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Flowers from the Storm Audiobook

Flowers from the Storm

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Publisher's Summary

He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to narrate her classic romance Flowers from the Storm - cited by readers of The Washington Post and Glamour magazine as "one of the greatest love stories of all time" - creating a fresh and unique work that brings all the power and intensity of the original to audio.

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    MaineOne maine 11-06-13
    MaineOne maine 11-06-13

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    "Wonderful!"

    This is one of the best books I have listened to in a long time. I hated it to end. The combined talents of the author and the narrator make it a wonderful listen. I found myself very emotional. I can not honestly say that there have not been many books to bring me to tears. I would be amazed if whoever reads this book is not as touched by it as I was. Anyone have any kleenex?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 10-25-13
    Laura 10-25-13
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    "Sublime!! Spellbinding!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Flowers from the Storm the most enjoyable?

    Nicholas Boulton was EXCEPTIONAL!! This is the first time I will admit the performance far surpassed what my own reading experience could be. Nicholas Boulton's voice is magnetic and his performance is so magnificent -- I can't imagine a more captivating performance on stage or movie. Listening to his performance was an experience all to itself. I can understand why he was selected by the author for this story.


    What other book might you compare Flowers from the Storm to and why?

    No comparison in my experience of reading and listening. This is in a class all it's own. I've never read or listened to Laura Kinsale before but I think I will be searching for a comparable experience and hope to find something close with another of her stories.


    Which character – as performed by Nicholas Boulton – was your favorite?

    How can you choose! They are all wonderful! Obviously the Duke is my favorite however his friend Durham was my second favorite. I got quite a few chuckles from Durham and I believe the lines were so funny because of the way Nicholas Boulton performed them.


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

    There were quite a few where I was truly moved. There were moments of anguish and tears, of frustration and of true elation. I have never experienced such empathy for a character as I experienced for the Duke. To try to describe any of these moments would be to give too much away.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the perfect marriage of a 5 star story with a 5 star performance! This is not your standard formula romance novel -- perhaps more of a Beauty and the Beast tale with it's own slant. From the moment Nicholas Boulton begins his performance you are drawn in to the story and rendered immobilized. It's as if nothing else matters - only the story, the characters and what will happen in the next moment. The closer I got to the end, the more I dreaded that it would end. I am right now listening to it again. It's as if I am compelled to begin again and experience it once more - perhaps to find if I can recapture the magic or even find the second time is better. Do yourself a favor and allow yourself to be lost in this story - what an absolute gem!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mandi L. Ballard Austin, TX United States 10-12-13
    Mandi L. Ballard Austin, TX United States 10-12-13 Member Since 2006
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    "I was lost in this story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh, yes, definitely. It was very different from most romance I've read. Not the typical hero and not the typical heroine.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the whole thing, there was not one moment where I hoped it would just move quicker.


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

    I haven't heard this narrator before, and questioned wether I'd enjoy a male voice reading me a romance, but he did such a beautiful job, I can't imagine hearing this any other way.


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

    Yes! Yes! Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to get the rest of Laura Kinsale's books. How could I not?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-08-13
    Helen Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing Narrator telling an amazing story"
    If you could sum up Flowers from the Storm in three words, what would they be?

    Just loved it


    What did you like best about this story?

    Though the book was long, it kept my attention with its twists and turns. Characters coming from very different lifestyles and struggling to understand one another.


    What about Nicholas Boulton’s performance did you like?

    The book would have been nothing without his amazing performance. To bring to life the struggles of Christian, his labored speech, his anger with himself and others, you would not have been able to understand the story without him.


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

    It made me mad not laugh or cry. The way Christian was treated by everyone except Maddie truly made me mad.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer North Pole, AK 08-16-13
    Amazon Customer North Pole, AK 08-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Exceptional performance"

    I read the copy version of this book years ago and opted to download the audio version for an extensive road trip. Boulton's narration was excellent and I enjoyed every moment of this rediscovery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louise B 08-01-13
    Louise B 08-01-13
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    "Stellar characters. Stellar performance."

    Flowers from the Storm is one of my favorite historical romance novels, and this audio treatment totally exceeded my expectations, much less my hopes of how wonderful it could be. Nicholas Boulton's voice and characterizations are sheer perfection, and do this beautiful story justice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 07-29-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Even better as an audiobook"

    Even better as an audiobook. Nicholas Boulton is a fabulous narrator, perfectly capturing the desperate frustration Jervaulx suffers, as well as his innate ducal arrogance. It's a fine line to tread and he does it beautifully.

    My only complaint with the book is that Maddie becomes fairly unsympathetic for a time, largely because we don't get much from her perspective during a longish stretch near the end. However, In the grand scheme of things, this is a fairly minor quibble. This is definitely not your average romance novel but well earns its place as one of the best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Howell, MI, United States 07-27-13
    Margaret Howell, MI, United States 07-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Naration!"

    Nicholas Boulton's narration brought this story to life for me! The plot was interesting and the characters vivid. Good listen!

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    Kathryn United States 07-26-13
    Kathryn United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2017
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    "The most creative story I've read."
    Have you listened to any of Nicholas Boulton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just an outstanding narrator. I'll be looking for more of his works.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is best on audio and could possibly not have the emotional feel if read. The author was most creative in her story and made me do a lot of soul searching as to what people in this time period must have had to deal with. One of the best books ever . . . . Going to look for her other books!! Great love story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-21-13
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    "Amazing Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Flowers from the Storm the most enjoyable?

    The audible version is better than the book. Nicholas Boulton helps you to feel the struggle of the characters.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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