Excellent Story Looses 1 Star For Too Much Gore & Animal Violence
I think this is one of Nora Roberts best suspense novels. It is a relatively modern day western, it was first published in 1996 so it not totally current in modern technology etc. Montana Sky is beautifully narrated by Erika Leigh; I think she is a relatively new narrator to Audible, and a welcome new narrator. She has excellent story telling skills and makes each character sound different and credible. My only issue with this book is the amount of gore and violence, if there had been less violence and blood plus some violence toward animals, this book would have gotten 5 stars from me.
One of the best I've read
The story was great.
I hadn't heard this narrator before. She did a good job.
I had seen the TV movie of this book and had decided not to buy the audio book. I finally changed my mind and am really glad I did. It was well worth the price.
I get Nora Roberts for pleasant enjoyable listening on long road trips in the car. This book has a murderer in it that takes a knife and tortures animals and people. The book goes into horrific detail about the blood and the pain of the creature and how the murderer is feeding upon this horror. I did not finish this book. After one of the characters was mutilated and killed I had had enough. I am shocked and extremely disappointed with this book.
This is the WORST narrator ever! The main character is a tough cowgirl. This narrator reads her in a breathy voice. You can't tell one character from the other. The old guys and the old housekeeper sound exactly the same. It was as if the narrator read a how-to-book on narration from a matchbook cover: she STINKS! There is only one identifiable character in the whole book, Tess. But then, a guy character sounds the exactly the same. So it's hard to figure who is who half the time.
I read the book and thought it was great. But this narration absolutely kills the book. I will remember NEVER to order any other book with this narrator.
Mysterious romantic comedy
I like how a Will and it's stipulations brought a family together that otherwise would have not even met.
She is a great narrator, changing her voice to match each character's personality.
Yes, very much so!
But bad guy parts were too formulaic.
The narrator Erika Leigh was good, but I question her interpretation of Willa. Willa is a tough rancher in charge of a large spread. The narrator used a soft southern-type female voice. It was a nice voice for a main character, but I wouldn’t have picked it for Willa. In one place the author wrote “Well?” Willa demanded. But the narrator said “Well” in a soft tone, not a demanding tone.
Her male voices were well done – something many female narrators do not get right. Her other female voices and her general narration style were also very good.
Three very different women must live together for a year. I enjoyed the girl bonding. I also enjoyed the three romantic relationships. Characters were nicely done.
Two bad guys were added for conflict. That part of the story was typical and formulaic. The bad guys get away with lots of things until the end when the good guys win. I would have liked more internal conflict within the bad guys, see inside their heads, and not having them be so perfect in avoiding detection for so long. It’s like Nora Roberts has the same bad guy formula that she inserts into many of her novels.
I was annoyed in one scene, but I’m probably overreacting. The killer wounded a guy (“victim”) and kidnapped a woman. The victim said “He took her” and then went unconscious. So we still didn’t know “who” “he” was. They had been looking for the killer for months, so the victim should have said the name of the killer. Yes, the author could justify this saying the victim was wounded and not thinking clearly. But I was still annoyed because it felt like a tool to prolong suspense. It wouldn’t have hurt to tell the name at that point. We learn the name soon after.
There are two rape scenes. One is referred to. The other is detailed with murder.
Nora Roberts is hit and miss with me. My favorites are: Carnal Innocence, Born in Fire, Angels Fall, The Witness, Northern Lights, and Sea Swept.
Genre: romantic suspense
Friend of God... Saved by grace... Mother of 3 gifts... Wife of one... Worship dancer.... Educated by God, Academia and Willy Wonka...
Believe it or not, this is only my second Nora Roberts book - the other I actually read. I thought her material would be too "knight in shining armor' for me. I was pleasantly surprised with Montana Sky. In three words (not necessarily a sentence) I would say the story is about love, identity and discovery.
The most memorable moment of the story for me was when I realized that the individual who I believed was the guilty party was really... well... you will know when you listen. I don't want to spoil the most memorable moment.
Something about the sisters coming together and finding friendship was very moving for me. It was not necessarily a moment in the story but it was something for which to cheer as you listened.
If the author would have done research, or had some one with a working knowledge of ranch life proof-read her manuscript she could have avoided many of the glaring inconguities in the book. She could also have skipped the female erotism. There was way too much of it and it was just irritating.
She could have done so much more with the interesting story line.
I think Ms Leigh did a very good job with what she was given. If there was a saving grace in this audio book, it was her!
The long drawn out love scenes!
If you are looking for the typical Harlequin-type romance (x 3) with a western theme then this is the book for you.
The way this narrator voiced the men was absolutely disgusting. Every man sounded like he had a 70's porn mustache. I've never seen a porn film, but this must be what they are like. I felt icky - and like I needed a shower.
I wasn't too fussed with the female sisters to start with , but as Nora Roberts wove her magic with the relationships they grew on me. I actually think the violence in the harsh landscape that the book was set against was very fitting.