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The Sherbrooke Bride

Bride Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
Series: Bride, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
4 out of 5 stars (595 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The first book in Catherine Coulter's beloved Bride series. Douglas Sherbrooke, Earl of Northcliffe, marries the wrong woman-only to find himself haunted by a bride of an entirely different kind.

P.S. Listen to more in the Bride Series.
©1992 Catherine Coulter (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Anne Flosnik seems to have a wonderful time with this romance, reading in staid, unemotional tones that fit Douglas's attitude about marriage. As hot-blooded Alex discovers lust that quickly turns to love, Flosnik's reading engages the listener right though to the luscious conclusion." ( AudioFile)
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Slow Moving

What disappointed you about The Sherbrooke Bride?

I felt the story was extremely slow moving. I had not problem pausing this audio book and coming back to it a few days later.

What was most disappointing about Catherine Coulter’s story?

Personally I did not care the way the author portrayed the role of women. Even though Alexandra has occasional boughs of assertiveness they few and far between. Additionally I didn't care for the way the hero, Douglass, was portrayed either. I felt it was a little over the top on domineering. Last comment, for me the book contained too many sexual scenes.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anne Flosnik?

Anne's performance was fine.

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

Disappointment definitely.

Any additional comments?

I listened to book 1 and 2 of this series and I'm done! I'll try a modern romance from Catherine Coulter before I give up on her completely.

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Highly Entertaining Romance

Would you consider the audio edition of The Sherbrooke Bride to be better than the print version?

Not sure - didn't read the printed version

What other book might you compare The Sherbrooke Bride to and why?

I think they all are the same somewhat - but this was an entertaining story.

What about Anne Flosnik’s performance did you like?

It took some time to get used to her male voice - I wasn't to happy about those but otherwise I love the performance.

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

Yes.

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I don't understand

This was a horrid experience. After about 3 chapters I realized that every conversation included the words: "do you understand? tell me you understand. Curiosity got the better of me and drove me to listen to the whole thing to see how many times this writer would actually use that phrase. 173 times in 24 chapters and often with the worst French accent I have ever heard. . This book deserves negative stars

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Hard Start

What made the experience of listening to The Sherbrooke Bride the most enjoyable?

Watching Doug change the way he feels about Alexandria.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alex of course, so hidden by her sisters beauty.

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

The beginning was hard to get interested in, but as the story goes along I have grown quite interested and find it hard to stop listening.

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Misogynists & superficial-ism tucked in story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, many things. First I don't care the time period, I don't believe in anytime and any class it would be accepted on repeated occurrences for a group of six or more people to berate one sister in reference to another sister's beauty over and over. I found it offensive to the story. Once the character accepts and grows to admire and want to keep the woman as his wife, I find it hard to believe for a very long time period for him to repeatedly be so cruel towards her appearance when he obviously is fond of her. Also, he repeatedly talks of her sisters beauty even after he is committed to his wife.The most effective, admirable and interesting character was Sinjin, the little sister of the offensive brute.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was good. I was surprised I stuck with it after there were so many disturbing aspects to the story. I suppose the constant disturbing parts were for psychological effect or something.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

It was adequate. I do think that other narrators could do it better. To qualify that statement, I am picky about narrators and feel some are good at some types of stories, accents and gender differences. I have favorites I buy books because they are masters of narration.

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

No. I have read and listened to various very offensive topics and material however, the degradation by family, friends and strangers of the main character was not necessary to the story. The message she is not as pretty as her sister and other pretty girls was beat into the ground.

Any additional comments?

I did finish the book. The ending was charming but......... I bought the second book before I listened to this one. So I will try it. On a separate note the main characters are developed. Some of the more complex points of the story are quickly skipped over. I did really like her book, Split Second and a couple others. Maybe mass producing effects the short comings of some of her books....
This is the longest review I have done, possibly because I hope the author will read it.

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a worthy tale

I laughed a lot... this was a very entertaining tale... Alex is one of my favorite characters that I have met so far cant help but love here.

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It took some time

but I ended up enjoying this book very much. Douglas was a real pill for much of the story but he came around in the end. I loved Alexandra’s stubborn refusal to be anything but her true self.
It is good to be reminded that it wasn’t so long ago that women were possessions of first their fathers and then their husbands.

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Fluff

I enjoyed this book for what it was , Fluff . I didn't expect some great novel when purchasing it . This is the kind of story you would find on the Lifetime movie channel . So if you just want some fluff romance this is the book for you . I will purchase the whole series just to past the time away in the evening while crochet ..

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This one is one of my favorites to listen to

Out of all of the Series this one is my favorite, I can read or listen to it all the time. I simply love it

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Over all good but

It is an over all good book but the repetition of do you understand, tell me you understand .. yes I understand is quite irritating ..