This modern-day legend draws reporter and author Quinn Black to Hawkins Hollow with the hope of making the eerie happening the subject of her new book. It is only February, but Caleb Hawkins, descendent of the town founders, has already seen and felt the stirrings of evil. Though he can never forget the beginning of the terror in the woods 21 years ago, the signs have never been this strong before.
Cal will need the help of his best friends, Fox and Gage, but surprisingly, he must rely on Quinn as well. She, too, can see the evil that the locals cannot, somehow connecting her to the town - and to Cal. As winter turns to spring, Cal and Quinn will shed their inhibitions, surrendering to a growing desire. They will form the cornerstone of a group of men and women bound by fate, passion, and the fight against what is to come from out of the darkness.
©2007 Nora Roberts; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
"Phil Gigante gives a spirited performance of the first book in Roberts's new trilogy. Fans of her storytelling will revel in this new series, which weaves romance with supernatural events." (AudioFile)
Phil Gigante and an unusual story line.
Quinn''s strong character and Cal's likeable, honorable nature.
I returned the last 2 of the 3 in the trilogy. I felt like a BIG bait and switch happened with the 2 super rotten narrator that finished the trilogy. I when I buy amd Audio Book I wamt it to be one that I'd at least be willing to listen to a 2nd time. They made a mistake not having Gigante on the whole series. I don't care if you don't like his female narration there is no one that does male narration better and given the book is predominately about the three boys it needed to stay Gigante as the narrator.
When I dont have a series I want.... I scroll through Gigantes' works. Boy was I unhappy to learn he was not on the full story.
As always, the story is the most enjoyable part. I also enjoy the freedom to do other things while listening to the book. I listen to it at home, on my way to and from work, and at work.
I like the plot of the story. An unknown entity wreaking havoc on a small town, but a band of "brothers" do what it takes to keep the town safe.
Gage. I liked how he made this "badass" character have a deep monotone voice. It's fitting for his description. However it was funny to hear the narrator portray a female voice when he has somewhat of a deep voice himself.
I can never get enough of Nora Roberts' books, including this one. It makes me sad when they end, and even sadder when the series ends. I would read or listen to this book all day if I could.
I am a Company Rep in Central Qld. I travel around 60,000klms a year and rely on my Audiobooks to keep me company on my Country Trips!
I found this Book quite interesting and I have already finished Book 2 , The Hollow, and I'm well into the final Book, The Pagan Stone.
I found the throw back, at the start of the Book, to olden times a little confusing but that may have something to do with the fact that I listen whilst I'm driving.
The one comment that I do have to make, is that the 3 Books are narrated by 3 different people.
I believe this to be a mistake. After listening to the first Narrator's interpretation of the characters, I then had an adjustment period at the start of Book 2 while I came to grips with a female Narrator.
Book 3 returns to a male Narrator and a different set of interpretations again.
Whilst I did "acclimatise" to the 3 Narrators, I think the series would have been better with a single person doing all 3.
I have also purchased Nora Roberts', The Blue Dahlia. This is also a Trilogy but with the same Narrator.
Anyway, the story is interesting & the tension builds slowly. I am particularly impressed with the style that Nora Roberts employs in the building of the Characters'' relationships with each other. I have found this to be consistent in all of her books that I have now listened to.
The Trilogy is well worth a listen!
When not attempting female voices, or the third male protagonist, the narrator's voice was well suited to the story. However, that was Only about 40% of the time. The rest of the time, 60%, it was painful to listen to and I couldn't make it through.
I've been avid about audiobooks since my mom put a big ol' vinyl "Peter and the Wolf" on the record player, so this website is ambrosia.
This book has the hallmarks of what I love in a Nora Roberts book. You can tell she raised boys, because there is just such vibrant detail and affection in the way she depicts three boys riding off to celebrate their birthday. I love to think that the lifelong bonds written about here are possible in the real world. Good friendships and some suspend your disbelief talents make for a great story in this series. You'll want to read them all!
I loved the characters as children; true to nature of boys of 10, yet not stereotypical. I didn't care for how there just happens to be one gal for each guy when they got older nor that it took 21 years for them to get serious relationships.
Some parts dragged on far longer than it should have, but in all, it was fairly good reading. I am buying the rest of the set.
The story has love, good and evil. This is my first Nora Roberts book. It is entertaining without a lot of blood, guts or violence so it is rare. I enjoy the small town atmosphere where everyone knows everyone else. The book is consistently entertaining but it is not riveting either. This is book one which is read by a mans man which I found sultry. Book 2 was read well by a women but threw me off track because I was expecting Mr. Sexy.
I usually listen to Nora's triologies over and over. There is not going to be any way I can listen to this one again. The voices are horrific. The main characters, the boys at first, sound unlike any actual boys, but I could bypass that, since it's a small part of the book. The men sound stupid, especially Gage. The women sound like gay men in a sitcom. I swear to God, they do. I can barely listen to the "romance" talk between the characters. So bad.
The most realistic sounding character is Cal's granny. And still. Ugh.
His main narration sounds like he's selling something. His characters are awful.
Hard to have that.
I am usually not that fussy about narration, but this guy needs to stick to non-fiction or self help. Maybe technology books.
Scary, well-plotted, interesting
Sybil, because of her complexity
He voiced the parts quite well, although a few minor characters didn't sound like the book descriptions.
The town where hell visits every seven years
This narrator is terrible. The voices he uses for the women makes them all sound frail and weak. And the Bronx accent for Layla makes her seem plain stupid. Fox sounds goofy & as dumb as a bag of rocks not like a lawyer at all even a small town one. The voices for the male characters when they were younger were ok & so were the older Cal & Gage--but the rest of the cast is so bad it makes it hard to listen to. I was glad when I saw this narrator isn't used for the rest of the series. The story is good though I must say. I'm glad I also have the kndle version so I can read a good bit of it.
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