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.
The Next Always was an enjoyable way to pass time while doing chores even if the story line is predictable and the same as all other Nora Roberts books.
The narrator makes the women and children sound extremely annoying. I also didn't like that during conversations between the characters it was difficult to figure out who was talking since many of the voices sound the same.
I really enjoyed the plot, but I would not recommend this as an audiobook. The narrator killed the book.
I enjoyed this book very much. Every time I turned the page, or pressed play, I felt that I was walking through Nora Roberts inn. I really enjoyed reading about the reconstruction of her very own property, and often found myself wondering if the reconstruction actually happened in this way.
Let me start by saying this book was good. Another one of Nora Roberts well written imaginative books. However, the narrator was so lack luster and unemotional I struggled with it. His voices for the different characters didn't change much from one character to another and it had me going to other books then coming back to it trying to struggle through to the end. If you like Nora Roberts, as I do, you may be able to listen with more patience.
One of the reasons I enjoy Audio books is because I can get lost in the story by the narrator as they pull you in and make you believe the characters are real, this one did not do that for me.
Someone who feels the story as they read it like most of the other narrators I have listened to have done.
It might have been if I wasn't so distracted by the narrator.
A good narrator can make a not so good book interesting. However, in the same token a bad narrator can ruin a good book.
I am not ready to review the story or overall yet as I'm only on chapter 6 of 20 in part one of the book. The problem is I don't know if I can finish listening to this narrator. He's ok when he's just reading but when he does the women and children characters he makes them all sound like they are nimwits that have to whine or yell everything they say. I don't know if I can finish this and feel that I just lost my money on this buy. Maybe you should read this one and not listen to it.
I'm already a Nora Roberts' fan, but I really loved this book - romance mixed with some suspense and a little paranormal activity.
Absolutely nothing! I don't think the narrator has done very many romance novels, but I thought his voice was really sultry.
This is a classic Nora Roberts love story, a little bit of suspense, a little bit of paranormal, a lot of heat and great dialogue. Can't wait for the net two.