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.
Totally addicted to Audible.
I won't disagree that this is not Nora Roberts' best but I always enjoy characters that overcome their circumstances. Narrator was not my favorite but not detracting either.
Basically it's unbelievable. Roberts must have had a great massage and thought describing it was enough. Characters not interesting.
No, but narration was Ok . You can't do much with a boring 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.
Nora Roberts, yes. Luke Daniels, no. I couldn't tell who was speaking most of the time. His female voices, like many male narrators do, was whiney and off. I almost felt like he was making fun of females throughout the whole book.
It someone like Loreli King had done it.
A favourite audiobook, right at the top of the list
The male lead was a great character as he was vulnerable, real and smart and interesting.
When the couple finally realize they were in love, and would be together.
The fact that they both loved Whiskey Beach, the manor and the grandmother, but didn't know each other was weird but believable as the story of Whiskey Beach unfolds
Say something about yourself!
I listened to this again with the new narrator, but I still didn't find it that interesting. Didn't connect with the characters. The mystery part of it could have been entertaining, but the Eli and Abra distracted from it. I don't think it was the narrator as much as their personalities. There are several Nora Robert's books that I've listened to several times over, but this won't be one of them. Can't like them all I guess!
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