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.
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.
I love WWII fiction & time slip stories. I teach in a Christian high school & love to share books w/ my students!
Mostly. The reader enunciated a little too precisely when narrating & made the father sound like a cartoon character. But I do enjoy listening to the story instead of reading it!
Great characters & plot! Great dialogue! Loved it!
RAGs to Riches
Hated the recording-it was very dated and sounded like an overly dramatic grandma reading, but the story was good, if also a bit dated-but that was kind of fun thinking back to the Victorian craze of the early 90's.
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.
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.