Monday, January 26, 2015

Book Review: The Bargain by Mary Jo Putney

The Bargain Cover Review of audiobook version of this exciting Regency romance novel narrated by Emma Newman

The Bargain by Mary Jo Putney

Reading Level: Adult Romance
Release Date: 2011-04-05
Audible.com Release Date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: Zebra Books
Pages: 373 pages
Listening Length: 11 hours and 7 minutes
Source: Purchase
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry

I am posting this audiobook review using the format that Audible recommends:

Overall: 5 stars

Performance: 5 stars

Story: 5 stars

Q. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A. A beautiful aristocrat must wed by her 25th birthday in order to inherit a fortune under the terms of her father's will. With the deadline only days away, in desperation, she makes a mad marriage bargain with an impoverished officer dying of wounds from the Battle of Waterloo, but her presumed immediate widowhood becomes instead a marriage in fact when her convenient husband inconveniently recovers.

Q. What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bargain?

A. I enjoyed the entire course of this highly entertaining "marriage of convenience" plot. The heroine is strong and dynamic, and the hero is intelligent, compassionate, and both physically and ethically strong.

Q. What does Emma Newman bring to the story that you wouldn't experience if you just read the book?

A. For a novel to work well as an audiobook, two factors are essential: (1) It must be exceptionally well written in order to thrive beneath the intense scrutiny of being read out loud at a quarter of the speed it would take a reader to read the book silently to herself. The Bargain definitely passes that test. (2) The narrator must be a very good performer, able to convincingly portray every kind of character, from old to young, male or female, and often different nationalities. Ms. Newman is a fine performer able to deliver these dramatic necessities really well.

Q. Where does The Bargain rank among all the audiobooks you've listened to so far?

A. I listen to such a wide variety of audiobooks across so many different genres, it would be difficult for me to attempt to make that kind of ranking because I would be comparing not just apples to oranges, but bananas and peaches and pears.

Q. Any additional comments?

A. I was delighted to discover this recording, which offers me the opportunity to enjoy one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors in the form of an excellent audiobook.

Overall: 5

Performance: 5

Story: 5

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