In the heyday of the British Raj, Anahita becomes Princess Indira’s official companion, and accompanies her to England just before the outbreak of the Great War. There, she meets the young Donald Astbury – reluctant heir to a magnificent, estate – and his scheming mother. Eighty years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. Her latest role, playing a 1920s debutante, takes her to the now-crumbling Astbury Hall…
©2014 Lucinda Riley (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
‘Atmospheric, heart-rending and multi-layered’ (GRAZIA on The Girl on the Cliff)
This was a fantastic story to listen to. The reading of it couldn't be faulted and the storyline had me intrigued. I couldn't stop listening to it. Would highly recommend it to other listeners.
"A Great Story with a Superb Performance!"
Loved this story for the obvious reasons...romance, history, past vs. present...it's all there. In my humble opinion, this is the perfect recipe for a great AUDIObook: lots of great stories out there, but the narrator makes this awesome! (So many narrators today are annoying and just plain bad! They over-enunciate and are flat and boring.) Ms. Srinivasan really brings this to life.
"Historical romance at It's BEST !!!!"
I love the format of "then" (1918) and now and how gracefully Lucinda Riley's words dance between the two separate time periods. Midnight Rose provides a perfect balance of historical facts mixed in with a heavy dose of romance !!!!!!!!!!
She has a wide range of charater voices and does of perfect job bouncing between the tight repressed voices of the Brits and the emotionally abadoned voices of the indian characters.
How long to we have to wait for the next Lucinda Riley book ???
She is on my list of FAV's !!!!!!!!!!!
"Really loved this one"
One of those long and winding story lines that you can't wait to get back to. I recently read a few books where at halfway I figured out the end and was just annoyed it took the characters so long to figure it out This one kept you guessing up to the end. I totally loved the very end, so much so I am writing this review. Narration was wonderful. Anjana. Srinivasan had it all, between the accents and inflections I always knew who was speaking.
"Intriguing story of WWI era"
While I enjoyed this complex and well-woven story, one element of the narration was incredibly annoying. The narrator performed believable Indian and English accents to the ear of a non-native of either of those, but one oft repeated word in the American dialect totally spoiled the narration.
Americans of education, and especially those of the 1920s, would never pronounce the name "Antony" as "Ant-knee" and yet the narrator does so repeatedly when trying to use an American accent, rendering the British pronunciation correctly, but coming across as a Rode Island or New Jersey tough instead of a Julliard trained actress. Where was the voice coach?? And why was this one word, which must have occurred on a majority of pages in the book, allowed to spoil the whole?
I hate to sound picky, but such small things become large through frequent repetition.
"Brilliant Narration + Excellent Story = Deeply Satisfying"
Great audiobook. Terrific story. Lucinda Riley never disappoints. Her multi-layered stories are rife with characters that you can't help but forge a bond with as you traverse two time settings. The Midnight Rose is an excellent tale that's compelling-it pulls you in never lets go. Twists and turns will make your heart both ache and soar. The true star in this audiobook is the narrator Anjana Srinvasan. She is the single best audiobook narrator I've come across after years of listening. The ability to not only act the book out like a fine actress, she gives each character a true voice and can flip from an Indian accent, British accent, and American accent with the greatest of ease. Bravo Ms. Srinvasan, I'll be looking out for books you narrate, you truly offer an 'experience'. Highly recommend.
"Beautifully written story, I wanted it to continue"
2 story lines that connected
I was wondering if Ari or Rebecca where in any more of Lucinda's books
"All around wonderful"
This is one of my favorite books
The narrators voice, it was perfect. The story was a good old fashioned read.
The gentle lilt in her voice
Yes, I wish I could have but then again, I didn't want it to end
"Beautiful Story. Beautiful Narration"
I was so taken with the details of both India and English countryside. ..the world Derulo characters and the very sweet irony....definitely will be put on a must re-listen to list. ♡
"Enjoyable romantic read"
Both would be good
Very easy to listen to
Good overall story. Likeable and interesting characters. Good balance between present day and the past, easy to follow.
"One of the best books I've ever read!!!"
I enjoyed this book for many reasons, it was very engaging with a great love story and drama! The book was well written and the narrator performed excellent with all the different foreign accents. I will be listening to this again! Two thumbs up!
I loved how everything came full circle.
She did a great job and she was part of the reason I enjoyed the book as much as I did!
After the book got going it was hard for me to put it down
Im a now looking for another book by Ms Riley, why stop at one
"A Beautiful Love Story with a Difference"
The narrator was extremely good, taking on the various accents brilliantly. Plus the story was so fascinating I couldn't stop listening
The Orchard House - because it too went back in time and to an exotic location - another beautiful story.
She has a lovely clear voice, very concise and read it at just the right speed. Very good at all the different accents. Her narration brought the story and people to life. Would definitely recommend her.
It made me cry and sad as Anahita didn't know what a wonderful life her son had and also because there is nothing worse than losing your child for whatever reason
Lucinda Riley does write wonderful books, with just the right amount of romance and mystery, and her descriptions of places and people are amazing. Love her books.
"Did enjoy it but a bit longwinded"
I thought the narrative was really good and it kept my interest in the story. This is the first book I have read by Lucinda Riley and I would try another. It was likened to books by Kate Morton which I really love. I would have to say it was nowhere near as good as Ms Morton. It was a bit longwinded in places and could have been shortened and been just as effective. I did enjoy it though and would recommend it.
"I'm a convert to audible books"
This was my first audible book and I loved it.. I listened to it while dog walking.
The atmosphere created by both the author and the narrator of life in India and the Uk Both in the 1920s and present day.
No this was the first but I was so impressed with the accents of the different characters
Too long for one sitting but I certainly looked forward to my daily instalment.
I'm a complete convert to audible books.
"Enjoyable but not my favourite."
I have listened to all Lucinda Riley's books and have thoroughly enjoyed them. This is good and well worth listening to if you like an easy listen. The story is well read and the and change of time give interest. I eagerly await the authors next novel.
"A great tale"
This is a great book concerning an Indian woman who comes to England as a companion to an Indian princess before the first world war and stays at one of the gentrified estates in Devon. This book is her very compelling life story. It also features an American movie star, a Lord and an Indian male who comes seeking family secrets soon after his Grandmother has died. Generally an engrossing listen, if not a bit far fetched in places, which spoilt it a bit in my opinion. There are an awful lot of characters and accents to come to grips with and the narration is poor in places but must have been an enormous challenge for one person having to be so many characters and sound convincing.
"Very impressed wit the versatility of the narrator"
Although she didn't do male voices so well, she did a pretty decent job of American, Indian & British (different varieties of it). The story was engaging enough to keep me up one night too. Good job.
This was a nice enough story, some parts unbelievable and flat yet others rather emotional. Okay listen but did fall asleep a number of times.
I think the plots and sub plots need beefing up and the storyline needs to be more believable.
On the whole a soothing voice but some accents poor.
Listen to another book with India as main story line
"what a story"
Absolutely. You couldn't fail to fall under its spell !!
No happy to come back to. In fact couldn't wait to come back to it - I enjoyed the delayed gratification!! Sad!
Only recently discovered Lucinda Riley and what a find. Such a storyteller all quite complicated plots but you really get involved in the story. Highly recommend all her books. Now sadly on the last one!
I loved the story and the fabulous detail of British India and Anahita's early years
Anahita's character was wonderful such strength in the face of adversity
No, but she was wonderful. Her accents were fantastic and the delivery was impeccable.
It made me thoughtful
Wonderful book. The only part that was a little implausible was Anthony's character disintegration towards the end
"Evocative and moving"
Most definitely. Lucinda writes the most evocative and moving stories, I wept with joy and sorrow
Anita such a brave woman
The closing psges
Joy and sadness
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