I listened to it on fast just to get it over with. The characters weren't at all believable to me. Also, yeah, you figure out who done it pretty quick. I think Nora just fell off my auto buy list.
I have already listened to it 3 times. Even knowing the ending, The way the story twists and turns makes me want to listen again and again!
The love story between Abra and Eli.
Hester - Grandmother to Eli.
I wish I could have listened in one sitting. Listened to some at work - hated it when someone would ask a question and I had to pause the book.
happily ever afters
The story could easily have been told in 10 hours by a better narrator.
Far too much was said/done that didn't propel the story forward in a timely manner.
Wouldn't you know one of the few times I find a male narrator who can successfully pull off a female voice is a dud as a hero. Where are James Daniels, Jack Garrett, Steve West & Dennis Boutsikaris when you need them?
While several scenes differed in setting, their purpose ended in the same results - more of the same. Thereby the story didn't progress fast enough.
A good audio book has me glued to my audio device, absolutely can't miss a word. Meaning I've got to stop/start & some times back up because our home sweet home runs like Grand Central Station. But when I can leave the room for a snack or prepare for bed, including an arsenal of miracle promising potions, while the book plays on and on, return to discover I haven't missed a thing, then this isn't a good story.
Camden Smith owns DREAMFly Marketing, a full service marketing firm located in Southwest Florida. She regularly reviews books and is an avid reader as well as audible client. Favorite books are mysterious romances or those stories about personal growth.
this story truly progresses at the perfect rate. you want to know the truth and you're hoping to learn the truth but this author, as is her Norm, slowly unfolds one piece of the puzzle at a time and it truly makes for a remarkable book. You'll love it. There's the usual love story in a work then they're pretty obvious but the mystery itself is probably one of her best.
My wife loved this book and so I decided to listen to it. It was a romance novel with a mystery whereas I tend to prefer a mystery with a romance subplot. I enjoyed it though and as I said she loved it and plans to listen to it again. While this was my first Nora Roberts book my wife has listened to several and this is her favorite.
For the reviews you've read about this being "another typical Nora Roberts novel," read on...
If I wouldn't have seen the author, it wouldn't have occurred to me that this book was written by Nora Roberts. The story was quite different. More of a soft thriller. Maybe it was that the narrator was male. I'm not sure. You need to get past the first chapter or two...they're a little slow. In fact, I stopped listening on two other occasions only to finally force myself to go on. I'm glad I did.
I will warn you - the narrator was too much. Sure, I ended up becoming used to him, but it wasn't until the last quarter of the book, and even then I found myself rolling my eyes at the overacting. If you know who Chris Parnell is (SNL, Anchorman 1 & 2), I felt like I was listening to him narrate the entire story...but in an almost obnoxious way. Also, all but three male characters (and there are a lot!) sounded exactly the same; kind of nasal and dumb. That goes for a few women, as well. The only way to tell the difference between those male and female characters is that the female are more of a higher pitched nasal. But, the meat of the story began to take over and I almost forgot about the narrator. Almost.
I'm not going to get into what the book is about. The description is pretty good. I will say that Hester and Abra are probably the two best charcters. I loved Hester, a fiesty grandmother who does yoga and has her own gym room, especially.
I give it a 3.3 out of 5, but that has more to do other the narration. The story on its own is a 3.7.
Nora Robert's stories are always fantastic. Combine her genius with Luke Daniels' phenomenal acting and you have a masterpiece.
Whiskey Beach is the best of the best, as you know Nora Roberts. It started out very slow, but from reading many of Nora Roberts books, I know they start out slow and then you just cannot stop listening. I recommend this book for young adults on through whatever age you are. The reader was fantastic, I would listen to any book that he read. This is a must read book.