I didn't like this performance at all. The narrator has a nice voice, but his southern accent is deplorable - he made everyone sound like an uneducated hick with mental deficiencies. He would have been better off using his regular speaking voice. I quit after ~5 hours...I tried, but I just couldn't take the twang any more. Very disappointed.
I generally enjoy Nora Roberts books, but this one was so full of dated stereotypes that I suspect it would insult most Southerners today. Yes, I realize this was written 25+ years ago, but the stereotypes seemed more like those of the 1950's to me, and I think Southerners would have been offended even back when this was first released in 1991.
I will be returning this one.
The performance was wonderful. The story captivating and the twist at the end I never could have imagined. All together one great book
This book could have been better but, the narrator made the southerners sound down right stupid. Hard to like a character when they sound like an uneducated hayseed. I skipped to the end just so I didn't have to listen to it anymore. Argh!
Although I am an avid Nora Roberts fan, this was not my favorite. The narrator made the characters sound like derelicts. I don't want to sound mean but in several places it sounded like his dentures were slipping which made his voices he used even worse. It all took away from,the enjoyment of the story.
Good book, kept me guessing.
The narrator was totally excellent and made this audiobooks great!
His accents and ability to bring the characters to life really made the book!
This is one of my new favorites now. Well written, fantastic story and greatly narrated. I don't know why it took me so long to read it but I lived it. It's a little outdated, but perfect.
This is a top 10 book. I have listened two it three times already, and enjoyed it so much I began reading every Nora Roberts romantic/suspense I could find. The characters drip with the essence of southern bayou culture not only in dialog, but in mannerisms, in interior monologue and in setting. The character development ranks as some of the best I've ever read not just in Romance, but in overall fiction categories. You can hear the mosquitos and feel the humidity in the conversations, and you can hear envision the scenes as the plot unfolds. The thread of suspense really keeps the reader guessing; the twists and turns are superb. I really didn't know until the very end who the killer was. I appreciate that as Nora Roberts fed us the clues, she did so in such a way as to keep us from seeing them as clues -- most mysteries are not able to succeed at this. Even folks who don't like romance will enjoy this book, if they can appreciate southern suspense.
The Tone and character development reminded me a lot of Jayne Anne Krentz' River Road. I've since read Nora Robert's Midnight Bayou and thought the tone was also similar.
I had not listened to performances prior, but intentionally purchased other books after as I was so impressed with his performance. I think this is the best performance I've listened, too, however because the characters require diverse accents and he does an excellent job delivering voices that match the character's personalities and socio-economic backgrounds. I noticed that he managed to alter the pacing of the narration based on the characters as well. A tour de force performance, for sure!!!
I felt a great deal of anxiety throughout, and I really hated one particular character and felt my chest tighten at the description of a plot-dependant event; I did shed a tear at the end; I hated that the situation while resolved caused so much pain.
I would recommend this book to just about anyone, but particularly for those who enjoy southern literature.