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The Prince of Midnight

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He was once a legendary highwayman. Now he's a recluse in a ruined French castle, with only a half-wild wolf for a companion. When Lady Leigh Strachan comes looking for a man to aid in her revenge, she's disillusioned to find that the famed Prince of Midnight couldn't help even if he cared to - which he doesn't. S. T. Maitland wants nothing to do with his legend, or with this fierce, beautiful, broken woman... until the old thrill of living on the cutting edge of danger begins to rise in his blood again.

Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to narrate The Prince of Midnight as a fully voiced audiobook, creating a unique work that brings all the life and color of the original to audio.

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    Carlos Hialeah, Florida, United States 05-30-13
    Carlos Hialeah, Florida, United States 05-30-13
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    "Loved it!"
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    Refreshing! The story was good and the narrator was wow! I loved him his reading and all the different voices for the different characters he did awesome cant wait for more from both author and narrator.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    COOKIE 08-28-16
    COOKIE 08-28-16
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    "Drawn Out"

    The performance and production were excellent.
    The story left unanswered questions like what happened to Sir Julius and friends??
    Were they brought to justice or faded into the world.
    The story wasn't engaging until almost 1/2 way into it. I couldn't fully relate or sympathize to the hero or heroine.
    I do like the author

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    Tripans Sacramento 02-07-15
    Tripans Sacramento 02-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Nicholas Boulton is a narrating god"
    What made the experience of listening to The Prince of Midnight the most enjoyable?

    I didn't realize how easy it was to listen to Nicholas Boulton narrate The Prince of Midnight. Laura Kinsale delivers another great story, although this one is not my favorite, and I find that I liked her other book Flowers from the Storm much more so than this. Perhaps it's the fact that I just want reach across the pages and shake Lee to death because I really couldn't understand her hot and cold-ness with T.S. But honestly, I can listen to Boulton read law books and I'll still probably enjoy it. The quality and the performance of this audio book is so much better than anything else I've ever listened to in audiobook format, it is the gold standard of voice performance. The story was very entertaining, but nothing ruins a good story like an annoying, obtuse heroine.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Least interesting had to be anything to do with Lee. If it wasn't for how fantastic T.S. is in this book, I would have not been able to finish the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When T.S. saves Dove and meets up with Lee.


    Any additional comments?

    Nicholas Boulton, I love you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stevie TOPEKA, KANSAS, United States 01-28-15
    Stevie TOPEKA, KANSAS, United States 01-28-15
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    "what a wonderful voice expertly used"

    good story that is well developed with interesting characters and the gold star is Nicholas Boulton. First time I have listened to him narrate and it won't be the last. Now I want to see some of his performances.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 01-01-14
    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 01-01-14 Member Since 2017
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    "A Standing Ovation for The Prince of Midnight"

    Applause! Applause! Applause!

    The Prince of Midnight by Laura Kinsale has moved to the top of my list for
    Favorite Historical Romance...

    This lovely, enchanting romance completely captivated me from page one.
    It is an exceptional story with a collection of well developed, deep, full characters, who are brought together by circumstances that bring out their best and worst qualities, complimenting strengths and weaknesses in detail. Wow!

    I LOVE Nicholas Boulton as the narrator. 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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pat LORENA, TX, United States 03-28-14
    Pat LORENA, TX, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Highwayman saves the lady"

    This is such a good book. It is very lengthy, 15.17 hours to be exact. Worth every second that you listen to it. Laura Kinsale does an excellent job of building her characters and their relationship to each other. A wolf plays a key role in this story as well. Our hero S. T. Maitland, better known as The Prince of Midnight when he was an aristocrat who also happened to be a highwayman, is complex and intelligent. The heroine Leigh, whom he calls Sunshine is a very deep character and sometimes hard to relate to for me. She is on a mission of revenge for actions that caused the loss of her family and in France to try and gain his help. What she does not know is that he has balance issues due to an ear problem that stopped him from being the highwayman.

    Of course he does go back to England with Leigh as she has awakened some of the old feelings he had as to his life on the edge style of living before, and because he already cares for her. He has been alone a long time except for the wolf that has been his companion. The object of Leigh's hate is a maniacal preacher type who has most of the village under his control and naturally S. T. and Leigh will fall into his clutches. These two really are the focus of this book. No secondary characters that appear all the way through the story. Their coming to terms with each other and their situation are the story. The wolf is the closest thing to a secondary character.

    S. T. has a real way with horses which shows up in the story too. Particularly at the end of the book. That scene will make you want to ride a horse with you loved one too. Break out the fans ladies. Sexy indeed. Speaking of that. Nicholas Boulton is one of the sexiest voices out there and he does an outstanding job here. He gives each man and woman's voice a distinction and the scene where he pretends to be drunk is truly great. Once you hear him you will be looking for anything he narrates. I would listen to a phone book read if he was doing the reading. Great, Great, Great voice.

    If you are looking for a fantastic listen. This is it. Just buy it.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    eileen nahan 02-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The Prince of Midnight"

    I love how two disparate characters learned to trust, understand and love one another. It was a very sweet story.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 10-09-15
    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 10-09-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book."

    Laura Kinsale is an exceptionally well-educated, worldly author. It makes each book so different from anything else in romantic fiction.

    This is my favorite of her books, but it definitely up there compared to other historical fiction romance novels. I highly recommend this one.
    The heroine was a bit hard, but she had been thru a great trauma. I think the character's struggle with revenge and love is fascinating. The hero is lovable from the start, though a bit easy to fall in love.
    The ending was quite wonderful, and tied up all the loose ends really well. The epilogue was steamy and sweet!

    Beautifully read by the incredibly talented Nicholas Boulton!
    A timeless romantic, suspenseful story that proves again the brilliance of this singular author.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 12-30-13
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2016
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    "AN INTENSE, WONDERFUL STORY!"

    I have been late to the Laura Kinsale “party,” (since this is only the 2nd book of hers that I’ve read), but I’m so glad I made it, because her writing is quite beautiful and just superb. In addition, paired with the magic of narrator, Nicholas Boulton, this audiobook is an experience you don’t want to miss.

    The hero, S.T. Maitland lives in a secluded castle in France with his only companion being that of a lone wolf, and has left behind his life as a notorious highwayman and his legend as the “Prince of Midnight.” Yet, it is precisely this very same legend, that Lady Leigh Strachan has sought after to aide her in the revenge of the death of her parents, and sisters back in England. Lady Leigh Strachan is a survivor, and has not given herself time to mourn her family. She is a woman on a mission, who is skilled, has good instincts, but is very guarded. She doesn’t have room for nonsense, incompetency, and love is the farthest thing on her mind. Yet when she finally comes face to face with the Prince of Midnight, she has discovered not the legend, but a shadow of that man; and, a man who has a keen and romantic interest in her. To her chagrin, he follows her back to England, despite the reward for his capture. And this journey back to Leigh’s hometown promises to be a life changing experience for the both of them!

    I really loved the chemistry between the two. These are two very strong, mature leads, who feel real because of their compelling backgrounds, resourcefulness, and they push forward as they grow in depth throughout this story.

    I loved the hero, S.T., and his amazing wolf! S.T. is definitely the more mature and emotionally healthy of the two, and his wolf is such a faithful, remarkable side-kick.
    S.T. strives to hold on to his dignity and pride despite having some hearing loss and suffering from vertigo. He is a charmer, tender-hearted, intelligent and brave. And, his endurance and perseverance is exactly what Lady Leigh needs, even though she doubts him many times. This aspect makes Leigh not so easy to like,---What wounded, traumatized person is? Leigh is mean to S.T., there’s just no getting around that. Yet, when she revealed the way her family was targeted and slowly taken out, it chilled me to the bone. I assumed it was bad, but when she tells the story, the evil and sinister movement that infected her community was worse than I anticipated. You have to keep this in mind throughout the novel because, if not, you may feel very frustrated with Leigh.

    Thankfully, both S.T. and Leigh make it through EVERY struggle and hardship they face. Through a steady flow of FANTASTIC suspense, great action and many twists and turns, Kinsale gives her readers a wonderfully, triumphant ending.

    S.T. never gave up on Leigh and he became her champion of justice and the love of her life. By the way, loved the epilogue! It was a delightful treat! This is an intense read, but delivers on all fronts!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Harry_ATL 08-13-13
    Harry_ATL 08-13-13
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    "Nicholas Boulton - Il est magnifique!"

    Nicholas Boulton is in a class by himself. Utterly impressive. Enthralling.

    While my taste for Laura Kinsale is limited because I prefer lighter, less angst-ridden tales, I find myself unable to resist her new audios performed by Mr. Boulton. Apparently, I'm willing to put up with the angst to hear him.

    Wouldn't it be wonderful to have him perform a happier, humorous story?! Be still my heart.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    6/25/15
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    "*** The Prince of Narrator - Perfect Audiobook ***"
    What made the experience of listening to The Prince of Midnight the most enjoyable?

    Without question, the narration skills of Nicholas Boulton.

    This is a really great performance and definitely one not to be missed. If you
    love historical novels, this is highly recommended for you


    What other book might you compare The Prince of Midnight to, and why?

    None other comes to mind, simply because books about highwaymen are not usually my cup of tea at all.


    What about Nicholas Boulton’s performance did you like?

    The tone, the pacing, the delivery, the accent, how he can switch between characters effortlessly, and it is very clear who is speaking.

    Please can we have more books performed by Nicholas Boulton?

    His narration skills are second to none and he is heads and shoulders above ANY narrator I have heard. If you are in the mood to listen to a well written romantic historical, he's your man.


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

    The scene where the hero, ST is drunk is very funny and extremely well performed; you can't help but be amused by it. The narrator really brings the book and this scene to life. Brilliant!


    Any additional comments?

    I have three favourite Laura Kinsale books and previously have not had too much interest in reading some of her other books (Uncertain Magic or The Shadow and the Star, for example), purely because they did not appeal to me.

    Listening to Nicholas Boulton read this book and the brilliant For My Lady's Heart, changed my mind and it would not be an exaggeration to say he has given me a new appreciation for Laura's books. I now have them all.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Caz
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    6/24/13
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    "Audiobook Perfection!"

    It's no secret that the quality of the narrator can make or break an audiobook, so I'm going to answer the important question first. What most audiobook listeners want to know before buying one is "is the narrator any good?"

    You'll be pleased to know that not only can I say a resounding "YES" in response, I can say that Nicholas Boulton is quite possibly the best audiobook performer (I can’t call him a ‘narrator’ because the word doesn’t even begin to do him justice) I’ve ever heard. It certainly helps that he has a beautiful, mellifluous voice that’s soothing and sexy as sin at the same time, but it’s about so much more than that.

    He doesn’t just narrate – he inhabits the characters, from the principals right down to the bit-players, and gives each one a distinct voice. He juggles all manner of regional and foreign accents effortlessly (I’m very picky when it comes to accents) and if he had any problems with pronouncing the French and Italian dialogue, then I certainly wasn’t aware of it.

    And most importantly – and impressively – he can convincingly voice female characters without using falsetto or making them sound screechy. In fact for Leigh, he uses a register and tone that seems to be not all that far removed from his natural speaking voice – yet there’s no doubt she’s female.

    The story is quite complex and to try to write a complete synopsis would take up too much space :)

    I wanted to pick out one or two points specifically to illustrate just how good this story is in the audio version.. Even though I haven’t (yet) read the book I’ve been told by people who have and who have listened to the audio that the big thing for them was that they found Leigh to be a much more palatable character in the audio. There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that that’s true; Nicholas Boulton’s interpretation almost strips her bare, as it were, and he really brings out the pain and vulnerability she struggles so hard to keep hidden. I didn’t dislike her as much as some readers seem to have done, but I would defy anybody to maintain that opinion after listening to the scene in which S.T makes Leigh train the horse he names Mistral. I had tears running down my face when she finally breaks down and finds she can’t help but feel for this beautiful, mistreated animal.

    As for his performance of S.T himself... this is only the first of (I think) eleven of Ms Kinsale’s books that are coming out on audio, and I’m already running out of superlatives to describe just how good Nick Boulton is. God help me when I get to book ten - these reviews are going to be really short if I'm to avoid repeating myself over and over again! But it truly is a wonderfully nuanced portrayal of a complex and multi-faceted character. You can hear his insecurities, his frustrations, his passion; you feel his triumphs and share in his joys – and if you can keep a straight face in the scene where S.T pretends to be totally plastered, then you’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!

    Without wishing to do any disservice to Ms Kinsale’s splendid story, I’m going to end by saying that if you read the book and found it hard going because you couldn’t like Leigh – listen to this, and you might find it changes your mind. And if, like me, you haven’t read it before, then listen to this and you’ll wonder how the hell you managed NOT to have read it. And if you’ve read it and loved it – listen to this and you’ll find you love it even more than you did before.

    Yes. It’s that good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Suzy GM
    8/28/14
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    "Fantastic!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Prince of Midnight the most enjoyable?

    The most enjoyable was the depth of character of Leigh and S.T. Leigh who is frozen and cruel with grief and S.T. Who struggles daily with dizziness and deafness.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Laura Kinsale shows how easily people are manipulated and turned from reason to following blindly all in the name of religion.


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

    I have not had the pleasure of listening to him before but loved his voice. Again great characterisation you were never in doubt which character was speaking. Wonderful.


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

    Yes to both!


    Any additional comments?

    I have never read anything by Laura Kinsale before but will do so in the future she is a wonderful writer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Antony
    7/28/16
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    "Wonderful!"

    I could listen to Nicholas Boulton read the Telephone directory. His voice is like honey - and dead sexy. He is the best audiobook performer EVER. Please, Nicholas, do lots more. I fall just a little in love with every character he reads. Perfect

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annie A
    4/17/16
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    "Ermmmmm heroine was annoying"

    I absolutely loved this story however the heroine was just so difficult to warm to! Now I know she had been through a lot and maybe I just like my heroines to be strong and feminine but Leigh was just so hard to please in my opinion! No matter what ST did she always seemed to be ungrateful and spoiled the story for me! However Great narration and good story. Will give another LK book ago and hope the female H is a bit 'softer'

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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