The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae

A Cynster Novel
Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
Series: Cynster, Book 18, Cynster Sisters, Book 3
Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (472 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

We joyfully request your attendance at the wedding of Miss Angelica Cynster... but not until she and her hero lay to rest an ancient grudge in the Scottish Highlands!

Headstrong Angelica Cynster is certain she'll recognize her fated husband at first sight. And when her eyes meet those of a mysterious nobleman, she knows beyond a doubt that he's the one. But her heart is soon pounding for an entirely different reason - when her hero abducts her!

The eighth Earl of Glencrae has no choice but to kidnap Angelica, the one Cynster sister with whom he hadn't wanted to tangle. But to save his castle and his clan, he must persuade her to assist him - and he's prepared to offer marriage to seal the deal!

Savor another Cynster novel.
©2012 Savdek Management Proprietary Ltd (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

What listeners say about The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae

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Absolutely love Stephanie Laurens & Cynster books

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes. It would have taken longer to read, lol

What did you like best about this story?

Following the Cynster's, of course.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I didn't really enjoy the voice. Not what I imagine a female Cynster to sound like. Too weak and timid, not strong and confident.

Could you see The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I don't know. It might would take away from the book.

Any additional comments?

Not sure I will get another book with this narrator?

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Pleasing trilogy summation

Where does The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

While it's not a deep and meaningful experience, it's frothy escapism.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae?

The initial interactions of the two main characters were well written.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

After years of Simon Prebble's narration of the Cynster sagas, I'm sorry to report that the new voice does not quite meet his previously recordings.

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

For a lark, it's an engaging addition to the Cynster lore.

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Great ending to the trilogy!

For sheer entertainment value, this novel was a winner. After the the other two in the series, you had to wonder how it was going to end and what would be come of the Laird. Now we know.

Nice job of narrating overall (even though I admit to missing Simon Prebble's voice in this Stephanie Lauren's novel) and I enjoyed it immensely. No, it's not complicated nor should any of this be taken too seriously. It is what it is - entertaining listening as you go down the road.

I wonder what her next series is going to be about?

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THE CAPTURE OF THE EARL O GLENCRAE

I WAS AFRAID TO PURCHASE THIS BOOK WITH NO REVIEWS, BUT I WAS VERY PLEASED. THIS WAS A GREAT STORY. DIFFRENT STORY LINE. LOVED HOW IT ENDED. I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.

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Forgettable

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I think that I really just don't care for this author. I read another book by her from this series a few months ago and did not enjoy it. I thought I would try this one since it got better reviews and I had in in my library but it was just as bad.

What could Stephanie Laurens have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

These books are just a bit tedious, traveling fom inn to inn, love scenes are a bit overdone and repetitive. No truly great connection between the characters. Blah.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The male voices are good but the female voices are whiny.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I did like Angelica she was very outspoken and free thinking for the time period and I enjoyed that.

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Great listen

Would you consider the audio edition of The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae to be better than the print version?

It was not a disappointment enjoyed it very much. Could have had a different narrater.

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A Waste of Time and Money

I bought this book at the recommendation of others on this site who claimed the third and last book in the series was better than the other two, including "wonderful" and " a great wurprising and warm ending." To me, it was as bad as the others: NO PLOT, repetitive debates of "does he really love me or not", and the noble Earl debating how he can save his clan and save the reputation of Angelica. The dialogue between the lovers and the love scenes are boring with little dynamics or passion. The first 5 hours or so revolve around trying to decide how to get out of London without being caught. Meanwhile Angelica who has found her "hero" - no reason given other than she has the magic necklace around her neck -- and agrees to cooperate with the Earl, won't agree to marry the Earl, but still spends the time redecorating his London house and polishing his silver. Then the next 5 hours or so are spent traveling to the castle, looking at maps, staying in inns and trying to decide whether to sleep together. The scene when they finally have sex together is so stupid: She surpirses him by showing up naked in his bed and then proceeds to give him a multi-point speech about why they should have sex. Only the last couple hours, of this very long book, deal with the crazy mother and why she wants revenge against the Cynsters, and the final wrap-up of the series. Stephanie Laurens has been one of my favorite authors, but this series has been truly awful! The series is nothing like the earlier Cynster novels with fasinating plots and characters. It makes me wonder if I'll ever buy another book by Laurens.

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Narrator lacking

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I loved the story, but the narrator is lacking. Men just down do a good job with female parts. Why don't they hire two narrators--male and female. I think one of Jayne Krentz's books is like that and I really enjoyed it. I just don't care for male narrators reading romance novels.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the plot and the mention of characters from previous books in this series.

What didn???t you like about Matthew Brenher???s performance?

He does a poor female voice. It was hard to tell the characters apart at times.

Did The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae inspire you to do anything?

I bought Mastered by Love.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoy audiobooks and have a lot of them.

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Don't bother with this Cynster audio book.

I usually love Stephanie Laurens books. I have insomnia so they are great to listen to when the nights get long...but the narrator's voice on this audio actually put me to sleep. He sounds like he is reading a dictionary. No inflections, no exciting, animated, or differentiated voices. What happened to Simon Preble who usually reads Ms. Laurens books? Now there is someone who can read and take you away. I won't buy anymore books with this narrator.

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Can't take narrator anymore!

I'm sure Matthew Brenher tries but I can no longer buy any more Stephenie Lauren's books read by him. Every one I've listened to so far I have been unable to finish. His voice lacks passion or dramatic expression. His portrayal of women's voices is grating and evincing constant winces that jar one from the story. I have tried faster speeds but nothing seems to make it easier on the ears.

It is also unfortunate that the director and producer have not realized (or did not care enough about the book's value to know) the background of the characters, the pronunciation of names and the accents they should have from previous books in this series. There has now been more than a few books of this series read by (not performed by) Matthew Brenher and not one person has thought to do their homework nor read the customer reviews as to what went wrong and taken steps to correct future production of Stephanie Lauren's books. Perhaps it's time for her to take her business elsewhere? As for me, I will stick to her print versions from now on. Truly a sad and frustrating day.

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  • mrs m e phillips/b phillips
  • 01-08-17

Wonderful

IWill read this book over and over it has everything. ,it has all the ingredients of a stunning adventur

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  • Jane
  • 12-09-13

Long winded drivel

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A lot more story and a lot less sex. Plus shorter generally.

What will your next listen be?

Terry Pratchett's latest.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I think the narrator did well considering, although some of his phrasing was a bit strange.

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

Disappointment.

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  • Dita
  • 07-08-13

The best in the trilogy

What did you like most about The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae?

It was well paced and rounded up the trilogy well.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both the hero and heroine were sympathetic characters and believable enough.

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

Matthew Brenher's performance was, as always, brilliant.

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

Although the plot may seem a bit convoluted it seemed perfectly acceptable for the genre.

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  • P. D. Nelson
  • 04-08-13

Good listening

This is the final story in a three part mini series and I found it the best of them all. It tied together all the pieces in the other two, In pursuit of Eliza Cynster and Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue. It is well read by Matthew Brenher and is one of those books I will listen to again. It is a story in its own right, but the other two books will be more enjoyable if read in order.