Gabriel’s Redemption Audiobook by Sylvain Reynard (review)

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Review of: Gabriel's Redemption Audiobook
Audiobook:
Sylvain Reynard

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Rating:
4.5
On January 15, 2014
Last modified:November 10, 2015

Summary:

Gabriel’s Redemption Audiobook

By: Sylvain Reynard

Narrated by by: John Morgan

Published by: Penguin Audio 12/03/2013

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4.5 stars ratingGabriel’s Inferno Series # 3

15 hrs and 7 mins

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Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he’s confident that they can face any challenge. And he’s eager to become a father.

But Julianne’s graduate program threatens Gabriel’s plans, as the pressures of being a student become all-consuming. When she is given the honor of presenting an academic lecture at Oxford, Gabriel is forced to confront Julianne about the subject of her presentation – research that conflicts with his own. And in Oxford, several individuals from their past appear, including an old nemesis intent on humiliating Julia and exposing one of Gabriel’s darkest secrets.

In an effort to confront his remaining demons, Gabriel begins a quest to discover more about his biological parents, beginning a chain of events that has startling repercussions for himself, Julianne, and his hope of having a family.

©2013 Sylvain Reynard (P)2013 Penguin Audio

Gabriel’s Redemption Audiobook Sample

My Thoughts

Gabriel’s Redemption audiobook is the conclusion of Gabriel’s Inferno, a series originally written as a fan fiction, and later published as a series.

This is the story of the handsome, intriguing and dark professor, Gabriel Emerson, and his taboo romance with one of his students; A beautiful and smart 17 year-old, Julia Mitchell.

I have to admit, I wasn’t totally in-love with book one, you can read my review HERE, but I really started  to enjoy the series with book 2, Gabriel’s Rapture.
Without giving any spoilers, I can tell you how much more I enjoyed the characters and their story since.
The events that brought them apart were full of emotional angst, that paired with the beautiful descriptions changed my mind  and my feelings about my overall take on the Gabriel’s Inferno series.

I was wondering how Mr. Reynard was going to make this book interesting after the ending in book two, but just as in real life, challenging moments are always around the corner.
Once again, under his impeccable and almost poetic style of writing,  Mr.Reynard  brings us through a continuation that without its challenging  and menacing moments delivers a happy ending for Gabriel and Julia, one worth every minute of  their journey,  and a great payoff for the differences they had to overcome.

Just like the other books, Mr. Raynard seduces us into the story, and in the end you are left with a high admiration for his style of writing, one that I original thought pompous, and over pretentious.

My only complaint is Julia’s moments of weakness. I’m so used to heroines that know what they want, and how to get it, where their vulnerabilities only makes them relatable, but never week or annoying. I had to keep putting myself in Julia’s shoes so I wouldn’t  get so aggravated by some of  her actions. Don’t get me wrong, she’s not a damsel in distress; she’s very smart and has plenty  of moments of self assurance, after all, she has brought the powerful and strong professor, Gabriel Emerson to his knees. I guess sometimes is hard to relate to the reactions of a young girl.

With that said, I LOVED their love story. It is romantic, beautiful, touching, sexy (no big sex scenes) passionate, and everything a big romance story should be.

If you like challenging characters in a smart beautifully written story, where love, and the finest things in life are center stage, then Gabriel’s Inferno series is for you.

You can find more reviews of the printed copy HERE

The Author

Sylvain Reynard

Gabriel’s Redemption Audiobook Narration

by John Morgan

John Morgan Garbriel's Inferno Narrator

I can’t remember another character more perfectly depicted in an audiobook than Gabriel Emerson. Oh Boy! John Morgan nailed his personality. I loved how he made every aspect come to life; his self assurance, his virility and his arrogance were perfectly captured, at the same time he delivers a three dimensional  character that reveals his vulnerabilities, and his capacity to love.

Now,  for Julia, I can only say he was OK. I think most of my complaints of Julia’s actions have a lot to do  with his interpretation of her character……Maybe, a little too unsure?
If a book ever demanded a female and male narrator, this was it; nevertheless his performance of the rest of the novel is amazing. It’s almost as if you are listening to a book of poetry. He truly did justice to the style of writing of Mr. Reynard.

And just as the author, John Morgan seduces and lures you into the story with his deep, soothing and beautiful sounding voice.
All in all,  this is a beautiful audiobook (audiobooks) amazingly performed.

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Loupe Duffy Lupdilup

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  1. This sounds like a great romantic listen; too bad it’s contemporary. 😉 It’s been a while since I’ve listened to a male narrator… Do you have any recommendations for me? Aside from Jim Frangione. I know you love him but I’m not really a fan.
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    • Watch your mouth missy! You know I worship the ground Jim walks on…LOL
      The main man is Scott Brick, he’s excellent with general fiction, but doesn’t have the romance gene..;)

      I like Holter Graham, Phil Gigante, Max Belmore, James Masters, Fred Berman, Luke Daniels, Robert Petkoff, Michael Urie…And don’t let me forget, Jim Frangione…LOL 😉
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      • *note to self* Frangione is a touchy subject with Loupe. LOL Ooh and I lied, I have listened to a male narrator lately. I’m hooked on Luke Daniels and the Iron Druid Chronicles; talk about a brain fart!
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  2. I haven’t tried a male narrator, and this sounds like an interesting romance. What is it a fan fic of? I would struggle with the heroine’s action but as long as the author can make me understand her I’d be ok with it.
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    • Is was originally a Twilight Fan Fic, but I don’t see any similarities, unless you take being a professor (position of power) that falls in love with a student as a similarity in their relationship. One so much more powerful than the other.
      It’s a beautiful written romance, they are not kidding when they say, you feel a lot smarter after reading/listening to his books, but read my review of the first book, it will give you a better idea of how I felt. So it can go either way, but if you like the first book, you love the rest. Professor Emerson is an interesting character to say the least.
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  3. you know, my first thought when I heard that narration was that it needed a female voice – so I wasn’t surprised to hear you confirm that. I wish more books had two narrators, but I guess that costs more, so I get it. As for the story itself -I’m interested. As a graduate student myself I know I could relate to the stress! What book is it fan fiction for? (I could look it up, but I’m being lazy lol)
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    • I wish all audiobooks had two narrators too. This was fan fiction of Twilight, it came out during the 50 shades madness..LOL. I wasn’t crazy about the first book, but a lot peeps loved it. I’m glad I moved one the next book tho. I really started to like the trilogy them. 🙂
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