The Prize

  • by Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by Anne Flosnik
  • 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the resplendence of William the Conqueror's London court, the lovely Saxon captive, Nicholaa, was forced to choose a husband from the assembled Norman nobles. She chose Royce, a baron warrior whose fierce demeanor could not conceal his chivalrous and tender heart. Resourceful, rebellious and utterly naive, Nicholaa vowed to bend Royce to her will, despite the whirlwind of feelings he aroused in her. Ferocious in battle, seasoned in passion, Royce was surprised by the depth of his emotion whenever he caressed his charming bride.
In a climate of utmost treachery, where Saxons still intrigued against their Norman invaders, Royce and Nicholaa revelled in their precious new love...a fervent bond soon to be disrupted by the call of blood, kin, and country!

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The Prize? Alas, more like Booby Prize...

I should have known better and paid attention to other peoples' reviews. As a fan of Julie Garwood, however, I thought I'd give The Prize a go despite the recommendations to avoid the narrator. I'd read The Prize years ago and had enjoyed the story, so I had no issues with the storyline. Narration was important, obviously, but my thoughts were that unless I gave it a go I'd never know for sure. After all, some of my favourite narrators have received scathing reviews which I could not agree with.

Unfortunately, even giving this my very best efforts to sit and listen, I have to agree that Anne Flosnik isn't an idea narrator. She reads emotionally, that is with a lot of emotion and drama colouring her voice. I don't have issue with that when it comes to reading what a character says, but when it is describing day to day actions such as getting dressed or even scenery, it gets very annoying. There is a scene where one of the main characters is drunk and Flosnik's attempt at slurring the words had me sitting up in first astonishment and then disgust. In the book it is an amusing scene, but Flosnik managed to destroy any fond memories I had of the interaction between the two characters and imagine the heroine as a drooling idiot.

I tried, really tried, to get to the end of the book, but that scene really put me off the story as a whole and it is going back into my file of 'books to complete when I'm really, really desperate and there is nothing else to listen to'. Unless you are a fan of Anne Flosnik, stay well away.
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- Karen

narration takes away from the story

The first Julie Garwood book I listened to was "The Bride". Because I loved that audio book some much I bought "The Prize". I really enjoyed the story but I was very disappointed with the narration. Anne Flosnik's performance was very distracting. I suggest reading this book.
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- A. Masters

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-27-2009
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio