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Monday, July 23, 2012

Audiobook Review: The Highlander's Touch

Title: The Highlander's Touch
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Length: 10 hours 51 minutes
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Narrator: Phil Gigante
Copy for review compliments of the public library

Cover Summary:
A warrior of immortal powers....

He was a mighty Scottish warrior who lived in a world bound by ancient laws and timeless magic. But no immortal powers could prepare the laird of Castle Brodie for the lovely accursed lass who stood before him. A terrible trick of fate had sent her 700 years back in time and into his private chamber to tempt him with her beauty - and seduce him with a desire he could never fulfill. For this woman he burned to possess was also the woman he had foresworn to destroy.

A woman caught in the mists of time....

When Lisa felt the earth move under her feet, the fiercely independent 21st-century woman never dreamed she was falling...into another century. But the powerful, naked warrior who stood glaring down at her was only too real...and too dangerously arousing.

Irresistibly handsome he might be, but Lisa had no intention of remaining in this savage land torn by treachery and war. How could she know that her seductive captor had other plans for her...plans that would save her from a tragic fate? Or that this man who had long ago forsaken love would defy time itself to claim her for his own?

I remember reading this one back in the pre-blogging days and enjoying the story well enough. I picked it up as an audiobook after reading how much Rachel at Parajunkee's View enjoyed it in the audio format.  Phil Gigante is one of my favorite narrators (SWOON) so the stage was set for a fun story.

The cover summary of the book sums things up pretty nicely and the story follows that path as expected.  Circenn and Lisa are a cute couple- Lisa is sweet and naive in a more or less believable way, and for a guy that's been alive for hundreds of years, Circenn is never to old to learn new things.  They have to figure out how to get along together and they fall in love in the process.  It's a good thing.

I had two issues with this book, but overall they weren't serious:
1. While I appreciated the fact that the narrator used a different voice for each character in the book, I found the voice he used for Lisa to be pretty grating after awhile.  Lisa has had a pretty limited set of life experiences to this point but she isn't a child by any stretch of the imagination- she needed a less timid voice.

2. Maybe it's proof that my tastes have adapted and changed over the years, but I felt like some of the naivety that was assigned to Lisa was a little hard to believe.  She has a nonexistent social life because she's completely devoted to taking care of her mother and making ends meet, but Lisa just came across as a lot younger then she actually was.  Although, this book was originally published in 2000, so maybe  times have changed? Who knows.

With all that said, this was a fun book and a good way to pass time while I was working on projects or cleaning.  I will definitely listen to the audio versions of the other books in the series.

Overall Grade:

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