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The Beloved One Audiobook

The Beloved One: The De Montforte Brothers, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

In this second installment of her breathtaking De Montforte Brothers series, critically acclaimed author Danelle Harmon introduces us to Englishman Lord Charles de Montforte, who awakens in the tender care of an American beauty after being wounded in battle. Amy Leighton has long wished for someone special to enter her life and take her away from a cruel, unloving step-family, but the handsome stranger is from an enemy land...and he's sworn to love another. A 1775-era Cinderella story sure to enthrall!

©2014 Danelle Harmon (P)2014 Danelle Harmon

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    plaidninja814 01-20-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic! My favorite de Montforte Brother!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Beloved One to be better than the print version?

    Yes and no. Yes, because it is easier to pick up on details that are missed in the reading. No, because I might read certain passages differently than a narrator would. Both are enjoyable!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hard question because the story is one of my favorites! There is just so much detail! A lot of action and a lot of description. The hero and heroine both suffer from a severe lack of confidence, yet they each manage to instill confidence in the other. Each becomes stronger within the relationship.


    What about David Stifel’s performance did you like?

    He shows good emotionality and does not always rely on the emotion of anger to convey a 'strong male,' though he certainly uses it when the text calls for it. He is also unusually good at reading female characters so that the listener knows they are female.


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

    Oh, there were many in this book! One of the most moving scenes was when Charles , despondent upon believing his family no longer cared for him, blindly walks into the river. Although smaller and not as physically strong as Charles, Amy throws herself into the water, praying to God that she can save him. Another moving scene was when Charles first returned home after a year and a half away. He arrived home early, catching his family unprepared, and shocking them all. Later, when Lucien confronted Charles about why he allowed the family to think he was dead, I could almost see Lucien's calm demeanor, with the "barely perceptible tremble of his lip" when he asked his brother if he really did still have a heart.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite stories! Heartbreaking, funny, and in the end, very satisfying!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Reader | Audible Listener USA 12-06-14
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    "Historical Romance"
    Would you listen to The Beloved One again? Why?

    Yes, I really enjoy this series and would read and listen to all of the books again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amy is great! She is sweet and devoted.


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

    Lucien's awesome voice.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Past Romance Lancaster, OH United States 08-12-14
    Past Romance Lancaster, OH United States 08-12-14
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    "Beloved Brothers!"
    Where does The Beloved One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Most certainly one of my favorites. The narrator is fantastic, giving depth to characters and making the story come alive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beloved One?

    Lord Charles putting Amy's "sisters" in their place.


    Which character – as performed by David Stifel – was your favorite?

    The Wicked Lucien, Duke of Blackheath.


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

    Most certainly---I nearly did. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning trying to finish it!


    Any additional comments?

    I love this entire series and can't say enough good things about it. I've read the books several times through and now will likely listen to the Audiobooks over and over again as well. Fantastic!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 06-11-14

    Retired evidently sounds better than disabled.. It's a knee thing. Bone on bone, baby. Not a good candidate for surgery (health issues)..

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    If you could sum up The Beloved One in three words, what would they be?

    You aren't ready for the end result; however, all books in series seem to be cliffhangers. This is the second of the series of three. I am credits shy of being in two or three series, and not sure which one I will be getting next.


    What other book might you compare The Beloved One to and why?

    Second book. The first is THE WILD ONE, and the last is about the third brother.


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

    Interesting voice inflections. Keeps it moving. I wish the accent wasn't British so heavily.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No clue.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Starlet M. 06-26-14
    Starlet M. 06-26-14

    My favorite books are 'Historical Romance'. A good book takes you away from your everyday life & puts you in the middle of an adventure.

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    "Excellent story line."
    Would you listen to The Beloved One again? Why?

    I will not listen to the book again, but will purchase it in paperback and read it. The story line is well written, but David Stifel is ruining the entire series. If you enjoy reading as much as an audio book, I would read this series. The story is a tender love story of two people who both have a sense of innocence when it comes to physical activities. I actually found myself with tears in my eyes during some parts of the story and cracking up at other parts. This book takes you on a journey of self discovery, true love and is a journey. I enjoyed the plot, I do apologies in saying this but the narrator destroys this beautiful story.


    What didn’t you like about David Stifel’s performance?

    Good God. The director is as much to blame if not more than the narrator, unless there isn't a director than it's simply a horrible narrator. I can not put this delicately; Mr. Stifel makes these characters sound thick tongued and simple minded. Why anyone thinks he does this series justice is beyond me.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy Danielle Harmon's writing and she has created an excellent series. I pray she never uses Mr. Stifel to narrate another one of her books. He needs guidance and training or turn to narrating college texts.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 02-22-15
    Karen 02-22-15
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    "Enchanting Story- You Want To Cheer!"

    This was such a good story. It had such neat elements- a hero that wasn't perfect, a heroine that wasn't the type that everyone would have cast as perfect, an old dog, an evil step brother, and a very 'protective' matchmaker. Lord Andrew DeMontforte is flawed now as a result of the fire at the castle, and fears that he is going mad. He has visions- episodes that he does not understand. He doesn't want to be ridiculed by society and has withdrawn. He wants to be left alone, and shuns social gatherings. But his brother, the Duke, has other ideas. He believes that a wife is exactly what Andrew needs and sets the wheels in motion. Lady Celsiana Bkake is perfect for his brother.

    David Stifel does his best job yet with this one. He has the right amount of energy, and his timing is impeccable in the delivery! I found myself laughing and crying over so many of the funniest scenes. And the scenes- the descriptions are incredibly written, so that the narrator's work - his delivery is that much easier. The listener feels more of a visual witness to the story.
    Mr. Stifel's work with the character of Lucien is perfection.

    The story is so entertaining- a worthy investment of time and money. You will not want to put it down or tear yourself away. This series is so GOOD!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MM New Windsor, NY, US 06-12-14
    MM New Windsor, NY, US 06-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "EXCELLENT READ"

    Excellent series...great story lines. I laughed several times. Just the right amount of romance and love. My only negative was the narrator. It's not that he did a bad reading..however, his voice was much too old for the ages of the characters. Garreth is supposed to be in his 20's and he sounds like he's in his 60's...it was hard to relate to love scenes. I can't believe that these things are not considered when hiring a narrator. I find this to be the fact in several audio books. :(

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susanne MOUNT VERNON, WA, United States 07-22-17
    Susanne MOUNT VERNON, WA, United States 07-22-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Regret...."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No...I forced myself to listen to it since I just purchased it but just couldn't do it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything NOT by this narrator. He was painful to listen to. He was not great in the first book, The Wild One, but I hoped he would improve. Sadly it got worse with the women's voices being the most painful.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator could have saved this book.


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

    It is too much like Cinderella.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure how this got such great reviews by others? I keep telling myself that even if the series is good but the narrator gets poor reviews...just don't do it!

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    Angela Rexberg, ID, United States 12-18-14
    Angela Rexberg, ID, United States 12-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "awkward book for a romance"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator was terrible! He made Charles sound like an old man, and the women voices sounded like my brothers when they mimic mocked girls.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Danelle Harmon? Why or why not?

    Maybe, although this story had a lot of potential it fell flat in awkward silences way too much.<br/>The character Amy got anoying very quickly, and then the book continued to long to ware Charles even became anoying.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This narrator is so terrible. Normally I deal with a narrator, and let them grow on me. But throughout the whole book I could not picture Charles as a younger man of late twenties, because he sounded like he was 85.


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

    This book did inspire a few tears which is saying A LOT. It was hard to take the stoy seriously when I was rolling my eyes about the intense irony of the voices, and how they didn't fit the mood or the setting.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. Roberts 06-25-15
    C. Roberts 06-25-15
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    "The Audible Version"
    What did you like best about The Beloved One? What did you like least?

    The book was great. The narrator made Charles sound like an old man. I would have liked the narrator's voice to be the voice of Charles. That is the reason I do not read aloud.


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