Overall... 3.50 star
Performance.... 3.50 star
Story... 3.75 star
I'll be honest, and this is the first time I've ever had this happen, but I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read it rather than listened to the audiobook. And there's a very simple reason for this which makes me sad...Luke Daniels. Hands down, this guy is talented. His voices and inflections and the sheer number of different ones he can do is astounding. He is so talented. But I hate his female lead voices...something about the breathy way he does them and the laugh he has for females makes them sound air-headed to me and it's hard for me to look past that in an audiobook.
The book was interesting enough although it didn't move very fast for me, but again, I was listening to it in audio and I don't get a whole lot of audio time anymore. So it took almost a month for me to get through this book. The set-up was very good...male writer (LOVE that and I loved the little insights into his writing process) and female yoga instructor (her attitude toward life and stress was outstanding especially knowing that she came from a MUCH HIGHER stress background.)
There was a bit of suspense to the story line...between the murder of Eli's wife, the break-in's at Bluff house, and Eli's grandmother's fall. I enjoyed the town, the addition of Barbie the dog, and the mystery of the sunken ship's treasure. I enjoyed the interactions between Eli and Abra and that they were a true committed couple throughout most of the book, without the normal emotional drama although there was a tiny bit of that at the beginning as they were sorting out their attraction. I loved how they were opposites in that he is high strung where she's much more mellow. Her ability to relax him was great. I also loved how playful she could be and honest...wow, her ability to speak her mind was great. Loved her especially when she got fiesty on his behalf.
Someday I will sit down and read the book in print (I do own a hardback copy of it) and see if my overall impression of the story improves. I think it just may. This just wasn't a book that worked for me all that well on audio.
While I thought the story was engaging and Eli was a likable and realistic character, I can't get over the reading of the book. I should have read it rather than listen because Luke Daniels' interpretation of the characters' reactions and personalities was so exaggerated and irritating.
Like to read (and listen) to books!
always love Nora Roberts book and this remains with Whiskey Beach. I could picture it all in my head as I was reading the story
Not stupid characters.
Abra. I loved her personality & humor.
I loved all the characters he did making each have their own voice.
Never. I always listen while walking dogs & doing housework-it makes it more enjoyable.
The Grandmother was the anchor to the family. Her loyal support was uplifting in the face of health and family issues.
I thought Luke Daniel performed the male roles/voices effectively. I objected to his breathy, sing-song performance of the female roles - especially Abra. She came across as superficial and silly - flippant.
There is nothing fresh or captivating about this story. It reads like a standard drugstore romance paperback. And that is probably the better format for this story -- a rainy day guilty indulgence that leaves you unsatisfied -- like eating leftover Chinese food.
The experience of this story was made worse by the narrator. I like this narrator when he does the Iron Druid series, but not here. His vocalization of the lead female made her seem like a ditzy airhead, and most of his other voices were caricatures. In fact, one of the characters sounded exactly like Oberon, the Iron Druid's dog.
I recommend you save the credit and get this only if it goes on a $4.95 sale.
The story line had enough twists and turns to keep my attention.
Someone who emphasizes diction over performance.
It took three tries to get through the first 15 minutes so that I understood what was being said. This reader was very difficult to understand at first. He seemed to swallow the last syllable of every sentence. I turned up the volume (to very loud) so that I could hear – the surname “Landon” sounded like “Land….” the first few times it was spoken.
I found myself paying more attention to the reader’s tone than to the story as I tried to understand why this was “audibly” off to such a rough start. His finished product was overly expressive -- was he trying too hard? It seemed to get better after the first half hour – maybe he settled into a reading momentum that was comfortable for him. I don’t think I’ll follow this reader past this book, whether I make it to the end or not.
15 minutes into the story came a tirade of cruel profanity - and there are many more instances of this in the book. It may be consistent with the story line and the personality of the main character, but it's absolutely NOT enjoyable listening, and (in my value system) offensive at times. I don’t remember Nora Roberts writing on this path before. What a shame.
Nonetheless, the story line does capture the listener’s attention, and I’m going to try to stick with it.
I could not guess how this could end well.
I hope there will be a follow up. I just loved the characters so much.
Love books, all kinds, all shapes, all formats! Audiobooks have made my daily commute so much less stressful! Major fan of Audible.
Intricate story, solid romance and decent murder mystery! Characters were clear and believable. I keep thinking that one day I will pick up a Nora Roberts book that I won't like - but it hasn't happened yet.
haven't read the print but loving this and wish there was a Book 2 on Whiskey Beach
The love interest
Was able to easily tell the different characters apart.