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Two people grappling with moral dilemmas not of their making. The father's treason, the brother (& friend's) complicity. The hero's oddities, the heroine's obligations. The humor they shared was so true to the way lovers create their own language. And beautiful narrated by the brilliant Rosalyn Landor.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I liked the overall story because it had some very funny and witty dialog between the two main characters. They were hilarious together and kept me interested throughout the whole book. I also loved the fact that there was not the normal "fall into bed" so quickly that your head is spinning type of story. That didn't happen until the end of the story, and by that time it seemed like the natural thing to happen. The younger sister was also very comical with her "devil may care" attitude.
Ms. Milan gives us a story that is outside the norm, and it works very well. I will be moving on to the next part of this story if there is one. I am truly interested in seeing where this family lands in life, and for me that makes a good book!
As always Rosalyn Landor does her same outstanding steady job with reading and character voices! Love her work and even if it's a bad story she makes it bearable.
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Where does Once Upon a Marquess rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Reasonably high but only on account of Rosalyn Landor's performing of it.
If you’ve listened to books by Courtney Milan before, how does this one compare?
It does not rate highly compared to The Brothers Sinisters series
Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favourite?
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Not really, mostly exasperation!
Any additional comments?
This book only dragged itself up to 4 stars because of Rosalyn Landor's fantastic narration. Because my life is so stressful right now, audio books are doing a good job in helping to keep me sane. The great narrators, such as: Rosalyn Landor, Kate Reading, Alex Wyndham and Nicholas Boulton press all of the right buttons for me. And this is one example where a wonderful narrator has saved an otherwise mediocre book. I honestly think that had I been reading this book in print I would have abandoned it. However, Ms. Landor kept me plodding on; it's sacrilege to give up on her!
Courtney Milan is a great writer - there is no doubt; and she tackles some very controversial subjects - in fact it's something I've always admired about her. Once Upon a Marquess is no exception; very deep and thought provoking in parts. Unfortunately, its moral message is almost lost amongst some of the trivial dialogue (I'm pretty sure it was meant to be amusing but I just felt irritated) so much so, that I almost missed the point. Not my favourite by this great author, but I won't give up on her yet; just a blip, I'm hoping - fingers crossed.
5* writing, 5* narration, 3* storyline/content and that only because the writing, as usual is excellent and the moral message is clever. As this is the first in a series, I'm hoping it improves.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful