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.
Jan K in MA
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.
I love a book where the main character has great respect for the women in his life and the affection Eli had for his grandmother, Hesta was well written, as was the gradual integration of Eli into Whiskey Beach and with the love of Abra Walsh helping him to taking control of his life again. It was a nice journey to be part of.
I would. He did a surprisingly good job of the men and women's voices and making sure you always knew who was talking.
I love Nora Roberts but this book could not compare to the Witness or Montana Sky which I consider her bests.
He captures the unique voices and feelings if each character.
No. There really isn't that much action. This is just an easy listen if you're looking to pass the time.
I hope Nora Roberts gets back to her greats like northern lights. This book didn't feel very well thought out to me. I enjoyed it but would not listen to it again like I've done with many of her books.
When downloaded, the reader was Peter Berkrot. I listened to eleven chapters and received an email from Audible informing me that the audiobook had been replaced due to listener reviews. The remainder of the book was narrated by Luke Daniels. I had no problem with narration.
Honestly, I'm struggling with the proper tone of this review. I admire Roberts, any struggling author would. The J. D. Robb In Death series alone is enviable, let alone all the other best selling books and made-for-TV gems this author has penned. The story of Whiskey Beach is okay, I guess, typical boy-gets-girl love story, ultimately. Throw in some murder, mystery, and an ancient mansion overlooking a wind-swept beach and you have a winner.
One of my issues with this story doesn't have anything to do with a tried and true formula, which Roberts has perfected. It's more along the lines of writing conventions that successful veteran writers ignore. An example is point of view. In Whiskey Beach, today's acceptable standards are ignored. If submitted by an unknown writer, this book is likely headed to the slush pile. Personally, the double standard is a bit hard to take. If you're a Nora Roberts, the rules don't apply.The book is enjoyable, albeit a bit formulaic. A three-star read.
A clever story with twists and turns as well as many personalities. Even though the characters are as different as night and day, Ms. Roberts makes them work.
This is a great listen. The story was captivating and the narration was superbly done; far better than the original.
Whiskey Beach is very much in the category of Nora Roberts' Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy...full of suspense, humor, and of course ROMANCE! There are parts where you just have to laugh out loud!
I listened to Luke Daniels in the Iron Druid Chronicles series by Kevin Hearne, and was so excited to see that he was the narrator for this re-record. He was OUTSTANDING as usual!
I would have LOVED to listen to this story all at one time, but, as that was not possible, I made sure to do what I usually do and re-listen to the last few minutes where I left off so I could get back into the story. However, that really wasn't necessary because I found that I was quickly and totally submerged within 30 seconds of returning!
Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors, so I did enjoy the story the first time I listened to it when I originally purchased it. However, the narration of the re-record was such a vast improvement over the original version that it was like I hadn't really heard it before at all! It was entertaining and full of suspense and fun! I truly believe that Luke Daniels' talent was the perfect compliment to Nora's! True synergy!