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Orphaned and besieged, Princess Alesandra knew that only hasty marriage to an Englishman could protect her from the turmoil in her own land. To the amusement of her makeshift guardian, Colin, younger brother of the Marquess of Cainewood, the bold raven-haired beauty instantly captivated London society. But when Alesandra was nearly abducted by her unscrupulous countrymen, the fighting instincts that won Colin a knighthood for valor were kindled.

Deceiving himself that he wanted only to protect her, Colin swept her into a union meant to be a marriage in name alone...yet Alesandra's tender first kiss and hesitant caress ignited a wildfire in his soul. As the lovely princess dashed headlong into unforeseen dangers, Colin would follow, knowing he must claim her as his own forever. Now he would risk life itself before he would lose this sweet, tempestuous angel....

©1993 Julie Garwood (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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COLON IS A BODY PART NOT THE LEADS NAME!

The narrator ruined this book. I just really wish they had kept the original narrator for the series. This narrator pronounced the male romantic character’s name as colon. Really, how can you listen to a book that makes you think of colonoscopies every single time she mentions his name. It just doesn’t work! HIS NAME IS COLIN!! IN not ON. I got through the book, but I just didn’t enjoy it.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Could not get past this narrator!!

Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Heather Wilds?

Julie Garwood yes but not Heather Wilds!!

What could Julie Garwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She should have used the same narrator as she used in previous 3 books in this series.

What didn’t you like about Heather Wilds’s performance?

Nothing at all.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth
  • Sandia, TX, United States
  • 09-27-13

Disappointing Ending to a Fun Series

Ugh…I usually love Julie Garwood, and while I hate to be negative, Castles, the 4th installment of the “Crown’s Spies” series, was a real disappoint. The story of Colin, and Princess Alesandra just did not measure up to the quality of storytelling that readers have been conditioned to expect.

In the first three books, Colin was a very appealing character, and I was looking forward to his story, but in Castles, he was selfish, bitter, angry, and basically unappealing. As per formula, he comes around in the end to “save the day”, but it was too little-too late for me.

I actually hated the narration. Heather Wilds’ attempt to change character voices and accents was almost too painful to finish the listen. Unfortunately, the enjoyment of an audible experience is largely dependent on the quality of the narration.
Skip this one. You won’t miss much.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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THE NARRATOR IS AWFUL

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I liked the other 2 books in this series but could not get through this one because the narrator is terrible. she mispronounced names and the accents were all wrong.

What other book might you compare Castles to and why?

The Lion's Lady, Guardian Angel, and The Gift were all read by Susan Duerden and i enjoyed them.

What didn’t you like about Heather Wilds’s performance?

She drolled on and there is no life in this story.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

maybe

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Never written a review

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator sucked.... Love the series, loved this story but Omg the narrator made it horrible to get through.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jay
  • TX, USA
  • 09-29-13

Great book, horrible narrator

OMG!!! Julie Garwood, one of my favorite authors did a splendid job with this story and the ending I believe to the Crown Spies series unless another pops up. The narrator however, I would think twice about listening to another book that she narrates. Her character voices were horrible and I nearly died with the pronunciation of "Colin". At first I had no idea what she was saying because she made it sound like "colon". I was so very disappointed!!!! Who does not know how to pronounce Colin? If I had a magic wand and could have zapped another narrator to read I would have done that.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Teresa
  • NAMPA, ID, United States
  • 11-21-14

Dolphin's Book.

I have always loved this series as a teenager and to this day it is still good. If you are looking for a light, regency romance that makes you feel good, this is the series to get. There are good times and some laughs in this book, but I will admit the plot was a bit thin. My favorite of the series is always going to be Lyon's Lady, but all the books are equally good. What to say about the narrator? She could have been good her regular reading voice is pleasant, BUT her accents are atrocious and she cannot pronounce way too many words that really make a difference. The name Colin being the worst mistake on both hers and the editors part, it is not pronounced Colon. I'm not sure why they changed the narrator when the first three books were the same, with this one being different. I usually can ignore the narrator and with this book she was overall good, with only a few cringe worthy parts.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The Last In The Crown's Spies

I have long enjoyed all of Julie Garwood's books but this series was the first I read. My one complaint is that the 'reader' continues to pronounce the hero's name 'Colin' as 'Kurlin'. It drove me crazy!!

Still, I really enjoyed being able to listen to much-read favorite.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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colin!! not coelin..

Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Heather Wilds?

Julie garwood yes. I love her writing. Heather wilds no.

What did you like best about this story?

Colins possessivness

What didn’t you like about Heather Wilds’s performance?

Her accents and voices are bad. And she pronounces the main characters name wrong.. if I hadn't listened to other books in series may not have been bad. But since all other books pronounce name as colin I can't get into story completely. Would also have been fine if it was just how main female pronounces it since she was foreign but it wasn't. Susan duereden should have done this one too.

Was Castles worth the listening time?

Hmmmm... only if nothing better to do

Any additional comments?

Julie garwood should stick to using Susan duereden or Rosalyn landor

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Love Julie Garwood's work!

I've read all of Julie Garwood's books and was thrilled to find them on Audible. The performer did a great job. Truly did the book justice. I would recommend this
audiobook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful