The Masquerade

Narrated by: Christina Thurmond
Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On the evening of her first masquerade, shy Elizabeth Anne Fitzgerald is stunned by Tyrell de Warenne's whispered suggestion of a midnight rendezvous in the gardens. Lizzie has secretly worshipped the unattainable lord for years. When fortune takes a maddening turn, she is prevented from meeting Tyrell, but she cannot foresee that this night is only the beginning....

Tyrell de Warenne is shocked when, two years later, Lizzie arrives on his doorstep with a child she claims is his. He remembers her well - and knows that he could not possibly be the father. What is this game she is playing... and why? Is Elizabeth Anne Fitzgerald a woman of experience, or the gentle innocent she seems? But neither scandal nor deception can thwart a love too passionate to be denied...

©2005 Brenda Joyce (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Cringe worthy narration

I read this book a few years ago as a guilty pleasure and against my better judgement I really enjoyed it. It's so bad it's good kind of feeling. I was craving it again all these years later and since I no longer have time to read an actual book, I bought the audiobook version. From the first few sentences I new it would be really hard to get through. The narrator completely took me out of it. It was so bad I actually cringed. I was really disappointed because I was looking forward to revisiting the story, but I just could not get into it with the absurd narration. I would rather make an attempt to read the actual book just so I can cleanse my pallet from having to listen to this narrator.

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Narrator ruined it

I had previously read this book and wanted to listen to it on a long drive so I bought it. Big mistake. The story itself is a good one though parts of it are cringeworthy and I thoroughly dislike the main character’s sister (there’s a selfish betrayal which is a trope I hate). Excellent writing but the narrator’s attempts at Irish accents and different voices are absurd and take me completely out of the story. It’s painful to listen to.

Overall: buy the paperback not the audible.

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Wonderful Story, Ridiculous voices

Brenda Joyce is one of the best authors out their, her story's are tremendous. unfortunately the narrator has managed to devalue the story with her horrible interpretation of the male voices and accents. It was so disappointing that her ridiculous variations of male voices undermined and less this WONDERFUL work of literature.

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wondrous!!!!

I love Brenda Joyce and this romance is amazing! The narrator is also very nice!

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Horrible narration

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

Since this is a story situated in Ireland, I truly think that unless a narrator can guarantee at least a reasonable attempt at an Irish accent, it should be left alone.Grating.

What could Brenda Joyce have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I dont understand the selection of narrators........but such a talented author should have some input.I just couldn't listen to it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christina Thurmond?

Someone whose accent wouldn't detract from the story.

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

I expect that it would have been a good listen......I just couldn't stand it.

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Wonderful story but horrible narration!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this audible book to anyone
who appreciates a well read story. The narration is
simply horrible and the Irish accents are so fake. I was so excited when I saw that this story was to be
made an audible book. It is a shame because this story is so romantic
well written. Will someone please redo this book with
a new narrator!!!!


What other book might you compare The Masquerade to and why?

"The Prize" which has also horrible narration.

Would you be willing to try another one of Christina Thurmond’s performances?

NO!

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

YES!!

Any additional comments?

Please re-record this book.