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The Rose Garden Audiobook

The Rose Garden

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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

©2011 Susanna Kearsley (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Kearsley masterfully writes authentic voices for Eva and Daniel as they wrestle with their improbable connection and its implications." (Publishers Weekly)

"Kearsley makes the impossible seem real as sheweaves a tale full of genuine characters [with] a strong sense of place and makes history come alive." (Booklist)

"Susanna Kearsley's The Rose Garden is an enthralling and achingly romantic read." (BookPage)

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    Christina R. USA 06-12-14
    Christina R. USA 06-12-14
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    "Wonderful Story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Rose Garden the most enjoyable?

    I read this on my Kindle first and loved it so much that I bought it for Audible. It is a creative time travel romance with a lot of twists and turns. The twist at the end surprised me and enriched the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Nicola Barber does a superb job in reading the story and her male voices are excellent. If you enjoy time travel stories you must listen to this one.

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    sandy 03-30-14
    sandy 03-30-14
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    "Fantastic."

    Susanna Kearsley is fast earning a place along side my other favorite authors. ( Diana Gabaldon and Julie Garwood) I love the way she weaves past and present. Her characters are all larger than life, very likable and colorful. I wish there was a book 2 or 3. Nicola Barber does a great job narrating. This is the 2nd of her books I have gotten and I will definitely buy another of her books.

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    Pattie MARINA DEL REY, CA, United States 01-15-14
    Pattie MARINA DEL REY, CA, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Sweet, Touching and Romantic"

    Sweet touching fantasy with a fun love story. A little predictable, but kept my attention until the end.

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    Alisyn 01-12-14
    Alisyn 01-12-14
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    "Not as good as The Firebird or The Winter Sea"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator would have made this better. Honestly, the narrator's accents kept slipping and changing within a character, among other annoyances. She just wasn't the right person for me.


    Has The Rose Garden turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nicola Barber?

    The narrators Kathryn Kellgren and Rosalyn Landor did such an excellent job narrating two other books by the same author and each narrator did an outstanding job. They each allowed you to get involved in the story without thinking about the narration -- I cannot say the same thing for this audiobook.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Rose Garden?

    I don't know that I would have cut scenes, they scenes were fine. I may have reorganized some of the story so that you *spoiler alert* find out about the Cora sooner or at least have more clues about what is going on with her. That would have helped with the mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, the story was okay but was de-enhanced by the narration. I would not recommend this audiobook. However, I would still highly recommend The Firebird and The Winter Sea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindlefun Fair Lawn, NJ, United States 10-31-13
    Kindlefun Fair Lawn, NJ, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Boring slow story and weak faceless characters"
    What disappointed you about The Rose Garden?

    Kearsley completely failed to show her story. It was boring, like reading a history report, and the characters were underdeveloped and flat.Can somebody tel me how Eva and Daniel look like? The author by some reason forgot to describe their appearances. :-) I could not connect with the characters on a deeper level, simply because they were so weak and static. After listening of first 1,5 hours of the audio-book and and reading 10 chapters, I still did not now what is special about Eva, her personality, and even her looks. However, I got a complete description of nature, clouds, kitchen, bedroom......What about chemistry between main characters? I got the feeling that Kearsley does not have any idea how to created alive, believable, multidimensional characters. Dead Katrina Ward and her husband were more alive than all others. Daniel and Fergal should have been shocked by a woman from the future suddenly appearing out of thin air. They should have been questioning her about her strange appearance, what time period she came from; what it is like in the future. Instead, they're pretty much blasé about this mysterious phantom woman. The author attempts to explain this ridiculous scenario by depicting Daniel and Fergus as "scientific types." Well, scientifically-minded or not, most people from 17/18 centuries would be slightly freaked out by something like this happening. This scenario is not even remotely believable. The set-up seems cheesy to me and it never feels like the relationship between Daniel and Eva develops properly. And the ending chapters with her discovery that Claire also time traveled.......oh, wait a minute, i read it somewhere.....yes right....in Diana Gabaldons's book "Outlander". Same Claire? :-) Diana's Claire also met another woman from the future who lived in 18 century....... I thought the writing style was decent, and I enjoyed reading the descriptions of Cornwall.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Susanna Kearsley again?

    NO


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator should be more consistent regarding all accent. Also, her male voices sounded all the same.


    What character would you cut from The Rose Garden?

    Eva and Daniel. I think Eva' dead sister Katherine could be a better character.


    Any additional comments?

    It is not Diana Gabaldons's "Outlander", not even close.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LaBrea LAKE ELSINORE, CALIFORNIA, United States 10-12-13
    LaBrea LAKE ELSINORE, CALIFORNIA, United States 10-12-13
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    "loved the story !"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rose Garden to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the actual printed version but for me sometimes it's nice to just relax and listen to a good story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rose Garden?

    Definitely towards the end, when things started getting pretty exciting


    Did Nicola Barber do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Okay, this is my one complaint about the audio. I didn't really like the fact that almost all her voices sounded similar... I really would have liked there to be men doing the reading for the male parts..instead of her attempting to do a male voice...just didn't wasn't right.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N. Rogers San Antonio, TX, USA 04-08-13
    N. Rogers San Antonio, TX, USA 04-08-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Time Travel with Some Light Romance"

    I enjoyed this book. It was light and fun, just what I was in the mood for. I plan to listen to others by this author when I'm looking for something similar. Time travel always requires some suspension of belief but this made enough sense to work without being distracting. I thought the book was well-written and provided just enough glimpse back into the historical period to teach me a little something along the way. Nicola Barber did a nice job of narrating the book. No need for a plot summary here; audible has provided that.

    If you like a bit of history and a light romance with some time travel thrown in, give this book a try.

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    Julia Flemington, NJ, United States 04-02-13
    Julia Flemington, NJ, United States 04-02-13 Member Since 2015

    I love audioboks!

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    "Very good"
    What did you love best about The Rose Garden?

    The scenery


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twist towards the end


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think any scene involving the cliffs and the water


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Lovely story, kind of adventurous and of course unrealistic, but you know that before you buy it. I love this author's stories and this isn't my favorite but the scenery, romance, adventure and historical aspect are all extremely satisfying.

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    Tamara 03-20-13
    Tamara 03-20-13
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    "High Hopes"
    Would you try another book from Susanna Kearsley and/or Nicola Barber?

    I had really high expectations for this novel after reading "The Winter Sea" by the same author. I loved "The Winter Sea" and would give that novel 5 stars all the way around. I was prepared to dive into another delicious novel and was frankly, disappointed. I almost stopped reading it and returned it after listening about 3 hours. The story was very similar to her other novel, but not nearly as cohesive or well written. In the end, I am glad that I stuck with it, because it picked up for me in Part 2. It was an average book, but not one that I would put at the top of my list. I am not sure if I will explore any other books by this author now.


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    Kindle Customer Washington, DC 03-18-13
    Kindle Customer Washington, DC 03-18-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved It!!"
    Would you listen to The Rose Garden again? Why?

    What a romantic book. I absolutely loved it. I really enjoy books from earlier times. Truly enjoyable.


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