This book would have received five stars in all categories except for the over abundance of curse words and taking the Lord's Name in vain. That kind of language was not necessary for the story line and was offensively distracting.
Art historian, gardener, feminist. Read for language, characters, history, esp. 18th c. History in US, France, GB, SE Asia, Caribbean.
I did listen to this all the way through, but could not muster much enthusiasm for the wealthy police man. The character of the actress turned antiques dealer was somewhat more varied, and she had a large, colorful family, but I could not care about these characters.
I love the city of Philadelphia, but the book only glimpses a couple of its diverse neighborhoods. Disappointing.
This is my all time favorite Nora Roberts, and was thrilled when I found the audio version. Now I want to find the person who is responsible for ruining a great book and do bad things to them. The cutsy narration is more suitable for children's books or cosies, NOT sexy romantic suspense novels! The narrator is very competent, just a bad choice for this book. During my less charitable moments, I decided it sounded like community theater performed by hammy elves.
It's possible. I liked the story as a whole. I find that I tend to like Nora Roberts older material as opposed to the newer stuff because the newer stuff can be way to graphic for me but this wasn't bad.
Overall, it was a decent book. Although, may I point out, her dad was a drunk and in the book it was made to look like alcoholics are just jolly. Not the best message to send out. At least Nora was smart and didn't put him behind a wheel or anything. Still, when she mentioned how she never saw her father without a flask but it was ok because he wasn't a mean drunk, that's not a healthy message in my opinion.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
Yup, as Sandra Burr is just great! She brings Dora to an up lifting life.
the up beat of Dora's and her family
I have many listens to Ms Burr's. Always wonderful
yes, you do and I did.
Generally, I find Nora Roberts a good storyteller and I have enjoyed some of her books a great deal. This was not one of them. I am guessing this was one of her earliest books, referring as it does (in the story) to old technology like Walkmans. The writing is awkward, saccharine and immature. But the worst part of all was the narrator, whose voice sounded like something from a 1950's movie. Every time the narrator said one of the main character's names -- "Skimmerhorn" -- in that breathless little voice I wanted to smack her, so awful and contrived did it come across. And seriously: who would name a character Skimmerhorn anyway?
Everything. Her voice(s) and "over performance", her pacing. Sandra Burr was absolutely awful and I will go out of my way to avoid any book narrated by her in the future.
If you're a fan of Nora Roberts current books, I would strongly encourage you to avoid this older book with it's stereotyped, flat characters, silly dialogue and boring-as-hell storyline. It is terribly dated and a real waste of a credit. I could not finish it.
Absolutely adored this book! It was true Nora Roberts in every aspect. You could really get into the characters and the plot and it was quite interesting to see where things went in this book. Only one tiny thing bothered me though. A slight grammatical error that kept popping up. Every time it was mentioned that one of the characters lit a cigarette, it was said, 'lighted'. Now in some instances saying that someone lighted a cigarette might be possible, however, my brain kept insisting that it should have been 'lit' instead of lighted. Since it seemed to be past tense. But I could be wrong. Grammar is not one of my strong suits. Not sure how it is written on the page, but this kept popping up and annoying me. Otherwise, true and classic Nora Roberts. A must listen!
I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!
Another great one! Awesome narrator too! Will listen again, held my attention. A must read for those who like historical fiction!!