When 17-year-old Lady Jillian Fitzgerald sneaks out to spy on a duel, she believes she is merely guilty of an indiscretion. But when the duel takes a deadly turn and Jillian becomes an unwilling passenger in the fleeing carriage of the infamous "Lord Wicked", she knows what began as a lark has become a disaster. One night of bad judgment and her life is changed forever.
©2010 Cynthia Wicklund (P)2012 Cynthia Wicklund
This book was spoiled for me by the dreadful narration. It was halting and full of mispronunciations - rather like a young child having to read to teacher. Tanya's voice is pleasant and the accent fits in with the setting of the book, but perhaps she needs to become more familiar with the book before recording. There's little or no attempt at characterisation. I have been a member of Audible for many years and have several hundred books, but this is easily the worst narration I have heard. Great shame.
"Great Story. Love the Characters"
I have read several of Wicklund's books, and I love her cast of characters, whether major or supporting.
I love the duel scene. She is very descriptive and makes her scenes come to life.
When I am in a rotten mood, I enjoy reading Wicklund's books to pick up my spirits. Now I can listen while doing other chores! Great. Love having her books available in audio.
"Voice So Bad you'll want to die"
and that says it all. She pauses in the middle of sentences not for dramatic effect but because she literally cannot read well. Her voice is high pitched - UGH! It's so bad go through an hour and that was it. i loved this series and wanted to hear books 3 and 4. Instead I'm demanding my money back and buying the books.
NEVER LISTEN TO ANYTHING WITH TANYA BARTLETT EVER!
"Good story devastating narration"
The story is well written and the plot fresh. The love seens are sexy sweet. The characters are rounded and believable.
The narration destroyed it. The mispronouncation of words and the rhythm and cadence are so off that I started to loose track of the story in frustration. The only way I could finish it was by turning up the speed to 1:5 . I would ask the author to have the story re-narrated as I think overall it would be worth the trouble.
"The Narrator Ruined The Book"
This is not quite a four star, but more than a three star effort. Wicklund crafts her plot so that the characters and story development are well paced. In the Garden of Disgrace infatuation is not seen as love and love is not a result of sex. Characters admit to emotional confusion and fear and a man falls in love with a woman and fights for her.
Jillian is a feisty heroine, whose need for self preservation makes her a strong willed woman who seems unwilling to accept that she has fears and unwilling to admit that having the ton turn its back on her cuts her deeply. But Wicklund sets her up that way so that during the latter part of the novel readers could truly understand her desire for independence and her need to be strong and to be accepted as she is.
Adrian is a hero you have to love. He simply does not give up on Jillian. His pursuit of her is admirable and well written. Each encounter with Jillian, even if it is frustrating, leaves him feeling more admiration for her. It becomes clear why he loves her and why she loves him. My greatest displeasure comes from the overly stubborn heroine who thankfully manages to win me over with her emotional honesty.
Tanya S. Bartlett was terrible and ruined the book. I can't believe that this performance passed the the editor.
"Good book, bad narration."
I was not disappointed in te story, but in having to read it at the same time as I listened to it
Ms Bartlett needs to learn how to read. She repeatedly made huge mistakes in words, which changed the meaning of a sentence. She pauses when there is no punctuation justifying it, and Fails to do so when there is. The only difference between characters voices is shrill to ear piercing shrill. The reading is stiff, and ncomfortable at times. I ultimately ended my torture and just read the book. I would be really upset if I had paid more than $1.99 for ths audio. I must assume there are directors, or at least someone who actually listens to the audio before releasing it, they did not do their jobs.
I would not have cut anything, as I believe an unabridged recording should be jut that. I do think they should have been a little more concerned about the integrity of the story though.
A few classes on public reading. Maybe some poetry reading....
A narrator with a proper command of the English language and adequate reading skills
The ending was a forgone conclusion, but the journey was made unnecessarily painful by the extreme shortcomings of the narrator.
Not in this lifetime unless (1) the title was free, and (2) I was in the mood to be entertained by a bit of word butchery and stumbling/stilted narration.
I am angry at having paid for this experience, but that anger derives from the inexcusably poor performance and not the book. I was looking forward to the book for a bit of pleasant diversion, but my focus kept getting diverted to trying to suss out mangled pronunciations so as not to lose too much of the thread of the storyline.
The story is a worthwhile READ, especially if you are into this genre and have enjoyed the other books in this series. This particular title, however, is better read as hardcopy or as an ebook. I am reading book #4 in this series since it has the same narrator as this book.
"Usually not critical of narration, but...."
a wonderfully written book. Could have been one of my all-time favorite audio books. However, the narration is horrible. Hesitant, choppy, and mispronounced to the point that it is too distracting
I enjoyed the development of the characters and their relationship. The secondary characters were rich and well rounded.
I should think anyone, including myself, could have done a better job. This is the first time I have ever been critical of a narrator. However, this narration is unforgivable.
I might very well purchase other books in the series, as long as there is a different narrator.
"Worst Narrator EVER!"
A different Narrator
I loved Cynthia's book "In The Garden of Temptation". Great story, good narrator. So I know that this book is probably really a good read, but the narrator makes it impossible to enjoy. Sometimes I just have to get used to the quirkiness of the narrator and then I'm good with it and its enjoyable, but there's no chance of that with this book. A shame good writing is made to be so unenjoyable.
She hesitates like she isn't sure of the next word. She isn't fluid in her reading. Her inflections are all wrong sometimes like she didn't realize where the sentence was going. She's super slow. I've listened to a ton of audio and this is one of the worst.
Frustration from listening to the narrator.
Like I said, this review is no reflection on the story or writing style. It's a shame they let this go all the way to the finished product with this narrator.
"Good Story?? I can't tell, I just can't listen."
I'll read this author rather than listen to Ms.Bartlett. She is hard to listen to.
I haven't completed the story yet .
No, I don't think so.
"Great Story/Bad Narrator"
The Narrator needs some lessons in pronunciation. It really distracts from the story.
Probably not unless someone checks her readings for mispronunciations.
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