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Birthright | [Nora Roberts]

Birthright

On a hot July afternoon, a worker at an Antietam Creek construction site drives the blade of his backhoe into a layer of soil - and strikes a 5,000-year-old human skull. The discovery draws plenty of attention and a lot of controversy. It also changes the life of one woman in ways she never expected.
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Publisher's Summary

On a hot July afternoon, a worker at an Antietam Creek construction site drives the blade of his backhoe into a layer of soil - and strikes a 5,000-year-old human skull. The discovery draws plenty of attention and a lot of controversy. It also changes the life of one woman in ways she never expected.

As an archaeologist, Callie Dunbrook knows a lot about the past. But her own past is about to be called into question. Recruited for her expertise on the Antietam Creek dig, she encounters danger - as a cloud of death and misfortune hangs over the project, and rumors fly that the site is cursed.

She finds a passion that feels equally dangerous, as she joins forces in her work with her irritating, but irresistible, ex-husband, Jake. And when a strange woman approaches her, claiming to know a secret about Callie's privileged Boston childhood, some startling and unsettling questions are raised about her very identity.

Searching for answers, trying to rebuild, Callie finds that there are deceptions and sorrows that refuse to stay buried. And as she struggles to put the pieces back together, she discovers that the healing process comes with consequences - and that there are people who will do anything to make sure the truth is never revealed.

©2004 Nora Roberts; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"As in other delectable entertainments by Roberts, it is not the wild denouement but the pursuit itself - studded with scrumptious romantic encounters - that is the real dessert." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Krista peterborough, Ontario, Canada 03-20-10
    Krista peterborough, Ontario, Canada 03-20-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Nora must be mad"

    Wow. If I were Nora, I would make sure all future contracts included a clause that Ms. Quigley never, ever, ever was within a mile of her novels. I'm sure she is a perfectly lovely woman, but Ms. Quigley has chosen the wrong profession. Her readings have. Periods in the wrong. Places. It is nearly impossible to discern the subject of a sentence because of the poor emphasis. In addition, all the male characters sound alike. She has totally ruined a quality novel. Harsh, I know, but true. Spend your credit on Tribute instead. I wish I did.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Dothan, AL, USA 01-21-09
    Jane Dothan, AL, USA 01-21-09
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    "Choppy Narrator"

    I have read the book and enjoyed it. It's fluff, pure and simple. Not one of the best Nora Roberts books, but it could be worse.

    The narrator totally ruins this book. I would never download this or waste the money on the audio because the narrator speaks like this, "Callie went to the kitchen (7 second pause) to get a glass of water." She also makes each character sound like a moron. I am very disappointed in the narration.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Jersey City, NJ, USA 06-24-10
    Kathleen Jersey City, NJ, USA 06-24-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Good"

    I found this book very entertaining. It held my interest, I enjoyed the different people in the story. would recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 08-23-08
    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 08-23-08
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    "Birthwrong"

    It's a Nora Roberts book. When they're good, they're good. But when they're bad, they're called Birthright. Add the horrible narrator to the story and there you have it - Birthwrong.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    M. Dybedal-Bristow Napa, CA 01-12-09
    M. Dybedal-Bristow Napa, CA 01-12-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Frayed Nerves"

    I have never felt so irritated when listening to a novel. Just read the story. Every character sounded like a moron. I gave up by Chapter 3 and went to Copperfields and bought the book which I thourougly enjoyed.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    James EAST HAMPTON, NY, United States 02-21-13
    James EAST HAMPTON, NY, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not so good, Nora."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is an intreguing premise that falls flat. The story has holes which defy logic and the reader was very bad as well. The only other I had read was Witness, which was much better. I was expecting much more. Lots of sex scenes, which also really don't help.


    Has Birthright turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    tina elkton, MD, United States 05-25-10
    tina elkton, MD, United States 05-25-10
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    "sad but great"

    the worse thing to think about when you have kids but love where she went and how it got there best reader for this book

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Persis Florida, US. 11-27-10
    Persis Florida, US. 11-27-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Help!!"

    This is a warning to all who want to read this book. Bernadette Quigley's voice is like nails on a chalk board. The book itself is good but the narrator is exceptionally BAD. I ended up buying the book on kindle and physically reading it, as opposed to listening to nails on a chalk board.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Bristol, CT, United States 12-27-12
    Phyllis Bristol, CT, United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved It"
    What made the experience of listening to Birthright the most enjoyable?

    I was totally wrapped up in this book. The story grabbed my attention right from the beginning. Nora Roberts characters come alive for me. She's my favorite novelist for developing her characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nora Roberts does her homework. I felt a couple of her books had more detail than feeling but this book was a perfect balance, and very believable. I actually cried at the end. I don't usually do that.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were a few scenes that were my favorites. I loved the letters that Suzanne wrote to Jessie, her missing daughter. They were right from the heart and read very well. I also loved the scene when Callie was playing the theme from Jaws to irritate her ex.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Francois Dubai, United Arab Emirates 11-18-10
    Francois Dubai, United Arab Emirates 11-18-10 Member Since 2005
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    "narrator"

    Terrible narrator!! I only started listening to the book and I am already not sure I want to continue listening. It sounds as if this lady does not think it necessary to use any punctuation in her reading...it's all wrong! She reads 4 words and pauses and all done with this awe in her voice...I have been a member of audible for about 6 years and this is one of the worse narrators; Sorry Bernadette.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Janice
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    3/29/13
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    "Brilliant"

    Just couldn't 'put my phone down' woke up at 06.30 and got up 18.00 with the occasional break. Really well written with good plot, so enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
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    12/3/13
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    "Very Enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to Birthright the most enjoyable?

    Unlike a lot of 'whodunnits' you really didn't know who was the culprit and why and anyone could be next! Plus a good healthy bit of steamy romance always helps a story ;-)


    What other book might you compare Birthright to, and why?

    Similar to others written by Nora Roberts but liked the challenge of trying to marry to 'nice' families together - in many of her others the main protagonists family is usually the problem!


    What does Bernadette Quigley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I make things for a living and unless I could listen to a story I would never have a chance to read. The narrator can make or break a story and Bernadette was excellent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aleksandra
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    "Loved the story, but the performance ..."

    I don't think I would listen to Birthright again, only because I didn't like the performance very much. I listened through it because of the story itself, but I was very tempted numerous times to go and find a hard /Kindle copy and read it myself. The story itself is really beautiful, but I think no justice was done to the characters by the narrator. I got to dread the long s sounds at the end of the words, some abrupt pauses like every word is the last. Eventually, I got used to it, but I think I would listened to it much faster and in longer chunks if it was someone else narrating.
    The story itself is really good, but what else to expect from Nora Roberts. It had me smile, it had me feel sad and everything in between. I would be glad to recommend it to someone else- to read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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