The "accents" we're difficult to get over.
On top of that, there were a lot of characters introduced in the beginning and they try to develop many of them. I don't enjoy trying to keeping with so many identities and relationships.
I purchased the book because of the stellar reviews. I do not have the same view point. I have read other NR books and found them compelling. This one lacked the thrill. It seemed some couple was making out in every scene. That really took away from any story line that could have been in place.
I am a 40ish woman with more interests than time but some of my favorite things are books, audio books and e-books. I have over 325 audio titles and have already listened to about 2/3rds of them. I drive over 25000 miles a year and my listening keeps me sane on the road.
I have never read a book by Nora Roberts I didn't like until now. None of the characters were likable. They were weak and simpering or rude and obnoxious. All were stuck in the past and had refused to move on from last tragedies. None showed any common sense at all. The only redeeming point at all was the suspense element. I had suspected who the antagonist was but was still a little surprised by how it all came together. Sigh.
NR tends to be very formulaic in her writing, to the point where you know roughly what you're going to get, who to root for, and who are the bad guys. This book breaks her mold a bit. It's really the first book I've read from her that has multiple people falling in love and the same amount of attention is being paid to each couple. It's also one of the first books that I've seen the most character development in a single character. Lastly, in the end, until The Big Reveal happened, I wasn't ENTIRELY certain just who the Big Bad was. The only reason this is four instead of five stars is that there's so much going on, it feels a bit "off," pacing-wise. I think that this is one of the reasons she tends to break a story like this into a trilogy.
Definitely !! I read the hardcover book many years ago but Sandra Burr's narration places the listener AT Sanctuary, among the lives of the characters, in a manner not realized from the printed version.
Yes - the brilliant revelation of the killers and the healing process of the various family members.
Yes. As always, she gives a wonderful performance. Many of my audiobook collections were purchased when her name appeared as the narrator because she is one of the very few female readers who sound equally well in both male and female roles.
Yes - the father/son reconciliation.
Buy it, download it and enjoy !!!
I would have given this 5 stars, but I had trouble with the heroine's thought processes. Her basic character is smart, strong and fearless, but then she crumbles into a dithering idiot. I felt like there should have been more information given to make such a leap in personality. All the characters have issues, but Jo-Ellen's is too extreme in her self-esteem.