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This was an fascinating insight into the private thoughts of the people involved. It gave an added glimpse to their feelings and perceptions of the events described. The letters filled in the background from some of the events that were mentioned in the books. As for the narrator, it was Alex Wyndham at his best, the different voices for the characters were excellent, I had to have a chuckle over the voice he used for the Dowager Countess, I could just imagine her speaking in that supercilious way. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook and would highly recommend it. I would say that ideally you should read the books first, not a hardship I can assure you! I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
If you read the novels of these letters(and if you did not you should!), you will enjoy listening to this audiobook. Here you will understand the emotions of those who received the letters and why they reacted the way they did. Each letter is wonderful, some will make you sigh, laugh and even make you shed a tear or two. My favorite were the letters of the 5th Duke of Roxton, knowing he was dying and not being there for his youngest son Henri-Antoine. How emotional and loving they were as he pens those letters for the most important time of his young son's life which he will not be alive to share them with.
Lucinda Brant did a wonderful job writing these once again and narrator Alex Wyndham narrating it. Bravo to you both!
“Forever Remain” is another wonderful member of the Roxton family series. The second volume of personal letters and diary entries written by members of this extended noble family is a perfect companion to the latest Roxton novels: Dair Devil, Proud Mary and Satyr’s Son. It offers an insight into the main characters’ inner world, feelings, way of thinking and motivations. It fills in some gaps in the lives of certain family members regarding events and actions that are mentioned in the novels but not presented in detail because they are not within the timeframe or main plotline of the novels. The style and content of each letter and diary entry speaks volumes about their writers and enhances the listener’s understanding of their character and motivations.
The narrator, Alex Wyndham gives a remarkable performance in conveying the content of these very personal letters and diary entries. Each character has its own voice according to their gender, age and disposition, as it was in all the Roxton audiobooks.
This is not a stand-alone book but a completion to the above mentioned three novels. You can listen to it as one audiobook after you finished the novels but, I think it can be best enjoyed if you listen to each block of letters shortly after you finished the respective novel.
Forever Remain is another 5 stars audiobook by the Lucinda Brant – Alex Wyndham team I warmly recommend, together with all the Roxton saga novels, to all fans of historical and especially Georgian romance.
What made the experience of listening to Forever Remain: Roxton Letters Volume Two the most enjoyable?
Alex Wyndham brings each and every character to life with his perfect performances. He makes them believable, and when he reads the letters written from the heart between characters you can feel the emotion, you can believe he IS that person. I haven't come across any narrator that is good as Alex Wyndham is.
What did you like best about this story?
These are a collection of letters/diary entries rather than a story, I love that from them we get a better insight into the characters from Dair Devil, Proud Mary, and Satyr’s Son all in the Roxton Family Saga. I particularly was moved by the letters from the 5th Duke of Roxton to his son Henri-Antoine.
What does Alex Wyndham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Alex Wyndham becomes the characters he is portraying, their emotions become his emotions and you can just feel what they are going through be it happiness or sadness. Listening to him reading takes the written word and makes it become a movie in my mind!
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
An amazing insight into the life and loves of a family you have grown to love through the Roxton Family Saga books by Lucinda Brant!
Any additional comments?
I only want to add as I tend to do when commenting on the Lucinda Brant/Alex Wyndham collaborations that together they make a perfect pairing!