Bibliophile, English Teacher, Wordsmith
Complex and fascinating characters, layered back story, irresistible setting, and a tightly woven plot make Whiskey Beach one of Ms. Roberts' best. The setting is evocative. Bluff House has a characterization of its own. From Barbie to the beach, every element adds to the beauty of this suspenseful tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat, eager to discover the protagonist, but reluctant for the story to end.
The narrator is awesome. Full differentiation of voices, great resonance, one of the best. His Boston accents are just right, realistic but not overdone. The matriarch's voice reminds me of Rose Kennedy, a quintessential Boston Irish accent.
Whiskey Beach was a great romance, an exciting adventure and a fun mystery! Nora Robert's does all three very well. Love all her JD Robb books. Love her mystery writing and her contemporary writing too.
The audio edition was great and allowed me to multi task!!
Similar to lots of other Nora books with a romance, a mystery, a plan to create something new and exciting.
He is better than most of the male performers who do Nora books.
the very last paragraph haha. I'm not sure why but it really gave me a flutter :)
This story is so boring. Romantic mystery? Hardly. It's a redundant misfire. I've been listening and listening and no action, nothing developing, barely a plot. The author keeps rehashing what we already know. And the narrator - boy does he need help! - half the time he it sounds like Ely's character is talking baby-talk to Abra. The next he's whining. Whichever he's doing, it's just annoying.
The Abra character, supposedly a strong female character comes off as a controlling nag all in the name of getting Ely healthy and she verges on the point of being bitchy because she doesn't know when to stop.
There might be a decent story under all of the boredom and repetition but I can't find it.
I do like Bluff House and Barbie. I'm not finished with the book yet and if the bad guy ends up poisoning Barbie, I definitely will never listen to another Nora Roberts book again.
I keep waiting for some suspense or excitement but it's just more of the same crap, for lack of a better word.
I read Northern Lights and really enjoyed it so thought I would try her latest. What a bust. I'm pretty sure I won't listen to any more of her books. And for sure won't listen to any with Peter Berkrot as the narrator. One other reviewer noted that he did no accents for Massachusetts natives. Seems like he tried with a couple of characters but failed miserably. All he can do is whiney baby talk. He's just an annoying narrator, no doubt.
I'm only sorry I didn't read the reviews. Sadly I assumed this one would be light, a little romantic, a decent mystery, like Northern Lights. Hardly! It's like the author didn't have enough of a story so she repeated what had happened several times, having the Ely and Abra characters rehash it in detail over and over - for filler - like she need something to fill the pages. And then we get to hear Ely's sad story over and over but I don't care.
I could go on, but I think you get the idea - the story is tedious and we don't really care about the characters except or Barbie. And Bluff House.
What a wonderful experience. The narrator's voicing was really well done and I fell in love with this author. I hadn't read anything of hers before and this was really a treat. It was so easy to align with the main character and in fact all of the characters.
I highly recommend this, it was truly enjoyable.
I have listened to a great deal of Nora's book.. This is a good listen and keeps you attention to follow the plot. The story line is pretty familiar throughout her books. Definitely more of a romance novel.
I really did not like Abra at all. She goes around trying to "fix" or take care of everyone around her whether they want to be fixed or not....and her Mother a Nobel Peace Prize winner??? Let's get real here. It was hard to relate to Abra.
Almost seems like someone else wrote the book.
Anger and boredom. Abra was tedious and a know it all.
The narrators voice was so appallingly bad my flesh crawled. I have never had this reaction to a narrator before. I've also never abandoned a book with NO intention of ever trying to listen again. Just could not get past the smug, effeminate and graceless voice and performance of the narrator.
Of course, provided its a different narrator
see comments above
truly a disappointment and a complete waste of a credit.
Don't you wonder sometimes how she thinks these stories up so well. This one was believable and enjoyable. Ms. Roberts can write a page turner. The narrator was good as well.
I am ready for the next NR audio.
Yes. This is a riveting story of a man trying to prove his innocense and learning to fall in love again. Great story plot!
When he gave her the emerald, and knowing where it came from.
No, but he did a great job.
When he gave her the dream she wanted.
I thought the story was brilliant and it just always amazes me how Nora come up with these wonderful stories that captures every moment of every word that makes you feel that your part of the story and puts you right there!