The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

Narrated by: Jay O'Shea
Series: Medieval Fairy Tale Romance, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
3.7 out of 5 stars (168 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the Robin Hood reimagining, a beautiful maiden poaches to feed the poor, while a handsome forester is on a mission to catch her.

The margrave owns the finest hunting grounds for miles around — and who teaches children to read, but by night this young beauty has become the secret lifeline to the poorest of the poor.

For Jorgen Hartman, the margrave’s forester, tracking down a poacher is a duty he is all too willing to perform. Jorgen inherited his post from the man who raised him...a man who was murdered at the hands of a poacher.

When Jorgen and Odette meet at the Midsummer festival and share a connection during a dance, neither has any idea that they are already adversaries.

The one man she wants is bound by duty to capture her; the one woman he loves is his cunning target.... What becomes of a forester who protects a notorious poacher? What becomes of a poacher when she is finally discovered?

From New York Times best-selling author Melanie Dickerson, The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest is a story of danger and love.

Praise for The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest:

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest reminds me of why adults should read fairy tales. Author Melanie Dickerson shoots straight to the heart with a cast of compelling characters, an enchanting story world, and romance and suspense in spades. Reaching The End was regrettable — but oh, what an ending!” (Laura Frantz, best-selling author of The Lacemaker)

“Melanie Dickerson does it again!  Full of danger, intrigue, and romance, this beautifully crafted story will transport you to another place and time.” (Sarah E. Ladd, best-selling author of The Governess of Penwythe Hall)

“Melanie Dickerson’s The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest is a lovely, romantic read set during one of the most fascinating time periods. Featuring a feisty, big-hearted heroine and a hero to root for, this sweet medieval tale is wrapped in a beautiful journey of faith that had me flipping pages well after my bedtime. Delightful!” (Tamara Leigh, USA Today best-selling author of Baron of Godsmere)

“Melanie Dickerson weaves a tantalizing Robin Hood plot in a medieval setting in The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest. She pits a brave heroine with unique talents against a strong, gentle hero whose occupation makes it dangerous to know him. Add the moral dilemma and this tale makes a compelling read for any age.” (Ruth Axtell, author of She Shall Be Praised and The Rogue's Redemption)

“For stories laden with relatable heroines, romantically adventurous plots, once-upon-a-time settings, and engaging writing, Melanie Dickerson is your go-to author. Her books are on my never-to-be-missed list.” (Kim Vogel Sawyer, author of When Mercy Rains)

©2015 Melanie Dickerson (P)2015 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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The narrator makes this book almost painful to listen to.

While the basic premise of the story was charming and intriguing, the execution, both in writing and especially in performance, was lackluster. The narrator read in one long stream without appropriate emotional voice inflections or any attempt to clarify which character was speaking a given line of dialogue. Overall, I'd pass on this one.

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Poor performance

I disliked the narrator's performance. Her cadence made it difficult to understand changes in character. I wish I had listened to the sample first. I never would have wasted my credit.

The story plodded along, and the characters were all very predictable. Try something else by Melanie Dickerson.


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Narration lacking

The narration was terrible. There was no differentiation between characters which left me constantly guess at which character was speaking.

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Worst narrator ever

The story is a good one but the narrator is monotone with run on sentences. No voice inflection to indicate character changes. I'm going to finish the book but will make sure never to buy a book from this narrator.

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I'll have to get the text version.

I usually enjoy Dickerson's takes, but this narrator...terrible. She makes it sound like an elocution exercise, not a narration. Her slow, prodding, emotionless voice makes the text sound stupid and inane. I'm disappointed.

But I'm still planning on getting the text version of the book! I just couldn't listen one minute longer!

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Poach the narrator

Difficult to listen to. The narrator delivery is VERY MONOTONE. She has no flexion in her voice and doesn't give any indication when reading a different character. She sounds like a first grader just learning to read. Very disappointed :(

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Needs a better narrator

The narrator was monotone and never took a breath. There were times I had difficulty following the action because she read it without pausing. It felt like a huge run on sentence. But I liked the story. I really enjoy Melanie Dickerson's interesting twists on well known stories.

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Unable to listen any longer

The reader really needs to work on her craft. It is almost impossible to listen and follow along. I really hate giving negative reviews because I am being critical of someones hard work. I am a fan of Melanie Dickerson's work and emphasize this review is in no way disparaging her writing.

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Too expensive for such a monotone performance

What didn’t you like about Jay O'Shea’s performance?

No inflection at all. No pauses between book title, chapter titles, sentences. Her voice was very pleasant, but because of the monotone my brain just could not latch onto anything happening.

Any additional comments?

I know that a wide range of readers exist -- but this was really disappointing. I couldn't even get through the first chapter of this Audiobook (my 'story' rating was what I expect from a Melanie Dickerson book, as it wouldn't let me proceed without). I would just like to say that Audiobooks are far too expensive for companies to expect readers to listen to an entire book in such a monotone. I usually check the 'performer' comments before I buy, and I have learned that I will definitely not buy another without doing so again.

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Hard to listen to

I'm sorry to say this narrator just didn't do a great job. Her rhythm was so inconsistent that sometimes I couldn't even follow the story. My daughter heard it and agreed that the reader had no inflection in her voice and was quite monotonous. The story itself was pretty good, I guess, but it was hard to follow since I was so annoyed at the reader. Don't waste your credits, just buy the e-book.

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  • 05-23-20

Misnomer- The Poacher - would have been better.

I found the narrator’s voice and mispronunciations of some words to be dreadfully annoying! It is my hope she is not reading the rest of this series...

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  • Jess
  • 11-25-15

Great story, terrible voice talent.

It took half the book before I could get used to the voice talent and ignore it.

The story however is great and I will be listening to the rest of this author's books.