Honor’s Splendour Audiobook [Free Download by Trial]

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Honor's Splendour by Julie Garwood

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In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton - the Wolf - unleashed his warriors against Louddon's domain. Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he captured...but when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life. In his rough-hewn castle, Duncan proved true to his honor. But when at last their noble passion conquered them both, she surrendered with all her soul. Now, for love, Madelyne would stand fast...as bravely as her Lord, the powerful Wolf who fought for Honor's Splendour.



  • I couldn't help but burst into laughter when I came across someone mentioning Darth Vader, because it perfectly captured my own thoughts while listening to this novel. The more intense the scene, the more jealous Darth Vader would have been of the exaggerated hissing stage whisper that transformed what could have been a great listening experience into a laugh-out-loud comedy fest. The narrator truly outdid themselves in their attempt to mimic the King of the Raspy voice (no exaggeration here). I've never found myself laughing so much during a sex scene as I did with this book. Every time the word "her" was mentioned, it sounded like a tortured evil monster about to attack a cute little fluffy bunny, completely out of place. That being said, I highly recommend giving the preview a listen before deciding to purchase. Putting the humor aside, the narration unfortunately took away from what could have been a highly enjoyable romance novel, featuring a strong male lead and a delightfully crafted female character.
  • I haven't completed the book yet, but I'll likely continue reading. It hasn't really grabbed my attention so far, but the narrator might be responsible for that, which is why I'm writing this review before finishing the story. The narrator's excessive dramatics keep pulling me out of the story repeatedly. Even the descriptive sentences become uncomfortable to listen to. I recommend listening to the preview beforehand to see if you can tolerate her style, as the narration might hinder your enjoyment.
  • If you're a fan of historical romance novels, then this book is definitely up your alley. Julie Garwood truly excels in this genre, and you won't be disappointed with her storytelling. The characters she introduces are captivating and will leave you wanting to know more about them. In line with her other historical romances, this book portrays not only a strong-willed male lead but also a determined female protagonist. Garwood skillfully navigates the societal norms of the time period, subtly challenging them without going to extremes that would make the story unbelievable or unappealing. Some listeners have expressed criticism towards the narrator, Anne Flosnik. To some extent, their concerns are valid. Flosnik tends to be a bit overly dramatic at times, which may elicit an eye roll or two from the audience. That being said, I personally found this audiobook to be thoroughly enjoyable. It's the kind of story that you wish would never end.
  • In my opinion, the storyline is solid; however, it was somewhat marred by the subpar narration. The narrator possesses an irritating tendency to excessively elongate the final word of specific phrases in an unnatural, breathy manner, particularly when it comes to the word "her," transforming it into an exaggerated "hhheeerrrrrr." It's quite off-putting! I wasn't certain if I could endure the entirety of the book due to this aspect.
  • I had to make four attempts to get through it, and the only reason I managed to finish it was because it turned into a personal challenge. The narration was absolutely dreadful. A terrible narrator has the power to truly spoil an otherwise enjoyable book.
  • I couldn't even determine if the plot was enjoyable because the narrator's performance was absolutely dreadful. Her voice was so bothersome that it constantly diverted my attention from the story. The manner in which she spoke was incredibly grating, causing me to cringe and even roll my eyes at times. It became difficult for me to develop any fondness for the characters due to the detrimental impact of her irritating voice. This audiobook definitely gets a thumbs down from me. The only silver lining is that I've learned a valuable lesson to always listen to the sample and read reviews before spending money on another audio-book!
  • For those who are well-versed in history, particularly medieval times, this audiobook may present some challenges. It's not exactly historically accurate, to say the least. Don't expect characters to whip out cell phones, but there are instances that make it difficult to fully immerse oneself in the story. However, if you approach it as a romance rather than a history lesson, it can still be an entertaining experience. There are moments where the modern elements can momentarily break the medieval atmosphere, but with a little self-encouragement to overlook those details, one can still enjoy the story. If you're a member of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism), proceed with caution or learn to look past these discrepancies.