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Birthright Audiobook

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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    LaKisha 04-07-15
    LaKisha 04-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Ruined Story"

    The story was great but the narrator was horrible. I forced myself to complete the book. I can't believe this got past the editing process.

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    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 03-13-15
    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 03-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Story but the Narration was the worst ever."
    Where does Birthright rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I can't believe they hired this Ms. Quigley to narrate this book. really bad.


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    Janet MANHATTAN BEACH, CA, United States 06-26-14
    Janet MANHATTAN BEACH, CA, United States 06-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Horrible Narrator!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this book; tried to listen to it several times but couldn't get past the narration. I have thoroughly enjoyed many other books by Nora Roberts but just couldn't get into it due to the absolutely horrible narration. Ugh!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    History Buff Maryland 05-15-14
    History Buff Maryland 05-15-14 Member Since 2012

    Grace

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    "I got used to the clichés after awhile"

    The overall story of a dig was moderately interesting, though the dates seemed a bit preposterous. The family melodrama was interesting. Roberts did a good job of intertwining the various "good-guy" families together, but was a bit two-dimensional in describing the "bad-guy families."

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    ali 04-05-14
    ali 04-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story, weak narrator"
    What didn’t you like about Bernadette Quigley’s performance?

    The narrator really didn't do well with this book. Every sentence, be it spoken by a character, exposition, or exciting action, was read in the exact same tone of voice. She uses a bizarre cadence for most of her readings, and seems to be channeling William Shatner as she. Regularly ends. Sentences in weird. Places.

    I'm probably in the minority, but I didn't think her character voices were terrible. Many of the men sounded similar, but that's a common flaw with female narrators reading male characters (and vice versa).


    Any additional comments?

    The story is light and cute. Typical Nora fare--romance and mystery and family. Paced well, not too taxing on the brain and not boring. The story is good enough that I'm continuing despite a lackluster narrator. I grabbed this book on sale, so it's worth it to me. Think carefully (or listen to the preview!) before spending a credit or paying full price.

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    Patricia L. Ross Cornville, ME United States 04-02-14
    Patricia L. Ross Cornville, ME United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not a favorite"
    What disappointed you about Birthright?

    I just couldn't engage in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I usually love all this authors. Oops, but this one just wasn't pulling me in.

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    Symmetry 03-30-14
    Symmetry 03-30-14
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    "Nora is Always terrific. Bernadette - not so much"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. She couldn't keep the voices straight. Most the time I couldn't tell who was talking. She made the main female character sound male more often than not, and the main male character had the voice of a goofy beach bum.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nora Roberts books are always fun, exciting, entertaining and thrilling. This book did not disappoint.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bernadette Quigley’s performances?

    No


    Was Birthright worth the listening time?

    Barely worth listening to. I would have preferred to read it.


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    Emily GORHAM, ME, United States 01-24-14
    Emily GORHAM, ME, United States 01-24-14
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    "Great Story, less than great narrator."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator made the lead male character sound like a chain smoker and someone on pot half the time. I would have enjoyed this book much more had there been a different narrator. The male characters made it really hard for me to stay in the story.


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    Lisa 09-10-13
    Lisa 09-10-13
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    "bad narration"
    Would you listen to Birthright again? Why?

    No. The narration was horrible.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Poor character voices. All voices were blended and, in some cases slurred, together. The narrator did not capture the essence of the scenes in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    It is sad when bad narration ruins a good Nora Roberts novel. I couldn't even make it through the first chapter.

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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 09-21-12
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 09-21-12

    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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