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Angela

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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
    (1632)
    Performance
    (1484)
    Story
    (1480)

    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"
    "Good Story, Weak Romance, Terrible Narration"
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    What did you like best about Dark Witch? What did you like least?

    In 1273, Sorcha, the Dark Witch, engages in mortal battle with the evil Cabhan, sacrificing her life to protect her three young children. Cabhan is left damaged, but unvanquished. Sorcha's last gift is to divide her her magical powers and bond each to horses, dogs or hawks. In the present day, American Iona Sheehan arrives in Ireland seeking understanding of her heritage as a descendant of Sorcha's youngest daughter, Teagan. She is embraced by cousins Branna and Connor O'Dwyer and their close-knit circle of friends. Her attraction to the gruff stablemaster, Boyle McGrath offers the hope that she at last will find the permanence and love she was always denied. Roberts, trodding familiar ground with this opening chapter in the O'Dwyer saga, does a wonderful job developing the 800 years long feud between the indomitable Sorcha and evil Cabhan. The opening chapters start strong and draw the reader in. If only the present day story kept up the tension. Iona's arrival trigger's the long-awaited showdown with Cabhan. While the witchy elements and obligatory friends, family and Irish setting work well in this book, the romantic pairing is less convincing.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Roberts? Why or why not?

    The book will please Roberts fans and is a fair read in general. It is not her strongest story, nor does it evoke Ireland as well as other trilogies.


    What three words best describe Katherine Kellgren’s voice?

    Katherine Kellgren, brilliant in Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness series, is not well-matched here. Her delivery is terrible in many ways from characterization, to pitch to volume. The women, with the exception Iona, all sound old and craggy. I can't imagine Branna and Maura as heroines with these old crone voices.There is very little of the lilt that one would expect from west country Irish folk in any of the characters. Those that know Darcy O'Mara's warm brogue will be shocked at the harsh Irish accents. The many scenes with witchy incantations and magical conflict are delivered in harsh yells that hurt the ears. This isn't the Katherine Kellgren I know and have enjoyed elsewhere.


    Was Dark Witch worth the listening time?

    Better to read than listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I suggest having KK rerecord the narration. She is capable of better. As it is, I can't recommend the audio version.

    27 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Wicked

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Victoria Alexander
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    For Winfield Elliott, Viscount Stillwell, finding a prospective bride always seemed easy. Perhaps too easy. With three broken engagements to his name, Win is the subject of endless gossip. Yet his current mission is quite noble: to hire a company to repair his family’s fire-damaged country house. Nothing disreputable in that - until the firm’s representative turns out to be a very desirable widow. Lady Miranda Garret expected a man of Win’s reputation to be flirtatious, even charming. But the awkward truth is that she finds him thoroughly irresistible.

    Karen says: "Fun in a very safe way"
    "Much ado about nothing"
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    What was most disappointing about Victoria Alexander’s story?

    This was my first (and last) Victoria Alexander story. Disappointing because I was very intrigued by the set-up. Miranda and Win are thrown together to oversee the rebuilding of his family's 300 year old estate house. She's hiding her true role in the architectural firm hired to restore the burnt remains, he's thrice-burned at love. I usually like character driven stories but couldn't work up an interest in either of them. The dialogue and plot points continually pulled me from the story. I never write reviews although I have over 100 audiobooks in my library. This one was so disappointing I had to warn off other readers.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Page’s performances?

    I did not enjoy Michael Page at all. It's tough for men to do an effective job with women's voices, particularly in historical romance. I was prepared to forgive much. But even his male voices were unsexy and grating. I gave him a single star.


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