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  • The De Montforte Brothers
  • By: Danelle Harmon
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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The Wild One

By: Danelle Harmon
Narrated by: David Stifel
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Summary

England, 1776: Lord Gareth de Montforte is known as an irresponsible rake with a heart of gold. When he takes a bullet for boldly thwarting a stagecoach robbery, he is stunned to discover that the beautiful young woman he has heroically rescued, Juliet Paige, is his deceased brother's American fiancée, accompanied by her infant daughter.

Despite his brother the duke's refusal to acknowledge Juliet, Gareth is determined to do right by the courageous woman who crossed an ocean to give her baby her rightful name. But Juliet is wary of marrying this black sheep aristocrat, even while she is hopelessly charmed by the dashing devil. Never has she met anyone who embraces life so thoroughly, who makes her laugh, who loves her so well. And, even when it seems the odds are against them, Juliet has absolute faith that Gareth will go beyond the call of duty, risking his life itself to give her and her daughter a home - and a love that will last a lifetime.

©2012 Danelle Harmon (P)2014 Danelle Harmon

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hated the narration

Had difficulty with the narrator's pronunciation of English. Else story ok if predictable. May not be a problem for an American listener.

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  • Lia
  • 07-10-14

Good Book - Wrong Narrator

I am going to review this book in two parts.

The book first.
The Wild One was a story of love and loss. Gareth had a life that was carefree and fun. Never taking anything serious until Juliet shows up with her daughter who happens to be the daughter of his dead brother. As they spend time together he realises that he's falling for her. His brother has a plan to get Gareth to grow up once and for all. But he has to use Juliet as part of his plan without her knowledge. The story is entertaining and shows how two people who are different can fall in love despite the odds against them. It was enjoyable and the author did a good job with the storyline and characters.

The Narrator second.
David Stifel is a good narrator that has been given the wrong book to read. HR is completly the wrong choice for his voice. I would love to have heard Rosalyn Landor read this book. As David Stifel is narrating the other books in the series I am not sure if I can continue listening to the books.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-06-14

The Wild One First Book of a great Series

Would you consider the audio edition of The Wild One to be better than the print version?

Yes, but I also love to read a good Book, but in this case I am glad to have a very good Narrator read to me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wild One?

From the start I needed a Handkerchief.In this story I cried and laugh out laud over some of the antics and fun of Gareth and his friends.just one of his antics was to paint the privets of the Statue of the Horse where King Gorge sat purple, I loved how this young man rescued the people from the robbery and saved there lives disregarding the danger to him.I very much liked this Hero ( Lord Gareth De Montforte )

Which scene was your favorite?

There was not just one scene which was my favorite but I loved the Character, patience, kindness,love and fun witch was Gareth.

If you could rename The Wild One, what would you call it?

I would not change a thing

Any additional comments?

This was a great Book, I could not stop listening, the story had me captured from the start and by the way the Narrator was fantastic and that he was a male voice made the story even more dramatic and so much better. I very much liked this Book and I am looking forward to the other stories of the De Montforte Brothers.

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  • Past Romance
  • 12-08-14

Can't Get Enough of The De Montforte Brothers!

What did you love best about The Wild One?

This entire series is fantastic and The WIld One is an excellent introduction to the De Montforte Brothers. A close family, held together by the dangerous elder brother Lucien, the Duke of Blackheath, the De Montfortes are everything you dream the English Aristocracy should be. The brothers are handsome, fearless, and each have a distinct personality, reflected by the name the townspeople have given them. Garreth is "The Wild One" because of his untamed ways. Will he ever settle down? Only with the right woman.

What other book might you compare The Wild One to and why?

Jennifer Ashley's Mackenzie series, because it has a similar set of strong, courageous brothers at its center.

What does David Stifel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I've already read the entire series, three times in fact. David Stifel's narration made it all new again to me. His voices, at times a little silly (but probably what the people really sounded like), really make it real. His vocalization of the Duke of Blackheath alone make this series a must listen.

If you could take any character from The Wild One out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Lucien, because I would love to see inside that dark mind of his. :)

Any additional comments?

The entire series is fantastic and the narrator adds to it even more. I own them all and will listen to them many times, I am quite sure.

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  • mlmc
  • 11-06-14

This recording isn't even worth the $1.99 it cost!

Would you try another book from Danelle Harmon and/or David Stifel?

I read the book and looked forward to hearing it read. I suffered though more than 3 hrs before I couldn"t listen to any more. This narrator is one of the worst I've heard. . His own voice is monotone. His character voices are just strange. .

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  • bluestategirl
  • 10-03-15

Bad narrator makes this a bore

I've taken a stab at this one several times now. I love the premise. But David Stifel reads this like an English lecturer and any passion in the story is lost.

Shame.

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  • Antoinette Llauger
  • 26-12-14

exciting

great love story
could not stop listening. loved the characters and the tike period in history
exciting

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  • Karen
  • 15-02-15

Harmon's Book comes Alive with Narration

This audiobook performance brings the reader up close and very personal with the Wild
and Gregarious Gareth DeMontforte. The added audio dimension brings Lord Gareth and his playful charm and good humor right into your very personal space. You- the reader - become his personal champion, his confidant, and almost wistful at the heroic tendencies of his persona. He is perfect for Judith and little Charlotte. but will it be enough to capture Judith's heart?

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  • plaidninja814
  • 17-01-15

Great Story - Fun To Listen To!!

Where does The Wild One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In my top 10. This book was fun to listen to and I laughed out loud in several scenes.

What other book might you compare The Wild One to and why?

I'm certain I'd compare it to The Beloved One (which I'll be listening to next) because it is the same author and narrator. Danelle Harmon has a classic and beautifully descriptive writing style and 'voice' that sets her apart from current authors. David Stifel narrates all the de Montforte books so I've already heard him do the other brothers' voices. He totally nails Lucien's voice!!

What about David Stifel’s performance did you like?

He reads a wide range of emotionality, so I disagree with the statement that he was monotone. The scene where Gareth's friends are helping him climb the tree outside Juliet's window is hilarious! Surprisingly, he read Juliet's part rather well - something that most male narrators have difficulty with. He read her thoughts in a sort of whisper, and her dialogue in full voice.

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

No idea.

Any additional comments?

I've read and re-read all of the books in this series, so I am thrilled they are all narrated by the same person and can't wait to hear the other three stories! There will always be readers and listeners who don't particularly find a story or voice appealing, so I suggest that listeners judge for themselves. I enjoyed listening to 'The Wild One' and will definitely listen to it again!

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  • 29-09-14

A DIFFERENT, BUT VERY ENJOYABLE, REGENCY ROMANCE

Great original story that was heartbreaking, emotional, funny and very entertaining and a good introduction to the antics and characters of the members of the De Montforte brothers. Sibling manipulation, a reformed handsome Rake, a beautiful American woman in need, character growth, sex and a lot of angst made this a 'just one more chapter' listen.

However, IMO, the narrator's voice was hard, old and totally inappropriate for this listen because unfortunately it didn't make me swoon over the male Hero.

There isn't a cliffhanger ending but there was a shocking discovery at the end which will be followed-up in book 2 so my suggestion would definitely be start with book 1.

Worth a credit? Yes, and I've already downloaded ALL the rest in the series because I am that interested in each of the brother's welfare and happiness.

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  • Nance C
  • 24-09-14

Introduction to The De Montfortes a Pleasure!

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

Absolutely. It grabbed my attention immediately, and didn’t let go. The characters are sharply drawn and the action moves forward believably, for they are intriguingly well-rounded. I was intrigued by the author’s use of stream-of-conscious with the male characters.

Which character – as performed by David Stifel – was your favorite?

All of the characters are unique individuals, and the eldest brother, Lucien, is vividly drawn. I look forward to hearing the rest of the adventures.

Any additional comments?

This audio book was a gift and my introduction to the work of Danelle Harmon. Having no idea what to expect, I was delighted to discover that the author is not only clever in plotting, but has a delicious sense of humor. Her story is well-served by Mr. Stifel, whose voices are spot-on, capturing both the excitement and sly humor of the adventure.

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