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I absolutely LOVE how cleverly written this book is. I enjoyed every minute of it. I feel book 2 is better than even book 1 and I really liked book 1. The story was gripping, engaging and completely riveting. An older woman and a man 10 years her junior. A couple of very passionate scenes without LB getting verbally descriptive sexually which I feel adds to the story rather than take away. You will not go wrong with this book.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
The Autumn Duchess, what a perfect way to begin the season. I read this book several times over the years and it is a favorite in fact if I had to choose one of Lucinda Brant’s Roxton series to call my favorite this would be it. Ms. Brant’s skill as a story teller is always reinforced when I find myself completely lost in her books. This is Historical Romance at its best. If you care for impeccable research, terrific writing, and characters that you can fall in love with, it doesn’t get any better. This can be enjoyed as a standalone novel, but what fun would that be? Start from the beginning and be transported back to opulent Georgian England.
As for Alex Wyndham, he more than narrates this series he inhabits each character and brings them completely to life, a performance that only enhances Brant’s vivid and lively writing style. I understand there is more to come from these two, and I for one cannot wait!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Where does Autumn Duchess rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Autumn Duchess ranks at the top end of the audiobooks I have listened to so far. Alongside every book written by Lucinda Brant and narrated by Alex Wyndham. They make the perfect team, because Lucinda writes such emotional, exciting stories, and Alex brings them to life. It's better than watching a movie because you can picture the scenes in your mind as Alex portrays every character perfectly.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Although I should say Jonathon Strang is my favourite character, after all, he is the hero in the story, he is actually only my second favourite. Antonia, the Dowager Duchess of Roxton is first! What an emotional character she is. She is French (Alex's French accent is wonderful) and she is such a free thinking woman, fair to all except at times herself. When she loves, she loves unconditionally and deeply. She has been a widow for 3 years, yet is still in deep mourning for her husband, still wearing widow's clothes, and with no thought to ever marrying again. She is content to live in the Dowager House on the Roxton Estate, spending as much time with her grand children as possible. When Jonathon Strang comes along he turns her life upside down, and their story is made all the more intriguing purely because of her personality and strength of character. She is an amazing woman.
Have you listened to any of Alex Wyndham’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I have listened to every book that Alex has done for Lucinda Brant, and you can't compare them because each one is a pleasure to listen to because in each one Alex performs the characters perfectly.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
One grieving woman, one determined man, can Jonathon Strang help Antonia, Dowager Duchess of Roxton live her life to the full again.
Any additional comments?
The many voices that Alex can produce for all the characters amaze me. He can go from a very low pitched man's voice, to a small child's voice and does each character justice. Even his women's voices are believable, the beautiful young ladies tender, sweet voices, to the old womens voices that are gossiping, or being outraged, they are done to perfection. The passionate, romantic scenes that he narrates, especially when he is narrating Jonathon's parts are absolutely swoon worthy! He brings so much emotion to each character too that when he is reading a particularly emotional scene, I am brought to tears, sometimes happy ones, sometimes sad! Not just a sign of some wonderfully written scenes, but narrated exactly as I am sure Lucinda wanted.
Lucinda's stories and their characters are full of depth, well researched, and although can easily be read or listened to as stand alone stories, it's wonderful to read/listen to the other books in the series too, both for the joy of the characters interactions and for the fact that Alex is the narrator. Together Lucinda and Alex make the perfect writing/narrating team!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
As always, Lucinda captures the reader/listener with intriguing characters, great plots, amusing moments, sad moments and great adventures.
Antonia' next chapter, the wonderfully confident and self-possessed Johnathan, the respect paid to past characters, the old duke in particular, were all wonderfully satisfying. And all this made perfect by Alex Wyndham's characterisations, performance and just...voice. Next (Audible) book in the series already cued up ready to go.
Very well written and narrated. I didn't know however until the end that this was book 3 but it didn't matter it was still easy to follow. Johnathon's character was very likeable he was very perceptive at times which really impressed me. The verbal sparring between the two main characters made the book extremely entertaining. I highly recommend