We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
The Rose Garden Audiobook

The Rose Garden

Regular Price:$24.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (3237 )
5 star
 (1412)
4 star
 (1123)
3 star
 (514)
2 star
 (122)
1 star
 (66)
Overall
4.1 (2917 )
5 star
 (1306)
4 star
 (935)
3 star
 (480)
2 star
 (131)
1 star
 (65)
Story
4.3 (2883 )
5 star
 (1461)
4 star
 (933)
3 star
 (368)
2 star
 (79)
1 star
 (42)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Learning for Life 03-03-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    192
    31
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Enjoyable, and I definitely recommend it"
    What made the experience of listening to The Rose Garden the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the historical details and smuggling intrigue that fit the times. This surprised me as I have not traditionally been a history lover. Seems that Outlander, The Winter Sea, Kindred, and The Rose Garden are helping me to sa our historical accounts much more. credit goes to both the authors and the narrators of those books.


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

    When Daniel bought the green dress for her, indicating that he saw her as separate and apart from his past commitment.


    Which character – as performed by Nicola Barber – was your favorite?

    Daniel Butler, who knew himself and was upstanding and loving.


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

    Both reactions happened a couple of times in the course of the listening. The book was touching and at times quite funny as well. My crying was precipitated by seeing some parallels to my own dearly departed loved one, and my struggle to come to terms with this.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be enjoying this book a second time around, even though I do not usually re-read books. It was really quite lovely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tammy 02-14-15
    Tammy 02-14-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    52
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    87
    57
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Perfect historical time travel fiction"

    After reading Diana Gabaldon, and enjoying it very much, I've been looking to fill the void and this story fits the bill. Sadly it is just one volume but fingers crossed the author will continue the story. If you did not enjoy Diana Gabaldon you will be happy to know that this story is much milder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chris United States 02-14-15
    Chris United States 02-14-15 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    85
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    568
    117
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    12
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful Story"

    This is a beautiful romance, reminded me of the film Somewhere In Time. The characters are wonderful and the ending just perfect. The narrator did a wonderful job, this is a great feel good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Maria Somerset, NJ, United States 02-13-15
    Maria Somerset, NJ, United States 02-13-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    31
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Most wonderful story!!"

    Loved it! Thus story leaves the reader knowing there is a time and place for every love story. Wonderful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sarah 02-13-15
    Sarah 02-13-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    32
    7
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A surprisingly wonderful book"

    A great story, and great narrator, definitely a book I'll come back to again just to experience it all once again!! 👌

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Caz 02-09-15
    Caz 02-09-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    27
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    34
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not a Cornish accent within earshot - odd!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rose Garden to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I suspect I would find it better. I really found the fact that the book was peopled by Cornish characters and yet there is not one Cornish accent among the lot of them to be very distracting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Daniel. Ms Barber voices him well and makes him sound quite sexy. Sensibly, she opted not to give him a noticeable accent!


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She could have used appropriate accents! For some reason the Cornish people have an Irish lilt or a northern accent. Felicity sounds almost Liverpudlian!

    Also, the word "Jacobite" - is consistently mispronounced. It's a word that comes up a lot, given the storyline, and Ms Barber annoyingly pronounces it JAKE-obite instead of JACK-obite.

    For some these may be small issues, but things like this kept taking me right out of the story.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jazminjo Texas USA 02-04-15
    Jazminjo Texas USA 02-04-15 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Beautiful Story!"

    This is the first time I have listened to a book from from this author. It was a little slow getting started and I almost quit listening. I'm so happy I stuck with it now, because it was a beautiful story, I needed a box of tissues at the end. Loved it! Can't wait to find other titles by This author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Danielle W. 01-30-15
    Danielle W. 01-30-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    65
    64
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good book, weak romance, but worth a listen."

    If you're a fan of Diana Gabaldon and the Outlander series you will like this book. it kind of bothered me that there was no real conclusion to the book, you don't know how the heroine Eva's life turned out. She basically just steps into the past and disappears. That really kind of bothered me. I would have liked a little bit more of maybe an epilogue, some kind of knowledge as to how Eva and Daniel ended up, what happened to them in their lives, where did they go? Did they leave Cornwall? did Eva ever make it back to the house and did she ever go back to her natural time? These are questions that have flowed through my mind at the conclusion of this book. But the book was definitely worth a listen. The romance was a little weak considering that Eva and Daniel knew each other for approximately 3 days before they were madly in love with each other. I definitely think the author could have fleshed out the romance aspect of this novel quite a bit more. But since I am a fan of the Outlander series and still prefer those books to this book. But all in all I think it was worth a listen even if it made me sad at the end of the book. I was never sad at any of the ending of the Outlander books and I feel as though the Outlander books had more of a conclusion to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 01-26-15
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 01-26-15 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    210
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    314
    302
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    13
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Absolutely Marvelous Story--Time Travel At Its Bes"
    Where does The Rose Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is right up there with the top ten. The author is superb and the story is so well done that you think you are in Cornwall in The Rose Garden. The narrator makes the story come alive. It is just simple wonderful.


    What other book might you compare The Rose Garden to and why?

    I think it is as good as The Hands of Time Series by Irina Shapiro. Both are romance stories with a twist and both take place in 18th Century England. The stories are gripping and make you want to be right there.


    Which character – as performed by Nicola Barber – was your favorite?

    I liked Claire a lot but my favorite was the major character, Eva. She copes so well with her appearing and disappearing. It is an amazing story and Eva finds her true love in Daniel.


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

    I especially liked it when Oliver appears with the wine just as Eva disappears. The story evolves so that you don't know what is going to happen but everything happens perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a wonderful romance novel with time travel and a happy ending. What more can you ask for?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Louise Thwaite Somerville, MA United States 01-23-15
    Louise Thwaite Somerville, MA United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    160
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Disappointing"

    If this popped up as suggested reading if you liked Outlander then ignore it. It is nothing like that novel. If I had read this when j was 16 I probably would have liked it. However my tastes have evolved and this book was like a YA read. Too simple and full of logic bombs for me. I have enjoyed other Kearsley novels, some remind me of the genre Mary Stewart was the master of but this one was a mistake. If you love Gabaldon's universe save your credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.