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Blood Brothers: Sign of Seven, Book 1 | [Nora Roberts]

Blood Brothers: Sign of Seven, Book 1

Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys - Caleb, Fox, and Gage - went on a camping trip to the Pagan Stone. And 21 years later, it will end in a showdown between evil and the boys who have become men - and the women who love them.
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Publisher's Summary

Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys - Caleb, Fox, and Gage - went on a camping trip to the Pagan Stone. And 21 years later, it will end in a showdown between evil and the boys who have become men - and the women who love them.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Kelly INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 09-25-13
    Kelly INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 09-25-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Phil Gigante improves this book! Others fell SHORT"
    What did you love best about Blood Brothers?

    Phil Gigante and an unusual story line.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Brothers?

    Quinn''s strong character and Cal's likeable, honorable nature.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Loni ELKTON, MD, United States 08-20-13
    Loni ELKTON, MD, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Love it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Blood Brothers the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    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.


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

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Rockhampton, Australia 08-11-13
    Ray Rockhampton, Australia 08-11-13 Member Since 2011

    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!

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    "An engaging story with a long fuse!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. George Seattle 07-27-13
    E. George Seattle 07-27-13 Member Since 2011

    Ella

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    "Story good, narration painful."

    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.

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    Music Lover it's a secret 06-18-13
    Music Lover it's a secret 06-18-13 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "You can tell she raised boys"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Malia Nash Hawaii 06-01-13
    Malia Nash Hawaii 06-01-13 Member Since 2010

    Malia Nash

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    "Good characterization"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Winter springs, FL, United States 05-27-13
    Donna Winter springs, FL, United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Home Town Story of Good vs Evil"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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    Cyndi DFW, TX, United States 03-25-13
    Cyndi DFW, TX, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "OMG. I hope the second narrator is better."
    Would you listen to Blood Brothers again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The most realistic sounding character is Cal's granny. And still. Ugh.


    What didn’t you like about Phil Gigante’s performance?

    His main narration sounds like he's selling something. His characters are awful.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hard to have that.


    Any additional comments?

    I am usually not that fussy about narration, but this guy needs to stick to non-fiction or self help. Maybe technology books.

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    Mary United States 01-08-13
    Mary United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent"
    If you could sum up Blood Brothers in three words, what would they be?

    Scary, well-plotted, interesting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sybil, because of her complexity


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    He voiced the parts quite well, although a few minor characters didn't sound like the book descriptions.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The town where hell visits every seven years


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tgp157 Alabama, USA 12-29-12
    tgp157 Alabama, USA 12-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator Stinks"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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