Can Ye Nay Hear The Brogue? TAMING THE WILD HIGHLANDER

Taming the Wild Highlander

 

Taming the Wild HighlanderThe Highlanders, Volume 4
by Terry Spear (Author)
Borah Coburn (Narrator)
Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition] 6 hours 43 minutes
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform March 26, 2013
Paperback of 398 pages and Ebook formats available as well

Audiobook provided by author for fair review. No remuneration was exchanged, and all opinions presented herein are my own unless other wise noted.

Angus MacNeill’s story, 4th Book in The Highlanders Medieval romance series

Edana Chattan senses concerns where people she knows could be in danger. When her brothers warn her they’re in trouble, she can’t convince her father to listen to her, so with an escort, she tries to locate them. Separated from her escort during a storm, she is discovered by Angus MacNeill, who is tasked to return her right home.Only Edana has other notions–and convinces him and his companions to allow her to use her abilities to locate her brothers who are manacled in a dungeon somewhere. That leads to a faux marriage and more dungeons and more trouble than Angus had ever thought possible. So why is the bewitching, fiery-haired lass making him think of marrying her for real?
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My Take!
I am trying to listen to more audiobooks this year.  It seems the prevalence of assorted personal electronic devices and a lack of time have combined to make audiobooks more popular than ever.  In general however,  I can’t just sit and listen to a book,  I often feel like I need to read a book (kind of defeats the purpose), or at least do something with my hands or exercise.

So, Friday, after reading so much last week my eyes were ready for a day of rest, I was offered Terry Spear’s TAMING THE WILD HIGHLANDER, and I grabbed it.  I enjoyed the story of a young, telepathic, beautiful, Highlands woman in an undesignated time in the past; a time when Scotland was still ruled by Lairds and Chieftains.  There are elements of danger and even more of love.

Spear does a great job describing the characters we need to know:  Edana (i-dahn-ah) and Angus.  They are both young, and although they had been attracted to each other even as children they do not know each other well. I like how the narration, through Borah Coburn’s speaking in the character’s voices, gave me even more sense of the characters.  Edana sounds younger to me that the woman depicted on the book cover.  And, while not a violent woman, she is fierce in the defense or protection of her loved ones, but not insensible to danger.  She’s brave but not without fear.

And, he, perhaps because of the fact that his voice is being spoken by a woman and has feminine undertones, sounds young, but not immature. And, I could only imagine how handsome he would be. And the narration, as well as Terry’s writing, gave life to the developing relationship between them.

In general, I like this form of audio book more than the one I looked at several weeks ago which was performed like a radio drama. Especially when there’s sex involved.

What was hard in this book in particular, without a text to read or look at, is the use of words from the Gaelic describing articles of clothing, and just looking at the book description, I see I had her maiden name completely wrong based on the pronunciation. For example there is an article of clothing that sounds like “lane.” Is it “lane” or spelled completely differently?  While this is occasionally troublesome in a printed book, at least I have something I can look up and know I have it right.  Fortunately, in this case it came up when I searched on another article of clothing mentioned (a brat) and what I thought was “lane” is actually “leine” (http://www.clans.org.uk/kilts_2.html).

In this case, I think I would have preferred to have had a companion text (a new feature being offered for an additional amount when you buy an audible audio book), or even  a note attached to the file would work for me. On the other hand I often wonder how the Gaelic words are pronounced in Highlander and Celtic fiction.  Hearing right from the character’s mouth clears it up!

I enjoyed this story even more than I have Terry Spear’s wolf shifter series.  While there is an element of the paranormal in the story, and it is an important part of the plot, it is not overplayed.  It was more matter of fact than mystical.  It was important because even though it is useful, some people wouldn’t be able to understand it as natural and might denounce her for it and it does turn out as very useful.  Angus could be perfect for her,  has a family full of “freaky” women so it doesn’t bother him.

There is a somewhat funny bondage scene in the story. I prefer to think of it as a tongue-in-cheek statement about the prevalence of BDSM in almost all romance these days instead of a token BDSM insertion.

The test is whether I would have read the book and enjoyed it.  Yes, although I believe this book is enhanced by the narration and the narrator. If you like stories set in the Highlands, filled with hunky warriors and brave women,  then this book, filled with those elements plus a  little ESP, may be a bonny idea. I recommend this audiobook for its excellent story and narration.

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