Audiobook Review: The Pirate Bride by Sandra Hill

Posted May 5, 2014 by Felicia S in 2.50 Wine Glasses, 2014 Read, Audiobook, Reviews / 22 Comments

Audiobook Review: The Pirate Bride by Sandra HillSource: Audiobook Purchase

Format: Audiobook

The Pirate Bride by Sandra Hill
Narrator: Heather Wilds
Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins

Date Read: February 2014

Genre: Historical, Romance

A Viking to bed, not to wed!

Medana Elsadottir, known as the Sea Scourge, never planned to become a pirate, but there's no denying her talent. Her female-only tribe has an island hideaway, food aplenty, goods to trade...everything except the means to breed. That's where the strapping Norsemen tied up in her ship's hold comes in handy. Eight godly specimens - and Thork Tykirrson is the most virile of them all. Once their, eh, work is done, they'll be free to leave. Medana had naught to do with this god-awful plan, but she wouldn't mind reaping the benefits.

Renowned as the wildest Viking of his time, Thork was returning home to regain his father’s favor. Mayhap even (shudder) marry. His brazen - and very beautiful - kidnapper has likely done him a favor in preventing such an irksome fate. That doesn’t mean he’ll let her off easy. No one takes anything from a Viking that he’s not willing to give...not even a violet-eyed vixen who sets off the wildest fantasies.

More Information:
Publisher: Avon, HarperAudio
Series: Viking I #11


Read from February 02 to 04, 2014

Listened for Book Club (Cover Girls)

Overall Rating: 2.50
Story Rating: 2.00
Character Rating: 3.00

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: The Pirate Bride by Sandra Hill was humorous at times but that just couldn’t save it for me. That being said, the narration made me stick with the story till the very end because Heather Wilds did an excellent job.

Book Club Thoughts: Overall this was one of those books that everyone seemed to like parts of very much! We all agreed that there were some great moments between Medina and Thork. They had a great energy and their banter was fun. We liked the secondary characters and think some of them will make great leading men.

My Thoughts: I know with a 2.50 rating, it probably looks like I didn’t enjoy the book at all. That isn’t true. There was some trademark Sandra Hill banter in the story that made me smile. I am a big fan of Sandra’s writing but this book just didn’t work for me. I don’t know if it was timing or just that neither Medina nor Thork won me over. With historical romance I have to love the characters for the story to work for me.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Heather Wilds / Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins

I loved Heather Wilds narration. I don’t think I would have finished the story if not for her. She did several accents and all of them made me smile. This had to be a tough one to narrate and she did a wonderful job.

Final Thoughts: Despite not liking this particular couple, I will continue to read Sandra Hill!


FTC Disclosure


Overall Rating
2.5 / 5
Story Rating
2 / 5
Character Rating
3 / 5
Narrator Rating
4 / 5
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22 responses to “Audiobook Review: The Pirate Bride by Sandra Hill

  1. Sandra Hill’s humor is just not for me. And I really wish I found that out before I bought so many of her books …

  2. Take #25..LOL
    I understand. I’m more likely to stick with an audiobook when the narration is really good, even if the book is only so-so than the other way around.

  3. Hmm I like Sandra Hill too but haven’t read anything of hers for a very long time. I agree sometimes the narration saves a mediocre plot and can often boost a book. I must see if there is anything read by Heather Wilds on Audible.

  4. Mary: spork? Now I can’t stop thinking about that. LOL

    Hm… even though I also think I would enjoy parts of it, I think I would try it written rather than in audio. Still, I do think I would go for her other work first. Great review!

  5. The MC’s name is Thork? *snort* All I can think of is “spork” now. Yes, I’m juvenile. And, yeah, sometimes a story just doesn’t work well enough. Good bits but not a strong whole.

  6. It’s interesting how sometimes the narrator is the only thing that makes a book bearable. I need there to be more substance to my protagonists as well, so I don’t think this one’s for me.

    • I have very definite moments where I know a narrator is the only reason I am sticking around for some books. It is crazy but true.