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The Secret Audiobook

The Secret: Highlands' Lairds, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Julie Garwood captures the Highland splendor of medieval Scotland in this breathtaking love story. The inspiration for her acclaimed bestseller Ransom, this classic tale is a passionate masterpiece from one of the best-loved storytellers of all time.

Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

In a spirited clash of wills and customs, Judith reveled in the melting bliss of Iain's searching kisses, his passionate caresses. Perplexed by her sprightly defiance, bemused by her tender nature, Iain felt his soul growing into the light and warmth of her love. Surely nothing would wrench her from the affection and trust of Iain and his clan...not even the truth about her father, a devastating secret that could shatter the boldest alliance, and the most glorious of loves!

©2013 Julie Garwood (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Barbara United States 02-07-13
    Barbara United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2007

    She drives to and from Boston each day.....listening ....and listening.....

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    "Great Story & Romance in the Scottish Highlands"

    This story was excellent AND the narrator was also wonderful! (I am so glad I didn't let the poor reviews of this narrator dissuade me!!)
    An absorbing historical romance with charming characters -- I loved this book and did not want it to end!! So sad to see that Audible doesn't have Ransom - the next in the series (hint, hint!)
    The narrator does whisper and like another reviewer said the dialogue between Judith and Ian is outstanding -- pillow talk really and so seductive..... The whispers of the elders only added to the charm of these Scottish Warrior leaders.
    More please......

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rose BOWMAN, SC, United States 02-02-13
    Rose BOWMAN, SC, United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2016
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    "I love this book!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not only would I recommend this book, I have to anyone who will listen. I love Iain and Judith. The story was touching with the strong warrior that has a gentle side for his lady


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked everything about this book. I can't choose just one instance


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    Iain and Judith


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

    When Iain found Judith after she had been hurt


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie 01-29-13
    Debbie 01-29-13
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    "This is the best audible yet"

    I laughed out loud so enjoyed all the people that are involved
    I realy insiste you try this

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    erin new orleans, LA, United States 01-26-13
    erin new orleans, LA, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2006
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    "charming, sweet, funny- need more like it"
    What did you love best about The Secret?

    charming. love the time period. Sweet and funny without being sappy. I wish there were more books out there like this one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    loved all the characters. I really hope the author decides to expand on this story line and develop all of these characters to their full potential.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    Great choice of narrator


    Any additional comments?

    Charming. Some truly memorable lines. Great dialogue. Can't wait for the next one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Megan CAMBRIDGE, MA, United States 01-29-14
    Megan CAMBRIDGE, MA, United States 01-29-14
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    "Scottish accent SO bad!!"
    Would you listen to The Secret again? Why?

    never, the scottish accent by susan duerdan is just horrendous. the women are ok, but the men...i swear they have to wipe down the microphone after a recording because she sounds like a spitting gollum!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    terrible, terrible accent. i couldn't stop thinking about how bad it was for the whole second half. the story was absolutely fine!


    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Baker 01-24-13
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    "book spoiled by narrator"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Duerden’s performances?

    No


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

    Disappointment. This is my favorite Garwood book. I was really happy to see it available in audio, but Duerden's gravelly voiced, whispery narration totally spoiled it.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could write to someone in charge of selecting narrators and tell them to stop using Susan Duerden. Her narration of men's voices gets worse with each recording and really spoils a good audio book.

    26 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    VIRGINIA 01-20-13
    VIRGINIA 01-20-13
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    "horrible narration"
    What would have made The Secret better?

    A different narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret?

    Love the book and was looking forward to the audio but the narration was so horrible.


    What didn’t you like about Susan Duerden’s performance?

    She does horrible men's voices. She makes the main character sound like a child. She whispers too much as well.


    What character would you cut from The Secret?

    Love all of the characters!


    Any additional comments?

    Please tell me that the rest of the books in this series will have a different narrator!!!!!

    28 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    kathleen Yardley, PA, United States 07-27-13
    kathleen Yardley, PA, United States 07-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Bravo !!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret the most enjoyable?

    Everything. This was the best book I've ever read or should I say listened to. It made me laugh out loud , cry, and just felt pure happiness and didn't want it to stop.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How pure and innocent and finding true love with no boundaries.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Duerden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It was a little off and took a little time but she made all her characters come to life.


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

    I couldn't stop. I can't rave enough about it.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this over all the others. Best sellers fifty shades and bared to you were good. But this book was great. Read it. You will love it.

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    J Smith 06-26-13
    J Smith 06-26-13
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    "Fabulous audiobook!!! Loved!"

    I've listened to so many audiobooks and this is the first time I've written a review! I really loved everything about this story! The characters were well defined and the love story was enchanting, funny and spicy! I know there have been a few reviews regarding Susan Duerden's narration, but I loved her voices, male and female! At times, I was laughing out loud at many of the voices of the clan elders! Soooooo funny! I hated getting out of my car! Love love love!!! Thank you Julie for creating a sexy, funny and sweet story for me to get lost in, in horrible traffic!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    LESLIE MIAMI, FLORIDA, United States 01-20-13
    LESLIE MIAMI, FLORIDA, United States 01-20-13
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    "So fustrating!It"
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    It really makes me mad when they ruin a good book with such an annoying narrator I wish there was some one we can write and ask to never again let this narrator narrate. The story was sweet and funny totally ruined by the narrator.

    24 of 33 people found this review helpful

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