Brilliance Audio should have used female narrator for the women and boys characters. It taught me a lesson. Listen to the sample and hope it's from part of the book where several roles come interact. Especially, if you've read the book.
Terrific storyline. I could see the whole story unfold in my mind. Nora Roberts' characters are strong and loving. Her prose flows so realistically. I enjoyed the parent/child plays. I have never read or listened to a bad Nora Roberts book.
Mr. Andrews' narration for the men was spot on perfect, but he doesn't do women and children well. His narration of the women and children made them sound whiny and weak, which worked my nerves. They sound nothing like a Nora Roberts character. This is a big disappointment since this is one of her best series.
Dual (male/female) narration.
Learn from my example. If you have already read the book and it came alive for you, listen to the sample Audible provides to see if you have the same reaction to the audio. I bought the 2nd and 3rd book before I got around to listening to the 1st, but I'm sure I can listen to them.
I really like Nora Roberts books but this one I almost found unbearable. The narrator tried hard but with so many characters especially three children it was difficult. I felt the story was good and thankfully it picked up near the end but there was toooooo much information on the Inn the discriptions seemed to go on and on. I got tired of hearing about it. I felt it took too much away from the story.
It was okay. Pretty predicatable in some ways. The ghost adds a little dimension. I plan to read the whole series.
This is really fun light weight listening. I enjoyed the whole series. If you enjoy books with humor, kids, dogs and romance buy this book.
Yes. It was a good book. As always, Nora did not let me down.
The narrator was good. Love the way each person had their own personality.
It took me a couple of days to get through becuase of the time I had available to me to read but I could've read it all at once if I had the time. I moved right into the second one and now the third one in the trilogy.
The narrator is horrible with kids and women voices. He made the kids voices like they were much younger than they are! A kindergarten child does not speak like a toddler! Drove me NUTS!
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The Next Always, by Nora Roberts is a good story, but the narration, performed by MacLeod Andrews was found lacking. His character interpretation was annoying, for example, the brothers in this series all sound grumpy, the women sound whiny, and the children are intolerable as they seem to know only one pitch which is just short of screaming tantrums. I considered stopping the audio, but made it till the end. The story was a typically enjoyable Nora Roberts' novel. I'm glad that I was able to finish, but, had I known that the narrator would grate my nerves, I would have skipped this series. Sorry...
Food fight! : )
I personally had a hard time with the narrator for this story. I enjoyed the story enough to get the books and read them... but the narrator came close to ruining the audio version for me. His male voices are great, but his female voices are horrible to me.
There were multiple moments in the book that were wonderful and moving. Nora Roberts does a wonderful job of balancing details with the story plot line and emotional flow of the story.
This is a great story that I enjoyed. It is classic Nora Roberts, so expect as such.
I didn't read the book, only listened to the audiobook. The story was fun, but not one of Nora's best. I'm not sure if she was inspired by her own efforts to get a B&B up and running or whether it's an ad for the same. I wonder if there will be a fire in the series like there was in RL.
I listened to this while I was repainting my bedroom and enjoyed it except for the narrator's version of the children's voices. They went right through my eardrums like a spike! It was very unpleasant! It may not affect men the same, as I listened to part of it in the company of a friend and he thought the narration of the children's voices was well done, but he didn't like the treatment of the women's voices.
I can offer a mild recommendation of this audiobook.
Enjoyed the story line
I love Nora Roberts and usually enjoy listening to her books, however, I did not like the way MacLeod Andrews narrated the children.