In the resplendence of William the Conqueror's London court, the lovely Saxon captive, Nicholaa, was forced to choose a husband from the assembled Norman nobles. She chose Royce, a baron warrior whose fierce demeanor could not conceal his chivalrous and tender heart. Resourceful, rebellious and utterly naive, Nicholaa vowed to bend Royce to her will, despite the whirlwind of feelings he aroused in her. Ferocious in battle, seasoned in passion, Royce was surprised by the depth of his emotion whenever he caressed his charming bride.
In a climate of utmost treachery, where Saxons still intrigued against their Norman invaders, Royce and Nicholaa revelled in their precious new love...a fervent bond soon to be disrupted by the call of blood, kin, and country!
©1991 Julie Garwood; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"The Prize? Alas, more like Booby Prize..."
I should have known better and paid attention to other peoples' reviews. As a fan of Julie Garwood, however, I thought I'd give The Prize a go despite the recommendations to avoid the narrator. I'd read The Prize years ago and had enjoyed the story, so I had no issues with the storyline. Narration was important, obviously, but my thoughts were that unless I gave it a go I'd never know for sure. After all, some of my favourite narrators have received scathing reviews which I could not agree with.
Unfortunately, even giving this my very best efforts to sit and listen, I have to agree that Anne Flosnik isn't an idea narrator. She reads emotionally, that is with a lot of emotion and drama colouring her voice. I don't have issue with that when it comes to reading what a character says, but when it is describing day to day actions such as getting dressed or even scenery, it gets very annoying. There is a scene where one of the main characters is drunk and Flosnik's attempt at slurring the words had me sitting up in first astonishment and then disgust. In the book it is an amusing scene, but Flosnik managed to destroy any fond memories I had of the interaction between the two characters and imagine the heroine as a drooling idiot.
I tried, really tried, to get to the end of the book, but that scene really put me off the story as a whole and it is going back into my file of 'books to complete when I'm really, really desperate and there is nothing else to listen to'. Unless you are a fan of Anne Flosnik, stay well away.
"narration takes away from the story"
The first Julie Garwood book I listened to was "The Bride". Because I loved that audio book some much I bought "The Prize". I really enjoyed the story but I was very disappointed with the narration. Anne Flosnik's performance was very distracting. I suggest reading this book.
"Great book, horrible narration"
This is one of my favorite Julie Garwood books but the narration is atrocious. I'm finding it hard to even finish listening to it. Hopefully, other historical romance novels by Ms. Garwood will be narrated by someone else.
"Love, Love, LOVE the story! Hate the Narrator..."
I love the strength of the heroine and the patience and calm of the hero! I hated the narrator! I was hesitant about purchasing this audio version after reading the reviews, and I now see why everyone said how terrible she was. She absolutely ruined one of my favorite scenes when she confesses her lies to Royce.
"Narration makes it hard to listen to"
Over the years I've read this book probably 4 or 5 times. I just love Julie Garwoods historical romances and was so pleased to find it available in audio format. I eagerly downloaded it and turned on my ipod only to hear a narrator that made the young heroine sound about 80 years old. The accent was over the top and I had difficulty picturing the hero who should have been "manly" but sounded like an old lady. Grrrrr.......
"Poor choice of narrators"
I've read all of Julie Garwood's historical romances and enjoyed them all. The Prize isn't my favorite, but after thoroughly enjoying listening to The Bride, I downloaded this one also. The narrator doesn't have a knack for impersonating male voices and it was almost enough for me to quit listening. She has a fine voice, but should stick to female voices only.
I hope they will record more of Garwood's romances, but please don't use this narrator.
I remember this book from the early 90's and thought it would be fun in an audible format. Unfortunately I did not enjoy Ms. Flosnik's narration.
Yes for I can listen while I'm on a bumpy bus ride, walking anywhere I'm going and of course while eating on my break.
When Royce helps Nicolaa deal with Orich leaving. And the help he gives her brother Justin.
I have listened to many books by this narrator and she never disappoints. I love how she captures the personality of the characters and brings them to life.
I was sorry it need so soon. And I did laugh and cry. This is only the 3rd book by Julie Garwood I have listened to, however, I love them all. She pulls you into her books and I love when and author does this and then the narrator gives you that experience while reading the book to you. This audio book has it all.
Sample the audio. You will not be disappointed.
"Historical romance at its best"
If you like historical romances, you will like this one, and if you havent read or listened to any of Julie Garwood's stories yet, you might get hooked on this author.
"First read by this author"
I took a chance on this author because I like the narrator so much. Glad I did!
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