• The Midnight Rose

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Aysha Kala
  • Length: 19 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (220 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Epic Novel award in the Romantic Novelists Association Books Awards.

Spanning four generations, The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley sweeps from the glittering palaces of the great maharajas of India to the majestic stately homes of England, following the extraordinary life of a girl, Anahita Chavan, from 1911 to the present day....

A lifelong passion. An endless search.

In the heyday of the British Raj, 11-year-old Anahita, from a noble but impoverished family, forms a lifelong friendship with the headstrong Princess Indira, the privileged daughter of rich Indian royalty. Becoming the princess's official companion, Anahita accompanies her friend to England just before the outbreak of the Great War. There, she meets the young Donald Astbury - reluctant heir to the magnificent, remote Astbury Estate - and his scheming mother.

Eighty years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. But when her turbulent relationship with her equally famous boyfriend takes an unexpected turn, she's relieved that her latest role, playing a 1920s debutante, will take her away from the glare of publicity to the wilds of Dartmoor in England. Shortly after filming begins at the now-crumbling Astbury Hall, Ari Malik, Anahita's great-grandson, arrives unexpectedly, on a quest for his family's past. What he and Rebecca discover begins to unravel the dark secrets that haunt the Astbury dynasty....

©2020 Lucinda Riley (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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AMAZING story!

Narrator is brilliant and the story very captivating- a must read. I love Lucinda Riley books and this was one of the best ever.

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Predictable, boring and annoyingly narrated

Very little about this story felt genuine to me, and the retrospective bird's eye view that kept hopping back and forth between a collection of "main" characters, while at the same time flying forward and backward in time and place, did nothing to truly draw me into their experiences. The settings were, even when lavish, lifeless, because I never actually FELT the heat or the cold, or anything else. The characters were, for the most part, two-dimensional stereotypes I could not muster any empathy for. And the all-too-common trope of the wise and gifted "native medicine-woman" who can sense the future (unlike white people) mixes very oddly with her love of British novelists, and the fact she supposedly read "The Origen of Species" by Darwin. I could not suspend my disbelief, or forget this was a story and plot dreamed up in the author's head and imagination because it just didn't ring true on too many levels.

And what's up with female British narrators who refuse to even TRY to lower and deepen the timber of their voice at least a little when men are speaking? The only way I could tell when it was a male character talking was because he sounded a bit louder and more strident and impatient. Really annoying, and doesn't help with the Romance factor, which was already quite flat.

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So loved this book.

Everything about it is mesmerizing! I highly recommend it. Narrator was amazing. Wonderful story. So good

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Awesome

I could not wait for the story to end as it was so riveting- wish it continued on to the next generation’s story

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Another delicious read

The character development, culture, history & being human are all braided together into top class story-telling.

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Very pleased

As Lucinda's Riley's Seven Sisters, The Midnight Rose is a marvellous story, engaging events that immediately captivated my attention. I have read all Sven Sisters collections, and this one was given a total as listening on the Audible app. As a reading, the listening was pure enjoyment. I am willing to put my hands, eyes or ears on in other fabulous writer creations. Greatly recommend.

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WOW, truly a well written story

It's been awhile since I have read a book that made me cry. This is a wonderful story, truly brilliant and the narration is excellent really brought the story to life.

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Loved it!

Might be one of my favourites of Lucinda’s books. Great Narration as well. The different accents really made the book come to life.

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Twist

Very enjoyable, with a twist. Typical Riley style. Lots of romance and intrigue. Enjoyed it.

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Great reader

Good story that moves along and keeps you listening. Some of the plot feels like the book Rebecca to me, but maybe it’s just that the character has the same name. The reader was really enjoyable and did a fantastic job with accents and voices.

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  • 03-29-21

Best Narrator Ever!

Such a good story, but the narration made this book. Her array of amazing accents are superb.

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  • Autumn Rose
  • 12-07-20

one of my favourite of the year!

Fabulous story I didn't want it to end! Well structured...narrated....A lovely surprise! Would recommend this book....looking for more from this author!

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  • Shauna
  • 11-22-20

Fantastic book

I thought this book was incredible, loved the story and the characters. So well written. Thought the narrator did brilliant also!

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  • Marie van der Merwe
  • 05-14-21

Avery intetesting

A good peep into another culture, human nature, and history. Makes you think about people

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-21

Long listen but gripping . Excellent narrator

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it's absolutely long but quite the listen.
gripping. I admit I neglected my life to listen this.
I took my portable speakers with me everywhere to listen.
What a story.
The narrator is excellent. Best pairing ever.
Absolutely excellent.
I'm going to have to find all books she narrated and listen.

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  • Penelope
  • 05-05-21

Magnificent story telling

This was one of the best books I have ever read/ listened too, such an incredible story. I was addicted from the first page.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-20-21

Amazing

This book is highly recommended. Its well narrated, it brings the reader from India to England on a rollercoaster of a journey, enjoy I did

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-22

A gripping story

Loved this novel, the best I’ve read by L Riley. Loved reading about the juxtaposition of Indian and English cultures. Very well narrated and really believable character.

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  • Trace
  • 05-07-22

Beautifully written

The midnight rose is a beautifully written novel. The moving between time periods was intriguing to follow and the ending had me in tears. Loved it.

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  • KARIN COOMBES
  • 05-01-22

The Midnight Rose

I loved this story and was entertained for many happy hours. Loved the clever way it was written with the present and past intertwined. The narrator was excellent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-21

Beautifully Written

Another beautifully written story by Lucinda. Loved the colouful connection to India. The way the story flowed with the connection between the years was done so well. Loved the characters didn't want this one to end. Enjoyed the narrator.

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  • Jacqueline Benz
  • 11-22-20

Irresistible suspense!

The story of Annahita and Rachel is compelling, there was not one boring moment; I recommend it to all those who enjoy an unconventional story that spans two very different eras. I also liked that there was no unnecessarily vulgar language etc. ENJOYED IMMENSELY!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-19-22

Engaging from start to finish

Another brilliant audio book by an amazing writer. Will miss her work when I eventually listen to all her audio books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-22

A true story of enduring love

A nice history into the English & Indian gentry & the life & times of the era, & those that tested the norm & how it related to the present

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-14-22

Excellent

i loved this story, a great read. characters and story wonderful. thank you very much.

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  • Edwin Eames
  • 03-26-22

SWEEPING STORY ACROSS 120 YEARS

I loved this book and became utterly absorbed in the characters, places and cultures that provided body and soul to this sweeping tale. I recommend it to any reader who enjoys a great story and beautifully developed characters.

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  • karin
  • 03-15-22

A great family saga

I loved it and have recommended it to all my friends. Narrator was perfect.

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  • Suellen Robb
  • 03-01-22

One of my top Ten.

Absolutely loved this book, story keeps you guessing right to the end. The Narrator does a supurb job with all the accents. very easy to know which character is speaking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-14-22

Brilliant

Brilliant. Both the story and narrator were fantastic. So many twists and turns. one of the best audio books I have listened to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-30-21

Ok

Started off well, finished a bit poorly but worth a listen. Give it a go