Get Your Free Audiobook

Once a Soldier

Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
Series: Rogues Redeemed, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
5 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

Non-member price: $33.95

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

As heir to a title and great wealth, Will Masterson should have stayed home and tended his responsibilities. Instead he went to war. Now, after perilous years fighting the French, he intends his current mission to be his last. But all his plans are forgotten when he arrives in the small mountain stronghold of San Gabriel and meets her.

Knowing herself to be too tall, strong, and unconventional to appeal to a man, Athena Markham has always gloried in her independence. But for the first time in her life, she finds a man who might be her match. Two of a kind, too brave for their own good, Athena and Will vow to do whatever it takes to vanquish San Gabriel's enemies. For neither will back down from death, and only together can they find happiness and a love deeper than any they'd dared imagine.

©2016 Mary Jo Putney, Inc. (P)2016 Recorded Books

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Wendy
  • Wendy
  • 09-07-2016

Adventure and Romance

A good yarn. Likeable characters, the story moves along at a good pace, interesting location and time period. What's not to like?
The narrator was very good at distinguishing the characters. She is also good at accents and male and female roles. My one very small complaint is her pronunciation of "Joaquin" as "Jo-a-kween." It's not necessary to have read the previous books in the series, but it adds to the fun.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Maine Knitter
  • Maine Knitter
  • 30-06-2016

Not your typical regency

I liked this. It's certainly not your average Regency romance. It's set in a mythical small kingdom between Spain and Portugal following the abdication of Napoleon. I liked the way the book started. It sets up the characters for this series, I believe.

The characters are great. Will and Athena aren't two young kids and they approach their relationship in an adult manner - thought out and practical. The upcoming threat of attack adds to the tension. Maybe too much but it's what sets this book apart. I like the dialogue very much.

I love the narration. Great job by Beverly Crick. I like that characters from the previous series, like Will himself, make appearances. I'm looking forward to the subsequent books in this new series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anne
  • Anne
  • 29-10-2019

Mediocre book made worse by narrator

I'm on chapter 20 of this 36-chapter book and I'm pretty sure I won't be able to stick it out.
The plot, so far, appears to be non-existent. British soldier meets British woman in small (fictional) kingdom near Portugal (apparently about the size of your average county) where he and she organize the populous to rebuild damage done by French soldiers during war. The story is veeeeerrrrrryyyyy slow-moving.

Much information is provided about how to rebuild a bridge or repair a flour mill or restore destroyed vineyards or excavate a cave-in but I have yet to figure out if there is any plot beyond "will they or won't they eventually get together?" (It's a romance! Duh!!) There was definite potential but the book badly needs an editor.

Meanwhile we also watch the H & H fall in love with about as much passion as a pair of turtles nibbling on a lettuce leaf because the narrator pretty much delivers only one "pitch" and it isn't "passionate."

Ms. Crick has some very nice accents but only about 3 voices so that all dialogue quickly gets quite confusing if you aren't paying 100% attention to hear the "he said" and "she said". That problem is compounded by the fact that her voices are so far up her nose that it's a wonder she can breathe. Her voices are so strongly nasal that I was distracted by it about 75% of the time. It's also part of the reason there is so little emotional diversity delivered.

I don't think I'm going to be able to get through this.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Rosemary Hughes
  • Rosemary Hughes
  • 07-09-2019

Another part of the Lost Lords saga

We met Mac, Will's brother in one of the previous lost lords books. However, this time we center on Will, and oh, what an able man he is!
It is fate that sends him on an errand that inevitably causes him to save a kingdom and marry a woman he loves.
It's a dramatic an eventful tale, and I enjoyed it immensely.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for PennyLou
  • PennyLou
  • 21-08-2019

Great historical romance

What a great mix of romance and history. Only Mary Jo Putney could make history come alive as in this book. And romance.....well, she is genius in romance. As in any good book, the characters are the key to grasping and keeping the reader's attention. MJP is masterful at character development. Beverley Crick has never been one of my favorite narrators....until now. She did an amazing job. Spanish, English, Scottish and Irish? Impressive.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-11-2018

. . . Always a Soldier

Well written, well defined characters, interesting plot. Strong females, intelligent dialog, and vivid insight into the issues arising from aftermath of war. Romances develop naturally within the story, rather than being the sole excuse for throwing couples into sexual encounters. For the most part it was a believable tale, though occasionally dialogue was somewhat pedantic, and the villain seemed the least developed character. The ending seemed rushed in the attempt to create everyone's HEA. It is refreshing to have more mature, equally matched lovers. I would read more by Mary Jo Putney and the narrator, Beverly Crick, was extremely versatile in presenting a variety of European voices.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for @LollyRussell
  • @LollyRussell
  • 24-05-2017

Love in the Midst of War

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I highly recommend this book. One of the characteristics I most admire about Mary Jo Putney is her social conscience and how she works compassionate and humanitarian views into all her books without lecturing. In this book, she examines the destructive after-effects of war and social stigma on both society and individuals and the role of hope, friendship and love in overcoming these evils. Beverley A. Crick's interpretation and performance of the story was excellent. I particularly loved her range of tone and accent to define the different characters.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Marcia Vinci
  • Marcia Vinci
  • 09-10-2018

A little slow...

The storyline sounded good, but it just seemed to drag. The characters were either really good or really bad. No nuances.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for N.And
  • N.And
  • 09-01-2017

A review

I liked story very much. I am glad that everything turned out liked I hoped it would

0 of 2 people found this review helpful