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Highland Surrender Audiobook

Highland Surrender

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Defiant Highland beauty Fiona Sinclair is shocked by her brothers’ treachery. To seal a fragile truce, they have traded her hand in marriage to their sworn enemy, a man she has never met, a man she was raised to despise. With no choice but to wed, Fiona makes her own private vow: Though she may sacrifice her freedom, she will never surrender her heart.

Commanded into marriage by the king, Myles Campbell is no more willing than his reluctant bride. Still, she is a rare beauty, passionate enough to warm even the coldest marriage bed. But Myles quickly realizes Fiona Sinclair isn’t some common wench: She has a warrior’s spirit and a fierce pride that only a fool would try to tame. And Myles Campbell is no fool. Their marriage was meant to unite warring clans. They never imagined it would ignite a once-in-a-lifetime love….

©2012 Tracy Brogan (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Sharon A. 03-19-15
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    "Great story!"

    It was romantic and full of intrigue! The narration was wonderful and made cleaning my house much more enjoyable while I listened.

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    Wanda E. 03-13-15
    Wanda E. 03-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved the story"

    Loved the story and narration. It was very entertaining. Storytelling was excellent! Really enjoy the plot of the story...want more.

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    G. Schuerg 02-04-15
    G. Schuerg 02-04-15

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    "Loved it!!!"
    Would you listen to Highland Surrender again? Why?

    Loved everything about this book. I was looking for something good to read after coming off the Outlander series. This was my favorite purchase so far.


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    T. Lowman 02-02-15
    T. Lowman 02-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great reading! !"

    The narrator was lovely. Her ability to differentiate the the characters, her rhythm and inflection all made listening to this story a pleasure. The story itself was predictable but the narrator brought the characters to life causing you to be a willing or unwilling follower until the end. Great job. Can't wait to listen to another one of her reads.

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    Shannon Robbins 01-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Well told story"

    Loved the balance of historical fiction and romance in this story. The performance was great with well developed personas of each major character and the Scottish accent was so fun!

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    iwannabelula CA, USA 01-12-15
    iwannabelula CA, USA 01-12-15 Member Since 2012

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    "I'm disappointed"
    What did you like best about Highland Surrender? What did you like least?

    I'm sure the story is good, but it dragged on in places with Fiona's "stubbornness." Whoever recorded this, her voice is too tremulous frequently and in inappropriate places. It was difficult to finish listening.


    Would you recommend Highland Surrender to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The story dragged too long


    What didn’t you like about Sarah Coomes’s performance?

    Her voice change and tremors.


    Was Highland Surrender worth the listening time?

    Not really. Story is too slow.


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    Sabrina Prague, Czech Republic 01-12-15
    Sabrina Prague, Czech Republic 01-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing performance from the narrator"

    I really enjoy this audiobook. But i was really amazed by the presentation of the narrator. She took me in with her performance. I am going to find more books read by her

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    Jennifer 11-11-14
    Jennifer 11-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fighting for pride and love behind enemy lines"

    Married and sent behind enemy lines, Fiona must save her pride, her clan, the king, and keep her husband...

    I rather liked this Scottish romance. I'd say of all the romances set in the Highlands that I've read in the past few years (maybe a dozen), this ranks in about the top half; out of all of the romances in any sub-genre that I've read in the past few years (above two dozen) it's definitely nearer to top ten. If I could, I'd give the story 4.5 stars, but it wasn't quite a 5.

    It had multiple conflicts driving the plot -the murder and subsequent clan feud, the newlyweds dealing with each other, and the larger issues of loyalty and treason both to family and king. What I liked was that the author gave different perspectives, by narrating from different characters' points of view. They were primarily Fiona's and Miles' viewpoints, but it was rounded out by John's as well occasionally.

    Poor Fiona had her whole life turned upside-down when she was married into the clan she'd been raised to regard as a brutal enemy, and then again, when she began to learn that all the convictions instilled in her may not have been well-founded. It was quite an adventure of ups and downs for the couple, and more secrets and danger were revealed as time went on. I found the king to be an entertaining character, and quite enjoyed how Fiona and he first met. And thank goodness for Vivian, a woman without whom Fiona would not have gotten along very well in her new home, and who turned out to be helpful in unexpected ways. The scene picking out nightgowns with her was one of my favorites. Without making it too much of a spoiler, I was glad John was able to do what he did at the crucial moment. Such a treacherous time to have lived in... and of course it all came down to the final clash of sides. Some tense moments, but I'm glad things worked for the heroine and hero as they did.

    Oh, and I liked the geography that was described as they traveled, from what I know of Scotland, it seemed at least relatively properly mapped. (I've been on the shores of Loch Ness and Loch Fyne, both mentioned, and it made me quite nostalgic.)

    The narration was good, a few varied Scottish accents, a few French as needed, and decent male voices. The issue I took was something about the breathiness of Coomes' voice, and how she tended to sound overly desperate and melodramatic because of the cadence and pitch modulation she constantly used. (I've listened to other books she's read in the past, and didn't like them BECAUSE they were overly melodramatic, and her voice was more fitting there.) It bugged me most early on, so I either got used to it as I listened further, or she toned it down appropriately after Fiona was feeling less constantly under threat from every direction.

    A fun escapist romance/adventure, with a twist ending no one saw coming. Well worth a credit, though I am happy to have gotten it on sale.

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    R. Lane Southern California 09-14-14
    R. Lane Southern California 09-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Wonderful & Addictive Story!"
    Where does Highland Surrender rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A forced marriage between two opposing clans. Misinformation and lies make for an adversarial relationship to start. As the truth comes to light and Myles and Fiona get to know (yum!!) each other, the marriage becomes very dear to both. Political intrigue, danger, and revelations make for an exciting read!

    I highly recommend the audio version! Accents are lovely and the performance enhances this wonderful story. Steal of a deal: If you buy the Kindle version for $2.49 you can add the audio for an additional $1.99!!


    What other book might you compare Highland Surrender to and why?

    Never Seduce A Scot by Maya Banks. Accents are wonderful in that one, too.


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    Kaye 08-23-14
    Kaye 08-23-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "A decent story ruined by a horrible narrator"
    Would you try another book from Tracy Brogan and/or Sarah Coomes?

    From the author, yes, from the narrator--NO.

    While this is a relatively standard forced-marriage trope book, the author showed some signs of being able to write a good story. I would give her another try, in print or with a different narrator. As it was, I only got through 12 chapters of the audiobook before I had to give up and download (purchase) it for my Kindle to finish it.

    As a narrator for this story, Sarah Coomes is horrible. She's so slow, I had to speed up the playback time to 1.25 for it to even approach something that sounded somewhat normal. I tried it on 1.5, but that was just slightly too fast. About 1.3 or 1.4 would have been better.

    In checking out the samples from some of the other books she's narrated, it sounds like British may actually be her real accent. But it's so overwrought, so over-enunciated, so poorly spoken (many mispronunciations---and I know how certain words are pronounced by the British; it seemed she just didn't know them and took a shot in the dark and missed), and so . . . broken . . . up with pauses in strange places. It was. As if there, were; punctuation. Marks indicating ...hesitations. And pauses in weird. Places? Not to mention her bizarrely inappropriate emPHAsis on certain words that shouldn't be EMphaSIZed.

    And she seems to have learned her "Scottish" accent from watching Mel Gibson in Braveheart one too many times. Not good at all.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Highland Surrender?

    When I finally made the decision to stop listening and switch to reading a text version of it because I couldn't listen to one more minute of it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sarah Coomes?

    Nicholas Boulton or Ashford McNabb or Bianca Amato or Rosalyn Landor or Lucy Scott or Davina Porter or Steve West or Katherine Kellgren or Susan Lyons or Helen Stern or Justine Eyre or Susan Duerden or Charlotte Parry.

    I have audiobooks by all of these readers, and they're wonderful narrators!


    Any additional comments?

    Will be returning this one.

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    6/11/17
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    "Excellent narrations story"

    Absolutely loved the narration which brought the story to life! The accents were magnificent. The female character Fiona was frustratingly stubborn but that was meant to be her personality and she remained true to form till the end. Didn't see the villain coming and I loved that about the story as I was way off the mark. Would definitely recommend for listening much more than reading!

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  • Elaine Wilson
    9/26/15
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    "A highly entertaining tale."

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the narrator did an exceptional job with the accents.

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  • Julia
    Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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    "Too much blood and gore for a romance"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Less death and more sense in the story.


    What will your next listen be?

    The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Sarah Coomes?

    -


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance at too much violence at the beginning, and not enough logic later on. Did not like how the book brushed over grief the characters would have felt in real life.


    Any additional comments?

    I come to the Gernre by listening to An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands which I can recommend, but after that I did not find one I liked as much.

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