The narrator ruined this book for me so much that I'm going to skip the other two in the trilogy. This is a first for me, I've listened to just about every Nora Roberts book out there, some more than once, but I just can't listen to this guy again.
The woman and children voices were pretty bad, and the men sounded very angry. At times he read too slow.
I thought this was a great first installment to the Boonsboro series. If you've read a few of N.R.'s books, you already know that they are going to be fun, often witty, and love will prevail. I love the family dynamics in many of her series, and the fact that you really get to know the entire family as you read each book. Bottom line: If you're already a fan, it's just as good as it always is. If you're a soon-to-be-fan, I highly recommend starting here. :)
As far as the performance, he sounded great with the guys, of course... but I was a little bothered by how "manly" her inner monologues and voice were. For some reason, it doesn't bother me as much to have a woman read a man's voice, but that's probably because my own inner monologue is female. ;) Aside from that nit-picky bit, the narrator was great and it was an enjoyable listen.
Storyline is really good, sometimes a little hard to appreciate because of the bad narration! The female voices are weak and the kids voices are literally horrible!
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I really enjoyed this story. It was realistic and romantic, and I immediately got the second installment of the trilogy when this one was done.
The narrator is pretty dry and slow, though, and his voices were hard to distinguish from each other. It was a little painful in the beginning, but the story was good enough to keep me interested. I got over it.
Because it was realistic without being depressing. The auther left you wanting more at the end of the story...to keep going with the lives of the Montgomerys and their lives. Justine, is an amazing woman~
The human eliment of it all. Todays issues in a real life setting
When Montgomery realizes that he must go through Henry to marry his mom...he followed through on his promise and realized the importance of it.
Really...I am not sure
Get that third one recorded!!!! #2 was awesome too!
Good foundation of a story, but it dragged on and nothing was really happening.
Give it some situations - something to want to follow to know more.
Not worth my listening time.
Good foundation of a story - but it wasn't going anywhere chapter after chapter.
Yes, It was an enjoyable book that kept you wondering what would happen next. All the characters were great!
It's him telling you the story. He gives you the true feel for the characters and the story behind them.
Because this was an audio book, I could still listen and get stuff done around the house. I listened to this book in three days but I have a very busy schedule as well.
Book two was better, can't wait for book three.
Nora always creates interesting characters and puts them in fun, romantic locations. As always, there are stresses to be overcome in the both the usual and extraordinary variety. Loved the small town setting.
One of the characters is a benevolent ghost who lends a helping hand at a critical moment.
I enjoyed her performance of the lead male the best. Very believable. All the characters were well performed.
I enjoyed the remodeling process on the Inn. Roberts really brought it to life with her beautiful descriptions.
romance, mystery and suspense all wrapped up in a quaint, beautiful setting. Totally enjoyable experience.
I was not going to purchase this book based on the reviews about the narration. However, I am a new Roberts' fan and wanted to continue to explore her work. So I purchased it and I am so glad I did. I began this one right after listening to The Witness with the female narrator. So admittedly, hearing MacLeod Andrews' voice was a downer. But after getting past his description of characters and scenes, things picked up and I "fell into" the story and didn't think again about the narration. That took all of 20 minutes into the 11 hour narration. While I think all of the women seem as though they are heavy smokers (lol) he does a great job with the reading all in all. One challenge is that I can't tell Owen and Becket's voices apart. They seem to be the same.
As for the plot, it was great. Funny and sweet. I am already listening to book two and am enjoying it. And I was so pleased to know that Andrews is the narrator on that one too. I have come to know his voice as the voice of these characters. To switch up would be a bummer. Looking forward to book 3. Hope Nora is cranking it out as I type.
Good book. Good performance!
The guy was too perfect, but I guess that is the point. Wouldn't any sane person get a little more annoyed with the kids? The ghost story was a bit lame to me and I think the book would have been better without it.
The cute town was interesting, simple lives (unlike my own in the city). The least interesting was the ghost story.
Yes. I really enjoy male narrators, but I've noticed they always get bad reviews since most people seem to like having a woman read men's voices rather than a man read a woman's. I will take the trade off though - I like hearing a man read the steamy scenes more than a woman. A large portion of the book is told from the persepective of men. He does read a bit slow (but I think it lends to the whole slower lifestyle in a small town), but you can probably speed up the audio on your mp3 player if it bugs you.
yes, but i wouldn't watch it. It would have to be on lifetime I guess - I hope they leave out the ghost story.
The story was fine, classic. It passed the time, but overall the story was a bit vanilla and the characters are pretty forgettable. I can say the same thing about most of the mystery/crime novels I read though - the point is to relax a few hours. I picked it because I like male narrators for a change of pace and it is a trilogy. If you think the first one is decent, it is nice to have sequels so you can revist characters you like.