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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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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 09-21-12
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 09-21-12 Member Since 2009

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "Not Nora Roberts best"
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    Not good at all. Have given up listening 3/4 the way through. Just can't listen to this horrible narrator Bernadette Quigley anymore. Will avoid this narrator in future. She managed to sound sleazy right through the book. Awful voice.that ruined the entire story.

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    Merrci 08-08-12
    Merrci 08-08-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I liked it!"

    I was hesitant to listen to this because of the comments about the narrator, but I'm so glad I did. I enjoyed it very much. It was a good story with fun interaction between the characters. I'll listen again.

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    Dlanorrenrag Kyle, Tx, United States 08-07-12
    Dlanorrenrag Kyle, Tx, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2011

    Ninja Mouse

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    "Chick book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Shorten. Lighten up on the repetitive and extended sex thrills and relationship angst.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    Too long in the bod gripping parts.


    What about Bernadette Quigley’s performance did you like?

    Good performance. Good job in differentiating and staying in character.


    Was Birthright worth the listening time?

    It was slightly better than listening to talk radio on the way to work, but nearly the same in evoking shouts of "Get on with it already!"


    Any additional comments?

    Typical chick genre.

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    Peggy TARA QLD, Australia 08-19-11
    Peggy TARA QLD, Australia 08-19-11
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    "Great story, narration so so"

    I love listening to Nora Roberts audio books and regularly have a couple in my library. The story line itself I have also read as a book, and the story is one I enjoyed. However I really struggled with the narration with this one. Especially the pauses - I found myself urging her to just get on with it ! So I listened, but did not enjoy 100%. Spend a credit, but don't spend a lot of money purchasing this book - you will probably be disappointed,.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carol A. Smith Marquette, MI United States 07-26-11
    Carol A. Smith Marquette, MI United States 07-26-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Listen first!"

    I don't know if I'll be able to get through this. The narrator is stunningly bad. Galloping rhythm, inaccurate inflection and abysmal voices. What a disservice to listeners and to Ms. Roberts.

    How's the story? The narration gets in the way so much that it's honestly hard to tell.

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    Donna A Massachusetts 01-17-11
    Donna A Massachusetts 01-17-11 Member Since 2007

    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.

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    Leslie 01-07-11
    Leslie 01-07-11 Member Since 2013
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    "not great narrator"

    Just another good Nora Roberts story, but hard to get past the female narrator's attempts at male voices. Pretty bad.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Persis Palapye, Botswana 08-05-10
    Persis Palapye, Botswana 08-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book Bad Narration"

    This book is really great like all of the other Nora Roberts I've read and listened to. But the narrater should not be used again. After listening to the book for 45min I gave up and ended up buying it on my kindle and reading the book instead of listening to it. If I had continued to listen to it I was afraid I'd give up audio books altogether. That's how bad the narrator was.

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    Meghan Woodstock, GA, USA 03-25-10
    Meghan Woodstock, GA, USA 03-25-10
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    "Overly harsh criticism in reviews on this book."

    I almost did not get this book because there was some really harsh reviews. So i have few things to say about that.

    If you are a Nora Roberts fan, the plot should be right up your alley (as i found it very typical of Roberts.) If you are a fan of audio books, the narration should not bother you. i have listened to A LOT of books. while not great narration, (the lead male character's voice was a bit irksome) i have heard REALLY bad narration and this does not meet the criteria of REALLY bad. To me, it again was typical. SO- if you are used to listening to books where the narrator takes liberties with voices you should be ok with this one. The plot wasnt Roberts best, but it was ok. For a weekend spent doing yard work i found this book good enough to keep me entertained while i worked and do not regret the points spent. I feel like a lot of the criticism i read came from people who were either not familiar with Roberts or used to audio books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gina 10-27-09
    Gina 10-27-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Love Nora Roberts"

    Great Listen

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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