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The Soldier Audiobook

The Soldier: Windham, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

His idyllic estate is falling down from neglect, and nightmares of war give him no rest. Then Devlin St. Just meets his new neighbor....

With her confident manner hiding a devastating secret, his lovely neighbor commands all of his attention, and protecting Emmaline becomes Devlin's most urgent mission.

Contains mature themes.

©2011 Grace Burrowes (P)2016 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Burrowes continues her winning streak with a delicious, sensual historical romance capturing the spirit of the time." (Booklist)

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    Jayne Morriss 13/09/2016
    Jayne Morriss 13/09/2016
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you try another book written by Grace Burrowes or narrated by James Langton?

    Yes to Grace Burrowes' books which I love, but probably not if narrated in similar way by James Langton


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character should be Devlin St Just who was great in the book, but didn't sound like him in the narration


    What didn’t you like about James Langton’s performance?

    The voices and accents of the heroine and her daughter were irritating and didn't ring true. St Just doesn't sound as if brought up at a public school and in a ducal household. And worst of all, Douglas, who is the excellent hero of another book, sounds like an old man in his 80s.


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

    I don't think the narration does have redeeming qualities. For the very first time, I don't think that I am going to finish this recording. I have got a third of the way through, and may leave it there.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not generally picky about narrations, but this is so disappointing, I love all Grace Burrowes' books, and really hope that future narrations of her books will reproduce her excellent characters in a recognisable way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sanra
    26/07/16
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    "The Soldier"

    The story was great! , performance perfect, characters endearing, especially Winny. I could not stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moriah
    Sioux Falls, SD, United States
    01/07/16
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    "Story of Two Wounded Souls"

    The Soldier is a beautiful tale of two wounded souls - St. Just suffers from PTSD and a feeling of never quite belonging to his family after his mother left him with the Duke and Duchess of Windham. Emmy is is not accepted by her neighbors and is trying to handle her young cousin Winnie, who has a tendency to wander off for long periods of time. Watching St Just and Emmy come to terms with their past and realize they are deserving of love was a wonderful experience. Grace Burrowes has a wonderful way of bringing emotional depth to her stories and showing the little things that show caring in a relationship. I look forward to Lord Val's story. I also just saw Tantor is picking up the rest of the Windham stories about the daughters later this year and I will be making sure to hoard credits so I can get them on release day.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    Lancaster, PA, United States
    03/11/16
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    "Getting worse"

    This series started strong with interesting characters, somewhat different stories, and tolerable prose. There were a couple of annoying anachronisms (such as "coffee table," which didn't exist in homes until the late 19th century nor was it called such. Instead, a man put his feet up on a footstool."Fainting couches" also didn't exit. They had recamiers, sofas, window seats, and couches.), and vocabulary issues, but for the most part they weren't a problem.

    By this book, however, these problems were so commonplace as to clearly demonstrate that Ms. Burrows simply hasn't done her homework. One should never mention or describe furniture from later periods in a Regency novel. Same goes for idioms and throwing in Latin based words in the middle of prosaic Anglo-Saxon conversation or inner thoughts, especially by women (e.g. "mendacious"). This sort of thing may seem trivial, but there are so many good Regency romances out there, the authors of which have clearly studied the period and know the vocabulary, decor, laws, etc. The upper classes also did not use contractions. They were considered vulgar.

    One of the most egregious flaws is actually a pivot point of the story and that is legal guardianship of a child by a woman. There was no such thing during the Regency period. Fathers ALWAYS had all the rights over children, bi-blows or legitimate. Woman had none. Even heads of families could take children sired by a member of his family, however distant, away from their mothers.

    What absolutely destroyed my interest in further books was Mr. Langton's characterization of Devlin St. Just. Despite the narrative both in this book and in "The Heir" making absolutely clear that Devlin spoke as if he were born to the nobility, Langton insists upon giving him an Irish brogue that sounds more like a Boston dock worker than a child brought up in a noble English family. Even if he sounded Irish when he was 6, by the time he was 16, he would have had a haughty, upper class accent. Even worse, the hero should never have an unpleasant timbre to his voice. All in all, the male voice characterizations are far less appropriate or even well defined as are the women. Pity she didn't keep Roger Hampton as narrator.

    I'm also starting to get tired of whiny women with extreme inferiority complexes writing agendas for everyone else.

    I will be returning any of Ms Burrows books that I haven't read. It's a pity as the first two novellas were very promising.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beth T. Irwin
    Jacksonville, FL United States
    18/10/16
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    "You'll want to listen more than once"
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    I totally lost myself in this story. It might be historical, but bits of it resonate with military families today. Bias alert - I'm totally hooked on this author. Her stories are such deep character studies that they suck you in before you realize it. Yet so entertaining that I find myself playing them over and over again. Long commutes vanish in a heartbeat as I find myself immersed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    26/08/16
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    "The Soldier Book 2 Loved It!!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Soldier the most enjoyable?

    Loved the flow of the storyline!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Soldier?

    Winnie was adorable. I don't care for children in a romance. I read to get away from the rugrats!


    What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

    Love the sound of his voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Move over Outlander!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa
    New Canaan, CT, United States
    22/08/16
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    "Mixed feelings, but mostly good"

    Pros: Its a sweet story though slow moving at points, but interesting and nuanced, good character development and even has many laugh out loud moments. Very sincere and written with real sensitivity and skill. A very nice Grace Burrowes book.

    Cons: I found the narration very distracting. James Langton actually creates some wonderful and creative accents and voices, but the voice that he gives the hero and other young male characters sounds old and stoggy. So I found myself torn throughout the book between enjoying the interesting accents and not at all being able to connect them (in the main male characters) with anyone sexy or desirable. Weird.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Autumn
    29/07/16
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    "Loved this book!"

    The writer captures the internal conflict of love and keeps you on edge until the end. Great Book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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