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Birthright Audiobook

Birthright

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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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    Voracious Reader NY 11-20-14
    Voracious Reader NY 11-20-14 Member Since 2012

    Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.

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    "Sizzling Love Among the Ruins Plus a Mystery"
    Where does Birthright rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this book. Rank? Well, I've read so many....Top several hundred. But it made me smile - a lot - and I cared about the characters & found them interesting and smart. I've read ALL of Eve Dallas series (Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb) and a goodly number of Nora Roberts and this is definitely in my top few Nora Roberts, probably bested only by The Search and The Witness.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book had me from the very first scene: the little boy waiting to see Santa -- writing was very visual and I could see and feel everything...


    What aspect of Bernadette Quigley’s performance would you have changed?

    She's a little breathy, especially on Lana. Her Jake initially pulled me up short but I got used to it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not possible. Multiple parts. But looked forward to listening every chance I got.


    Any additional comments?

    I was really engaged in this story. I cared about the characters and liked spending time with them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 04-23-14
    Anne 04-23-14
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    "Almost ruined by truly awful narration"

    I am about half-way through and simply stunned that Nora Roberts and her publishers would permit this narrator anywhere near her books. She should fire whoever hired Ms. Quigley. I'm sure she's a very nice person and I think she's a B-list actress of some note (maybe?), but she needs to rethink her career if narrating is an ambition (and I note she hasn't done a book that's on Audible since 2008, so perhaps she has.) The women all sound arch and breathy. The only way she is able to "do" a man is to make her feminine voice gravelly. After a bit, everyone end up sounding much the same. She also seems to struggle with modulation - I have had my ears blasted a few times by sudden elevation in her volume. I concede this may be a production issue.

    The story is OK. It's not Roberts' best, but an intriguing tale, mostly fast-paced, with well developed characters. There is a bit of stereotyping (or perhaps it's archetypes?) This always seems "lazy" to me on the part of the author, but I will concede that the narrator may have affected this a bit for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna A Massachusetts 01-17-11
    Donna A Massachusetts 01-17-11 Member Since 2008

    DJA

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    "Really needs to be two and half stars"

    I realy would like to give this book 2 ?? stars and need to review it on 2 levels
    1st the narrator: The actual reading was not bad her different voices were terrible. The voice for female lawyer was not appropriate ??? a constant bedroom voice. The ex-husband, Jake was by far the worse. He is described as being hot yet he sound like an old man that has smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day. In fact all the men in the book all sounded like they smoked way too much. I would never download another book with her as a narrator. I give her a 1 star.
    2nd the book: I enjoyed the story ??? I knew nothing about archaeology was fascinated and how they applied that to Callie???s life discoveries. At times I found Callie to be a little too strong. I did feel the story dragged on a little too long ??? it could have been a little shorted. I must say I usually figure out the ???who did it??? but I did not on this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie M. R. Hernandez United States 02-01-17
    Natalie M. R. Hernandez United States 02-01-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Great story..."

    Love the all of the twists and turns that come and go throughout the story. Narrator is too slow but fast forwarding it did the trick.

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    Guylia 01-22-17
    Guylia 01-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "language too gratuitous"

    I really liked the story, too much language. it was disappointing to waste a credit!

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    A. Lynes 01-06-17
    A. Lynes 01-06-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding!"

    I loved it. A very easy but interesting story line. I would definitely recommend it to a friend.

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    S. Holstein Colorado 12-01-16
    S. Holstein Colorado 12-01-16 Member Since 2008

    Louise

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    "I have read this book more than once, it is one of"

    I have read this book more than once and it is one of my favorites! If you enjoy a good romance with good story, this book will please.

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    Jessica 11-14-16
    Jessica 11-14-16 Member Since 2017
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    "my review"

    the storyline was okay the narrator not so much needed a better ending good book

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    Marjorie MIAMI, FL, United States 09-10-16
    Marjorie MIAMI, FL, United States 09-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Romance & Mystery"

    I discovered Nora Roberts by accident as one of her books (The Search) showed up as a recommendation. My stepmother asked me when I started reading Romance novels so I did a search and learned that the author is a prolific Romance novelist. Since then, I've read many books by Roberts & listened to many more. This book has just enough of both. The best I've listened to so far.

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    Ellen G. 07-01-16
    Ellen G. 07-01-16
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    "Worst reader I have eve heard.
    needs a do over!

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    The reader was so bad, I don't feel I can rate the the story. It needs a new recording.







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