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For anybody who has grown up in a large family where one person acts as mother/father/mentor/teacher/saint-in-residence, this book will resonate. The "saint" In Midsummer Moon is the master of the castle, His Grace the Duke of Damerell; and Ms. Kinsale has surrounded him with a cadre of deeply-flawed and delightful characters, who thwart and frustrate him at every turn.
This character-rich book offers the great narrator, Nicholas Boulton, a perfect opportunity to show off his extraordinary range. Of particular note are Boulton’s reading of Brother Shelby’s entrance into the story and the voice he gave to the duke’s nurse, “Pruneface.” I went back and listened again and again, just for the pure fun of it!
There is a romance in this book, but it is only one of many relationships that swirl around His Grace as he desperately tries to get the lives of the people he loves under control. His sweetheart, Merlin, says it best (and often): “Poor Mr. Duke…” I give this story a “5” as one of my all-time favorites from this author. Mr. Boulton gets a “4” because, well, Ms. Kinsale is the star.
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What did you love best about Midsummer Moon?
This book was really cute. I totally enjoyed it, the characters were great and given SUCH personality by a fantastic narrator. It was more acted like a play. Fantastic. The story is about a very eclectic woman who invents things like her uncle before her. She is in danger from the French because one of her inventions is something that would give them power. Ransom takes it upon himself to keep her, and the item, safe. As continued attempts to kidnap her take place, he is now also tasked with who is trying to betray his trust among his household full of family and guests. It was a little silly with how instantly they fell in love, but thats often par for the course in romance novels. The ending is quite fun. I also appreciated that the book continued with an easy flow without TOO much suspense.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Midsummer Moon?
There was one scene where Ransom, who is afraid of heights, looked to jump over a wall, only to find it a cliff on the other side. I really felt the shock of that and was so relieved when he got down. Lol
Which character – as performed by Nicholas Boulton – was your favorite?
I enjoyed every single character. I did think the character of Shelby sounded a lot like Carey Grant and so every time he spoke it was Careys face I oictured. Lol. I loved Ransoms little stuttering mephew. Fantastic addition. I have no clue how Nicholas manages such individual characters with such consistency. I have heard a lot of great narrators, but for some reason he really stood out so much. Could be because I tend to avoid men narrators. In any event, I am going to listen to another of her books. The narrator really makes or breaks an audio book. He hit this one out of the ballpark.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed the story, narration and characters alot and its one that is is my library that I love to listen to again and again.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Midsummer Moon to be better than the print version?
I am in love with Nicholas Boulton's voice and he is so talented as a narrator that the book is enhanced by his work.
What did you like best about this story?
Laura Kinsale can do no wrong for me and I enjoy the subtle humour as well as her ability to bring tears to the eyes. Each book is different and so very detailed that I forgive the occasional Americanisms, as Nicholas has a way of disguising them somehow.
What about Nicholas Boulton’s performance did you like?
I have checked so many other voices out there but he is the very best there is!!!<br/><br/>Nicholas Boulton has the gift of making each voice, be it a man or woman, young or old, recognisable as the character in the book.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made be both laugh and cry.
Any additional comments?
I look forward to listening to "For my Lady's Heart" next and hearing Nicholas as Ruark.Then, Allegretto's story after that one. WONDERFUL!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Wow the more you listened the more I enjoyed it. narrator had a great voice.
The main female character was slightly obscure in her vagueness and at the beginning this annoyed me but by the end her character had me hooked and her character helped to make the story light hearted and funny. After listening to this book I was eager to find more on Laura Kinsale books and read by the same narrator.
enjoyed how the main characters were not perfect, actually enjoyed how how all the personalities of the characters were presented
and love the hedgehog, little bits like that make the whole book worthwhile