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Elisabeth

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  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1073)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (976)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Another bad narrator!"
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    What did you like best about Dark Witch? What did you like least?

    I don't mind the repetitive magic stories so much, but I wish it wasn't quite SO formulaic. Right off - there's 3 women, 3 men.... gee I wonder how this will end!

    The narrator is another miss. (Just like Whiskey Beach). Only this time I'm having a hard time hearing the different characters. The female and male Irish accents (which sound more like Newfie accents to a Canadian ear) all sound alike.

    She's overly dramatic, and gets very excited and way over the top way too fast. Very distracting from the plot. I bet she'd be great on stage... maybe, but not so hot in audio form. Re-do!


    Was Dark Witch worth the listening time?

    No, I don't think I'll finish it. Maybe if you re-record it.


    23 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Sanctuary

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (233)

    Jo Ellen Hathaway thought she had escaped the house long ago. It was where she spent her loneliest years, after her family was shattered by the sudden, unexplained disappearance of her mother.

    But now, the sprawling resort off the coast of Georgia haunts her dreams. Even more haunting are the pictures that someone is sending her - strange close-ups, candid shots, and finally, the most shocking and heartbreaking portrait of all: a photograph of her long-lost mother. . . naked, beautiful, and dead.

    Lajuan says: "Intriguing"
    "Keep in mind this is from the 1990s"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the setting, and the mystery itself was fun, but it's glaringly obvious it's set in the 1990s. I'm amazed at how much female/male characterization in Robert's books has changed over the years. The men in this book almost always force themselves on the women - and the women just melt in their arms and give into their passions... which had me rolling my eyes at points. Puh-lease.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I'd read it was a "surprise" twist ending... can't say I was blown away by it. It was a good plot generally.


    What does Sandra Burr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She did a good job, but nothing stellar.


    Was Sanctuary worth the listening time?

    Yes - interesting just to see how Roberts' writing has changed, and gotten better over the years.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish they'd post the publishing date of the book on the main page. Obviously nothing wrong with reading books written 10-20 years ago - but it helps prepare me for the tone of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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