Through their innocent correspondence, a lonely young wife grows to love an imaginary man thousands of miles away. He returns to England and her idea of reality is turned upside down....
Captain Sir Sheridan Drake is no knight in shining armor, even if he happens to be famous for his heroism....
Trevelyan d'Augustin and Lady Callista Talliafaire were secret sweethearts, until the day her father dismissed him with a whip across the face....
Pursued by her enemies, flattered and courted for her lands, a powerful, devious princess is desperate to reach refuge....
When a powerful, decisive aristocrat undertakes to protect an absent-minded young inventress from England's enemies, he finds his orderly world turned into chaos....
He was once a legendary highwayman.When Lady Strachan comes looking for a man to aid in her revenge, she's finds that the Prince of Midnight couldn't help even if he cared to....
As a lovely heiress, Roderica Delamore should be a prize catch--except for her shameful secret. She has the ability to hear the thoughts of those around her....
For reasons of his own, Stephen Hampton, Lord Summerdale, is determined to learn the truth behind the tangled tale of Helen's ruin....
Ranulf Ombrier is notorious throughout England for his skill at swordplay and murderous reputation. But after years of doing his king's bidding, he follows his conscience away from Edward....
When the Marquis of Amberley's coach is waylaid by highwaymen and his coachman shot, he is forced to take shelter at the first house he finds....
When Elizabeth Hotchkiss stumbles upon a copy of How to Marry a Marquis in her employer's library, she's convinced someone is playing a cruel joke....
War hero Alistair Carsington really really loves women, and his romantic impulses have landed him in nearly as much danger as the Battle of Waterloo....
Abandoned to fend for herself at the court of Versailles, Antonia turns to her distant cousin, the all-powerful Duke of Roxton, to help her escape....
Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of Victorian London's wealthiest, most influential men....
Simon Basset, the irresistible Duke of Hastings, has hatched a plan to keep himself free from the town's marriage-minded society mothers. He pretends to be engaged....
The Duke of Ashbury's to-do list is short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne'er-do-wells by night. Now there's a new item on the list. He needs an heir....
The cold, precise Duke of Montford demands things his way: neatly ordered, in place, and adhering closely to the rules....
Known as the despair of the Davenports, Reginald is a disinherited, disgraced alcoholic who is headed for a bad end - that is until the new Earl of Wargrave gives him one last chance at redemption....
To love him is to face her deepest fear...
In search of a legendary mare, Lord Winter enters the crucible of the red sands, forging unbreakable bonds of loyalty and trust with his young companion in the desert. But hidden beneath the ragged costume of a Bedouin boy is a remarkable young woman: Zenia Stanhope, daughter of the extraordinary Queen of the Desert.
Zenia wants nothing of the danger that Lord Winter lives for. She wants only to reach England, far from the blood and sand of the desert. But in one night of terror, condemned to death, their lives are irrevocably bound. Zenia escapes to an English world of elegance and comfort, leaving behind the lonely, fearless man who has changed her life and conquered her heart... until he returns to invade her sanctuary.
Now she must choose between safety and love, but can she find the courage to be the person she was truly born to be?
Laura Kinsale knows how to build a character, strong, free spirited, and emotionally screwed up. Nicholas Boulton narrative is spot on, he brings the characters emotional mess to life. This story went somewhere that my mind has not planned, and I like that. Be it the 18th, or the 21st century, people have been screwed up for a long time. This story is a not so smooth journey through the land mines and emotional road blocks that people put up against getting hurt, and the anguish of not knowing how to get the love they desire. I love this author, and this narrator, you will enjoy this to the very end and then be a little sad when it is done.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
Read everything this woman writes. She is a master. I had long since gotten over my historical phase when I discovered this author, and I still listen to everything she has on Audible gratefully. She is amazing, this story is amazing and very well read. I highly reccomend it.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
Now having listened to three Laura Kinsale novels, all narrated by the same narrator, I feel somewhat of an expert on her plots and characters. There are many things I enjoy about her books - she is a very vivid writer, and is good at coming up with plots that aren't as formulaic as some in this genre. Her male protagonists are, for lack of a better word, magnificent. Brooding, handsome, intelligent, sardonic, emotional, seeking a different sort of woman from those who usually throw themselves at him. They go through a pretty big change in the course of the book. Her female protagonists, on the other hand, drive me crazy. I appreciate that they each have their own singular beauty, and are courageous and daring - most of the time. But at other times, they are whiny, stubborn, and willfully blind to the love that these admittedly flawed men are trying to give to them, ascribing to a goal or purpose that makes them repeatedly reject what is offered to them. Toward the end of the book I'm saying, "You are a stupid woman" often to the woman who, yet again, will not take what is offered to her. I'm not sure if I will listen to another Laura Kinsale. I am interested in whether it might be the narrator - who is outstanding when portraying the male character - who is feeding my bias, or if those who have read her books feel the same antipathy toward the female character.
16 of 18 people found this review helpful
This story sweeps from one end of the world to the other taking your emotions with it. Right up to end I didn't know what would happen. I enjoyed the audio book so much I purchased the book as well. Nicholas Boulton was fantastic. His narration made the story so real and the characters come alive. I won't go into detail of story as I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Just read it, you will love every moment of it.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
Laura Kinsale's choice of Nicholas Bolton to narrate her books was inspired. This is my favorite of her books, but to hear it read by Mr. Bolton, it's like I'd never read it before.
His voices -- Arden's mother, the voice of Baby Elizabeth, THE LAWYERS -- are each so different and so perfect that it really is as though you're in the middle of a movie.
In fact, imagine that they made a movie of your favorite book -- and they didn't screw it up! That's what listening to "The Dream Hunter" is like for me. Highly recommend!
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
I've listened to three books so far and this author and narrator are a marrage made in haven.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes! Practically nobody writes fictional characters as well as Laura Kinsale. From the main characters to the supporting characters, everybody is fleshed out and alive and real. Dream Hunter is no exception. Lord Winter, the hero, is as amazing a man as you will find in any historical fiction because he isn’t just a clichéd manifestation of a regency era male, but a bittersweet, lonely, damaged man who is struggling to find meaning in his life, even at the cost of it. He’s gorgeous and sexy and yet suffers from real life anxieties!<br/><br/>Zenia, the heroine, is truly his female doppelganger. Like him, she cannot seem to find that allusive sense of belonging. Lord Winter recognizes pretty early in the book that they belong together and the conflict all arises in the reluctance on Zenia’s part to recognize Lord Winter as her soul mate. Lovely Zenia has been neglected and mistreated and unloved most of her life (by her own mother) and she hasn’t the capacity to just overnight surrender herself to love and to being loved. Laura Kinsale always writes the most complex and abstruse female characters and Zenia is no different; for that, Zenia, like lots of Kinsale’s females, gets misaligned by some readers who expect and want less complication in the female protagonists. Zenia has been so damaged by someone who should have had her most complete loyalty and trust that it amazes me that she finally finds and accepts love at the end, not that she was stubborn and refused it for so long.<br/><br/>Anyway, listen to this gem of a novel and be utterly amazed at the plot twists and turns and the beautiful and inevitable ending. It starts in England, moves to the middle east and comes back to England and it all feels so right and yet so unexpected. And Mrs. Lamb, a secondary character, is pretty much worth the price of admission as portrayed by Nicholas Boulton! In my opinion, of Kinsale's books narrated by NB, Dream Hunter is the best so far!
16 of 19 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to The Dream Hunter again? Why?
Maybe but I don't usually listen to a book more than once. There are so many I haven't read.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I like the hero perhaps a little more, because the heroine was frustrating. He did so much for her and she seemed so indifferent.
Have you listened to any of Nicholas Boulton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Right up there with the rest. His male voices are fabulous.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Loved the train episode. A perfect example of him doing something so unreal and although caught up in the moment, her appreciation fizzled.
Any additional comments?
There were some real LOL moments between the two main characters.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
The Dream Hunter by Laura Kinsale deserves another standing ovation. This is my second selection (The Prince of Midnight being first) by this amazing author. She is a master story teller, able to completely captivate and grip you; taking you right into her story’s wild tale. Move over the thrills-and-spills of “Indiana Jones”…The story of Arden and Zenia is every bit as action packed. The romance is steamy, crippling and healing all at once. You will not be able to put this book down.
I am in awe of Laura’s beautiful use of the English language. The scenes are vivid, and rich with color. You can feel, smell and taste the heat, the sand, the sweat and grit. Her characters are among the most developed and memorable that I have had the pleasure to read.
Nicholas Boulton has got to be the most outstanding narrator of all time. I have a few favorites, and they are each very special…but Nicholas has a voice to absolutely LOVE. His rich baritone voice is mesmerizing. Couple his tone with his many accents, and languages and you have nothing less than perfection!
This is a must listen...Absolutely Credit Worthy!
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
One of the very, very best period romances I have yet listened to. this one has it all….. romance, drama, and the knight on a white horse. Might I say here that Nicholas Boulton has to be very best narrator for these books. His voicing and characters are always spot on. This one was so good, I may have to listen again in case I missed anything. If you just want a fun listen and a swoon worthy afternoon, don't pass this one over. Worth the credit for sure
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
It's as if LK lived in the times she writes about, every detail is believable. Some of the storylines are a bit out there, but then again, they are proper rollicking adventures, and I found myself happily going along with them. The greatest pleasure though, is Nicholas Boulton's fantastic range, his perfect voice. Bliss.
This book has been wrongly titled. It should be “you will leave me” alternative “I won’t let you take Elizabeth” or something else to that effect. Minute after minute, hours after hours the same phrases all over again and again and again and again and again and again until the last minutes. I fast forwarded the last hours, and every time I started listening the same phrases all over again and again and again and again.
Not worth a credit, that’s for sure.
This is the first book of Laura Kinsale's that I have tried.
This book was well worth the time to listen to, it had adventure, suspense, happiness sadness, I was riveted I could not stop listening until the end.
The narrator was very good and has a nice easy going voice.
I recommend you get this book.
I am now looking for Laura's next book and I hope a new adventure.
If you could sum up The Dream Hunter in three words, what would they be?
Fantastic, Amazing, Wonderful!
Who was your favorite character and why?
Lord Winter, because of his complex character and the gradual unfolding of this complex and wonderful book. Be prepared to have your heart ripped asunder and then, thank goodness, put back together again.
Have you listened to any of Nicholas Boulton’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Yes. I have all Laura Kinsale's books up to date and can't wait for the others to be made available. Nicholas Boulton is the most consummate narrator I have ever heard; he can slip into any character and make it his own and that is why these books are so wonderful. What a talent!!
Any additional comments?
Thank you Laura Kinsale, for giving us your wonderful books and persuading Nicholas Boulton to narrate them for us.