• Highland Destiny

  • Murray Family, Book 1
  • By: Hannah Howell
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (783 ratings)

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Highland Destiny

By: Hannah Howell
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
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Publisher's Summary

When destiny brought Sir Balfour Murray and his wounded brother down the same road as Maldie Kirkaldy, she offered her services as a nurse even as she tried to deny the desire this dark-eyed knight had ignited at first sight. Soon they discover that they both share a mission of vengeance, but Maldie cannot tell him her true identity - to do so would brand her a spy.

Sworn to avenge his family as chief of the Doncoill Clan, Balfour vows to destroy his greatest foe, with Maldie at his side. Yet Balfour knows that he can no more afford to trust her than he can ignore his lust for this sultry beauty. Now, he is not only determined to unearth her deepest secrets, but also to pursue his passion for her. And nothing will stand in his way.

©1998 Hannah Howell (P)2012 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A brightly colored plaid that is sure to capture [listeners'] hearts everywhere." ( Romantic Times)

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Another worthy Highland Warrior Trilogy starts

These books are about the three handsome Highland brothers from the Murray clan. Balfour is clan chief and he is instantly attracted to Maldie, a healer, who he comes across while returning from a battle and decides he needs her - not just because his brother Nigel is wounded but because she is also beautiful.

Both Balfour and Nigel are attracted to Maldie but she is only interested in one of the brothers. Instant attraction, good romance but secrets that are kept ruins their relationship and anyway she has a previous promise to fulfil elsewhere which all leads to mistrust and misgivings.

I hope Audible will soon stock book 2 Highland Honor (Nigel's story) and Highland Promise (Eric's story). Then there are the spin off series that H.H. wrote like Highland Daughters, Highland Grandsons and all the In-Laws - so, with any luck, there will be a lot to follow.

Worth a credit? Good strong characters and an interesting plot all lead to a yummy listen so it's a YES.

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Meh...Its OK

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It's not a bad story line, it just very predictable. Laird meets low born girl, battle feelings, status, bloodline and over come it all in the name of love...the end.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Angela Dawe?

I'm a huge fan of Robert Petkoff, Kristen Potter does pretty good scots accents. Davina Porter did an excellent job with the outlander series. My issue with Angela Dawe is her tempo of speech. Ms. Dawe reads way too fast! I feel she need more emotion in her lines, its not very appealing when a character is muttering a line engulfed in heated passion and it sounds like its being read by Ben Stein.

Any additional comments?

Like I said the story line is ok, but I probably would have given the book a higher rate with a different narrator. The delivery of the story can really make or break the book.

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Please Replace the Narrator

Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

NO!!!! SHE HAS THE MOST IRRITATING VOICE I HAVE EVER HEARD IN AUDIOBOOKS

Any additional comments?

I have not been able to finish this book and will not finish it. I'm unable to follow the Characters. I have started the book 3 times and i'm unable to get to the 3rd chapter.

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YOU WILL HATE THE NARRATOR!

What would have made Highland Destiny better?

I wish I had read all the reviews before getting this book. Balfoy (the main character) sounds like an old woman and old women sound like him. Nigel sounds like he has laryngitis and..well you get the picture. The book itself is weak as well. Muldey (the heroine) blabbers on and on about her inner thoughts and feelings. I hit fast forward many times. Balfoy, who is supposed to be a strong scottish warrior, sounds like a whiny baby as well who can't make a decision if his life depended on it. Heed my advice, for another book and definitely ANOTHER NARRATOR!!

Would you recommend Highland Destiny to your friends? Why or why not?

NO, see above

How did the narrator detract from the book?

ABSOLUTELY AWFUL

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Highland Destiny?

I would burn this book

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Highland Heartbreakers

What did you love best about Highland Destiny?

Maldie and Balfour. Balfour is not your typical alpha-male for he is plagued with insecurities about his looks and even feels threatened by his brother, Nigel, who also falls in love with Maldie thus adding to a bit of competition. And Maldie isn't your usual well-bred lady having been born illegitimate and having endured a harsh life with a bitter mother who nearly forced her to a life of prostitution.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Highland Destiny?

When Balfour and the Murray Clan rescue Maldie and Eric from the enemies keep.
It's really well written.

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

I love her voice, I know a lot of people don't, but I think she brings such passion to story she narrates.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

A really touching story, and the reunion of the 2 main characters was so lovely.

Any additional comments?

In the middle of Nigel's story, can't wait for Eric's.

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narrators can make or break an audiobook

What made the experience of listening to Highland Destiny the most enjoyable?

When will they realize that a woman just cannot do the voices of highland warriors...a man has a better chance at doing a woman's voice however. These brauny men should be read by MEN not women! It totally distracted from the experience. The male characters were made to sound like snivelling creeps. Sorry, just my opinion.

What three words best describe Angela Dawe’s performance?

Did not enjoy

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UGH! The narration....

What did you like best about Highland Destiny? What did you like least?

I honestly couldn't finish listening. The narrator has the most irritating vocal pattern. Her characters are awful.. I love Hannah Howell, so I think this is one I'll get the paperback to read.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Angela Dawe?

Almost anybody.

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  • J
  • 10-09-12

Good Listen

I really liked this book. The narrator is one of my favorites. I am looking forward to hearing more of the Murry Clan!

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I don't understand...

I have listened to tons of books narrated by Angela Dawe and loved them, the psy changling series in particular, but dear God her voice was grating on my soul with this one!

I gave it an hour and a half and then had to shut it off. The story was droning on and on and on about absolutely nothing, it was a really bad Seinfeld episode, except not funny at all.

I don't understand the high reviews and I can't bring myself to listen any more.

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  • KB
  • 02-04-13

Heed the warning, the narration is not good.

I'm saddened that I did not enjoy the narrator, I ignored others reviews on the poor narration because I had listened to other books read by this same narrator and enjoyed them. So I was puzzled as to why I didn't enjoy this one at all. Angela Dawe's reading of this story sounds like the evenings news anchor reading off another days job. "This just in....highland knight falls for the bastard daughter of his biggest enemy. Film at eleven."

She sounds flat and emotionless. Her quick pace left me stressed and feeling oddly rushed as I listened. I know this isn't complimentary and narrating must be an arduous job but its true what another reviewer said, it can make or break a book. I often wonder if the writer has the choice of who reads for their book or not and I now understand why some authors refuse to go audible.

I would love to see more romances read by men, after all mostly women read romance novels and its the male character that is the most dominant character, so why not have a man read? Some of my most favorite romances have been read by men. Anyway, I have strayed off topic. The story is good, rife with thick plot lines and intrigue. The romantic scenes are a little sterile but likable. I would have liked more passion between the characters but truly it was the narration that I disliked the most. Miss Dawe's passionless reading made this story just so-so.

3 people found this helpful