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This is my ALL-TIME favorite historical romance. I've read hundreds upon hundreds of them and it simply doesn't get any better than Silver Storm. What a beautiful, enduring romance! Each time I read it I find something new to love. How could it get even better? By being made into an Audiobook, of course!
Emily Beresford's narration of this novel made it feel all new again to me, even though I've read it myself a dozen times. She reads with emotion and gives enough distinction to each character's voice that you can really visualize the different speakers. If I thought the hero of this book was dreamy before, hearing him brought to life by Ms. Beresford raises him to epic proportions. :)
Of course, a good narrator is wasted if a book isn't well written in the first place. This one most certainly is more than up to the challenge. The first thing I noticed when I was first exposed to Cynthia Wright's novels is the tremendous amount of historical detail and real people she weaves throughout. Silver Storm is set in the coastal port town of New London, Connecticut beginning in 1775, and travels through the American Revolution. The heroine's school master is the famous patriot Nathan Hale. Her town is attacked by Redcoats under the direction of traitor Benedict Arnold. Even George Washington makes a cameo. This is one romance novel that will leave you a little smarter in American History by the time you've finished it. If only it were taught this way in school. :)
Besides the bonus of a gentle history lesson, this story truly tells of an epic romance for the ages. No matter how many times I re-read this book, or in this case, LISTEN to it, it never fails to take my breath away.
Notorious and devilishly handsome French sea captain-turned-privateer Andre Raveneau first crosses the lovely Devon Lindsey's path when she is 13 years old. She becomes fascinated by the daring captain of the Black Eagle, who is known for always seeming to be able to escape seemingly impossible situations. Their paths meet again a few years later and the dangerous and magnetic Raveneau shocks her by giving her a teasing kiss that turns her world upside down.
The daughter of a sailor herself, Devon is fascinated by those who call the sea their home. Her original plan of marrying her childhood friend, Morgan, begins to fall apart when she realizes that his kisses have the opposite effect of those of the handsome Raveneau. There has to be more to love than feeling comfortable. She is certain, however, that a man like the Captain would never be interested in a plain colonial miss like her.
Then one horrible day the British attack the town of New London, burning buildings and leaving a path of destruction. Devon barely escapes with her life and fears she has lost everyone dear to her. She runs into a sailor from the Black Eagle, who secretly smuggles her on board disguised as a cabin boy. Of course, she is discovered by the all-seeing Captain Raveneau, although not until after she attends to his bath....
I love this book and know you will too! Captain Raveneau will always be, for me, the gold-standard of fictional heroes. He is positively, deliciously perfect in every way. With his devastatingly handsome good looks, adventurous nature, charmed success, and strength, he is truly a man to make you swoon. And now, with this Audiobook, he has finally found his voice.
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Where does Silver Storm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I've finally figured out how to download the Audible feature on my phone (and Kindle, too) and have discovered audio books again! I no longer have long car commutes, but now I have found a way to listen to engrossing historical fiction like Cynthia Wright's "Silver Storm" and was immediately caught up in this wonderful tale of America's Revolutionary War era while walking, cooking, and even doing laundry! The narrator, Emily Beresford, is absolutely superb (and this is a field I know, having been a radio commentator for ABC in LA for 18 years)! Her melodious speaking voice sweeps the listener into that tumultuous period of America's history in a kind of "You Are There" fashion that totally makes the modern world fade away. Beresford has an amazing knack of portraying male voices convincingly--even ones with a slight French accent. What a treat for the ears...and thanks both to Ms. Wright and Ms. Beresford for re-introducing me to the pleasure of listening to the written word. Loved it!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Silver Storm?
When the heroine meets Andre Raveneau which she is still a young girlll
What does Emily Beresford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
As mentioned above, Beresford has an amazing knack of audibly portraying the characters whether men or women; young or old.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Well...Cynthia Wright's novels always wring emotion from me...and Silver Storm is no exception...but hearing the book read really makes it come to life!
Any additional comments?
I think it's wonderful that talents like Emily Beresford can be heard by "readers" all over the world and I'm so appreciative that Ms. Wright chose her to personify the characters in Silver Storm. What a delight and I can't wait until some of Wright's other novels can be listened to by people-on-the-go as I am. Thanks!
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What did you like most about Silver Storm?
Everything about the story was wonderful. It is one of those books that keep you hooked from beginning to end filled with anticipation about what's going to happen next.
What did you like best about this story?
I liked the excitement of the story. There was never a dull moment. The relationship between the Captain and Devon was passionate, if they weren't fighting with each other, they were loving each other!
What about Emily Beresford’s performance did you like?
This is the first Audible book I have had and Emily amazed me with her interpretation of each character that she read. From Devon's sweet voice, to the Southern accent of Andre Raveneau's steward. Emily really made the characters come to life. Her normal reading voice is very pleasant too and she made my first experience of an audible book a great one.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Definitely yes. Unfortunately I didn't start listening to it until late at night so had to listen to it over two sittings.
Any additional comments?
I love and have read many of Cynthia's books, I always thought that reading them myself and putting my own imagination to work on how their voices sound was always going to be better than listening to another person read the book. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I was wrong. I truly enjoyed listening to this book and will definitely listen to more of Cynthia's books even if I have already read them myself.