjoy this story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Erickson 09-15-14
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    "A disappointing Midnight Rose"
    What was most disappointing about Lucinda Riley’s story?

    Good story idea but weak main character--the actress! Could have been much shorter to get the story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Anjana Srinivasan?

    No. She had a hard time going from her Indian voice to the English voices.


    Could you see The Midnight Rose being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, if the main character is not a "weak" actress.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katie 05-17-14
    Katie 05-17-14
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    "Until the bitter end..."
    Where does The Midnight Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fair to middle... It was a good way to while the time cleaning my house, and I learned something about the era by listening to it, but I grew annoyed by some of the characters and plot twists.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Frustrated and eyeball rolling. Cop out on one of the loose ends being unresolved. But all the other loose ends tying so well together (especially in the epilogue) kind of ruined the book for me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I'm sorry to say this but the American accent was awful and horribly distracting. She sounded like she'd studied old John Wayne movies to get her pronunciation for all the American characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    pjrack 03-04-17
    pjrack 03-04-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely Awesome"

    Don't hesitate. Loved, loved, loved this book. The characters are wonderful and the story draws you in and keeps you wanting more right till the very end.
    I must add that I think this is the best narrator I have ever heard on an audio book. She was amazing and added so much to the story. Thoroughly enjoyed her and the book!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Beasley New Hudson, MI United States 11-25-16
    Kelly Beasley New Hudson, MI United States 11-25-16
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    "Excellent story - narration lacks"

    The story was intriguing all the way to the end. I almost couldn't put it down.
    The only drawback was the narrator's HORRIBLE American accent. Her Indian and British accents were lovely, but basic things, such as the fact that American's don't say schedule like shedule but like skedule were overlooked. At times her words were so garbled that it was hard to understand her. Luckily only about 1/4 of the book is said with the American accent, but it definitely detracted from my enjoyment of the book. I'd buy the print copy and read it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara D Payne 09-10-16
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    "Loved this book"

    A mystery that spans decades and multiple people whose lives intertwine. Sometimes things tied up too neatly but that didn't matter as I was totally swept into their lives. The characters were interesting, especially Anahita. Like other readers I found Rebecca a bit wimpy but her role was crucial. The narration was quite good though it jarred every now and then, but I'd certainly listen to her again. I couldn't wait to see how it ended and I hated for it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JoDee 09-06-16
    JoDee 09-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good but hard to understand at first."

    The narration was a little hard to understand. The story was good as it continued to develop.

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  • Melissa
    Collingwood, Australia
    3/16/14
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    "Enchanting story but the blue eyes?"
    If you could sum up The Midnight Rose in three words, what would they be?

    Enchanting and a traditional good story.


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

    No, but she is very good with a wide variety of accents.


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

    It is very relaxing to listen to and at times, it did make me laugh and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    The motif of a blue-eyed baby isn't really credible when biology dictates that you need two parents with blue eye genes for a baby to have blue eyes!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A. Todd
    3/29/17
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    "Disappointing"

    I didn't continue listening after just over an hour into the book as the narration really lets it down. The narrator has trouble with doing the range of accents needed in the story and lacks the emotion needed to pull the listener in. Very disappointed!
    I highly recommend the author but not this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ANDREW STAYTE
    3/24/17
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    "Intriguing story"

    I enjoyed the story; it was well written and includes rich detail and interesting plot lines. The narration was poor at times. Pronunciation and intonation errors were frequent within the English narrative and dialogue. The audio editing seems to have been patchy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clare
    3/1/17
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    "Beautifully Interwoven and Compelling Story"

    Another Great Story by Lucinda Riley. Amazingly Interwoven past and present. All the characters drawing you further into the story. Making the reader feel all the emotions of the individual characters. Can't wait to read another! !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janice
    Cape Town, South Africa
    12/21/16
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    "Absorbing"

    A most absorbing story beautifully narrated except for some rather odd mispronunciations which jarred somewhat but didn't detract from the story overall. It's the first Lucinda Riley that I have read and once I got into it I was hooked. Aside from some rather glaring holes in the story line where you just have to suspend disbelief in a big way, the book is a most enjoyable light read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    11/14/16
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    "Disappointed in the narrator."

    This story is going to be amazing. I have thoroughly enjoyed lucinda Riley's other books on audible but the narrator was so monotone I have returned the book to audible and purchased the kindle version to read myself. I found that each sentence just ran into the next without a pause to punctuate the story. So disappointed but looking forward to a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mallory
    9/24/16
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
    8/5/16
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    "good story"
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    starting in india with anahita asking her nephew to find her son whom she was told was dead but is convinced is alive then moving to England and ashbury hall where a film is beig made this is a well written story beautifully performed by anjana srinivasan.
    recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Wrenbury, United Kingdom
    4/28/16
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    "A wonderful story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Midnight Rose to be better than the print version?

    Don't know - haven't read the print version


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

    No I haven't but she performed really well with this book. Her switches between characters were flawless and effective


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

    If only!


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted this story to go on and on forever, but sadly eventually it ended. I am now committed to listening to all Lucinda Rile's stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • velA
    ulv, United Kingdom
    2/16/16
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    "Fantastic..."

    Absolutely love this book. So moving and beautifully written. Don't need to say anymore... Can a word "fantastic" justify it enough?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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