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Whispering Rock | [Robyn Carr]

Whispering Rock

In Robyn Carr's Whispering Rock, wounded LAPD Sergeant Mike Valenzuela finds the help and healing he needs in Virgin River. Now he longs for the marital bliss his Marine Corps buddies enjoy. And he thinks he's found the right woman. But after she's brutally attacked, Mike must show her how to trust again.
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Publisher's Summary

In Robyn Carr's Whispering Rock, wounded LAPD Sergeant Mike Valenzuela finds the help and healing he needs in Virgin River. Now he longs for the marital bliss his Marine Corps buddies enjoy. And he thinks he's found the right woman. But after she's brutally attacked, Mike must show her how to trust again.

©2007 Robyn Carr; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Realistic romance and tough topics....make this a fine read." (Booklist)

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    Ellen Columbia, MO, United States 10-08-12
    Ellen Columbia, MO, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2009

    Love Romance, Suspense, strong character development a must. Authors I go to: Erik Larson (NF), Stephen King, Suzanne Brockmann, Susan Elizabeth Phillips,

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    "Virgin River Fan"
    Where does Whispering Rock rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 25% - I have listened to over 500


    Have you listened to any of Therese Plummer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. She keeps getting better. Keep listening. She mas more surprising performances.


    If you could take any character from Whispering Rock out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Bree's Dad. Close to my age


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Saint Paul, MN, United States 07-16-12
    Jane Saint Paul, MN, United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Meh"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It's okay-ish. At some point the books become a little too predictable, which I guess is a plus for some, but I find it a little irritating. Maybe a little too saccharine and formulaic.

    The sex scenes are embarrassingly bad -- and I find it weird that all the men so far use the same term of endearment -- "baby." Euw.

    They've been pleasant easy summer reads, but I'm ready to move on now.


    What could Robyn Carr have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    So far, all the women are small and the characteristics the men most respond to seem to be the smallness of each woman (her small tongue, her small hands, her small waist). C'mon. Can't they have other attractive qualities besides "small"?

    I don't know that I'll continue any more in the series, but I'd like to see a larger woman find some love among the ex-Marines of Virgin River. Maybe it happens later, but I probably won't know


    Which character – as performed by Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

    I dunno. At some point all the male characters and all the female characters seem the same. I guess I like the Mel/Paige/Brie character. Therese Plummer did a good job, it's just that the characters all seemed alike.


    Was Whispering Rock worth the listening time?

    Sure. It was fun.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Regina SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States 01-07-14
    Regina SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2010

    Believer in what you can't see

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    "Great story, but an uncomfortable subject matter"
    What made the experience of listening to Whispering Rock the most enjoyable?

    That Mike and Brie find each other. They both help each other through hard lessons and become each others backbone until they can get back on their feet again.


    What other book might you compare Whispering Rock to and why?

    The only other story that made me as uncomfortable as this story was "Lover Awakened," by J.R. Ward. The experience of Zadist with the mistress is one of the hardest scene I have ever read. Really, really disturbing.


    Have you listened to any of Therese Plummer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, Plummer's performance makes Virgin River series, feel real and a place you would want to visit.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Brie's ex-husband wants her back after leaving her for another woman, and she tells him to leave.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Colorado Springs 09-05-13
    Kelly Colorado Springs 09-05-13 Member Since 2011

    I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!

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    "Narration nearly perfect"
    What did you like best about Whispering Rock? What did you like least?

    The combination of Ms Carr and Ms Plummer works. Ms Plummer does an extraordinary job portraying these characters. It feels real as you listen and her style allows the listener to sink right into the story.

    I enjoyed the parts of this book that explored pain, fear and grief. It was still a romance novel and I am sure Ms Carr's fans will enjoy the story as much as any other. But what I liked best was not the romance. It was the exploration of healing. We all encounter tragedy and sometimes even violence in one of its forms. I enjoyed seeing the characters react, then take time to heal. I found it believable that these characters would love one another because the author took more time to develop the friendship.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    v, Brisbane, Australia 08-12-13
    v, Brisbane, Australia 08-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I unfortunately wasted my credit on this book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I couldn't get far into this book. I'm not sure who this kind of book appeals to.


    What was most disappointing about Robyn Carr’s story?

    This book was disappointing because it was a romance and part of a romance series. I'm not sure that it was advertised as such. I didn't realise untill it was mentioned at the beginning of the book. I try to choose books carefully unfortunately I got caught with this one.


    What three words best describe Therese Plummer’s performance?

    The performance did not worry me


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking forward to spending my credit then very disappointed when I realised I would have to just trash the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TG 08-02-13
    TG 08-02-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Incredibly boring"
    What would have made Whispering Rock better?

    This is my first book by this author. I purchased because it was on the $4.95 sale. I realize that they are attempting to catch the user up with characters from other books in the series, but too much time is dedicated to this task. The "courtship" of the two main characters did not hold my interest. I was surprised as the topic was not a "fluffy" story and normally I would enjoy the depth of topic


    What could Robyn Carr have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not sure there is one suggestion, I will not read Robyn Carr again based on this book. It was very boring and I had a hard time staying awake through the audible. It felt like it was trying to hard to have depth and it didn't come natural to the author.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The only redeeming quality was the narrator. Therese Plummer does a good job, it was the story that didn't hold interest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Redmond, WA, United States 08-01-13
    Bill Redmond, WA, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Sorry Couldn't Finish"

    This story did nothing for me and I could not finish it. The performance was fine but the story lacked punch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 07-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Things are getting a little weird in Virgin River"

    I'm not sure its one of the best of her series but she is getting better at focusing on the main characters rather than the old favorites. I think she needs to back off the womens health issues a bit too. They are starting to over shadow the story and its making the prospect of continuing with the series a little bit daunting. Its the story, the romance and the drama I enjoy - not the continued up close and personal look at all the characters lady bits. Seriously... Not everyone is obsessed with having babies or detailed descriptions of babys entering the world. Surely they could have worked out a better way to do that by now!!!

    Fantastic reading by Therese Plummer though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M NY, United States 04-20-13
    M NY, United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Didn't care for this one at all....skip it!"

    I like a romance novel to be about a man and a woman' s relationship, and how it evolves.

    Seems like the author of this novel was once a gynecologist or midwife herself... far to much focus on giving birth, gyno exams, STDs, date rape, midwifery, and babies. Probably written for teens and very young women - too many parts of it came across as "educational" in nature.

    The men, some of whom were really just boys, were all tall, handsome, muscular and just too darned "sensitive" to be be believable. No edge to them at all when they were around the women. And the women were all tiny, perfect and beautiful (except, of course, for the poor woman giving birth on the birthing video, who was described as sweaty and hairy). So unrealistic it was kind of sickening .... far too sappy and "sweet" for my taste.

    A pet peeve....I hated that the men always said nah instead of no, and yeah instead of yes. And every woman's name was "baby" to them. Just got really annoying...they all sounded like a bunch of unsophisticated hicks. Small towns folks are just not that ignorant any more, if they ever were.

    The narrator was just OK...not bad, but not great either. By the end of the story, the characters all sounded alike.

    I started listening to this series in order, based on the reviews, and thought the first one was promising, and the second was just OK, but this one put me off completely. I will not be continuing with it.







    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Janelle moree, Australia 04-05-13
    Janelle moree, Australia 04-05-13 Listener Since 2010

    Book junkie

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    "BLAH"

    Couldn't even finish listening to this . The whole thing is slow and has a lot of genealogical information that is extraneous to the plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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