Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Book Review: Thunder & Roses (Fallen Angels #1) by Mary Jo Putney

Thunder & Roses Cover Review of Audiobook narrated by Peter Bishop

Thunder & Roses (Fallen Angels #1) by Mary Jo Putney

Reading Level: Adult Romance
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Audible.com Release Date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: Mary Jo Putney, Inc.
Pages: 312 pages
Listening Length: 13 hours and 21 minutes
Source: Author
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 Welsh Methodist minister's daughter confronts a bitter, half-gypsy earl, who cares nothing for the responsibility he owes to the ancient title he's inherited, and demands that he rescue the local villagers from poverty.

Q. Would you consider the audio edition of Thunder and Roses to be better than the print version?

A. It's an enthralling way to re-experience a classic book by a gifted author. For an audiobook to work well, the book itself must be outstandingly enough written to not just survive but prosper under the microscopic exposure of being read out loud at a quarter of the speed of silent reading to oneself. Thunder and Roses passes that test with flying colors. In addition, the narrator must be a good performer, able to convincingly portray every kind of character, from old to young, male or female, and often different nationalities. Peter Bishop is a terrific vocal performer who delivers fully on all these counts.

Q. Who was your favorite character and why?

A. Nicholas Davies, the half-Gypsy, "Demon" earl, is a wonderful hero. He's a classic, "dark and dangerous," wounded hero. The pairing of him with a Welsh village schoolteacher, the heroine, Clare Morgan, is absolutely wonderful. They are two very strong protagonists who are extremely well matched.

Q. What about Peter Bishop's performance did you like?

A. He has a rich, pleasing voice and, as I mentioned above, he does a great job portraying all types of character personalities.

Q. Any additional comments?

A. I am a long-time, avid fan of Mary Jo Putney, and I was delighted to find such an outstanding audio recording of this book, which is one of my favorite historical romance novels by this brilliant author.

Overall: 5

Performance: 5

Story: 5

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